BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - We’re just days away from Election Day, and here in Birmingham people organized rallies to encourage you to get out and vote.
“We want them to take the election seriously, and we want them to get out and cast their vote," said Patricia Mokolo with Alabama NAACP.
The Alabama NAACP hosted a five-county “Get Out the Vote” rally this weekend, with the theme “Voting Power.”
“For many people who look like me, brown and black people, our ancestors came here. Some of them were forced here. We want to honor their legacy by making sure that we do the thing that they fought so hard for us to do. And we cannot take that for granted,” said Mokolo.
She took the stage at Kelly Ingram Park and spoke to a handful of people.
But her message is one that resonates with Miguel Carpizo.
He came to the U.S. from Mexico in 2001. He cannot vote, but spends his days proving to citizens why it’s so important to do so.
“Speak for me right now, because I cannot do it right now. But one day I will, and I will be voting for others who cannot,” said Carpizo.
And over at the AME Zion Church, speakers encouraged participation from all age groups.
“A lot of people our age, I’ve noticed that they don’t vote, however they have a lot to say about the current political climate,” said Markia Pettway.
That’s something Mokolo said needs to change.
“You cannot be mad or upset when you have the results and you did not do your part,” she said. “So you must do your part and take an active role in the voting process.”