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STOP MAKING EXCUSES: 10 “I’m Not Voting Excuses” You Can No Longer Use

20150712_210956_resized-1Election 2016 is right around the corner.  This may be one of the most important elections of our time.  And yet — many people are giving reasons — no, excuses — for why they aren’t going to vote.  Here are 10 excuses people are using to justify not voting on November 8, 2016.  And here are 10 reasons why these excuses are weak and need to be dismissed.

  1.  I don’t feel inspired by either candidate.

The voting process is not supposed to inspire you.  Voting is how we get people into offices.  Voting is how we hire presidents, congressman and senators on the federal level, and how we hire governors, state senators and representatives, mayors, supervisors, sheriff’s and a slew of other officials on the state and local levels.  Voting is how we pass laws and implement policies that matter to the least than and the left out, and how we make life better for more than just the wealthy and privileged.  The candidate’s job description is not “to inspire the people.”  Stop focusing on personalities and get inspired by the issues that matter to you.  Vote for issues and facts, not emotions and personalities!  Vote for the candidate who has addressed the issues that you care about.

2.  I’m protesting against the Democratic and Republican parties by voting for someone else.

You don’t protest at the polls.  You protest in the streets.  To everything there is a season.  Election Day is not the day to protest.  If you are not voting for the Democratic or Republican candidate on 11/8/16, you have wasted your vote because your someone else is not going to win.  First, not all states will have other candidates on the ballot.  Second, the other candidates will not get enough total electoral votes to win the election.  So, even if you like someone else’s views, if that person is not a major contender and you vote for that person, you’ve just wasted your vote.  Question: Would you pay money to eat at a restaurant that doesn’t have the ability to fill your order and serve you?  No, you wouldn’t.  Don’t waste your vote!

3.  My vote doesn’t matter.

In 2012, President Barak Obama won the state of Pennsylvania by 300,000 votes – that’s three hundred thousand votes!  It sounds like a lot but it really came down to only 17 extra votes per precinct.  One vote here, two votes there – they add up!  Every vote matters!

4.  I’m tired of career politicians.

No one ever complains about a doctor being a career doctor.  No one ever complains about a teacher being a career teacher.  No one has ever complained about a soldier or a marine being a career military person.  No one ever complains about career chefs, mechanics or singers.  Stop complaining about politicians being career politicians.  Politicians are public service workers.  What better person to work for public citizens than someone who has experience working for and with the public.

5.  Voting doesn’t change anything.

Voting is a step in the process of change.  Change takes time and it takes multiple steps.  Unless your goal is only one step away, one step will not get you to your goal.  Contrary to what many people have said, I don’t believe Black people died for the right to vote.  I believe they died for change.  They died for the right to be self-determinant.  They died for the right to have a say in their lives.  Voting was one way they could be self-determinant.  Voting was one way they could change the conditions of their lives.  So they voted – and they protested injustice – and they marched and rallied for civil rights for all people – and they proposed legislation – and slowly but surely, change happened.  Change is a crock-pot process, not a microwave process.  Voting is one step in the process of change.

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Courtesy of Kevin Gyure: Lego Vote

6.  I don’t understand the electoral process

Learn about the process.  Click on this link: https://www.usa.gov/election#item-36072

7. I don’t know who to vote for.

List five issues (or more) that are important to you.  Then go to the candidate’s website (president, vice president, senator, congressman, county supervisor – whoever is on the ballot) and read!  Find out whether what’s important to you, is important to them.  The candidate whose beliefs, values and policies are similar or close to your beliefs and values is the candidate you should vote for.

 8. I don’t know what’s on the ballot

Do a Google search using your state’s name and “State Board of Elections” or something similar.  When you get to the website, click Elections.  You should be able to find out who and what is on the ballot in your state.  Knowledge and information is just a click away.

9. I’m not a registered voter, I don’t know if I have the right voter ID, I don’t know where my voting precinct is located.

