Friday, October 10, 2014

Fast Five Friday: #TURNOUTFORWHAT Edition

On Tuesday, November 4th the state of Virginia will be holding elections. YOUR Alexandria Campus Library wants you to know that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is Tuesday, October 14th. Interested and eligible citizens can register to vote online, at local election offices, at Department of Motor Vehicle Customer Service Centers, and at other Virginia government agencies. 

After you register make sure to check out these five library resources that outline the struggle for voting rights that included all American citizens.

Women in this country have only had voting rights for 95 years. Let that sink in, and then watch this inspirational film about the flinty women who bleed and fought to change that. 

One of the lasting legacies of the student movements of the 1960s is the right for 18 year olds to vote. Learn about the campaign for youth enfranchisement from this book. 

This landmark legislation did much to make certain that disenfranchised populations were offered the robust protections needed to protect their rights. Read about the passionate civil rights campaigning undertaken in the South that prompted the Johnson administration to draft and push through this act.

Use this volume as a primer on joining voices to promote a cause in a representative democracy.

This history outlines the social and political consequence of the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Less violence, more voices. 

YOUR Alexandria campus library has many other books and films that outline the battles fought in the name of political participation. So come in, check our collections, educate yourself about the issues and candidates in this election, and read up on our political system.  Remember, if you do vote on this November, you can take pride in exercising a right that so many fought for and suffered to secure. Voting allows you to decide what matters to you and then to take action.

Need some additional inspiration? Take it away, Little Jon. 

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