Sep 242012

For Immediate Release

What Matters Most to You?  Tell Somebody!

CHICAGO, Illinois, September 24, 2012 – It is time for us to vote again for the President of our United States.  On November 6, we get to say what we think is important.

People will tell you that voting does not matter.  They will say that it is a waste of time.  It is not!

When you vote, you are telling the world what matters to you.  Voting is your voice!

We are living in hard times.  Hard times that are, in many ways, the result of choices and decisions made by other people. People who you may not know and you may not have voted for, but they shape the things that are happening.

African Americans are unemployed and underemployed, overextended and living in and near neighborhoods where violence is normal. Keeping our homes is harder. Schools weren’t working for our children long before the teachers went on strike.  Too many of us use emergency rooms as doctors and can’t afford the tests they suggest.  We are living on the edge.

What matters to you?  Jobs  —  then tell the people in charge that you want a job that pays a living wage so that you can take care of yourself and your family.

What matters to you? Safety —  then tell folks how tired you are of the violence in your community.

What matters to you? Education  —  then let them know that you believe that our children have the right to go to schools that teach them well and they should be able to go to college and not spend their entire lives paying back loans.

What matters to you?  Feeling Good  — then tell the candidates that you want better health care.

What matters to you?  A Government full of people who serve You – then make them hear you!

When politicians don’t hear our voices, they believe that we don’t matter.  We become invisible.  When they hear from us (when we make time to vote), we make a difference.

In hard times, it is easy to give up.  Easy to stop trying and easy to stop caring.  But it is in the hard times, that it is even more important that we keep trying.  Keep trying to make a difference.

The Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL) strongly urges each and every one of us
to get out and Vote on November 6.   Please tell them that you matter!


– Make sure you are registered to vote. If not, get registered. The last day to register is Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

– Make sure that you know where you have to go to vote.  Precincts and wards have changed in the City of Chicago.  Go to:

– If you live outside of the city, in suburban Cook County.  Go to:

– Vote early – Early Voting for the Nov 6 General Election starts Monday, Oct. 22 and ends Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

– If you know people who may have trouble getting to places where they can vote, give them a ride.

– Remind people that November 6 voting hours are between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm.

– Commit to identifying 5 friends and family and ensure that they also vote and that each of them, in turn, identifies their own 5 friends/family.

 Click here for COAL Press Release – Voting Is Your Voice.

The Coalition of African American Leaders (C.O.A.L.) believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people.  C.O.A.L. is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity.  We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent.  We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.

Contact: Clarence N. Wood, President
Coalition of African American Leaders (C.O.A.L.)
(312) 404-8269
[email protected]

Craig K. Wimberly, Chair
COAL – Public Policy
(773) 350-9315
[email protected]

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