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On November 6, millions of us will cast our votes not simply for a candidate or a ballot measure, but as a statement of values for our state and our country. While California voters seem certain to overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama’s reelection, we will also be faced with two major initiatives—Propositions 30 and 32—that have tremendous implications for the future of our state.
Proposition 30 is Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to make sure that everyone pays their fair share by requiring the wealthy to pay a little more so that our children can have a quality education that will prepare them for the jobs of the future. If we do not pass Proposition 30, our schools will face $6 billion in cuts and may be forced to shorten the school year, lay off thousands more teachers and increase class sizes by another 20%. We can stop these cuts by voting YES on Proposition 30.
Proposition 32 is a special-interest power grab to silence working Californians’ voice in the political process, while creating special exemptions for the corporate interests who are behind this deceitful measure. Proposition 32 is more than just an attack on working people in our state: it is part of a nationwide, extreme right-wing effort to disenfranchise people of color. In other states, that effort comes in the form of restrictive Voter Identification laws, but in California, they are targeting our ability to make our collective voice heard. We must vote NO on Proposition 32 because it’s not what it seems.
The African American community has historically played a critical role in helping America become the best version of herself. This year we must again vote our values by voting YES on Proposition 30 and NO on Proposition 32. Never forget, many courageous people fought, bled, and even died, so that we can vote. With the simple act of casting a ballot, we will reaffirm our hard-won right participate fully in the democratic process.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas represents the Second Supervisorial District. He founded the African American Voter Registration Education and Participation Project in 2002. Learn more about AAVREP by visiting www.africanamericanvoterrep.org
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