In the wake of Ferguson, Mo., now is the time for  action, not apathy. Be part of the change you want to see by voting in this month’s midterm elections. By Michael H. Cottman.

President Barack Obama is living on borrowed time. He has only two years in office remaining, and our collective action during the country’s midterm elections could play a pivotal role in how that time will be documented in the history books. According to Rep. Marcia Fudge, a feisty Democrat from Ohio who is also chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), it will also determine how our future as a community pans out because there’s so much at stake. “We could be rolled back to 50 years ago,” she warns.

The U.S. House of Representatives is already dominated by the Republican Party, which will likely continue its stronghold; meanwhile, Democrats are in serious danger of losing the Senate if Black voters don’t show up at the polls. Plainly said, if Republicans control Congress, the GOP could spend the next two years blocking President Obama’s legislative agenda, likely resulting in drastic cuts in domestic spending for health care, education and social service programs as well as minimum-wage downsizing and Social Security rollbacks. Fudge believes that would be devastating for African-Americans.