We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: Republicans are furious that we showed up and showed out in the last election — so much so that they’re doing everything in their power to retaliate by undermining all of our hard work.

We’ve seen white supremacist legislators aid the folks who staged an attempted coup on the Capitol go with no repercussions, we’ve seen them try to remove critical race theory from our schools, we’ve even seen them do all they can to impose voting restrictions to tarnishing our democracy and what it’s supposed to be.

But we can’t let that discourage us. We have to come back larger, stronger, and even more powerful in order to elect more lawmakers who believe and advocate for the total liberation of Black people.

If you thought we had a lot on the line in 2020, think again — the elections coming up are just as important — if not more. Elections for state lawmakers, city councils, school boards, and more are happening all over the country. These are the people who will have a direct say on the things that directly impact the future of Black lives like police budgets, pauses on evictions, and more.

Virginia General Election on November 2, 2021

Virginia has a General Election coming up on Tuesday, November 2. Not only will voters decide who the next governor of Virginia will be, but at the same time, all 100 seats in the state’s House of Delegates are up for grabs.

So much is at stake in this election. We all know that it’s the state elected officials that make the decisions that affect our daily lives. From police budgets to education, to voting laws — it’s all up to them — but we hold the true power because, without us, they can’t be elected.

The Virginia election will undoubtedly provide the clearest preview of what’s to come in the 2022 midterms — meaning we really need to show up and let everyone know that we mean business.

Please use the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal to register to vote, update your current Virginia voter registration, apply to vote absentee by mail, or view your polling place, election district, absentee ballot status, and voting history.

Go to the Citizen Portal

View early voting office locations.

View important information regarding ID requirements when voting in-person.

If you have submitted an absentee ballot application for a ballot to be sent by mail, you can track your ballot with Ballot Scout. Fairfax County voters will need to track their ballot using BallotTrax instead.

Other Details

  • Offices on ballot: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, House of Delegates, some local offices (varies by locality). View the candidate lists.
  • Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you: Friday, October 22 2021. Request must be received by local voter registration office by 5:00pm.
  • Voter registration offices open Saturday, October 23, 2021 and October 30, 2021 for early voting.
  • Last day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office: Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Make History in Buffalo with India Walton on November 2

India Walton Endorsement Graphic“Nine months before she won Buffalo’s Democratic mayoral primary, India Walton walked in the middle of Court Street shouting into a megaphone to three dozen protesters in front of the downtown police headquarters. ‘They have not listened,’ she said of the police. ‘They have not listened because they don’t care…No justice, no peace.'”

— The Buffalo News | October 17, 2021

We need your help — because we need to elect India Walton for mayor in Buffalo. We have the power to elect a candidate ready to throw down for Black lives and total liberation. That candidate is India Walton.

Back in June, India won her primary against a 15-year incumbent — overcoming all the cynics and political insiders with her relentless organizing. That should have been that, but opponents of change and progress don’t rest. Now, the incumbent India beat is running a cynical write-in campaign backed by dark money. By dark money, we mean those upholding white supremacy — billionaires, Trump supporters, and developers.

But we wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t believe the power of the people can overcome the power of money in politics. So it’s all hands on deck to ensure India Walton is elected mayor of New York’s 2nd largest city on November 2. This election could make all the difference for Black folks in New York’s 2nd largest city. Police budgets, public safety, community resources — it’s all on the line this election. And for the first time in 15 years, we have a chance to make a real difference for our people and elect India Walton.

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