Volume One / Issue One/ June 1st 2020 / Votevoiced@gmail.com
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Donna Miller and I am the C.E.O. of Vote Voiced; a nonprofit devoted to getting out the vote. I am also the Chairperson of the Western Wayne County Branch of the NAACP's Voter Engagement Committee.
In America today, we are experiencing a double event: A health pandemic and the continued widespread violence perpetuated against people of color.
It is the on-going hope of all Americans that the elections of 2020 will be a course correction. So, let us not be complacent. Not only is it important to make voting your lifestyle. It is also important to become a voting activist.
We must harness the power of our collective votes to work towards Social Justice. Not only for African Americans, but for all Americans as well. We must pass the importance of our individual vote down to other generations.
We must and we can vote for the Candidates whom we can trust with our health and safety.
We do not know what the future will hold. Hopefully, we will slowly continue to open-up as Covid-19 cases disappear. And we find a way to fight off the illness. Until that day comes, we must be prepared to engage with Candidates on the Local, State and Federal levels with your questions virtually if necessary. We must demand the Candidate we choose is not self-centered; but people centered.
We must learn to have faith in our decision when we choose a Candidate. We are not hopeless Americans. We have critical voting choices to be made. We must use our voting superpower.
Vote for the America you want generations of people to inherit. Pass on voting as a lifestyle to your family, friends and community.
Remember, become a voting activist. You can do this by:
# Starting at home reminding family and friends to vote. Ask if they are registered to vote. Check to see if your State has a vote by mail option, for those who may need to vote by mail.
# If you choose to vote in person; create a voting plan.
Know where your polling place is located. When does the polls open & close?
When will you vote? For example, in the morning, before work, after lunch.
How are you getting to your polling place? Walk, drive, public transportation or another
Is anyone going with you? For example, a friend, coworker or spouse, etc.
# Volunteering to phone bank or texting to get out the vote. The next time an opportunity comes your way.
# Remember in many States you may have the option to vote by mail. Contact your City Clerk's office.
# Know your Voting Rights. Contact your Secretary of State. In the State of Michigan go to Mi.gov
Lastly, I would like to invite you to join other activist groups. Together we will make a change. I have included a membership form you can download and join the Western Wayne County NAACP.
Our Future is now - Stand with us.
Thank you. Remember to wear a mask. Practice Social Distancing and stay safe.