Editoria: Vote for Walt Maddox for Governor and Straight Democratic Ticket on Nov. 6

In less than two weeks, all Alabama voters will have an important choice to make, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. We urge you to use your vote for change and progress by voting for Walt Maddox for Governor and the straight Democratic ticket. Walt Maddox is a twelve-year Mayor of Tuscaloosa who has helped rebuild that city in a fair way after the April 2011 tornadoes. He has a positive vision for Alabama that is forward looking and inclusive. His opponent, incumbent Kay Ivey is looking to preserve the Confederate monuments and policies of the past. Walt Maddox says he will extend Medicaid to 300,000 low income Alabamians on the first hour of the first day he is in office. On this one issue, this one promise alone, we need to vote for Maddox and change the backward direction of Alabama. Extending Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will bring health care and jobs to every county in the state. This action will help to save many rural hospitals that are on the brink of closing. Walt Maddox and the other Democratic candidates propose an ‘education lottery’ and other steps to generate new revenues to improve education from pre-k through college. The Democratic candidates also support increasing the minimum wage, reforms to our criminal justice system, an end to voter suppression, a more welcoming approach to immigrants and other changes that will make Alabama a more livable and equitable state for all of its residents. For Greene County in particular, Maddox and Democratic State Attorney General candidate Joe Siegelman will dismiss the current lawsuit against electronic bingo, promoted by the current incumbent AG and Governor. Allowed to continue, this lawsuit could end the benefits of bingo for Greene County in terms of jobs and revenues for government and charitable agencies. Much of the nation’s attention is fixed on the historic Governors and Senate races in neighboring Southern states, like Georgia, Florida and Texas, but we have a chance in Alabama to continue the trend we began with the election of Senator Doug Jones in December 2017. With historic turnouts in the Alabama Black Belt, inner cities and among voters who are disgusted with President Trump, we can change Alabama on November 6 and move it in a positive and progressive direction.

ANSC to hold Fall Convention in Montgomery on September 22; increasing Black voter turnout in November is major focus

The Alabama New South Coalition will be holding its Fall Convention on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Maggie Street Center in Montgomery, Alabama. The theme of the convention is “Lift every vote; Make our voices sing!” “Our goal is to increase Black voter registration, education, organization and enthusiasm leading up to the November 6 General Election. We want to see a statewide turnout that exceeds the turnout in last December’s Special Election for Doug Jones to elect progressive candidates around the state,” said John Zippert, President of ANSC. “We are encouraging all Alabama residents who will turn 18 before the November election to register to vote by October 22, 2018 which is the deadline – 15 days before the election. We are especially interested in helping the thousands of Alabama residents, who previously were incarcerated for a crime, unless it involves ‘moral turpitude’ to restore their voting rights before the October deadline,” said Shelley Fearson, ANSC Staff Secretary.

Alabama passed a law in 2017, which lists 43 categories of crimes that involve moral turpitude, so it is easier to determine if a previously incarcerated person can get their voting rights restored said Fearson. “ If you need help in registering or restoring your rights contact our ANSC State Office in Montgomery, Alabama at 334-262- 0933,” stated Ferason. “We will have workshops at our Fall Convention to discuss all aspects of the voting process and encouraging more people to participate in grassroots canvasing and campaigning. Speakers include people who were elected to office and others who participated in last year’s ‘Vote-or-Die Campaign’ to gain insight into how best to increase turnout,” said Zippert. ANSC will recess its Fall Convention, to hold a candidate endorsement session by the Alabama New South Alliance (ANSA) its sister organization that endorses candidates. The ANSA will endorse candidates for statewide, Congressional and multi-district positions. Candidates for statewide office have been invited to attend this statewide screening. Statewide Democratic candidates like Walt Maddox for Governor, Will Boyd for Lieutenant Governor, Joe Siegelman for Attorney General, Heather Milam for Secretary of State, Miranda K. Joseph for State Auditor, Bob Vance Jr. for Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice and others will be present to seek endorsement for the November 6 General Election. “We must be awoke, excited and involved in this election. We need to canvass our neighborhoods and communities. We need to put the word out about this election on social media. We must talk to our relatives, friends and neighbors about the importance of turning out to vote in this critical election. Every vote counts and every vote should be cast in November,” said Faya Rose Toure, Selma activist and Vote-or-Die campaign leader.