pictured from leflt: Margaret Jerry,Kay Taylor and Murray Holman
When The Stop The Violence Coalition, together with the Buffalo Peacemakers, Back to Basics Ministries, FATHERS, MVP’S and the Y.O.U.T.H. (Youth Outreach Urban Talent Haven) organization hosted its 2020 Voter Registration Drive kick off July 1 on Ferry near Grider, it also marked the debut release of a single titled “Wake Up.”
Created by Anthony Taylor, a member of the YO.U.T.H. organization, and an artist by the name of J. Script from Atlanta GA, “Wake Up” is designed to encourage and educate young people on the importance of coming together and voting in the upcoming November election.
“The Youth within our society will be responsible for our future generations. If we don’t invest in the responsibility of our own equality of life immediately, what will our future hold?, said Y.O.U.T.H. member Kay Taylor.
According to Ms. Taylor, they have registered over 300 persons and counting.
During the event as well as others to follow, she noted, there will be discussions on the importance of voting and “the encouragement of change and the importance of proper leadership within our communities.” Free black “Vote To Make A Difference” t-shirts were also given out at the opening event.
Ms. Taylor pointed out that what most people may not know is that you can register to vote at the age of 16. However you cannot actually cast your ballot until you are 18.
Murray Holman, executive Director of the Stop the Violence Coalition, said the registration drive effort was designed to take residents – especially all the young people who are active in the Black Lives Matter protest movement – beyond the protest.
The drives are also being supported by Attorneys John Elmore and Steve Boyd
Going forward, the 2020Voter Registration Drive campaign will take place on the following remaining Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. now thru August:
July 22 – Delaware Ave. & Hertel Ave.
July 29 – Abbott Road , McKinley Parkway & Southside Parkway
August 5 – Broadway & Bailey Avenue
August 12 – Delavan Ave. & Grider St.
August 19 – Main St. & Winspear Ave.
August 26 – Ontario St. & Tonawanda St.