I was asked the question, “For what and why are you an activist?”
My answer is, I am an activist for fair elections because in order to get the change we want to see in the world, we have to be able to VOTE for leaders who will represent OUR values – and we have to be able to vote them OUT when they don’t.
Whatever issue gets you most fired up – whether is is healthcare, education, or the environment – it is affected by the actions of elected politicians.
The right to vote has never been freely given – it has always had to be demanded.
From the Sons of liberty, to the suffragettes to the Selma march for voting rights, the story of America is the story of fighting for the right to vote.
Now, in 2018, in North Carolina, the right to vote is under attack in a way we have not seen since Jim Crow.
The NC state legislature is the body that writes the laws that govern elections, that draws the voting district maps that have been racially gerrymandered, and that spends MILLIONS of dollars defending their unconstitutional attacks on democracy in court.
And every single member of the NC state legislature is up for election this year.
The suffragette “Silent Sentinels” stood outside the white House for 8 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 2 and 1/2 years in silence – to empower YOU to have YOUR VOICE be heard.
Then, in November – VOTE.
Vote like your life depends on it.