52 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Why should I vote?

  1. Because I am a decision maker for who will represent me.

  2. I have the right to VOTE!

  3. My VOTE counts!

  4. The power is in MY hand to VOTE!

  5. I let people know I am a VOTER, an upstanding citizen!

  6. If I do not Vote, I do not count I do not have the right to complain!

  7. I set a standard for my family to follow, I VOTE.

  8. I am a trailblazer, I help shape my community, I am a Voter.

  9. Everyone in our community is VOTING! I will not be left out.

Thanks to Virginia Douglas for these powerful affirmations! What is your reason for voting?

LaKesha WomackComment
53 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Host a Sister to Sister Salon!

From sharing your story and adding your voice to the movement, to voter information and Election Day resources—the #BlackWomenVote website is a great resource for tools to help you get out the vote.

We have a lot a stake and Black women need to continue to go to the polls and organize our networks to ensure we are electing leaders that will serve to represent all of us in Washington.

Women from across the country are coming together for a powerful night of Sister to Sister Salon conversations to tackle the critical issues we’re facing and to find real solutions around supporting our Black women leaders and making sure our communities head to the polls on November 6.

Salon conversations are gatherings in which Black women come together and share their views, concerns, and opinions about their political power and leadership potential. You can open your home, church, business, or wherever is best to gather your mother, aunts, sisters, sorors and girlfriends for a national conversation on harnessing Black women’s political power to win this November.

LaKesha Womack
54 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Job Opportunity!!

Progressive Turnout Project seeks 2018 Voter Turnout Fellows. You will participate in a comprehensive training then be placed on one of the most targeted campaigns across the country to help increase voter turnout. This is a PAID fellowship.

LaKesha Womack
55 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Understanding the issues will help you to determine which candidates to support.

As leaders in the African-American faith community have begun to dialogue about what is at stake during the upcoming election, the following issues have been identified. These can be great talking points when you are engaging with voters. Do some research to see where your community and elected officials stand on these issues.

  1. Housing - to establish a right to quality, affordable housing

  2. Education - to ensure everyone has access to a high quality education

  3. Health - to promote equal access to healthcare, eliminate racial disparities

  4. Environmental/Climate - to preserve the environment through renewable energy and the expansion of green jobs

  5. Criminal Justice - to end the criminalization of people of color through sentencing reform, eliminating private prisons, ending cash bail, community policing

  6. Economic Justice - to establish a living, fair wage and a guaranteed annual income

  7. Voting Rights - to protect and expand the right to vote 

  8. Courts - ensuring there is fair representation in judicial appointments and elections

You can also utilize the Organizing Toolkit developed by The People’s Consortium for Human and Civil Rights to organize your community for social justice and plan events such as letter writing campaigns, writing op-ed, and making visits to your elected official’s offices.

LaKesha Womack
56 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Team work makes the dream work!

We can not do this work by ourselves therefore we are adding resources to our website each day from organizations who have similar missions and goals as ours - to ensure that every citizen is registered and educated about voting. This is not only for the benefit of the 2018 elections but to become a model moving forward. Our votes are too valuable not to use them consistently.

What can you do?

  1. Subscribe to receive daily updates via email

  2. Visit our Resource page to find organizations to partner with

  3. Join an Upcoming Event to get training

  4. Host an event in your community

  5. Send us your photos and videos about “Why is voting important to me?”

LaKesha Womack
57 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Two terms that we hear thrown around a lot are PAC (Political Action Committee) and Super PAC but some don't know the difference. Here is a quick breakdown.

Political Action Committee (PAC)

Political Action Committee (PAC) — A popular term for a political committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates. Most PACs represent business, labor or ideological interests. PACs can give $5,000 to a candidate committee per election (primary, general or special). They can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000 annually to any other PAC. PACs may receive up to $5,000 from any one individual, PAC or party committee per calendar year. A PAC must register with the FEC within 10 days of its formation, providing name and address for the PAC, its treasurer and any connected organizations. Affiliated PACs are treated as one donor for the purpose of contribution limits.

PACs have been around since 1944, when the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) formed the first one to raise money for the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The PAC's money came from voluntary contributions from union members rather than union treasuries, so it did not violate the Smith Connally Act of 1943, which forbade unions from contributing to federal candidates. Although commonly called PACs, federal election law refers to these accounts as "separate segregated funds" because money contributed to a PAC is kept in a bank account separate from the general corporate or union treasury.

Many politicians also form Leadership PACs as a way of raising money to help fund other candidates' campaigns. Since June 2008, Leadership PACs reporting electronically must list the candidate sponsoring the PAC, as per the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007. Leadership PACs are often indicative of a politician's aspirations for leadership positions in Congress or for higher office. 

(Source OpenSecrets.org)

Super PAC

Super PACs are a relatively new type of committee that arose following the July 2010 federal court decision in a case known as SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission.

Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations, and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. Unlike traditional PACs, super PACs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates, and their spending must not be coordinated with that of the candidates they benefit. Super PACs are required to report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or semiannual basis – the super PAC's choice – in off-years, and monthly in the year of an election.

(Source OpenSecrets.org)


In essence, PACs raise money and often work with candidates to support issues and platforms while Super PACs are considered the dark money of politics because they raise unlimited funds to spend however they want as long as they don't work directly with candidates. Many churches, church leaders and religious organizations are establishing PACs to support the candidates and issues whose agendas best reflect their constituents. A common complaint is that the funds invested in PACs and Super PACs often outweigh the voice of the people, especially those with opposing views, therefore, donating to PACs can help to level the playing field. Visit our Resource page for potential organizations to donate to or consider donating to #ZionVotes to help with our Get Out The Vote efforts.

LaKesha Womack
60 Days Until Mid Term Elections

Tune in to the "Get out the vote" podcast hosted by Steve Martin, Communications Director of the National Council of Churches. On this episode, Steve interviews LaKesha Womack, National Coordinator of the #ZionVotes initiative and host of the National Council of Churches Community Engagement Webinar Series, about the importance of voting, why #CourtsMatter, and role of faith leaders in politics.

LaKesha Womack
61 Days Until Mid Term Elections

14 Governor's Races to Watch...

We often place a lot of attention on Congressional and Presidential elections without thinking as much about state elections. This year, we have some exciting races happening at the state level that we want to bring your attention to. Check out the candidates, their platforms, and show your support for the candidate that you believe will help to improve your state.

Keep in mind that many of the Governors will play an important role in the Congressional redistricting after the 2020 Census.

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Iowa

Kansas

Maine

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Nevada

Ohio

Wisconsin

LaKesha Womack