ELECTION PROTECTION PROGRAMS THROUGH
THE BLACK WOMEN’S AGENDA, INC. AND COMMON CAUSE PARTNERSHIP
The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) has partnered with Common Cause, an organization fighting for an accountable government, equal rights / opportunities / representation and empowering voices in the political process to get out the vote and protect the vote. This partnership will allow individuals and organizations to expand their community outreach by ensuring that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count.
The Election Protection Program provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation. Volunteers provide voter information, document problems they encounter when voting and work with partners and volunteers on the ground to identify and remove barriers to voting. Election Protection focuses on the voter – not on the political horse race – and provides guidance, information and help to any American, regardless of his or her voting choices.
ELECTION PROTECTION PROGRAMS
- Volunteer Field Program- during Early Voting, and Election Day
Roving Poll Monitor will use a checklist to drive between polling places and check on lines, signage, and poll preparation. Report back to HQ on any problems at the polls that need to be solved. For volunteer field activities – sign up at: https://protectthevote.net//?source=bwa
- Volunteer Text Program
Voter contact by rapidly responding and proactively contact voters who are most likely to face problems at the polls and provide them accurate information, connect them to resources and answer questions. Use text banking and phone banking tools to talk to thousands of voters. For volunteer text program activities – sign up at; https://protectthevote.net/?source=bwa
- Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Assist with answering suite of 4 hotlines for voter questions. Suite of voter assistance hotlines in 8 languages, using your home computer to answer voter calls and troubleshoot issues Example: Where is my polling place? My absentee ballot did not arrive, what do I do? I was told my name was not on the voter registration rolls, etc. For a lawyer, paralegal, law student or other legal professional. Sign up to volunteer for the hotline at https://protectthevote.net/?source=bwa
WASHINGTON, DC – Friday, September 18, 2020 – The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) went on the offensive today, hosting a virtual town hall devoted to protecting and securing the voting rights of African Americans and other people of color during its 43rd Annual Symposium. Moderated by Heather McGhee, Board Chair, The Color of Change, a panel of prominent political activists and observers – including Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, Repairers of the Breach and Co-chair, Poor People’s Campaign; Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, anthropologist, educator and Board Chair of The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., an esteemed author, commentator and Chairman of Princeton University’s Department of African-American Studies, and Aisha C. Mills, a nationally renowned political strategist and social impact advisor – discussed strategies for combatting voter suppression, registering and engaging African-American voters, and ensuring that they have the opportunity to make their voices heard.
Supported by a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. on Jan. 31 will launch its national COVID-19 Public Health Education Social Media Campaign to narrow the gap of those impacted by the pandemic in the African American community. “I Am The Change: Addressing COVID-19 Here And Now!” targets members of BWA’s 24 National Collaborating Organizations, representing more than three million Black women in the U.S.
The Black Women’s Agenda endorses federal, state and local government public health warnings prescribed to mitigate the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS~CoV-2) (formerly called HCoV-19 and commonly called COVID-19).
The assertion that coronavirus only threatens older people has been debunked. While data is rapidly being compiled, COVID-19 is trending across all age demographics because of the potentially high transmission from virus shed in asymptomatic patients and the ability for the virus to remain infectious in the air for hours and on surfaces such as plastic and steel for days.