The Philadelphia NAACP to lead Voter Empowerment Campaign
WHO: Minister Rodney Muhammad President of Philadelphia NAACP Chapter, The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Philadelphia Community of Leaders, Black Voters Matter, Philadelphia Chapter of the National Action Network, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Omega, Omega Chapter), Avenging The Ancestors Coalition, and United Negro Improvement Association.
WHAT: A public announcement of a unified coalition with the goal to increase voter registration and participation among people of color in the city of Philadelphia.
WHERE: Thursday July 14, 2016 || 10:00am – 11:00am
WHERE: 1199 C Hospital and Healthcare Employees Union
WHY: The NAACP will serve as the lead organization in a coalition of groups that will raise awareness about the importance of voting among their members and the voting age public starting in Philadelphia County and expanding to other jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The group will conduct a voter registration drive and will also focus on helping increasing the turnout percentage for voters of color at the polls on General Election Day November 2016. An overview of the O.V. Catto Initiative will be provided.
During the last decade, Philadelphia has experienced a drop in total voter registration; only 995,253 were registered to vote as of June 6, 2016. Voter turnout is dropping. With African-American and Latinos equaling 56% of the county population, people of color could easily improve the number of registrants and more importantly the number of voters participating in elections. By the end of summer, the NAACP expects that civic and community leaders from fifteen or more other Pennsylvania counties, statewide, will have joined the initiative.
About NAACP: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The general public and members of the press are welcome to attend.