Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America If you didn t already believe voter suppression is real, Our Time Is Now Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America will likely change your mind As a Georgia resident, I was well aware of this problem but sadly, it s not limited to just one state Among the numerous issues detailed in this book, from voter protection to citizen engagement, Stacey Abrams notes that separate states have little incentive to adhere to rules without threats often unenforced, by the way from higher powers in If you didn t already believe voter suppression is real, Our Time Is Now Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America will likely change your mind As a Georgia resident, I was well aware of this problem but sadly, it s not limited to just one state Among the numerous issues detailed in this book, from voter protection to citizen engagement, Stacey Abrams notes that separate states have little incentive to adhere to rules without threats often unenforced, by the way from higher powers in the federal system Our Time Is Now is eye opening and informative Abrams details the myriad issues pervading our voting system and outlines ways to address and correct these problems PSA This is everyone s issue, not just those who have directly experienced voter suppressionThose of us who believe in the promise of democracy must become outraged about even a single act of suppression In an honorable system, the loss of a single voter s right to participate is a wrong that cannot be tolerated and as Americans, we should know that a failure in the system weakens us all Note This is not a memoir While Abrams does provide a few personal anecdotes, Our Time Is Now is a deep dive on the issue of voter suppression and how to combat it It is a necessary call to actionOur time is now We have the numbers, the mission, and the opportunity to start constructing the next best version of America Each of us has the obligation to defend our democracy This week, every one of us can ask five strangers if they have registered to vote or if they ve recently checked their registration If they haven t, direct them to Vote.org If they check and are missing, or if they have ever faced voter suppression, contact FairFight2020.org. This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions to push for a different American story than the one being told today It s a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true It s a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win Celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams offers a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia Abrams didn t win, but she has not conceded The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadershipOur Time Is Now draws on extensive research from national organizations and renowned scholars, as well as anecdotes from her life and others who have fought throughout our country s history for the power to be heard The stakes could not be higher Here are concrete solutions and inspiration to stand up for who we are now This clearsighted, passionate, and incisive call to action is both a comprehensive look at Stacey Abrams s historic 2018 gubernatorial campaign and long career as an activist and politician, and a roadmap for political reform in 2020 and beyond She delves into the history of voter suppression, the ways conservative lawmakers and a deeply injust, white supremacist system continue to disenfranchise marginalized and minority voters, and some of the ways both citizens and politicians can fight back This clearsighted, passionate, and incisive call to action is both a comprehensive look at Stacey Abrams s historic 2018 gubernatorial campaign and long career as an activist and politician, and a roadmap for political reform in 2020 and beyond She delves into the history of voter suppression, the ways conservative lawmakers and a deeply injust, white supremacist system continue to disenfranchise marginalized and minority voters, and some of the ways both citizens and politicians can fight back I found the section on the census and how to utilize it as a powerful tool for organizing, as well as her exploration of history of populism and the dangers it presents to the future of democracy in America especially insightful This is a great book to read alongside Carol Anderson s One Person, No Vote, and a useful and inspiring resource for creating political change through local and state elections, voting reform, and grassroots organizing.She narrates the audiobook and it s fantastic it s like the best 9 1 2 speech you ve ever listened to smart, thoughtfully structured, engaging, well researched She strikes the perfect balance between passion and clarity First off, Brian Kemp is the absolute worst Secondly, Stacey Abrams writes a clear and passionate story of voter rights and voter suppression while offering hope and practical ideas to take action Highly recommend. A stirring call to action Stacey Abrams is knowledgeable and uses this knowledge to show us how we came to be in this state of affairs and what we can do about it Full of dories that will stir you to action and keep you there It only reinforces my great respect for Stacey Abrams. POWERFULa road map to change that WILL happen now We ALL must do our part While not 100% aligned in policy, Abrams is a force of human being and the way she presents the case for voter suppression is compelling and even if half of what she says is true, it s still too much voter suppression in a democracy I learned a lot about the importance of the census, as well as populism rising out of other democracies Informative, frustrating, and yet very hopeful that even among different ideologies and different flavors of the same ideology, Americans can and must take a While not 100% aligned in policy, Abrams is a force of human being and the way she presents the case for voter suppression is compelling and even if half of what she says is true, it s still too much voter suppression in a democracy I learned a lot about the importance of the census, as well as populism rising out of other democracies Informative, frustrating, and yet very hopeful that even among different ideologies and different flavors of the same ideology, Americans can and must take a stand for a fair and just democracy This book couldn t betimely and important It should be on everyone s 2020 reading list. Our nation s core narrative can be summed up in the disconnect between the Constitution s pledge of equality and the rampant disregard for that ambition that has plagued the United States of America ever since Abrams convincingly argues that voting rights are fundamental to operation of a democracy, and yet they are under siege She teaches us how to fight back to better actualize the ideals of giving everyone a voice This book is a fantastic primer on the history of voting rights and curren Our nation s core narrative can be summed up in the disconnect between the Constitution s pledge of equality and the rampant disregard for that ambition that has plagued the United States of America ever since Abrams convincingly argues that voting rights are fundamental to operation of a democracy, and yet they are under siege She teaches us how to fight back to better actualize the ideals of giving everyone a voice This book is a fantastic primer on the history of voting rights and current threats to it, brought to life by stories of her family and her race for Governor of Georgia And it s a bit job interview for VP, too If she isn t selected as VP, after reading this, I feel like we need a new federal agency to oversee voting rights and the census, and Abrams should be its head I thought this book was done well Stacey laid out the history of voting in this country, how people have been subverted from voting in the past and the present, why voting and even filling out the census is so important Why you should question your politicians, after all they work for you and why things are so fraught in 2020, so much on the line for us as a country.


About the Author: Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, author, and businesswoman who was the house minority leader for the Georgia General Assembly and state representative for the 89th House District She is a Democrat Abrams is a candidate in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.If elected, Abrams will be Georgia s first female governor and the first black female governor in the United States.Abrams, one of six siblings, was born to Robert and Carolyn Abrams in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi The family moved to Atlanta where her parents pursued graduate school and later became Methodist ministers She attended Avondale High School and was the school s first African American valedictorian While in high school, she was hired as a typist for a congressional campaign and was later hired as a speechwriter at age 17 based on the edits she made while typing In 1995, Abrams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Political Science, Economics and Sociology from Spelman College, magna cum laude While in college, Abrams worked in the youth services department in the office of Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson She later interned at the Environmental Protection Agency As a Harry S Truman Scholar, she studied public policy at the University of Texas at Austin s LBJ School of Public Affairs and went on to earn her J.D from Yale Law School.Abrams worked as a tax attorney at the Sutherland Asbill Brennan law firm in Atlanta, with a focus on tax exempt organizations, health care and public finance She was appointed the Deputy City Attorney for Atlanta at age 29.Abrams co founded and served as the senior vice president of NOW Corp formerly NOWaccount Network Corporation , a financial services firm She co founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers, and is CEO of Sage Works, a legal consulting firm, that has represented clients including the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA.Abrams has had an extensive writing career, penning several best selling novels under the nom de plume of Selina Montgomery Abrams is also the author of Minority Leader , a book of leadership advice to be published by Henry Holt Co in April 2018.


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