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Oct 25, 2023

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and The Power of the Ballot Action Fund Expand Coalition Ahead of Fourth Florida Stop For "Power of the Ballot - We Will Not Be Erased: Vote 2024!!" National Campaign and Florida Statewide HBCU Bus Tour w/Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Building on the momentum of its recent stops in Jacksonville, Daytona, Brevard County, Gainesville, Ocala, and South Florida, the National Campaign and Florida Statewide Tour expands its reach to the State’s Capitol, anchoring its efforts at the Florida A&M University Homecoming Parade – Growing its Coalition to Over 30 Organizations Nationally and Across the State in an Effort to Engage, Mobilize, and Empower Black Voters Ahead of the 2024 Presidential Election.

Media is asked to RSVP for Press Conference HERE.

Tallahassee, FL (Oct 25, 2023) - Following the launch of its national campaign in Jacksonville, and subsequent stops in Daytona, Brevard County and South Florida, The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and The Power of the Ballot Action Fund are proud to announce the fourth leg of its "Power of the Ballot - We Will Not Be Erased: Vote 2024!!" National Campaign and Florida Statewide Tour culminating in Tallahassee from October 26 – 28, 2023. As part of a month-long sustained effort throughout the state, the campaign is engaging Black voters on a number of issues in partnership with the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation and a growing list of over 30 national and state-based organizations.

Special guests and leading civil rights voices throughout the nation will be in attendance, including Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO of NCBCP and National Convener of Black Women’s Roundtable; Salandra Benton, Executive Director of Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of FL BWR; nationally renowned Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump; Maya Wiley, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Daryl D. Parks, nationally renowned Civil Rights Attorney; and Tony Hill, serving as the National Representative for A. Philip Randolph Institute.

The Florida Statewide Tour Stops Include:

  • October 6th -7th: Jacksonville
  • October 13th - 18th: Daytona/Brevard County/Gainesville/Ocala
  • October 20th - 21st: Fort Lauderdale/Miami
  • October 26th - 28th: Tallahassee
  • November 16th - 18th: Orlando

About the Campaign: The Power of the Ballot “We Won’t Be Erased: Vote in 2024!” National Campaign will launch in four phases beginning in Florida on October 6th and move throughout key battleground states and The South during the 2024 Presidential Primaries in January - May 2024, continue with a Summer of Activism and Voter Education in June - August 2024; and culminate with aggressive voter mobilization (GOTV) for the General Election in September - November 2024. Target states include: FL, GA, MD, MI, OH, PA, VA, AL, LA, MS and SC.

Why Launch in Florida: Florida's recent surge in attacks against rights, freedoms, and democracy, accompanied by a rise in racism, white-nationalism, and hate crimes, paints a concerning picture of the nation's potential future under a fascist government. This campaign seeks to mobilize a diverse coalition to counteract these trends and elect progressive, justice-conscious leadership. Together, the Power of the Ballot National Campaign seeks to resist the anti-woke, anti-Black, racist and sexist policies threatening our nation, by shining a light on Florida.

The Power of the Ballot National Campaign is comprised of a multiracial, multigenerational and multi-issue coalition that includes the following:

National Partners:  100 Black Men of America, Inc., A. Philip Randolph Institute, Black Voters Matter, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, HBCU Green Fund, HBCU Green Fund, Hip Hop Caucus, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, League of Women Voters USA, NAACP, National Black Justice Coalition, National Council of Negro Women, National Education Association, NOBLE, National Partnership for Women & Families, National Urban League, Neo Philanthropy - State Infrastructure Fund, Rise, Rainbow Push Coaltion, SEIU, #WinWithBlackWomen.

