|Posted by [email protected] on May 3, 2015 at 7:15 PM|
Dear Church and Community Leaders:
As part of PROJECT R.E.A.C.H. Inc., 2015 Juneteenth Celebration, we are supporting a Freddie Gray Voter Registration and Criminal Justice Campaign: Commencing June 19, 2015. This campaign is similar to the June 19, 2011 - Nationwide Juneteenth Criminal/Juvenile Jusitce and Unity Prayer Day, to shed light on disparities within the criminal/juvenile justice system and the prison industrial complex.
On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man, was taken into custody by the Baltimore, Maryland Police Department for allegedly possessing a switchblade. While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center. Gray died on April 19, 2015. His death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord.
To celebrate Freddie Gray's life and the many young lives lost through the act of violence over the last year since Juneteenth 2014. We at PROJECT R.E.A.C.H. INC., is organizing a Young People and Poor People "Black Lives Matter" Voter Registration and Criminal Justice Campaign!
A voter registration drive is an effort, often undertaken by a political campaign, political party, or other outside groups (partisan and non-partisan), that seeks to register to vote those who are eligible but not registered.
Sometimes these drives are undertaken for partisan purposes, and target specific demographic groups that are likely to vote for one candidate or other; on the other hand, such drives are sometimes undertaken by non-partisan groups and targeted more generally.
We are asking all community leaders to support this campaign. More so, church leaders to support this most important campaign, by setting up voter registration tables at their churches and provide criminal justice workshops and information, beginning in the church on Sunday June 21, 2015.
The overall campaign is to provide instruction and to empower a youthful voter registration and criminal justice advocacy group and to continue the campaign in schools throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
Procedure on College Campuses:
1.Scout out locations on campus that will allow you and your group to access the most people (see suggestions below) and pick which days and at what times you want to occupy these areas to register people. Keep in mind that to run a campaign in some of these locations may require permission from the school. Check with the necessary administrators – food services, RA’s, student activities office, librarians, etc. Below are some suggested areas and times when you can reach a lot of new voters:
a.First-year student orientation at the beginning of the semester. Get in touch with the office that coordinates these events and ask if Democracy Matters can have a presence and be involved with the orientation with the purpose of registering students to vote.
b.Classes. Contact professors and ask if you can come into their class and take 10 minutes to talk about Democracy Matters and pass around voter registration forms. You can also set up a table right outside the classroom and approach people before they enter or after they leave.
c.Cafeteria. Set up a table outside of the cafeteria or walk around inside from table to table asking people if they want to register. Contact the dining services department to get the necessary permission. You may also want to put table tents on each table with information about where and when you will be registering students.
d.Dormitories. Contact RA’s and ask if you can either go door to door asking people to register or organize a hall or dorm meeting to register everyone at the same time.
e.Sporting Events. Set up a table outside major sporting events and have people register as they enter or exit. Ask the sports department if you can put voter registration forms inside the program so people can fill them out during the game and then give them to your group as they exit.
f.Fraternities and Sororities. The campus Greek systems can provide access to a large number of students. Approach different houses and ask if you can work with them in making sure their members are registered to vote. You may even want to solicit their help in reaching out to other campus groups. Different houses can host voter registration parties, where students of voting age are only allowed to enter if they are registered. Provide opportunities for people to register as they enter the party.
g.Library. Work with librarians to allow students to access voter registration forms throughout the library. Ask for one computer to be set up specifically by your group to conduct online registrations. Have a clear display at the checkout desk with voter registration forms handy.
h.Reach out to students lounging around campus. Make it fun and dress up as political religious, or civil rights icons, or create your own eye-catching costumes to draw attention to your voter registration efforts.
i.Movie Screenings, Lectures, and Events. Table where people congregate for events – speakers, movies, concerts or other events Democracy Matters or other groups organize on campus, offering to register people to vote.
2.The student Voter Registration Campaign, is encourage on High School Campuses.
We must act now and invest in the future and lives of our children!
"At no time do we condone wrongness on either side of the wall"