Educate, Organize, Mobilize -- Over the past months I’ve written about the necessity of black and low income voters requiring patronage in return for electing politicians to office. This week I’m providing a concept that I think will enable elected officials to demonstrate their commitment to including black and low income voters in job and business opportunities that the officials influence or control. Hopefully, other ideas will be offered to improve upon this presentation.
Everyone knows the First Amendment guarantees free speech and freedom of assembly—the right to protest. But as demonstrations build across the country over institutional racism and excessive force in policing, there are other things protesters need to know, from legal limits on protests to what to do if arrested. In some cities, there’s no guarantee that police will behave, balancing the rights of protesters with what they will say are the rights of everyone else. In recent years, cops have rounded up protesters and bystanders, quarantined or held them without charges for a day or more, and then let them go—pretending the whole episode never happened.
Educate, organize and mobilize -- Last week we announced the upcoming Voter Empowerment Summit scheduled for January 10, 2015 at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27601. On Monday Night past, a group of us involved in the planning of the summit held a telephone conference to exchange ideas on substantial components that ensure that the summit will be meaningful and accessible for all persons that believe that we need new ideas to finish the job of creating a meaningful pathway for Black voters and communities to gain access to the American dream.
Educate, organize and mobilize -- I’m pleased to announce the upcoming Voter Empowerment Summit scheduled for January 10, 2015 at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27601. My thanks go out to NC House Democratic Leader, Larry Hall and NC Alliance of Black Elected Officials Chairman, Richard Hooker for convening the upcoming summit to address the results of our past November General Elections and to plan voter empowerment strategies going forth.
Educate, organize and mobilize -- Back in September I wrote an article entitled, Voter Suppression: Creating Black Wealth. The impetus for that article was a commentary written by Earl G. Graves, Sr., Publisher of Black Enterprise. The title of his article was "Wake Up! Re-engage in the Battle for Opportunity." He wrote that Black leaders seem to have forgotten that economic reciprocity is only supplied in response to our consistent and resolutely communicating that it is our absolute expectations. I consider myself one of those leaders that have failed to deliver economic reciprocity to Black communities. But, I’m not alone.
Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters. The good news from the General Election, if there is any, is that the level of participation by Black voters during this midterm was about what it was during the 2010 midterm. The bad news is that our level of participation was far less than it should have been given the seriousness of the issues that confront us as a people and a community. To get ahead in America, Black voters must vote in much greater numbers and demand an equitable return when Black supported candidates win.
- The Case for Local Precincts: Democracy’s Most Valuable Possession
- Where’s My Patronage? Black Voters Search for Benefits
- Voter Suppression: Once Again We Lost a Battle, Not the War
- Defeat Voter Suppression: Vote Democratic Vote! Vote! Vote
- The Problem: Extreme Conservative Lawmakers, The Solution: Vote Early!