Watch a special message from general president Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. On the importance of voter engagement and turnout for elections
The 2020 elections are fast approaching and pose a critical impact on the future of our communities. This is all about the Urgency of NOW and Alpha Advocacy In Action!
Over the past few months, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has been deeply involved and engaged in voter registration, voter education and voter engagement activities under our national program, “A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People” as well as our “First of All, We Vote” initiative.
Last year, we launched our VOTER OPERATION I.C.E. 2018 that addressed voter engagement activities that focuses on how our communities should Inform, Collaborate, and Execute in anticipation of the midterm elections. Continue to follow our official social media platforms for more on this engagement.
In addition, the Fraternity is also collaborating with the National Urban League, the NAACP as well as our brothers and sisters of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), affectionately referred to as the “Divine Nine,” in multiple efforts and campaigns to ensure our communities voter turnout reshapes the future socio-political climate in this nation.
Next week, U.S. Congressman James (Jim) Clyburn, D-SC, is asking that members of the Divine Nine assist in raising awareness to increase African American voter turnout across the country through the following ways:
- Vote early so that you can assist and engage on Election Day.
- Encourage and assist the elderly or relatives and friends, who may require assistance to vote early or take them to vote absentee in person.
- Join chapter members in your D-9 paraphernalia to canvass on election day.
- Post and share The Divine Nine Week of Action graphic on social media and post in your neighborhoods, places of worship and campuses. See Below.
- Volunteer to assist with Get Out the Vote efforts in your state, county, or municipality on Election Day.
As a resource, please visit the following link for an early voting calendar for your state to ensure the effectiveness of your efforts.
Lastly, the Fraternity is asking that you use the hashtags #Firstofallwevote and #Getoutthevote when sharing your various voter engagement efforts on social media so that we can track and repost to our official social media platforms.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, MD, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit http://www.apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.