The Georgia NAACP partners with the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter (MRAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to host “What You Need to Do to Protect Your Vote,” an in-depth discussion to educate the community on protecting their voting rights.
“The Georgia NAACP aims to equip all persons with the tools necessary to protect their vote from discriminatory actions, with special focus on the historically-marginalized Black and Brown populations,” said Dr. Jasmine Younge, Executive Director of the Georgia NAACP. “The NAACP understands how knowledge is power and believes that every eligible voter deserves to have their voice heard. With voter intimidation and suppression on the rise within targeted communities, it’s imperative that we understand what’s legal and illegal while exercising the ‘privilege’ to vote. It is clear, within the United States of America, that this ‘Right’ is not a guarantee.”
“The upcoming election is critical to deciding our country’s future, and its next steps in addressing the needs of women, children and people of color,” Laurie Reid, president of the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. said. “Delta has a long history of fighting for voting rights, as evidenced by our participation in the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March, and our goal 107 years later is to ensure that all votes, especially those in traditionally underserved communities, are cast and tallied without tampering or suppression.”
When: Monday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time)
Where: The discussion is open to the public and will take place virtually via zoom and Facebook Live. Click the following link to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0Yja7oeeRa2u92TIuw1AzA
Why: Since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Black and brown communities have been impacted by multiple voter suppression tactics ranging from partisan gerrymandering to voter ID laws to early voting cuts to purging voter rolls. COVID-19 has presented new challenges with absentee ballot drop box location issues and equipment malfunctions. This discussion will address these potential suppression tactics and give voters the tools and education needed to ensure their vote is counted.
Kristen A. Johnson, assistant counsel for the national NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
Anna-Kathryn Barnes, Esq., consulting attorney for the national NAACP Office of the General Counsel Voter Protection Project.
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About Georgia NAACP
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of units throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocate for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.
About Marietta - Roswell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy, and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities. Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has over 300,000 initiated members and more than 900 chapters worldwide. The Sorority uses its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement to create its national programs. The Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter (MRAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on February 22, 1986. With a growing membership that exceeds 800 college-educated women, we strive to embody the core principles of sisterhood, scholarship, and service through executing programs and events that make an impact in Cobb, North Fulton, and Cherokee Counties. Learn more about MRAC at https://dstmrac.com/.