The first Tuesday of this month as an election day. I know. Who votes in June, right? My polling place is Canaan Covenant Christian Church on Foothill Blvd in Oakland, California. At Canaan Covenant, all the League of Women Voters volunteers are Black and all of the voters are Black.
There’s something that feels very special about being a African American person voting with other African American people. Even in 2014–or, especially in 2014, with all the voter ID laws being passed in the former Voting Rights Act states–going to Canaan Covenant on election day feels like we’re sharing something subversive, exercising a right that some still believe we should not have. Even in this small and unadorned space, on a gritty stretch of the already gritty Foothill Blvd., it’s powerful stuff, this voting thing. It feels like just a little hint of Black power.