sure that if people have problems try- the poll location could have changed 8. With these new voter ID laws taking ing to register, this is the time to fi or your precinct or ward where you go effect during a pivotal presidential elec- nd out if you are going to have a problem. to vote may have changed, so verify tion, what can chapters of Delta Sigma Call that hotline and the lawyers will that now. Theta do differently in their voter mo- be there to help you. So, Register, Verify, Vote! That’s bilization efforts? We have been doing So, that’s the kind of thing we need our thing. Register, or check your reg- voter registration and education as a to do is really get the awareness up. istration status. In some cases, you part of our chapter programming for Sound the alarm with solutions. We may have to reregister if you have years, so what are we going to have don’t want to sound the alarm with been purged. In some places, people to do differently this year in order to saying “Well, it doesn’t matter. I’m not in the state fi make sure that our voices are heard? nd ways to take you off going to be able to vote.” the books. Reregister if you changed I think an organized voter ID I say to folks, we’ve had hurdles your address, because in some cases awareness campaign, very specifi - that we’re not even facing right now the ID requirements say that you have cally. Do that as a part of any regis- in this battle because there are people to show an ID that shows where you tration drive that we are doing. Make who died trying to register to vote. currently live and not where you used sure that’s a part of it. For social ac- There are people who were lynched to live. It depends on your state. tion, and even beyond social action, and black balled and all kinds consider being in that poll loca- of things trying to register peo- tion. Think about being inside. ple to vote or register to vote. Think about being a precinct So, we have a history of fi judge, who yields a whole lot of ght- ing. It is in our genes that we power. We know that we have have to fi to do the registration, of course ght, because we’ve always had to fi and Get Out the Vote. But, we ght and we’ll win this one because you know don’t want the registration and everyone has the right, not just VOTE voter protection component toGOTV efforts to be for not be-cause we did not have a strong what? At the end of the day, we’re trying to make sure that Black folks, to exercise their what we were doing. right to vote without problems, fear or intimidation. 9. Is there anything else that you would like to add? 7. We talked a little bit about the Visit our Web site, www.nc- voter ID requirements, but what bacp.org to fi nd out more about are some of the other voter sup- the coalition and how we can pression tactics that we really be helpful. We are a resource need to be on the lookout for? for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, One of the other big ones is Inc. The Sorority is a member the laws that are on the books organization, so we are here around registering people to to serve. Our job is to provide vote in some places, not everywhere, We’ll have tools available…There technical support and resources. If but in some places. But the biggest one is a Map of Shame on our Web people come to us to help with their is the voter ID…People have to have site that really lays it out and we’re training or need us to help them with the correct information to know what launched our Cost of Freedom App resources, we are here to be of service to do. in June. The Lawyers Committee will to the Sorority and anything that we We say Register, Verify, Vote— have an app coming out soon, so we can do to support on the national or RVV. That’s the young people’s term, are going to have all the tools that we local chapter level, just call on us and RVV—Register, Verify, Vote. And, even can for those people who do not have we are here. if you’re registered, check your regis- access to computers, but they have tration now so that you can see that a cell phone. Most of us have a cell For more information on the National you are in the system. Make sure you phone. If you don’t have a cell phone, Coalition on Black Civic Participation, check your poll location. Because of if you just have a regular phone, there’s visit www.ncbcp.org, connect with redistricting, a lot of times you may the 1-866-OUR-VOTE number. Also, en- them on Facebook, follow them on Twit- have been voting in the same place gage with our local organizing efforts ter@NCBCP, or email them at ncbcp@ for 20 years. Or, if you are a new voter in the community so that we can just ncbcp.org. ▲ and you voted for the fi try to make sure that we give our folks rst time you may have voted there and that was all the tools that we can to fi ght back the last place you went to vote. Well, on this voter suppression. 76 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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