The Tote Project
Some voting laws passed in 2021 should sound an alarm to anyone concerned with the vitality of democracy. For example, Georgia S.B. 202 aka Suppression Bill made it a crime to distribute water or snacks to voters waiting in line and makes it more difficult to vote by mail in multiple ways. This is a particularly concerning enactment following an election with the highest ever mail in vote from Black voters.
Suppression bills like Georgia S.B. 202 are not only a means of voter suppression, but also a form of legislative abuse.
You do not have to be a medical doctor to understand the danger and challenges laws such as Georgia S.B. 202 unleash on the American people. With heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure as the biggest health issues in Black America, common sense tells us the consequences of depriving voters from protection against excessive heat, nutritional challenges, and exploitation of physical inabilities.
We believe the majority of African Americans are aware of their voting power.
The mission of the Tote2Vote Project is to help eliminate voter suppression by providing voters with basic nourishment needed to overcome obstacles that negatively impact ones right to vote. Georgia suppression bill 202, Tote2Vote is coming for you!
Knowledge is power and education is key. Understanding why the Black vote is the most sought-after and strongest votes in the Nation.
Understanding and eliminating the relationship between lack of available and accessible transportation as a means of voter suppression.
The “Jelly Bean Test” was a technique used during the Jim Crow era – aka voter suppression.
ART OF ACTIVISM
The word "tote" has origins in West African language (such Kikongo tota, ”pick up”. Kimbundu tuta, ‘carry, load” related to Swahili tuta, “pile up, carry"
The tote to vote project was inspired by two historic actions by black women. Roses tote (sack), and The Tignon Laws. Rose, an enslaved woman in South Carolina during the 1850s, learned that she and her daughter would be sold at slave auction within 24 hours. In preparation for what would mostly likely separate them for the rest of their lives, Rose packed a tote (sack) with food for nourishment and a lock of her hair that served as both unspoken love and as an ancestral link that would endure the test of time. Tignon laws: Introduced by colonial Louisiana in 1789, required black women to cover their hair with a scarf or handkerchief in public to mark them as members of the slave class. As with most attempts to treat black women as less than and punish them, the women persevered; evolving these dusty rags into higher expressions of art and dignity which lead to the glorious head coverings and hat wear we see today, not only in the black community but all over the world.
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The Tote Project Ambassadors
Becoming a Tote2Vote Ambassador means...When you join the Tote2Vote Ambassador Program, you will be helping to eliminate voter suppression by raise awareness about Tote2Vote. Ambassador's earn income (receive a commission of 10% on transactions) when their unique promotional link is used to purchase Tote2Vote merchandise. You will receive monthly payouts via PayPal by the 15th business day of each month. Join Ambassador Program
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