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Oct 19, 2022


Washington, DC (October 19, 2022) – On Thursday, October 20th, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), in partnership with its state affiliates and partners in Michigan, the Michigan Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the Kalamazoo Michigan Black Women’s Roundtable, and the Mothers of Hope will bring its Unity ’22 “Power of the Ballot” 30-Day GOTV (Get Out the Vote) National Comedy Tour & Organizing Weekend (Unity ’22 National GOTV Tour) to Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Unity ’22 National “Power of the Ballot” GOTV Tour & Organizing Weekends are being held in five battleground states including: Cleveland & Columbus, OH; Metro Atlanta, GA; Metro Detroit/Pontiac and Kalamazoo, MI; Pittsburgh/Mon Valley and Greater Philadelphia, PA; Orlando, Daytona/Volusia & Brevard County, FL.  The NCBCP Unity ’22 National GOTV Tour kicked off in Ohio the weekend of October 7th – 9th and ends on the weekend before election day (November 4th – 6th).

The Unity ’22 National GOTV Tour goals are to celebrate and lift up the leaders, organizers and activists doing the hard Black civic engagement work on the ground, by providing them with a night of fun & comedy; and to help increase Black voter turnout in OH, FL, GA, MI, PA.  The 30-day GOTV activations include organizing a BWR “Power of the Ballot” evening of comedy & GOTV rally; door-to-door neighborhood canvassing; text banking; gospel & souls to the polls early voting mobilizations; “Protect our Vote Sundays;” literature distribution; and more. The Unity ’22 GOTV National Tour is powered by AARP, NEO Philanthropy/State Infrastructure Fund, National Education Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the The Kapor Center.

The Kalamazoo Unity ’22 “Power of the Ballot” Evening of Comedy will take place on October 20th at the XPerience, 145 Farmers Alley, in Kalamzoo, MI. At 5:30 pm, there will be a “Sistahs Can We Talk?” discussion regarding “Reproductive Freedom & Voting Rights.” At 7:00 pm, the Evening of Comedy begins, featuring award-winning Black women comediennes—Meshelle “The Indie-Mom” of Comedy, BPhlat, and Vanessa Fraction. 
“Power of the Ballot” GOTV Rally speakers will include: Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and National Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable; Christina Cue, Unity 22 National Campaign Manager; and a number of prominent Kalamazoo community leaders. 

Thursday, October 20, 2022
5:30 PM: “Sistahs Can We Talk? Reproductive Freedom & Voting Rights”

7:00 PM: “Power of the Ballot” Evening of Comedy
Admission is FREE  
Friday, October 21, 2022
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: GOTV Black Youth Phone Bank
Saturday, October 22, 2022
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: GOTV Black Youth Vote GOTV Literature Drop

NCBCP Unity ’22 GOTV Tour national and state partners include: Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, FL Black Women’s Roundtable, FL Black Youth Vote, A. Philip Randolph Institute, All About the Ballots, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Central Florida Jobs with Justice, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., 100 Black Men of Tampa Bay, Inc., HUGS Community Services, Family Values @ Work Action, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, League of Women Voters USA, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense Fund,  National Action Network, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, National Education Association, National Council of Negro Women, National Urban League, Nelson’s Outreach Ministries, Poder Latinx, Prophetic Women Power Rising, Sisters Lead, Sisters Vote, The Collective Education Fund, and #WinWithBlackWomen. 


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