NNPA and Transformative Justice Coalition Announce National GOTV Campaign Targeting 10 Million Additional Black Voters


By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Ahead of the all-important 2022 midterm elections, reports show that more than 55 million Americans are still not registered to vote – and about 10 million are African Americans who are eligible to vote but are not not registered.

Whether the reason is due to apathy, repression, or other means, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and the Transformative Justice Coalition seek to understand why, with so much at stake, voter registration and mobilization of GOTV are still lacking. among black Americans across the country.

At the national convention marking the 195th anniversary celebration of the Black Press of America in New Orleans, leaders of both organizations announced a ballot campaign to register and mobilize GOTV so that 10 million African Americans additional votes in time for the 2022 mid-terms.

“The NNPA has spoken about voting, and there’s no better time for us to show our power,” NNPA President Karen Carter Richards said during the announcement at the Big National Convention. Easy.

“Let’s take the lead and not fall behind so that we can show the current power of the black press,” continued Richards, who publishes the Houston Forward Times.

“It’s a great opportunity for us; we have to make it happen. Lawyer Barbara Arnwine, founder and president of the Transformative Justice Coalition, and her board chair and fellow lawyer Daryl Jones, told a captivated panel that their organization recorded 72 voter suppression tactics to prevent a large people to vote.

Among them are strict election laws in many Republican-run states; deceptive practices like robocalls; reductions in early voting; and voter intimidation.

“Black voters did our part in 2020,” Arnwine remarked.

“Ninety-three percent of all eligible black voters have registered in Georgia. Yet in the 2021 Georgia Senate runoff, 93% of all registered black voters turned out. That’s why people don’t understand where the real power is.

Along with NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., Richards, NNPA Board Members Janis Ware, Fran Farrer, Cheryl Smith and Jackie Hampton, Arnwine and Jones announced that the groups would use a multi-vehicle “electoral motorcade” to get out the vote.

They said people riding new COVID-safe tour buses would hit swing states ahead of the November election to register and mobilize GOTV for 10 million new black voters.

Chavis said performers from Roc Nation, the company run by hip-hop mogul and business magnate Jay-Z, will accompany the motorcade in select cities.

Music superstar Stephanie Mills has also pledged to “get on the bus with the Black Press and the Transformative Justice Coalition.”

Chavis said he was confident other celebrities would also join the national GOTV campaign.

“The first form of voter suppression is self-suppression,” Dr. Chavis asserted.

“This last primary election showed that some of us were holding back from voting. There are 55 million unregistered Americans eligible to vote, and 10 million are African Americans,” Chavis continued.

“And if these 10 million were registered? We would not have worried about Donald Trump or the madness of what the United States

Supreme Court does now. Elections have consequences. The annulment of Roe v. Wade, the overturned gun laws – are the consequences of the election.

With more than 235 African-American-owned newspapers and media companies as members, the NNPA represents the Black Press of America.

The mission of the Transformative Justice Coalition includes systematic change that achieves racial justice, gender justice, economic and social justice, and human rights through education and public engagement initiatives that also speak to hearts and minds and to the social systems and structure in which they exist.

Additionally, the coalition is dedicated to informed civic engagement and equal voting rights for all.

They use a Voting Rights Map of Shame to educate the public about threats to American democracy, how to protect their voting rights, and what steps to take to ensure the ability to vote and ensure that he is counted.

The organization also calls for the restoration of the right to vote for ex-criminals.

“[Anti-voting rights organizations and individuals] trained 10,000 people to be poll spoilers to go to black polling places only,” Arnwine said.

“They don’t send them to white polls, and if you watched the [Jan. 6] hearings, this is a concentrated effort to disempower black voters,” she said.

According to Davis, more than 18 million people have the right to vote but don’t know it.

“They are the disenfranchised crime,” Davis insisted.

“They are confused. This is intentionally done in various states. For example, in some states you never lose your right to vote, and in some states you can run for office if you are incarcerated,” he explained.

The motorcade would help educate voters and explain what is legal, among other things. “We are calling on the 235 members of the NNPA,” encouraged Dr. Chavis.

“This call and response from our brothers and sisters is vital. It’s time to move, it’s time to Get-Out-The-Vote,” he said further.

“Together with the Transformative Justice Coalition, the NNPA will help move our people forward to get this vote out. In 2022, we will make the critical difference in the midterm elections in terms of increasing Black voter turnout across the country. »

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