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2014 GOTV 10 Day Calendar

By Edrea Davis on 10/26/2014 @ 01:40 PM

Power of the Sister Vote and Black Youth Vote!
#VOTE4JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

10-DAY COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY GOTV ACTIVITIES

OCTOBER
Friday, October 24th
2:30pm – 8:30pm

OHIO
GOTV Canvassing – Ohio Unity Coalition
395 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH

Primary Contact: Petee Talley, Convener, Ohio Unity Coalition
Contact#: (614) 582-4499
Saturday, October 25th
10:30am – 6:30pm

OHIO
GOTV Canvassing – Ohio Unity Coalition
395 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH

Primary Contact: Petee Talley, Convener, Ohio Unity Coalition
Contact#: (614) 582-4499

Saturday, October 25th
12 Noon – 7:00 pm
FLORIDA
VOTELANDO Voters Rally and Festival
Discount Music Center
3301 Gardenia Ave, Orlando, FL 32805
Co-Hosted by Jobs With Justice, Student Labor Action Fund, FL Black Youth Vote!, MFamiia VOTA, SOTC Artist Services, F.I.R.E., Vote Local2014, Dream Defenders

Primary Contact: Salandra Benton, Convener, FCBCP
Contact#: (850) 567-2237

Saturday, October 25th
ALABAMA
GOTV Canvassing – AL Black Youth Vote!
Magic City Classic – Alabama A & M University vs. Alabama State University
Legion Field, Graymont Avenue, Birmingham, AL

Primary Contact: Hon. Sheila Tyson, Convener, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Advisor, Black Youth Vote! Contact#: (205) 249-8559

Sunday, October 26th
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
MICHIGAN
Mama’s Election Weekend Brunch – Power of the Sister Vote!
COLORS Restaurant
311 E. Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Co-Hosted by Mothering Justice, Detroit Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR)

Primary Contact: Danielle Atkinson, Director, Mothering Justice, Convener, Detroit BWR
Contact#: (313) 971-1492

Sunday, October 26th
3:00 pm
GEORGIA
Women’s Empowerment Conference – Power of the Sister Vote!
Henry Brigham Community Center
2463 A Golden Camp Road, Augusta, GA
Co-Hosted by The Peoples’ Agenda, Augusta NAACP, GA Black Women’s Roundtable, Concerned Black Nurses of CSRA and 9to5

Primary Contact: Helen Butler, Executive Director, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda & GA Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR)
Contact #: (404) 653-1199

Sunday, October 26th
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
FLORIDA
All Souls to the Polls Early Vote Rally, Praise Party & Rides to the Polls
Hungerford Academy
100 East Kennedy Boulevard
Eatonville, FL
Co-Hosted by Faith in Florida, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Experience Christian Center

Primary Contact: Salandra Benton, Convener, FCBCP
Contact#: (850) 567-2237

Sunday, October 26th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FLORIDA
All Souls to the Polls Early Vote Rally & Rides to the Polls
Allen Chapel AME Church
344 Sheldon Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Co-Hosted by Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, FL Black Women’s Roundtable, Florida AFL-CIO

Primary Contact: Pastor Lorenzo Laws
Contact#: (386) 428-2901

Sunday, October 26th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
PENNSYLVANIA
Protect Our Vote Sunday
Greater Allen AME Church
3600 California Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Co-Hosted by: Greater Allen AME Church, Pittsburgh Unity Coalition

Primary Contact: Rev. Dr. Judith C. Moore, Pastor, Greater Allen AME Church, Convener, Pittsburgh/Mon Valley Unity Coalition
Contact#: (724) 472-7377

Sunday, October 26th
2:00pm – 8:00pm
OHIO
All Souls To The Polls: Early Vote Rides to the Polls– Ohio Unity Coalition
395 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH

Primary Contact: Petee Talley, Convener, Ohio Unity Coalition
Contact#: (614) 582-4499

Tuesday, October 28th
12 Noon
MICHIGAN
“Sistah Circle” Roundtable
1000 W. Paterson Street
Kalamazoo, MI
Co-Hosted by Mothers of Hope & Kalamazoo Black Women’s Roundtable
Douglass Community Association

Primary Contact: Hon. Stephanie Moore, Program Coordinator, Mothers of Hope, Convener, Kalamazoo BWR
Contact#: (269) 903-5805

Wednesday, October 29th
8:45 am
FLORIDA
My Vote Is My Voice - GOTV Early Vote Rally & March to the Polls
@ Bethune Cookman-University
Daytona Beach, FL
Co-Hosted by Bethune-Cookman SGA, FL Black Youth Vote and others

Primary Contact: Salandra Benton, Convener, FCBCP
Contact#: (850) 567-2237

Thursday, October 30th
6 pm
MICHIGAN
“Power of the Sista Vote” Community Forum
Douglass Community Association
1000 W. Paterson Street
Kalamazoo, MI
Co-Hosted by Mothers of Hope & Black Women’s Roundtable

