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Operation Go Vote: Our Manifesto

Operation Go Vote represents a simple mission with a very simple, but

urgent purpose. We are determined to encourage Black voters in Louisiana to

return to the habit of exercising the hard-earned right to vote, by refuting the notion

that those votes don’t matter. Because they do!

Operation Go Vote was formed by a group of volunteers and non-political

organizations who have become concerned by recent election trends not only at the

national level, but also at the state and local levels. For example, Black voters in

Orleans Parish remain in the majority but they turned out in lower percentages than

white voters for the October 12 th primary, and the same was true statewide for

Black voters across Louisiana even with all the major statewide offices up for

grabs.

Recent news reports have focused on the extraordinary efforts taken by

Russian operatives and other foreign players using social media to discourage

Black voter turnout in 2016. Amazingly, those efforts were assisted by a medley of

Black so-called thought leaders and/or celebrities who publicly fostered the notion

that it’s okay to stay away from the polls when neither candidate excites us, or

opined that somehow NOT voting was a way of making a statement.

While we delude ourselves about whether we even matter, numerous states

across the USA landscape have enacted measures (like the photo I.D. laws) that

critics complain are designed to discourage people of color from voting. Why do

our enemies seem to understand our awesome potential to decide elections,

apparently more so than we do?

And so, it is never a cliché to remind ourselves and our loved ones and

friends that “A VOTE-less People Are A HOPE-less People” and that our

ancestors suffered mightily and often died while battling for our right to vote!


WE MUST DENOUNCE THE "DON'T VOTE" NARRATIVE:


Somewhere along the way, too many Black voters allowed ourselves to be

duped into thinking our votes "don't matter" (y'all remember that was a key

element of Russian social media strategy for 2016, right?) In the latest Louisiana

primary elections, Black voter turnout once again was lower than expected. So, if

you/we don't vote in the November run-off contest next month, but then we don't

like the outcome, we can only look in the mirror and blame ourselves for being

duped again.

The crazy but apparently seductive notion that voting doesn't matter (or that

we should avoid the polls unless a candidate excites us) must be rejected.

No question such thinking must be abandoned at the 2019 state and 2020

national levels as though our futures depend on it. Now is the time for right-

minded to wake up and vote!


VOTE EARLY – IT’S SO EASY!


Early Voting for the November 16 runoff elections in Louisiana runs

November 2-thru-9 at multiple parish locations between 8:30am-6:00pm, and early

voting is now easier and quicker than ever. No excuses y'all, let's GO VOTE as if

people gave their lives for us to have that right.

Because they did!

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