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Oct 24, 2022

NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION TAKES ITS UNITY ’22 ‘POWER OF THE BALLOT’ GOTV COMEDY TOUR AND ORGANIZING WEEKEND TO PHILADELPHIA, PA

Washington, DC (October 24, 2022) – On Thursday, October 27th, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), in partnership with its national partners, state affiliates and local partners in Philadelphia, The National Urban League, A. Philip Randolph Institute, The Greater Philadelphia Black Women’s Roundtable, YOACAP, Urban Affairs Coalition, Sharp Insight, Celebrating Sisterhood, and NAACP Philadelphia Chapter 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 Philadelphia, PA.

The Unity ’22 National “Power of the Ballot” GOTV Tour & Organizing Weekends has been focused on five battleground states including the market of: 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 runs until election day with a final swing in Metro Atlanta. 
 
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), The American Postal Workers Union and The Kapor Center.

The Philadelphia Unity ’22 “Power of the Ballot” Evening of Comedy will take place on October 27th at the Laborer’s District Council, 1333 N. Broad Street. The program will open with a rally from 7:00 pm until 7:30 pm followed by an Evening of Comedy from 7:30 pm until 8:30 pm, featuring 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; Marc Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League; Clayola Brown, National President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Catherine Hicks, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP; Christina Cue, Unity 22 National Campaign Manager;  Tiffany Dominique, Convener of The Greater Philadelphia Black Women’s Roundtable, and a number of prominent Philadelphia community leaders. 
 

PHILADELPHIA UNITY ’22 CAMPAIGN
GOTV ACTIVATION SCHEDULE 
 
Thursday, October 27, 2022
 
7:00 PM: GOTV Rally
7:30 PM: Power of the Ballot” Evening of Comedy
1333 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
Admission is FREE  
 
Saturday, October 29, 2022
 
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Philadelphia Neighborhood Canvassing
 

NCBCP Unity ’22 GOTV Tour national and state partners include: 100 Black Men of America, Incorporated, A. Philip Randolph Institute, AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Black Women’s Roundtable, Black Youth Vote!, Black Church Action Fund, Black Voters Matter, Building Back Together, Center for American Progress, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, D4 Women in Action, Incorporated, Emerge, EMILY’s List, ERA Coalition, Family Values @ Work, HBCU Green Fund, Higher Heights Leadership Fund, Hip Hop Caucus, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, LCCRUL/Election Protection, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, League of Women Voters USA, Live Free, National Urban League, National Action Network, NAACP LDF, NAACP, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Action Network, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, National Black Justice Coalition, National Council of Negro Women,  National Partnership for Women’s & Families, National Education Association, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), People for American Way, Power Rising, Save a Girl Save a World, Sisters Lead Sisters Vote, SEIU, The Collective Education Fund, The King Center,  Unerased Black Women Speak, #WinWithBlackWomen, Higher Heights Leadership Fund, American Postal Workers Union (as 10/25/22).
 

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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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