President's Message

As we enter the 4th Quarter of this unprecedented year, we must not only take stock of our own lives, but also focus on the future of our nation now that we are less than one month away from perhaps the most important election in its history.
Voting is one of the most impactful actions you can take to support yourself and the community. Even beyond the Presidential election, there are many important statewide ballot measures as well as contests for state and local races. It is important for all of us to cast our votes on all levels.
This year more than ever voting rights and the democratic election process are under attack. Langston Bar, through its #LangstonVotes non-partisan voting initiative, has been sharing information on voter’s rights, educating voters on local issues, and presenting programs to empower voters and increase voter turnout. To that end, Langston presented the 2nd District Supervisor Candidates Forum, the Langston & Community Coalition’s Reimagining Freedom: Know Your Rights Virtual Forum, and co-sponsored the Social Justice in the Modern Civil Rights ERA: Voting Rights Forum along with ACC SoCal and Ogletree Deakins. We are also a proud co-sponsor of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s District Attorney Debate on Oct 6th, and we encourage you to register at the link below.
In addition to participating in Langston’s programs, we encourage you to look for other ways to protect the vote. For example, consider signing up to be a poll worker, as I have done. Or, you can work with the National Bar Association (NBA) on its election protection campaign as a Protection Hotline Captain (see the sign up info below). Please consider doing your part to protect the right to vote and our democracy.
“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.” John Lewis
Nyanza Shaw, Esq.
President, John M. Langston Bar Association