- Is this rage I feel just relevant when I'm posting online?
- Is justice for these boys and Durham really just a pastime for me?
- Do I speak "to see my breath upon the air?"
If you are here just to vent, no need to read any further.Okay, those of you still with me...we advance to Stage 2.
It's time to put words into action. Push fury into purpose, shape outrage into a plan. "Revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude," said C.C.Colton.... and the time for payback is now. The election is just a month and a half away. Mr. Nifong, payment for the pain you caused is due. For the families you devastated, for the boys you charged before the investigation was complete. For the diverse community you sought to inflame and divide. For the citizens you hoodwinked, and the collective hearts you broke. For the real victims you dishonored, and the friends you stained defending you. For the shame you brought to Durham, and the distrust you thrust upon our justice system...For the faulty line-ups and flagrant misstatements of the facts. For all these reasons, it's time for you to go. We will channel our anger and make it happen.
Mike Nifong, it's time for you to go.
How will we do this? Start like this: Donate to Recall Nifong - Vote Cheek whatever you can, if you can. Go to the RN-VC website NOW and offer your help. Make no mistake, your money is needed to make this campaign succeed. We know how the local newspaper is covering this campaign. The RN-VC campaign must be visible to win (signs, mailings, etc.).
But there are important gifts BEYOND money. If you are a Durham resident, register to vote and encourage your friends to do so as well. Take your neighbors to register, bring them the forms from the public library, the DMV or Northgate Mall Customer Service Center, or print this form and fill it out. Return your forms to the Board of Elections by October 13th.
Speak up against Nifong at your church and your workplace, at your favorite coffee shop. Speak up against him every place you can. Write letters to the local papers to the local papers, and comment online. Remember, silence will enshrine Nifong in that office for four more years. Apathy will elect him. If you're angry, the time to speak is NOW. Find your voice.
Students at Duke, do the same. You stand to live under Nifong's special rules and Nifong's regime until you graduate. If it displeases you, register to vote. Encourage your roommate, your classmate, your teammate, your sorority sister and fraternity brother. Don't just demand change...create it. You can make this happen. Get it done.
On election day itself, Durham must be vigilant. Offer to drive others to the polls. Call and remind others of the importance of their vote. Later, you can say you were part of a historic army of regular people, who demanded a system of justice that requires evidence before indictment, investigation before charges, and truth in public pronouncements. You were part of the groundswell that demanded Governor Easley give Durham a district attorney that united, not divided the community. Somebody that all Durham could trust, a new start. We CAN make this happen.
Shakespeare wrote, "Cry Havoc! And let slip the dogs of war." We've been crying havoc for months, time to unleash the Big Dogs. Register, recruit and reach into your pocket for Recall Nifong -Vote Cheek.
"Where the offense is, let the great axe fall," he said as well. The axe is in our collective hands. Enough with the war whoops on the blog. Get organized. Give. Let the damn axe fall.