FL State-Based Partners: AFL-CIO - Space Coast, All About The Ballots, AME Church - Florida District11, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists - Florida Chapters, Common Cause - Florida, Divine 9 of Brevard County, Dream Defenders, Engage Miami, Faith In Florida, Florida Black Men's Roundtable, Florida Black Women's Roundtable, Florida Black Youth Vote, Florida Education Association, Florida Fair Elections Center, Florida For All, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida League of Women Voters, Florida Rising, Florida Student Network, For Our Future Education, Generation Action, Jobs for Justice - Central Florida, NAACP Daytona Branch, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Florida, Planned Parenthood Florida Affiliate, Poder LatinX, SEIU -1199, Southern Poverty Law Center - Florida, VoteRiders Black Alignment Group, #WinWithBlackWomen - Florida

TALLAHASSEE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26TH

What: Power of the Ballot National Campaign Press Conference - Tallahassee Tour Stop
Location: 619 N Copeland St, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM (Livestreamed on Facebook @ncbcp)
Speakers:

  • Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable
  • Salandra Benton, Executive Director, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Convener, FL Black Women’s Roundtable, Board Member, NCBCP
  • Darrell Coles, National Black Youth Vote Project Coordinator, NCBCP
  • Reverend Tracey Stallworth, Pastor, Faith in Florida Gadsden County
  • Tony Hill, National Representative, A. Philip Randolph Institute
  • Cassandra Brown, BWR Lake County Chair, All About The Ballot,Co-Founder
  • Mutagee Akbar, Esq., Managing Partner, Akbar Thomas Personal Injury Attorneys, President, Tallahassee Branch, NAACP
  • Daryl D. Parks, Nationally Renowned Civil Rights Attorney
  • Melanie Williams, Legislative Manger, Planned Parenthood of South, East & North Florida
  • Malik Ready, Political Advisor, Dream Defenders
  • Marie Rattigan, Coordinator, Tallahassee Black Youth Vote

What: Power of the Ballot - Black Youth Vote Student Engagement & Neighborhood Canvassing
Location: Tallahassee NAACP Office, 719 W Brevard Street/Tallahassee FL, 32304
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH:

What: Black Youth Vote Student Engagement, Florida A&M University Homecoming
Location: Florida A&M University, 1601 S Martin Luther King Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Participants:

  • Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP, National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable
  • Salandra Benton, Executive Director, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Convener, FL BWR
  • Marie Rattigan, Tallahassee BYV Coordinator
  • Cassandra Brown, BWR Lake County Chair, All About The Ballot,Co-Founder
  • Alisia Harriel, Black Youth Vote & FAMU Alumni,Faith In Florida

What: Power of the Ballot Tour – Tallahassee Stop: “Power of the Sister & Brother Vote” Fireside Chat w/Civil Rights & Social Justice National and State Leaders
Location: Family Worship and Praise Center, 2344 Lake Bradford Road/Tallahassee FL 32310
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Livestreamed on Facebook @ncbcp)
Participants:
• Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP, National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable • Salandra Benton, Executive Director, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Convener, FL BWR • Benjamin Crump, President & Founder, Ben Crump Trial Lawyer for Justice • Malik Ready, Political Advisor, Dream Defenders • Maya Wiley, President and CEO. Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights • FAMU Students

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH:

What: Power of the Ballot Tour – Tallahassee Stop Homecoming Parade Bus Ride & Parade March
Location: Florida A&M University Homecoming Parade, 1601 S. MLK Blvd/Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Time: 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Participants:

  • Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP, National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable
  • Salandra Benton, Executive Director, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Convener, FL BWR
  • Marie Rattigan, Tallahassee BYV Coordinator
  • Cassandra Brown, BWR Lake County Chair, All About The Ballot,Co-Founder
  • Alisia Harriel, Black Youth Vote & FAMU Alumni,Faith In Florida

What: Black Youth Vote Student Engagement, Florida A&M University Homecoming Game
Location: FAMU Homecoming Game; Florida A&M University; 1601 S MLK Blvd/Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Participants:

  • Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP, National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable
  • Salandra Benton, Executive Director, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Convener, FL BWR
  • Marie Rattigan, Tallahassee BYV Coordinator
  • Cassandra Brown, BWR Lake County Chair, All About The Ballot,Co-Founder
  • Alisia Harriel, Black Youth Vote & FAMU Alumni, Faith In Florida

RSVP: Press Must RSVP HERE 

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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls’ empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

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