On Election Day, An Obligation to Vote

Barack Obama

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Kia Croom Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led a 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to increase African American voter registration. Battling tear gas, cattle prods and police batons, it took Dr. King and the marchers three attempts to complete the march, a pivotal event that focused national attention on Black disenfranchisement and was credited with bringing about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Today, with Barack Obama as our nation’s 44th president, it is our community’s solemn obligation – demonstrating just how far we have come as a country – to turn out to vote on Election Day – not just to have a say on the reelection of the president but also to take stands on school funding and the political direction and policy priorities of our city government. “We need to encourage our country to move forward by re-electing President Barack Obama, but it doesn’t stop there,” said Lloyd Madden, president of the Black American Political Action Committee of Contra Costa County (BAPAC). “It is important that individuals vote on state and local measures and for candidates, too, because the decisions we make at the ballot box will directly impact our community – from what kind of schools will be there for our children, to who will represent us on the City Council and to whether our community will be unfairly taxed,” he said. For a ride to the polls or if you have questions, call (510) 307-5580. BAPAC recommends: President: Barack Obama; Measure N beverage tax: No; City Council:  Nat Bates, Gary Bell, Bea Roberson; US Senator: Dianne Feinstein; Congress: George Miller; Measure A for Contra Costa College: Yes; Measure E for better school facilities: Yes; Measure G for better school funding: Yes.
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