THE GOAL of the Movement
People of color are sick and tired of being ignored, lied to and disappointed by elected officials. People of color are tired of their votes being taken for granted, tired of being made to feel guilty for not trusting in the "democratic process" and tired of being made to feel ashamed for not voting at all.
Voting is a right but in order to encourage people of color to exercise that right, they need sound reasoning. False promises and hopes of a bright future have no merit. No more will elected official have the votes of people of color with no accountability. WITHHOLD THE VOTE is holding elected officials and candidates accountable to the issues that affect people of color.
WITHHOLD THE VOTE is a data driven approach that tracks, monitors and analyzes legislation. This data driven approach holds elected officials accountable to not just what they say but what they do. Elected officials must initiate and/or support policy to advance the lives of people of color and if they don't, we will WITHHOLD THE VOTE. No more will we allow elected officials to "fly under the radar" and "skate by". We are holding them accountable and following their actions.
The goal of WITHHOLD THE VOTE is to collaborate with every day people to monitor elected officials state-to-state. If you are interested in working in your state, please email us and let's get started: WithholdTheVote@gmail.com
There is a lot to do... Thank you!
THE INCITE of a Movement
WITHHOLD THE VOTE was started by Tamara Johnson-Shealey. Tamara ran as a Democratic Candidate for the Georgia State Senate in 2014, 2016 and 2018 in a majority white and historically Republican district. With each race, Tamara gained support and was closer to a victory. Poised to win in 2018, Sally Harrell, another Democrat, used her white privilege in the district against Tamara clinching the 2018 Primary Election.
In the 2018 General Election, Sally made no specific promises to people of color and road the coattail of the widely popular, black Gubernatorial Candidate, Stacey Abrams. Black people voted in record numbers in Georgia's 2018 General Election and voted down ballot for Democratic Candidates. Sally clinched the victory in the 2018 General Election with no accountability.
Down but not defeated, Tamara started WITHHOLD THE VOTE to hold elected officials in Georgia accountable to issues that affect people of color and has since found others working to hold their elected official accountable too...