Help All Americans Have a Say in Their Own Future

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Because of the frightening steps taken by some to silence people of color and the poor by excluding them from voting in this election, I wrote this piece for the Chronicle of Philanthropy: “In a Year of Intimidating Voters, It’s Never Been More Urgent for Nonprofits to Get Out the Vote.”

As Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, my ethics professor and faculty advisor, warned, “If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.”

Therefore, I urge you to step forward to make it safe for all Americans to have a say in their own future. Visibly promote registration and turn-out-the-vote efforts on a nonpartisan basis to remind people that voting is fully protected by our Constitution. Write your own blog post or op-ed, or share this one through social media, so more people recognize the need for us all to speak up to insist on, and protect, the voting rights of everyone so that even more voices can be heard.  Do what you can to ensure that those who want to vote get to vote.

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