Shut Up, Get Up and Go Vote
- Category: Lifestyle/People
- Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 19:07
- Written by Allie Braswell
By Allie Braswell
We can't talk about wanting better representation for our community, more engagement from our elected officials in our neighborhoods and increased resource availability, then not exercise the right our ancestors fought and died to have granted.
It was only 55 years ago that Black people in America were granted the right to vote. Even then it was difficult, but it was necessary. It was necessary to use the voice we had then, and it's necessary now. Let's vote by mail and in-person, as we continue the movement to ensure that our collective voices are heard. In Orange County, Florida they are reporting only an 11.7% voter participation in early voting. We can do better!!
Voting is the "Good Trouble" that the Honorable John Lewis, in his final essay, asked us to pick up the torch and carry it forward.
"Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it."
- John Lewis
Take time today to vote early. Plan to show up on August 18, 2020 and vote. Casting your vote in the primary is the next step as you prepare to cast your vote in the general election in November.
VOTE!!! Take Action!!! VOTE!!! Be heard!!! VOTE!!! be the change you want to see!!!
Let's get in GOOD TROUBLE today and Vote!!!