Thursday, November 23, 2017
We Vote For Change
By Abraham J. Jankans
Published September 18, 2008

This year's election on November 4th will be one of the most important in American history. As all of us are aware, it is important not only because of the difficult times facing our nation and its people, but also because of its historical significance. America is on the cusp of electing our first African-American President, which will do much in furthering the dream of freedom, justice, equality and opportunities for all Americans regardless of race/culture, gender or economic circumstances.

This election will come down to a handful of small but important swing states whose electoral votes will decide the next president of the United States of America. We must ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted in this crucial election. Our neighbor state of Nevada, by a mere handful of votes, could be the deciding swing state in this election. In 2004, George W. Bush won Nevada by 2.6%, or approximately 20,000 votes. The latest Nevada Poll Averages have the candidates neck and neck, within 1-2 percentage points. Less than 60% of African-American Nevadans are registered to vote. With careful outreach, many of the unregistered could become first time voters. If we increased African-American voter turnout by 10%, we could quite literally swing Nevada and change the outcome of this election. This time, the power is in our hands!

For that reason, we are launching a large-scale voter registration drive from southern California to our neighboring swing-state of Nevada, in order to register new voters. Hundreds of volunteers from many organizations throughout southern California will be taking part in this movement.

We are rallying additional volunteers for a 3-day trip on the weekend of September 26th-28 to participate in registration efforts in the African-American community of Clark County. On Friday, September 26, there will be a Debate Watching party and rally with notable community leaders and politicians at the LA Sentinel Headquarters at 3800 S. Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008. You are invited to join with elected officials, community and civic leaders. If you are interested in participating in this event, please register at

Volunteers should arrive at 5:30. After the party, we will caravan out to Las Vegas. Beginning at 9 AM Saturday morning, volunteers will be trained on voter registration and dispatched into the community to do voter registration.

We recommend carpooling, as buses and caravan transportation will be limited. There will be limited housing in Las Vegas; therefore, we recommend that you make reservations for accommodations in advance. If you need assistance in this process, please contact us via email at

If you have yet to be involved in the political process, this is a great opportunity to make a difference in your community and your country. Our vote is our most precious right, and now we can make a stand for justice in the spirit of Rosa Parks who demonstrated that each person can make a difference. Dr. King had a dream, now we have a goal.

We Vote For Change is a consortium of community leaders and activist interested in making a difference in our community through voter registration, get out the vote activities and political education. For more information, please contact our website at We are seeking additional community partners and community leaders.

Abraham J. Jankans can be emailed at


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