By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Received: March 14, 2019
See the latest on this story, published in the New York Times on May 29th, announcing Whitley’s resignation!)
Peace and blessings Sisters and Brothers!
Without a doubt, the Right to Freedom of Speech and the Right to Vote, in my opinion, are the two most important Constitutional Rights that minorities and oppressed people of every Race, Nation, and Creed MUST ZEALOUSLY FIGHT AND STRUGGLE TO PROTECT!
Mr. David Whitley is the Acting Secretary of State in Texas. Whitley was appointed and is currently supported by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Whitley, a Republican, has created a list of approximately 90.000 names of Texas residents which he has classified as non-citizens who should be unceremoniously purged from Voting Rolls.
After a thorough and fact-finding investigation as well as a couple Lawsuits, it was discovered that THOUSANDS of these so called NON CITIZENS are actually predominantly legal naturalized citizens who absolutely should not be purged from Voting Rolls!
The State of Texas has a sordid history of Voter Suppression as well as Voter Intimidation and historically, it has been REPUBLICANS attempting to sabotage and obstruct the RIGHT 2 VOTE of minorities that many times vote DEMOCRAT!
SCARE TACTICS AT THE POLLS, REDISTRICTING MAPS, AND BLATANT PRE-ORCHESTRATED ACTS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION HAVE BECOME THE NORM IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. It would seem that Texas is in the same league as North Carolina when it comes to cheating the most vulnerable communities out of their opportunity to Vote.
In late February 2019 a Federal Judge in Texas ruled that the Voter Roll Purge attempted by Whitley and friends would be put on hold. Not long after that, at the Texas State Capitol, a small committee of Texas State Senators voted to advance David Whitley as the nominee for the Secretary of State Position. The Vote was 4 Senators in FAVOR and 3 Senators AGAINST. REPUBLICANS voting along party lines were in FAVOR of Whitley, while the 3 DEMOCRATS voted AGAINST Whitley. I don’t believe I need to say anything else — but I will.
Sisters and Brothers, I am requesting that you help us create a TWITTER STORM. In fact, we need a TWITTER TSUNAMI in order to HALT the confirmation of David Whitley to the position of Secretary of the State in Texas. (#STOPDAVIDWHITLEY!)
A fellow Activist and Changemaker by the name of Amani Sawari and her organization Jailhouse Lawyers Speak received a 2019 Roddenberry Fellowship in order to promote their GAME CHANGING campaign known as Right-2-Vote! I firmly believe that blocking Whitley from becoming the new Secretary of State in Texas and defending the Voting Rights of our Latinx sisters and brothers as well as other oppressed people is in-keeping with the work that Amani and I am committed to doing this year. Furthermore, there are 19 other Activists and Changemakers across the United States who I know will be very interested in aiding us in this endeavor. 19 Activists who also received Roddenberry Fellowships.
You see Sisters and Brothers, I am in Texas which has the largest prison system in the United States. Texas uses its so called criminal justice system to cage and enslave a disproportionate number of people of color. One of the purposes is to disenfranchise a broad swath of minority voters — voters who do not vote REPUBLICAN!
However, the ‘GAME’ gets a lot uglier and more complicated when we observe our Governor Greg Abbott attempting to strategically place one of his CRONIES who is known to suppress the votes of Latinx and minorities in a position that would place him in charge of the voting process in Texas!! We must fight against this.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has the largest Political War Chest of any Governor in the United States and Abbott is absolutely willing to use that money and his influence to crush and silence the voices of Texas’ most vulnerable communities. It is not enough for Abbott to create an unequal playing field, he wants to ensure that we are under-represented so that Laws and Policies which would help pull us up out of poverty and free us from prison never see the light of day!!!
Abbott and his Attorney General, Ken Paxton, are masters at gaming the System. Did anyone notice that Paxton’s wife Angela has filed a piece of Legislation that would expand the powers of the Attorney General which in effect would absolve Ken Paxton of his pending CRIMINAL CHARGES??? Thought we missed that, Ken and Angela? We Didn’t!
It is going to take a massive collective effort to push back against these attempts to infringe upon our voting rights. Please, do your own research on the topic and then — HELP US FIGHT!!
I WILL NOT REMAIN SILENT!! Will You?
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!