The Game Stays the Same Because the Game Still Works

Guess what?  You have to change.

Case study: voting.

“Less than 18 months before the next presidential election, Republican-controlled statehouses around the country are rewriting voting laws to require photo identification at the polls, reduce the number of days of early voting or tighten registration rules.” (nytimes.com)

You’re sick of black history month.  You can’t relate to the Freedom Fighters.  You wish the civil rights lions would move out of the way (BTW. They are. So will you.) The suffragette movement is too remote.  Perhaps you’re bored with the long lines that accompanied South Africa’s first election of Mandela.

You believe your vote doesn’t matter? You’re wrong.

Maybe you’re bored with politics.

Ask any public employee in Wisconsin if they wished they had gone to the polls.

Ask yourself why so many millions are poured into making voting more difficult despite scandalously low voter participation.

Getting out the vote is a long term haul.  Phone banks, research, rides.  Rock the Vote is fun but it certainly can’t replace the contributions of the Southwest Voter Research Education Project, the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Project Vote or the NAACP’s LDF.

If you won’t fight for it, pay someone else to.

If you forget why, look at the schools, the homeless, the …

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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