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
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
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!