Mar 182014

The Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL) strongly urges each and every one of us to get out and Vote tomorrow, March 18, 2014, in the Illinois General Primary.

To quote President Johnson in 1965:
…But about this there can and should be no argument. Every American citizen must have the right to vote…
…It is wrong – deadly wrong – to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States’ rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.”

Voting Is Your Voice!

COAL Board of Directors

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What Matters Most to You? Tell Somebody!

CHICAGO, Illinois, March 17, 2014 – It is time for us to vote again. On tomorrow, March 18 we begin the process of saying what we think is important.
Voter turnout (especially within our community) for primary elections is consistently low, allowing candidates to win with very little input from the people they are charged to represent.
Let’s do something different.   Take the time to make your voice heard.
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. Access to capital and other barriers are stifling the growth of our business sector. Schools are not delivering the quality of education our global economy requires. Too many of us still use emergency rooms as doctors and can’t afford the tests they suggest. Too many in our community 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 healthy — then tell the candidates that you want better and more affordable 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.

 Voting is Your Voice, Voting is Our VoiceClick here to view the March 2014 2.0 Issue here  


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