Find out how to become registered, what ID you need and where your poll is located.  Click on this link and follow the instructions. http://www.canivote.org

10.  I have physical limitations and getting inside the polling precinct is difficult.

The precinct workers will provide car-side service for you.  Just pull up and someone will bring your ballot to you.  How’s that for service!

NO MORE EXCUSES.  VOTE!

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Copyright © 2016 by Kanisha L. Adkins.

Henrico, VA 23228 – phone 202-854-1963 – email: info@kanishaladkins.com

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“FAITH &…” 40 Days and 40 Nights

20150712_210956_resized-1A major movement is going across the southern United States. It’s America’s Journey for Justice (http://www.naacp.org//ajfj) sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (www.naacp.org) An 860-mile march from Alabama started earlier this month at the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge.

…You remember the Edmund Pettus Bridge, don’t you? It’s the site where 600 peaceful protesters were met, on a Sunday in 1965, with tear gas and violent billy club beatings by state and local police, simply for attempting to go from Selma to Montgomery to claim the right to vote for Black people in Alabama. It’s the site where that horrific event, now known as “Bloody Sunday”, occurred. (http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al4.htm) This is the site where America’s Journey for Justice started…

Just before the march started, Rev. Theresa A. Dear, NAACP National Board Member and one of the justice marchers stated, “We are doing something of biblical proportions.”  “Of biblical proportions” INDEED! For this journey for justice will take place over the span of 40 days and 40 nights.
The number “40” appears numerous times throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Some people may think that it’s just a random number that appears throughout the sacred and holy texts. But others believe that the number “40”, whether it’s 40 years or 40 days, has significance and that it represents a period of waiting, testing and preparation. Think about…

The “Great Flood” that caused Noah, his family and the animals to be shut up in the ark, was the result of 40 days and 40 nights of rain. (Genesis 7:4, 12) While on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights, Moses received commandments and instructions from God, which he wrote on stone tablets. (Exodus 24:18) After breaking the tablets, Moses returned to Mount Sinai for another 40 days and 40 nights to receive and write the commandments of God again. (Exodus 34:28) The men whom Moses sent to spy on the land of Canaan, which was promised by God to the people of Israel, were gone for 40 days (and presumably 40 nights). (Exodus 13:25) The giant Goliath confronted and taunted the armies of Israel for 40 days and 40 nights, once in the morning and once in the evening, before he was defeated by David. (I Kings 17:16) The prophet Elijah, after eating a single meal, was strengthened and traveled for 40 days and 40 nights. (1 Kings 19:8) Jonah warned the people of Nineveh that they had 40 days to repent and return to God or their city would be destroyed. (Jonah 3:4) Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:2) And after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples over a period of 40 days, speaking to them about the Kingdom of God and the promise of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:3)

All of these events lasted 40 days and 40 nights. All of them represented a period of waiting, testing and preparation. And at the end of the 40 days and 40 nights, great and mighty works were eventually accomplished. The same is sure to be the story when America’s Journey for Justice completes its 40 day and 40 night march, stopping in 5 southern states: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, to rally additional supporters and marchers and to focus attention on their agenda before ending at their final destination.

The agenda? “To advance and protect the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education. “ The destination? Washington. D. C., the nation’s capitol!

The advocates, sponsors and partners? Individual girls, boys, women and men, and a host of social, religious and civic groups and organizations, including the American Federation of Teachers, the National Women’s Law Center, the National Congress of Black Women, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Greenpeace, just to name a few.

In the middle of the summer, 860 miles, 40 days and 40 nights, 5 southern states and the District of Columbia. In the words of Rev. Dear, “The days are hot. The march is long. The victory is certain.”

To become a justice marcher or to find out other ways that you can support America’s Journey for Justice, simply click this link. (http://www.naacp.org//ajfj)

Follow America’s Journey for Justice on Facebook (#JusticeSummer)

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