Primary Contact: Hon. Stephanie Moore, Program Coordinator, Mothers of Hope, Convener, Kalamazoo BWR
Contact#: 269 903-5805

Thursday, October 30th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
6:00 pm – 12 Midnight
FLORIDA
Black Out Voting Rally
Students Block Party and Performance
@ Florida A&M University (FAMU) Homecoming
Tallahassee, FL
Co-Hosted by FAMU SGA, FL Black Youth Vote

Contact Name: Alisha Harriel, FAMU Black Youth Vote! Coordinator, FCBCP
Contact#: (772) 708-9005

Friday, October 31st
8:00 am – 9:00 pm
FLORIDA
Black Youth Vote! GOTV Early Vote Rally & Canvassing
@ FAMU Homecoming
Tallahassee, FL
Co-Hosted by FAMU SGA, FL Black Youth Vote

Contact Name: Alisha Harriel, FAMU Black Youth Vote! Coordinator, FCBCP
Contact#: (772) 708-9005

NOVEMBER

Saturday, Nov. 1st
10 am – 2 pm
FLORIDA
BWR Power of the Sister Vote Don’t Count Us Out! GOTV Tour Stop
Celebrity Speaker: Janet Hubert, Actress (Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
@ Booker T. Washington High School
6000 College Park Way
Pensacola, FL 32504
Co-Hosted by FL Black Women’s Roundtable, Escambia Progressive Black Women

Contact Name: Salandra Benton, Convener, FCBCP
Contact#: (850) 567-2237

Saturday, Nov. 1st
10:30am – 6:30pm
OHIO
GOTV Canvassing – Ohio Unity Coalition
395 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH

Primary Contact: Petee Talley, Convener, Ohio Unity Coalition
Contact#: (614) 582-4499

Saturday, Nov. 1st
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
PENNSYLVANIA
Protect Our Vote Saturday – Neighborhood Canvassing
Greater Allen AME Church
3600 California Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Co-Hosted by: Greater Allen AME Church, Pittsburgh Unity Coalition

Primary Contact: Patrice Alexander, Coordinator, Protect Our Vote Saturday
Contact#: (412) 732-2775   Sunday, Nov. 2
OHIO
All Souls to the Polls Early Vote Rides to the Polls – Ohio Unity Coalition
395 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH

Primary Contact: Petee Talley, Convener, Ohio Unity Coalition
Contact#: (614) 582-4499

Sunday, Nov. 2nd – 4th
NATIONWIDE
72-HOUR VOTE4JUSTICE GOTV – FINAL PUSH TO ELECTION DAY! – Nov. 4th
States: AL, FL, GA, MI, NC, OH, PA

National Campaign Contacts:
Lisa Fager, Field Outreach Coordinator & Sr. Advisor, Black Youth Vote!
(202)253-0435
Holli Holliday, Technology & Research Manager, Vote4Justice Campaign
(816) 728-0707

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Black Youth Vote GOTV 2014 Flyer

By Sherman Justice Black Youth Vote! on 10/23/2014 @ 04:40 PM

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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Calls Defeat of Debo P. Adegbile a Travesty of Justice

By Sherman Justice Black Youth Vote! on 03/06/2014 @ 03:40 PM

Melanie L. Campbell

Washington, DC - Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener, Black Women's Roundtable Public Policy Network, issued the following statement about the failed Cloture Vote to confirm Debo P. Adegbile:

"Today, the U. S. Senate not only failed on a cloture vote to confirm Debo P. Adegbile to serve as the Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, it failed the American people.

"It is a travesty of justice that Mr. Adegbile, who is one of the nation's most dedicated and exceptionally qualified young civil rights lawyers, has been denied an opportunity to serve our nation due to gross untruths and unfounded attacks on his character because he did his job performing his duties as a defense attorney.

"What makes our nation's judicial system work is that all people have a right to legal representation. We believe that the message the U. S. Senate has sent today to young lawyers is that if you uphold the U. S. Constitution by providing a death row inmate legal representation, you can be denied justice in the U. S. Senate to serve the American people. It's a dangerous precedent to set.

"We urge the U. S. Senate to reconsider without delay and confirm Debo P. Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division."

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NCBCP Galvanized by President Obama's Announcement of My Brother's Keeper Initiative

By Sherman Justice Black Youth Vote! on 02/27/2014 @ 03:38 PM

Melanie L. Campbell

Washington, DC - Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener, Black Women's Roundtable Public Policy Network, issued the following statement about President Obama's new initiative "My Brothers Keeper":

"I was galvanized and honored to be present to witness the launch of President Barack Obama's bold new initiative, "My Brothers Keeper", that will focus on providing opportunities for boys and young men of color. "My Brothers Keeper" Initiative is committed to utilizing proven tools to ensure access to basic health and nutrition, provide high-quality early education, and help young men stay in school and find a good job.

