We support a fair criminal justice system, economic opportunity for all people, and equal access to the ballot box. Unfortunately, those who have been incarcerated find themselves at a disadvantage in all these areas and of course we know that people of color are disproportionately incarcerated.
In partnership with the African American Christian Clergy Coalition and the Phi Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., we are helping to restore voting rights and provide information on housing and employment to those that have paid their debt to society and deserve the opportunity to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness like every other American.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mount Calvary Baptist Church
1720 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85204
The political climate in our nation continues to be toxic and divisive around many of the issues that are important to our members and our communities. Elections have consequences and policy makers are attempting to repeal civil rights protections, reduce regulations on big banks, and restrict school nutrition programs, just to name a few. Unified engagement is needed now with great urgency.
Understanding that we are more effective when we work together and leverage resources, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) created a social action task force to effectively coordinate voter engagement efforts in 2016. Each organization has maintained a national partnership with NAACP for decades and now commits to engaging communities collectively in local Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities. Read more about the 2018 NPHC/NAACP partnership here.
After seeing the numbers for African Americans in Arizona, we committed to making the national partnership a local priority. Of the 188,000 eligibile African American voters in Arizona, only 91,000 are registered voters. In the last 3 presidential elections, an average of 25,000 African Americans actually voted and in the last 3 mid-term elections, only an average of 15,000 showed up to the polls. With these numbers, the African American communiy could be a deciding factor in any statewide election so we are initiating #votertakeover2018!