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Vote for Somebody


Democracy prep, a consortium of schools in Harlem based on civic duty, launched an online video. It’s your duty…so go vote for somebody!

 

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Women Like to Be Courted

The presidential campaigns would do well to address female voters, holistically. Excuse me, but I am more than my reproductive system! Hellooooo!?!

The myriad of political ads by the President and Governor Romney that feature and/or target women only address either’s stance on reproductive freedom. Now, I understand that it is a divisive partisan issue so that must be the only reason for the ads. Never mind that a great percentage of women are head of household, we make the majority of decisions when it comes to our family’s financial matters, we comprose almost half of the workforce and are most of this country’s college graduates.

With that said, why are the ads so narrowly focused?

Obama’s 2008 campaign directly addressed the needs and concerns of women. He wooed women voters during campaign stops and debates. During this year’s debates, not so much. I think he made mention of equal pay and signing Ledbetter as his initial piece of legislation, but I want a concerted, purposeful courting. 

We are almost half of the population and consistent voters. Don’t minimize our intelligence and influence! And, we made a difference in the 2008 election. I think the President, especially, missed a huge opportunity by not reminding us of what he has done during his term to positively impact women. Healthcare reforms removed pre-existing conditions which disproportionately impacted women AND forced policy changes that charged us higher premiums; equal pay legislation was passed to put employers on notice to not pay women less and offer legal remedy; Pell grant funding that assists more students to attend college; Tax credit provisions for working families; creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. Toot your horn man!

Don’t misunderstand, I know which candidate will better serve my needs as a woman and American citizen. However, never take the female vote for granted. But what do I know…I am but a lowly 47 percenter…

 

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Voting: Our Collective Responsibilty

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When I think about the state of education, gun violence, employment, pollution and injustice in this country, I am astounded when I hear the numbers of people who are not registered to vote- or are and just don’t go to the polls. (I suppose I am in a bubble because all of my peers vote.) I am always surprised when I see the level of GOTV activity when an election draws near. I always think its for those who have reached age 18 since the last election, not all of the hundreds of thousands in every state who don’t think voting is a priority.

Whenever I think about voting, my mind drifts to the countless, faceless people who literally died so that I could vote. They knew how important it was although they were legally treated as subhuman. In the 60s, black and white side by side journeyed south to register people to vote…blood was spilled, lives were lost. Moreover, as a female, I was doubly denied. The suffragettes raised holy hell! I also think about my uncle who was dying from cancer but worried his daughter repeatedly about sending in his ballot during the 2008 presidential election. He lived a few weeks more to see the historic result. I remember registering as soon as I turned 18 so that I could vote for that sax-playing candidate! I was soooo excited by my new-found right.

So how is it that so many thumb their nose at their civic responsibility? Many of the same folks comment on the lack of civil rights in other countries. They complain about the ills of this country…how can you even fix your mouth to say anything?!?

And this recent “verse” by Nicki Manaj on a mix tape about voting for Romney. She has said that it was sarcasm and humor- sure, sure. I mixed the punchline, especially since she is NOT registered to vote. What an idiot! Why put yourself out there, during a contentious election no less, and you have not a leg to stand on. Guess the Barbie bit is not an act. As a black, female, immigrant, I’m thinking you should get that fat ass registered.

 

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