Here I go again. Since November 2013, I’ve been writing commentaries designed to spark enough interest in Black Voters to cause them to vote in November 2014. So far I’ve failed. This week I’m going to introduce another rationale for voting in November and in every election thereafter. Recently, a friend emailed me the publisher’s commentary written in May by Earl G. Graves, Sr., Publisher of Black Enterprise. The title of his article was "Wake Up! Re-engage in the Battle for Opportunity."
Educate, organize and mobilize: We’re now in the mobilization phase of our campaign to defeat voter suppression. Therefore, as we count down to November 4, 2014, I will provide actionable information and deadlines for our readers. Two important issues that voters need to decide immediately are that they’re going to help defeat voter suppression by voting and by helping to get others to do the same. Recently the Wilmington Star News recommended the following action items for individuals that desire to help voters overcome barriers that have been implemented that make it harder for people of color and others to vote in the United States.
Educate, organize and mobilize: As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win. My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. The contest between Judge Ola Lewis and Judge Mark Martin for Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court is second only to the race for US Senate on the ballot this November. This week, among other things we’re going to highlight details between candidates, Judge Ola Lewis and Judge Mark Martin. They are going head to head in their efforts to be elected the Supreme Court Chief Justice for North Carolina. This is a unique contest for several reasons and it is a very important contest.
By most polls the North Carolina race for the United States Senate is a dead heat. That being the case, victory in November will go to the political party that executes the best voter mobilization plan. Since August 2013, I’ve been monitoring and writing about the NC political landscape. I’ve also evaluated the response of the Black community to the Voter Suppression Act of 2013 (VSA). On August 8, a federal judge rejected pre-election legal challenges to the VSA and thereby created a November showdown between the Republican Tom Tillis’ advocates for voter suppression and the Democrat Kay Hagan’s opponents of voter suppression.
Educate, organize and mobilize: Over the last year I’ve been co-leading the Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression. Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. With less than 90 days before the election I wonder if our well intended efforts to promote voter participation have been in vain. This week I’m going to touch on three strategic issues that I hope will help to illuminate the dangers facing Black Communities in hopes that the sense of urgency that some of us feel will move all of us to action. Of course our standing focus issue is voter suppression and on that issue I must report that on Friday, August 8, a Federal Judge ruled that the provisions of the GOP enacted Voter Suppression Act of 2013 (VSA) would be allowed for the November General Election.
RALEIGH, N.C. (NNPA) – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan has been reaching out to communities and constituents across North Carolina galvanizing support for her re-election campaign. The Democratic Senator from North Carolina and her campaign are full steam ahead as they face Republican opponent, current N.C. Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis. The Tillis campaign, according to Hagan, is being aided by $20 million in out of state advertising spending from conservatives such as Charles and David Koch, and Republican political strategist Karl Rove. The Hagan campaign says, these out of state entities “believe North Carolina’s Senate seats can be bought.”
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: It’s a little more than a year since the US Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the countdown to the November General Election is underway. As of August 8, 2014 there were 86 days left before the elections and voters are being mobilized. I continue to wonder, as I look for signs, whether Black Voters will respond to the most dangerous threat to our Civil Rights in 50 years. I have to wonder because if the response is there I don’t see it. And, if I don’t see it I doubt very seriously if it is adequate.
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Since November of 2013 I’ve been writing about voter suppression and addressing the subject from many different angles. We’re now in the mobilization phase of defeating voter suppression and I’ve been encouraged to outline an effective, understandable speech that can be used as a tool or guide for others that are speaking out against voter suppression as we head to the November General Election. To be effective a presentation should minimally address educating, organizing and mobilizing voters in the Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression. We must speak this truth to power and to do so we must have a basic understanding of voter suppression.
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Last week we shifted our focus to voter mobilization for November 2014. This week, as we look back we’ll also take a look at the current state of affairs in the fight to protect the voting rights of all US Citizens. As we discuss current court activities concerning voting rights, please remember that nothing that the courts decide between now and November will replace the need for a massive voter turnout and that such a turnout will only happen if we, the people accept the responsibility for making it happen. I’ll also update my outreach efforts to get Black Republicans to respond to voter suppression and my suggestions for our communities to get involved in protecting our voting rights.
- Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time
- Voter Suppression: The Mississippi Lesson
- Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board
- Voter Suppression: Defeating it requires two massive efforts
- Voter Suppression: Is it partisan?
- Voter Suppression: Taxation Without Representation
- Voter Suppression: What’s going on!
- Why vote? ALEC and the Doctrine of Exclusion
- Gerrymandering: This Civil Rights War is Happening Now
- Voting: A Civil Rights War That Is Happening Now