Apathy is a dangerous thing. In New Orleans they recently held elections and it is a terrible thing when a city as badly damaged and divided as this city is, gets less than a 20 percent turn out. Reports have shown that New Orleans is still a majority Black city but so few Blacks got involved to let their voices be heard. As we have and continue to discuss, our own community is under attack on lots of different levels and we have some serious issues, which we must address.
Well, sitting on the sidelines doing nothing and bitching about the outcome certainly is not the way to fix our problems. For the past year I have dedicated myself and this paper to making African American Voter Education and Voter Registration one of my priorities. This African American Voter Program has had significant impact in getting Mike Davis elected to the 48th Assembly, it played a key role in Laura Richardson winning as African Americans held on to the Congressional Seat vacated after the death of our beloved Congresswoman and friend Juanita McDonald and the Black vote will also play a key factor in several upcoming races including the 55th Assembly District, the Los Angeles County Supervisor 2nd District and of course the 2008 Presidential Elections.
In 2004 I led a campaign, which registered over 2000 new voters, and at Taste of Soul this year over 3,000 people registered to vote or signed up to get involved in either the Obama or Clinton for President Campaign, and I promise you all this effort will not stop anytime soon.
Right now, we are once again fighting the fight to hold on to the seat vacated by Laura Richardson’s election to Congress. This has been a seat held by an African American for several years, from Juanita McDonald to Congresswoman Richardson. And now Councilman Mike Gipson is in a battle with Warren Fuatani.
People constantly want to reduce the significance of African Americans and our voting power. I refuse to believe that our power has been diminished, but I am concerned that we (African Americans) will diminish our own validity by not coming out, taking a stance and getting involved. Again, my brothers and sisters I am asking you to take a stand. I am asking you to get involved in the campaign to elect Mike Gipson to the 55th Assembly District of the California Legislature.
We need to send a message to every political entity and community entity out there, let them know that we will not sit still, we are not going to sit on the sidelines, we are determined to send a message to every mayor, councilman, assemblyperson, or other elected official that you cannot discount us, you cannot take us for granted and we refuse to just sit back and take it and we will not be apathetic in the decisions that matter most in our community. Please, Please, Please my brother and sisters lets get involved and get involved NOW! Let’s take a stand, register to vote, get involved in a campaign, make sure every member of your family is registered to vote and then make sure they vote, that is the only way we can stand up and be counted, short of that we might as well sit around and wait to be washed away by a hurricane and then complain about the outcome.
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to “Talk to Danny.”
Sincerely, Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. President & Executive Editor