Protect Your Vote

If you are a woman or minority, your right to vote was purchased with bloodshed.  Whatever your party or preference, you should exercise your voting rights to honor those who sacrificed.  Now the Republicans are attempting to roll back your rights with underhanded legislation that effectively ensures you cannot vote in the elections.

Some states have eliminated voting on the Sunday prior to the election, 34 states have implemented photo ID requirements, 15 states are demanding proof of citizenship – birth certificate.  Nine states have implemented no early voting and no late voter registration.  These laws actually violate the Voter Registration Act, Section five.

The target demographics for these anti-American laws are African-Americans, Latinos, Women, Seniors and college students.  Most seniors do not have their birth certificates on hand, many minorities and women work hours which make it difficult to vote on a Tuesday and eliminating Sunday voting will effectively eliminate their votes.  Student IDs have been ruled as not sufficient for voting.

Arm yourself with information.  Brennan Center for Justice has a site that describes all of the new changes and how you can challenge them or keep your voting rights intact.  Alternatively, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683) to find out all the new changes and how you can protect your rights.

Welcome to 2011

{EAV_BLOG_VER:24e89e9e6fba1a74} Hello everyone, and welcome to 2011, the cultural update.

Please note; well spoken, educated black people are not sell outs, fake white people or uncle toms.  They are just intelligent enough to know that an education is a more important asset than a hip car or cell phone.

Education can take you places socially, financially and in a career.  It can also enhance your family interactions so that yelling does not become the default language.  Education makes you a more interesting person to talk with and allows you to contribute knowledge to others.

White people are not the enemy.  Ignorance is the enemy of everyone in the world.  Atrocities are committed by every race and culture in the world.  Until violence and poverty are eliminated as OK for someone else, we are all subject to become slaves to fear.

Even in our current economy, you are what you make of yourself.  If you choose to be depressed and downtrodden, you will be.  No matter what your financial situation you can choose to be fearless and create opportunities for success.

Embrace each new contact with a spirit of positiveness and maybe it will come back to you.  If not, wish them well and move on.  Each second you spend whining or complaining about what someone was or was not is a second of your life they own.

Take ownership of your life and future with decisions that create a new and more powerful you.  It takes time, but all good things do, so invest time and knowledge in yourself and make yourself a force in the community by volunteering, helping the needy and voting.

Join the new future.