To the Polls….

Tomorrow – November 6.

It is the day for American men and women to get out and exercise their right to vote. There are many reasons why YOU should get out, rain or shine, to cast your vote in the 2018 mid-terms:

  • 435 House of Representative seats
  • Healthcare
  • The Economy
  • Immigration
  • Marginalized communities
  • Controversial issues surrounding the Presidency

The above are just a few. There are certainly plenty more reasons why you need to vote.

This election day can provide us with the authority we need to take action on what has been happening in Washington since 2016.

USA Today states that if Democrats take control of the House or Senate,  Democrats would head committees throughout Congress and have the authority to look into many of the controversial issues they’ve railed against since Donald Trump took office, including the president’s tax returns.

Tuesday is the first test of how the country is going to show up since the 2016 presidential election.

Tuesday is when we are going to see how white women will show up versus how they did in the 2016 Presidential election.

Tuesday is when we are going to see how young people are going to vote.ce043cd020f02ee4703ea3b735069e06

Tuesday is when we are going to see if America is really tired of the way our country is being ran since a businessman who has a history of racist and sexist remarks has been elected to office.

This is why I am ready for Tuesday:

411 – the number of women, people of color and LGBT candidates that are in the running for the House, Senate and governor seats

272 of the 964 candidates running this year are women

216 are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or Multiracial

White male candidates are at 58% which is the lowest in the past four elections

I am voting because of Stacey Abrams. Georgia is a red state and being a former 8 year resident of Georgia, I would have never imaged that there could be a Black Female candidate to take the stage. She would be the first Black female governor in the United States. Stacy grew up like most men and women who look like her – poor but determined to be different than her surroundings. And she did it. Not only is she not a stranger to politics, she is a novelist and lawyer. Go head girl! 

I am voting because of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Alexandria stunned New Yorkers and the nation when the then 28 year old defeated Joseph Crowley earlier this year. Alexandria is Bronx-born and had expressed that “Women like her are not supposed to run for office” in a viral campaign video. But she did and she WON. The message that she is sending to her community and women who look like her is astounding. She has one more hurdle to overcome tomorrow….defeating Anthony Pappas. If she does she will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

I am voting because of Andrew Gillum. Florida is probably the most important state for Democrats to win. To have a Black man as the first Black nominee for governor of Florida is powerful. The image of the Black man has declined since the rise of police shootings and the absence of our former president. The state of Florida tends to be in headlines more than any state. The stand your ground law is something that impacts Black America more than anything. To have a brotha on THAT ballot is groundbreaking.

I am voting because of Ilhan Omar. Ilhan could be the first Muslim woman in Congress. She became the first Somali legislator in the U.S. when she was elected to the state house in Minnesota. The Muslim population in the U.S. has grown over the years to now being an estimate of 3.45 million Muslims or 1.1% of the total U.S. population. Muslims have the highest birth rate among the worlds major religious groups. Religious affiliations have been across news channels for a while now; and not in the most positive light. To have someone, especially a woman, who is not of Christian faith within the political footprint is revolutionary.

Most importantly, I am voting because of ME. America is my home and I am proud to be an American. I believe we do live in the land of opportunity, but this country has impeded black and brown people from advancing in several arenas. Turning on the news is more daunting than informative. Listening to the Commander in Chief degrade women and people of color frustrates me. Watching women bear their soul in the #MeToo movement and nothing happens makes my soul cry. America has to change. We do not carry ourselves like we are the land of opportunity, home of the free or brave.

blkgirlvoteVoting in this midterm election will help. Every vote counts. So make sure you are heading to the polls tomorrow.

Vote for yourself.

Vote for your family.

Vote for the children.

Vote for minorities.

Vote for women.

Vote for what is right.

One thing the President may have done for America is inadvertently being motivational in how men and women are wanting to represent their communities and how they are showing up at the polls this year. For that only, I will say Thank You!

In the words of Diddy, circa 2004….Vote or Die!