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Oct 18, 2016
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Black Women's Roundtable Launches Power of the Sister Vote GOTV Crusade in Georgia

Hashtags: #powerofthesistervote #vote4justice #voteyourpower #wedecide

Civil rights, women’s rights and social justice organizations are organizing an aggressive four week long voter protection and get-out-the-vote mobilization. Polls opened in Georgia on Monday, October 17th and Black women leaders from across the state of Georgia have joined together to organize the first stop of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) National Power of the Sister Vote ‘STATE OF EMERGENCY’ Voter Crusade.” The Black Women’s Roundtable is the women and girls empowerment arm of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

“The BWR Voter Crusade in Georgia includes phone banking to single Black women headed households and a HBCU Vote4Justice organizing event with Yandy Smith from Love and Hip Hop and Tamika Mallory, Board Member, Justice League NYC. An intergenerational and diverse group of women’s organizations are co-hosting a major Power of the Sister Vote Forum & Rally (POSV Forum) at The King Center on Thursday, October 20th from 6-9 PM. We will close out the weekend with a massive neighborhood canvass in the Metro Atlanta area. Our goal is to make at least 40,000 voter contacts in the final weeks of the 2016 election,” shared Helen Butler, Executive Director, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda (GCPA) and Convener, GA BWR.

The POSV Forum is open to the public with a special appeal to millennial women led by Mary Pat Hector, Director, Youth Move, NAN and student leader at Spelman College. “My generation is really concerned about issues that impact us directly like student debt and the broader community including criminal justice reform and economic justice. We know the importance of this election and we expect a strong voter turnout from the women of Spelman College and the Atlanta University Center overall.”

Georgia Stand-Up has partnered with GCPA and the Black Women's Roundtable in its call for unity and action. “It is imperative that Black women stand together and vote for our daughters, our granddaughters and all the sisters who fought, struggled, organized and died for the right to vote. We are sounding the alarm, the bell is ringing and we will Stand-Up and Vote! We will Stand-Up and Vote in honor of our Sisters, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and Rosa Parks!," shared Deborah Scott, Executive Director, Georgia Stand-Up.

“Black women are a powerful influence when it comes to getting our families and friends out to vote and we are the ‘secret sauce’ to who gets elected to the White House, Congress, state and local elections” said, Melanie L. Campbell, national convener, Black Women’s Roundtable. According to the U.S. Census, Black women have been the most consistent voting bloc as a demographic since 2006. In both 2008 and 2012, Black women redefined voting history by becoming the largest demographic group to cast ballots in an election.

Georgia Coalition of Black Women founder, Rita Jackson Samuels captured the collective sentiment adding, “When Black women show up great things happen, we are a force for change and we must exercise our power.”

BWR Voter Crusade Media Partners include: ESSENCE Magazine, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Politic365

For more information, contact GCPA at (404) 653-1199.

@ncbcp_bwr @blackyouthvote Black Women’s Roundtable @thenationalcoalition

Hashtags: #powerofthesistervote #vote4justice #voteyourpower #wedecide

Local Partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (NU MAMBDA OMEGA) Atlanta Raising Wages/Cities Campaign Building Green Initiative @ Clark Atlanta University Clayton County Black Women’s Roundtable Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Atlanta; SMLAC, Suburban and Decatur Alumnae Chapters) Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (Metropolitan Atlanta and Decatur-Dekalb Chapters) National Council of Negro Women (Atlanta and Dekalb Chapters) East Metro Orchids Dekalb Community Achievement Center Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda/GA Black Women’s Roundtable Georgia Stand Up Georgia Coalition of Black Women Georgia AFL-CIO Green Pastures Christian Ministries Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (ESAC Chapter) National Action Network Youth Move National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (Metropolitan Atlanta and Decatur-Dekalb Chapters) National Council of Negro Women (Atlanta and Dekalb Chapters) Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professional & Guild Women ROSE PAC SCLC W.O.M.E.N, Inc. Spelman College Student Government Association The Links, Inc. The King Center

JOIN THE BWR POWER OF THE SISTER VOTE GOTV VOTER CRUSADE FIRST STOP……..ATLANTA GEORGIA!!!!! October 17 – 23, 2016

Monday, October 17 Early Voting – Phone Banking* 4 pm – 7 pm Dekalb Community Achievement Center 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway Decatur, GA 30034

Tuesday, October 18 Early Voting – Phone Banking* 4 pm – 7 pm SCLC W.O.M.E.N., Inc. 328 Auburn Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303

Early Voting – Phone Banking* 4 pm – 7 pm Dekalb Community Achievement Center 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway Decatur, GA 30034

Wednesday, October 19 Black Youth Vote! “Vote4Justice” Day* Atlanta University Center Sisters Can We Talk Politics Session w/Yandy Smith, Love & Hip Hop, Tamika Mallory, Justice League NY

Presidential Debate Watch Party** Spelman College

Thursday, October 20 Power of the Sister Vote Forum & GOTV Rally* 6 pm – 9 pm The King Center 440 Auburn Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30312 Friday, October 21 GA STAND-UP October Alliance Meeting*** 12 Noon – 2:30 pm 501 Pulliam Street, SW Atlanta, GA 303012

Saturday, October 22 Power of the Sister Vote Canvass Day*** 10 am - 2 pm South Dekalb Mall 2801 Candler Road Decatur, GA 30034

Sunday, October 23 Protect Our Vote Sunday* Green Pastures Christian Ministries Apostle Collette L. Gunby, Senior Pastor 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway Decatur, GA 30034

For more information contact Helen Butler, Executive Director, GCPA, GA BWR, (202) 653-1199 (office)* Felicia Davis, Clayton County BWR (678) 612-6497 ** Deborah Scott, Executive Director, Georgia Stand-Up (404) 581-0061***

For a full list of events go to www.unitycampaign.org

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