Message From Our President

Message From Our President

Significance of Our Vote on Election Day

  • by HAUL
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016

On the evening of November the 8, 2016, the American people chose a President to represent our nation and lead the free world. Represent our nation and lead the free world. When I ponder the significance of those eight words, I wonder if we really felt the significance of our vote on Election Day. For decades, we as a people have pushed the civil rights agenda forward to ensure all our voices are heard. We have fought for and gained opportunities to ensure diversity and inclusion. We have fought to level the playing field and spoken up for the undereducated, underemployed, under housed and underrepresented. We fought to have federal legislation to protect our rights ensuring that fairness and equality is forever our aim. And like a thief in the night, people look up and see voter suppression being exercised through our court system, and our protections like Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act being gutted. We hear the “dog whistle” language of “Take our Country Back” and “Make America Great Again” while incidents of violence between black men and police escalate across the country. We heard the rhetoric, and witnessed the ugly side of the constant pitting of us against them, and then we went to the polls.

For those people who decided not to vote, you gave your decision for President to someone who did. For those who voted for the least flawed candidate as opposed to the most qualified, consider that strategy when selecting your next surgeon. For those that just wanted to make America Great Again, well here’s our chance. Now, more than ever, you the American taxpayer must become involved in our Republic. You must ensure that candidates seeking your vote represent your values, your interest, your moral judgement and will fight for all people, not just those who are liberal or conservative but all. Perhaps there has been a feeling in this nation that our voices don’t matter in the body politic… but they do. When you get involved in the real issues we trust our elected officials to debate on behalf of all, and not one or the other. Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan may not have come with a bright red cap you could wear at a rally, but the message of “Stronger Together” exemplifies who we are and have been as a nation.

The Urban League will continue to fight for the least, the last and the lost while supporting those more prepared to lead as well. We believe that we all matter; from our poorest client to the entrepreneur we have assisted in landing a multi-million dollar contract. We invite you to join us in the battle. You have the most powerful voice of all but we must become more serious about our involvement. We will stay involved with the Trump Administration, just as we did the Obama Administration to ensure that all voices, especially yours will be heard.

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