"Clearly boys and young men of color have lagged behind for years. Data demonstrates that they are exceedingly at-risk from grade school through adulthood. Disparities remain in reading proficiencies, unemployment rates, incarceration rates and murder rates. The school-to-prison pipeline is a reality for youth of color as they have disproportionately more contacts with police than whites - in school and on the streets.

"It will take the hard work of our entire village to tackle the issues facing boys and men of color in America. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Black Women's Roundtable Public Policy Network are eager to work in collaboration with President Obama and his Administration, our partner organizations and others to provide ladders of opportunity for our youth. Empowering boys and young men of color will uplift girls and young women of color, strengthen communities of color, and fortify America as a whole. As Americans, we should all commit to being 'My Brothers Keeper.'"

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I Am My Brother’s Keeper: Obama’s New Initiative for Young Men of Color

By Sherman Justice Black Youth Vote! on 02/27/2014 @ 02:37 PM

Sherman NCBCP black youth vote

By Sherman Justice, Black Male Initiative Fellow/Black Youth Vote, NCBCP

After learning about President Obama’s new initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper” being announced today, I immediately thought about my young son and the opportunities that will be afforded to him that I never had. I thought of all the hard work that nonprofit organizations have invested at the grassroots level for this type of initiative to exist, and how fortunate I am to be working as a Fellow for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation on a Black Male Initiative that will train and support young black men across the nation on civic engagement, organizing and leadership development in their respective communities.

Early childhood education, ending the school-to-prison pipeline and access to college and careers are among the key components of the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative that will focus on men of color from birth to twenty-five years of age. Considering the fact that forty percent of students expelled from schools are black and are three and a half times more likely to be suspended than whites, it is imperative that we support President Obama’s efforts and make this initiative a success.

I know too well the devastating consequences of the school-to-prison pipeline, which I first encountered at age 15 after a school altercation. Having a mentor or positive influences within my community could have made a substantial impact on my life. Further, with the unemployment rate for black men at a staggering 12 percent compared to 6.6 percent for the nation, as a whole, it is apparent that we have much work to do.

According to the Obama Administration, foundations, businesses and community groups will develop plans for the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative to help men of color at particularly vulnerable times of their lives. It is my hope that initiatives such as this will help me believe that when I tell my son he can be whatever he wants, he actually can be.

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Demanding a ‘living wage’: My first protest against Wal-Mart

By Sherman Justice Black Youth Vote! on 09/09/2013 @ 03:37 PM

This protest against Wal-Mart was my first protest ever. As I stood in solidarity against a multi-million dollar company refusing to pay a living wage, a spark of hope ignited within me. Hundreds of people of all ages, gender and color came together at a local Wal-Mart store in Landover Hills, Maryland to stand up against Wal-Mart’s unjust practices and pay.

I was touched by the personal account that an elderly woman gave stating that her manager often gave her compliments on her work, and yet one day without notice she was called to the back and fired without explanation. She stated that when she asked why she was let go she was simply told that they didn’t owe her any explanation. I could not help but think about my grandma being in this same predicament and how her termination impacted her family. This protest was a huge eye opener for me, I admittedly have shopped at Wal-Mart in the past because of their low prices but I will no longer shop there because it’s bigger than saving a few dollars. I can’t support a company that chooses to not fairly pay their workers enough to take care of themselves let alone a family.

When I first arrived to the protest I noticed that people were standing in a group with posters, some of which read “Wal-Mart always discriminates”. As different buses arrived new people came with more posters, and t-shirts that they passed out amongst the crowd. A band even rallied us up and played different songs. The rally began in a prayer delivered by a Hispanic preacher who was translated by another community activist. Although I couldn’t comprehend anything he was saying, I felt his spirit, passion and conviction that he spoke with. “All people are equal and regardless of our race we are all God’s creatures,” he said as he closed his remarks.

As the rally ended, the crowd now around 200 people began to march onto Route 450 during rush hour chanting ‘they say roll back, we say fight back’. As we marched in protest some people were arrested after refusing to move from blocking traffic. As a novice protester, I couldn’t help but be excited to see people truly committed to ending a wrongdoing. My main takeaway was that you must continue to fight for what’s right despite any other factors. I will continue to pray that Wal-Mart comes to some type of agreement where everyone can win.

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Black Youth Vote Civic Leadership Conference

By Black Youth Vote! on 08/24/2013 @ 06:37 PM

About 300 young people got fired up and ready to march during the Black Youth Vote (BYV) and A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) pre-march rally at Howard University. Panel (L-R): Diallo Brooks, BYV Alumni/People for American Way Foundation; Ronnie Mosely, BYV GA (standing); Lucas Melton, BYV FL; Roberta McCleod, Howard University (at podium); Brittaney Staton, APRI; Illai Kenney, BYV; and Terrence Muhammad, Hip Hop Caucus.

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