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Oct 20, 2022

NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION BRINGS ITS UNITY ’22 ‘POWER OF THE BALLOT’ GOTV COMEDY TOUR AND ORGANIZING WEEKEND TO THE METRO DETROIT AREA

Washington, DC (October 20, 2022) – On Friday, October 21st, 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 and the Metro Detroit/Eastern Michigan Black Women’s Roundtable, 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 the Detroit and Pontiac, 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 Metro Detroit/Pontiac Unity ’22 “Power of the Ballot” Evening of Comedy will take place on October 21st at the Flagstar Strand, 12 N. Saginaw Street in Pontiac, MI. There will be a reception from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm and the Evening of Comedy will be from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  It will feature award-winning Black women comediennes—Meshelle “The Indie-Mom” of Comedy, BPhlat, and Vanessa Fraction. 
 
“Power of the Ballot” GOTV Rally speakers 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 metro Detroit area community leaders.

METRO DETROIT UNITY ’22 CAMPAIGN
GOTV ACTIVATION SCHEDULE 
 

Friday, October 21, 2022
 
6:00 PM: Reception and “Power of the Ballot” Evening of Comedy
Flagstar Strand
12 N. Saginaw Street
Pontiac, MI
Admission is FREE  

Saturday, October 22, 2022
 
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Neighborhood Canvassing
Southfield, MI
 

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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The Unity ’22 Campaign is a national and multi-state organizing, non-partisan, integrated voter engagement campaign focused on a number of issues, including increasing Black voter turnout and providing voter protection tools for Black voters to ensure their votes are counted in the 2022 Mid-Term Election. The Unity ’22 Campaign is a diverse group of over 50 national and state-based partner organizations and NCBCP/BWR affiliates and networks.  NCBCP launched its Unity ’22 National Campaign in July 2022.

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