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Congratulations!!!

By William Kellibrew on 11/04/2008 @ 05:37 PM

Black Youth Vote! would like to officially Congratulate Senator and President-elect Barak Obama. If we ever thought about giving up Senator Obama reminded us tonight that giving up is only something that can be discarded. We must claim and define ourselves. Thank you Barak for your unwavering lesson.

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Nia Robinson giving updates for Florida and Alabama

By William Kellibrew on 11/04/2008 @ 05:37 PM

Yvonne Scruggs Leftwich reported from Florida that St. Petersburg is experiencing issues around vandalism. Car and home windows displaying Obama stickers or signs are being broken. Sheila Tyson reported from Alabama that in Birmingham lines have been long since the polls opened at 7AM. She also reported that voters who recieved thier absentee ballots after 5:00PM yesterday were told by poll workers that they were not allowed to cast their absentee ballots at the polling place. Sheila tried to assist the voters and sherrifs came and stopped her. She has alerted the lawyers.

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A Night to Remember

By William Kellibrew on 11/04/2008 @ 05:37 PM

Tonight is certainly the night. Over 60 people are gathered here tonight at the National Council for Negro Women where Black Youth Vote!, a program of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is holding our Command Center to monitor and support the staff and volunteers who are working on the ground. Most importantly, we are helping to protect the vote. There is so much to be concerned about in terms of voter suppression, etc. The night has just begun.

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Heating up With No Days To Go

By William Kellibrew on 11/03/2008 @ 05:37 PM

This election has certainly turned out to be one of the most historic elections we have on the books. For instance, the campaigns have raised record amounts of contributions, and for the first time, a nomination for an African-American man for the Democratic spot and a female for the Republican Vice President spot. The dynamics are historic and we just don't have to sit idly by and watch. We can vote.

With that, I voted early this morning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Although it only took me 15 minutes to vote, I'd stood in line since 7:00 a.m. I waited an hour and a half to be a part of the election process. In fact, this is my first time voting early or even considering it. I even slept on the floor because I simply refused to stand for an hour and a half. Wouldn't you? There is no way we can miss the excitement.

With only less than a day to go, we are turning up the volume on everything we are doing. Our entire office voted early, we sent out 100,000 church fans across the country for Sunday morning worship service. Some even made Bible Study. We have knocked on thousands of doors and left door hangars to remind voters how they need to prepare to vote at polling locations and a host of other get-out-the-vote strategies.

More importantly though, is voter protection. Once we vote, we have to consider that our vote is protected. If you feel like your vote, or someone else's, has been compromised  dial our 1-866-MYVOTE1 hotline and file a complaint. This complaint gives us an opportunity to understand and strategically approach voter protection issues.

On the more positive end, I listened to Oprah today on a conference call and she mentioned that folks need to get their families out when they go to the polls tomorrow. She said, "Take someone with you." The most important thing she said though was that we need to "...celebrate the vote." Regardless for whom you vote, vote.

I will be blogging tomorrow about the issues and really would appreciate your comments. See you soon.

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5 Days To Go!

By William Kellibrew on 10/30/2008 @ 06:37 PM

I cannot begin to tell you how busy it is at Black Youth Vote! We have been working tirelessly to prepare for our upcoming Post-Election Press Briefing on November 122, 2008 at the National Press Club. We will have Jeff Johnson from B.E.T. to moderate, Rev. Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus, Kemba Smith of the Kemba Smith Foundation, and many more young activists and mobilizers who will talk about the many issues that faced our election season as well as where do we go after election day.

We have to hold our leaders accountable after election and especially during the first 100 days in office. If they are going to make changes and do what they said they are going to do, it will be then - during the first 100 days. So, Black Youth Vote! encourages everyone to not only vote, but segway into high gear for post-election activity and participation.

Most importantly, make sure that you vote on 4th November. Make history!

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Black Youth Vote! and GOTV

By William Kellibrew on 10/23/2008 @ 06:37 PM

12 Days To Go!

It's crunch time and the election of the century and possibly of all time is nearing on 4th November. We are pressing hard here at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Part of our GOTV efforts are focusing directly on what you need to know before you go to the polls. You may have heard these before, but as I was reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, I could not help but notice my bookmark featuring five things you need to know before you go the polls. Well, here they are one more time.

1. VERIFY your registration status BEFORE Election Day
Make sure you are listed on the registration roll by calling your local Board of Elections.

2. VERIFY your polling location before Election Day.
Call 1-866-MYVOTE1 (1-866-698-6831).

3. Bring your I.D.
Don’t Leave Home Without It! To be safe, bring your voter registration card, driver’s license, and/or government issued photo ID. If you have problems voting call Election Protection at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

4. VERIFY the date and location to vote early or absentee in your state at http://www.ncbcp.org then VOTE FIRST!

5. Be a part of history – VOTE FIRST!
After you cast your ballot, text “blackyouthvote” to 69302.

DON’T LEAVE YOUR POLLING PLACE WITHOUT VOTING.
VOTE NOV. 4, 2008

I cannot stress enough how absolutely difficult it will be to vote on Election Day. I am preparing my absentee ballot because I will not be able to go to the polls on that day,.I have my reasons. If you cannot get the polls, you need to either vote early or by absentee ballot. Consider it fast and check with your local Board of Elections or Secretary of State to get more information or visit our Election Center at www.ncbcp.org.


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Save-The-Date

By William Kellibrew on 10/22/2008 @ 06:37 PM

Please Save-The-Date for the upcoming Black Youth Vote! Civic Leadership Training Conference in Washington, D.C., this November 13 - 15, as we deal with post-election issues and, of course, a brand new President of the United States. No matter who that is, we are going to have to hold him or her accountable -- anything can happen to John McCain and Palin could also be the next president. The conference will kick-off with a Black Youth Vote! National Press Club Symposium on November 12, 2008 from 12-3 p.m. You will need to R.S.V.P. to blackyouthvote@ncbcp.org. Registration for the conference will be primarily on-line and will be available soon. I will keep you posted.

Thanks for reading the blog and please leave a comment. Give yourself a voice on this BYV! blog.


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