Politicians have traditionally failed to engage Black voters beyond their efforts to convince us to cast our ballots for them. #VotingWhileBlack means you’re committed to voting on issues that matter to Black communities and to holding elected officials – from prosecutors to presidents – accountable to us both during and after the election.
IT’S ABOUT VOTING IN RACES THAT MATTER
It’s not about voting with one party, this is about voting for Black issues and for the future of all our communities. We are committed to holding prosecutors, who have previously run unopposed, accountable to our communities and pushing or stopping ballot initiatives that impact our communities- issues including minimum wage, cuts to public infrastructure, and gun control.
IT’S ABOUT STAYING INFORMED
Prosecutors are the single most powerful people in the criminal justice system, they have the most discretion to determine how people in the system are treated and what happens to them, even more than police or judges.
Watch this video to learn how Black voters in Cleveland came together and used their power to force their District Attorney out of office when he refused to hold police accountable and indict the police officer who murdered 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
IT’S ABOUT VOLUNTEERING
#VotingWhileBlack means you’re actively encouraging Black people to show up in force for races up and down the ballot in 2017.