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, D.C. – Friday, September 13, 2019 – Six months away from the first 2020 presidential primaries and caucuses, The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) hosted its 42nd Annual Symposium Town Hall and Awards Luncheon, encouraging the nearly 1,800 attendees to flex their political muscle and to help usher in the changes that they want to see in their communities and across the nation.
Joy-Ann Reid, host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” moderated the Town Hall, sharing the stage with a panel of journalists, political commentators, and other experts who encouraged participants to live their best lives by giving voice to the issues that are important to them and exacting promises for their support.
On March 8, 2019, the 116th U.S House of Representatives passed the historic For the People Act of 2019 (HR 1), also known as “The Restoring Our Democracy” bill. Introduced by Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) on January 3, 2019 and co-sponsored by 236 House members, HR 1 is a comprehensive bill that expands voter registration and voting access, makes Election Day a national holiday, and limits removing voters from voter rolls. Further, to guard against unjust gerrymandering, the bill provides for states to establish independent nonpartisan redistricting commissions. The bill is organized in three Divisions: A: Voting, B: Campaign Finance and C: Ethics.
Relatedness is a basic psychological experience. We all need to feel connected to other human beings: to care and be cared for, and to belong. We believe that bringing our country together starts with meaningful conversation. Our goal is to reduce polarization and social bias, to increase the willingness to engage in meaningful dialogue, and create an increased understanding and appreciation for our differences and similarities.