This is a defining moment in the life of the Raleigh community and it seems that it would be good for Pullen to have a strong presence there. Thanks, ~Barbara Smalley-McMahan
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING LAST THREE DAYS OF EARLY VOTING!
This last week when many of us were in the neighborhood where Akiel Denkins was killed, we heard people say they couldn’t vote because they didn’t have a Photo ID. As a way of trying to correct that misperception and help their community deal with the anger and grief they’re feeling, the mothers in the black community began talking with the street family (i.e., gang members) and others last Tuesday about turning the power of their grief and anger, into the power of the people at the polls! Doing this can be especially significant this year with the #BlackLivesMatter Movement on the ballot in NC, since we’re electing our Attorney General, DA’s, local sheriffs, and four judges, including one to the NC Supreme Court.
Getting the word out into the community is a big job! The matriarchs of southeast Raleigh have said they’d welcome our help. They want us to let the people know what political positions are on the ballot for this primary election, and also tell them they can vote without a Photo ID if they had a “reasonable impediment” to getting one. If we’ll willing to be in the neighborhood helping voters today and tomorrow (see below) before the polls close for early voting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, the street family has agreed to be there too, watching over us and letting people know we’re their friends.
We’ve also been asked to come to their Community March to the Polls today, which begins at 3:00 with free food and music at 513 Branch St. The four candidates for Attorney General have been invited to attend the event too, and to answer questions about where they stand on the criminal justice issues that concern the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. In addition to wanting DA’s to act like the prosecuting attorneys they’re supposed to be when black and brown citizens are killed and the officers are summoned to appear before a Grand Jury, the people are concerned about the disproportionate incarceration rates, racialized stop and search practices, having a successful re-entry program for those formerly incarcerated, etc., and want to know where the candidates stand on all of these issues.
If you’d like to help get the word out on the streets about all of the above, please contact me (Barbara) at email@example.com and let me know when and how you’d like to help. Volunteers are:
- Going door-to-door all day Friday & again on Saturday morning in neighborhoods on both side of MLK Jr. Blvd
- Talking with voters as they’re leaving local stores, gas stations, barber shops, etc.
- Making phone calls on Sunday afternoon from 12:45 – 4:00 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., to make sure those who haven’t voted, get out to vote on Tuesday!
Thank you for being willing to make a difference for our neighbors who are grieving in southeast Raleigh by encouraging people to vote, as we look for other ways in the days ahead to offer our ongoing love and support. I look forward to hearing from you and arranging a time for you to volunteer.