"Have you really talked to your neighbor? Can I tell your story, man? You tell it." Kenneth Peyton (right) met Dave Mozhdehi in the apartment complex they both used to live in. Today they're atthe Durham bus station giving people rides to the polls. Dave can't vote himself; he's an Iranian immigrant still in the process of obtaining American citizenship. But he has a car, and called Kenneth, his friend from Cuba, to make sure he had a way to get to the polls. "This is an important decision," Dave says. "I might as well be a part of it somehow." "Obama said the most important office you can hold in the U.S. is that of a citizen," Kenneth adds. "I have that, and it can change something, even if it's just my neighborhood." (Photo and reporting by Victoria Bouloubasis)
Lamont Lilly is the 2016 Workers World Party, U.S. vice presidential candidate. In 2015, he was a U.S. delegate at the International Forum for Justice in Palestine in Beirut, Lebanon.
The U.S. presidential elections are just a day from being over. The bad news is that many people in the U.S. are finally coming to grips with our feelings of disillusionment, distrust and discontent. On one hand, there’s Donald Trump, an openly racist misogynistic bigot. On the other, there’s Hillary Clinton, a renowned warmonger whose foreign policy decisions have brought death to millions, particularly throughout Central America, Africa and the Middle East. Both are agents of Wall Street and the U.S. corporate elite.
In North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, early voting numbers have declined drastically. Several counties and local municipalities in North Carolina are currently being sued by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for voter suppression. North Carolina is the same state that was just fighting against stiffer voter ID laws back in July.
In the city of Charlotte, N.C., community members are still seeking justice for the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott. On Sept. 20, Scott was murdered by the Charlotte Police Department as he sat waiting in his car to pick up his son from school. The shooting, featuring three armed police officers and unarmed Keith Scott, was captured on live video.
There was also North Carolina’s repressive House Bill 2, which isn’t just a “bathroom bill” that discriminates against LGTBQ people; it also prevents local municipalities from increasing the minimum wage.
It’s so important to have all of these struggles represented with compassion and understanding. What is happening here in the U.S. South is not an isolated regional phenomenon. Such disregard for justice, human life and human need is, unfortunately, occurring worldwide. Mass solidarity is the only way that the poor and marginalized are going to create the change we need. That change, starts right here, in the United States.
We know that no matter who wins this upcoming election, we’re going to have to stay in the streets and continue organizing. Nov. 8 will come and go. Unfortunately, state-sponsored violence and police brutality will still be here. Poverty and unemployment will still be here. Racism and anti-Blackness will still be here. Fuck the elections! As activists, we have to stay vigilant and keep organizing.
Kaine Colon, 21 y/o Shaw student: "Everyone should come out and vote. It's a great experience, man." This line was dead 20 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/b5Zijct11o— paul blest (@pblest) November 8, 2016
Cedar Grove, Orange County, resident Larry Tippens, 75, says "I'm voting for Trump because, the guy talks like and is respected by people on work crews. I'm not saying I particularly respect a lot of foul language or abusive behavior, to go after someone with sexual comment. But he's apologized for all that and I think that's a big difference from someone who has violated the 10 Commandments." Photo and reporting by Sara Kiley Watson
To clear up confusion, we're using paper POLL BOOKS, rather than computer poll books. We already use paper BALLOTS.— Durham County, NC (@DurhamCounty) November 8, 2016
There is apparently some kind of county-wide technical problem that has necessitated reverting to pen and paper. 📝— Charlie Reece (@CharlieReece) November 8, 2016
Bummer. Not actually allowed to sit close enough to check in to hear any issues with voter check-ins.— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016
African American man did not get to vote. Left after being skipped three times saying, "This is bullshit."— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016
She keeps touching me on the shoulder and saying I got the black man "enticed" by asking *her* if provisional voting was an option.— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016
Another black male sent away without voting.— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016
He'd been waiting at the help desk for 40 minutes. He asked for an update. She ignored him. https://t.co/tJuObPVMmS— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016
I said, "Couldn't you provide him with a provisional ballot?" She told me to go sit back in my corner. He rolled his eyes.— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016
He clearly thought she was racist and asked if there was someone else here he could work with to vote. She's the chief judge, so he left.— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016
Then she called "the board" on me and said I was agitating. And then I got two talking-tos because I asked once if guy could get provisional— BullCityVA (@BullCityVA) November 8, 2016