“If you would be truly free, if you would leave an inheritance of dignity and equality for your children, you will register and vote.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Vote! Vote as if your life depends on it…….because it does!

Remember the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner known as the “Freedom Summer murders” who were civil rights workers abducted and killed in Mississippi in 1964. Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were from New York City and James Chaney was from Meridian, Mississippi. They were working with the Freedom Summer campaign by registering Blacks to vote in Mississippi. They paid with their lives. #vote

Remember John Lewis whose recent tweet he shared stated “I have been beaten, my skull fractured and arrested more than 40 times so that each and every person has the right to register and vote.” #vote

Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose message was “Let us march on ballot boxes” marking the 53rd anniversary of the five-day, 54-mile Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights.” #vote

Today, we are witnessing first-hand voter suppression tactics employed that are bold, brazen and unapologetic. Black and brown people have always been the targets. Now it’s our red brothers and sisters, Native Americans in North Dakota. Several years ago their movement gave witness to our nation the national spotlight against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation.

Could the voter ID laws now requiring a street address be retaliation for such action?

Could the purging of over 100,000 voters from the voting rolls in Georgia be the results of the possibility of the state having its first African American woman governor?

Could voter suppression in Florida for its potential noncitizens be a threat to the powers that be?

As we approach the Midterm Elections it is critical that everyone who is registered vote. The lives and the quality of life for all the citizenry depend on your vote! #vote

Simply put, vote as if your life depends on it…. because it does!

“And so we shall have to do more than register and more than vote; we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud with enthusiasm.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

#Vote #goodtrouble

Gaynelle Wethers is a resident of Pittsford.