By Angel Mason

As an African American woman, it’s fair to say that we MUST vote. 

If we don’t, we might ruin our next chance of electing who we really want in government. It is imperative that we vote in local elections, and not just for the president. Because our city government is who decides what our lives are like on a day to day basis. If we don’t vote for the mayor or city council, we don’t get to have any say in how the city of Berkeley is run. As a person who votes, it was awesome to see the first African American as president and our First Lady-Michelle Obama! 

What’s important in November is seeing and getting one to enthusiastically vote. I think we can. Whatever one decides is okay. But African Americans we really must vote. It’s part of our great legacy in the United States. 

Angel Mason is a Street Spirit vendor.