With November 6 quickly approaching, Common wants to make sure your voice is heard on election day.
The rapper has join our forever first lady Michelle Obama’s initiative called a Week of Action, led by When We All Vote, the nonprofit getting folks registered to vote, to make sure that this upcoming election gets the great turn out it needs.
Common will be one of the famous faces and volunteers during a Week of Action, which takes place September 22 to September 29, where he’ll be soliciting everyday people to volunteer and host voter registration events in their communities.
“I’ll never forget the first time I voted because I felt powerful,” said Common in a statement. “Don’t give your power away.”
He went on to share some disturbing facts about how people are abandoning their hard worn right to vote.
“Did you know that less than 60 percent of eligible African American citizens voted in the 2016 presidential election? This undermines our power as a people and I am not willing to give my vote and my power away,” the rapper continued.
“I am not going to allow anyone else to make decisions for my family and my future. So I am teaming up with Mrs. Obama and all of you to change the culture around voting and to get the conversation started with our family, friends, and coworkers,” Common concluded.
In a year where marginalized people are taking their fates into their own hands by seeking public office at much higher rates, it’s important that we continue to support the candidates of our choice by showing up to the polls and not just waiting for others to do the right thing.
As Common said, “Now is the time to get involved.”