GREEKS ON THE HILL: Are We Paying Our Dues BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS A gressional Black Caucus eliminates early voting days and tive plans of action to involve their ni-the leaders of the nine NPHC orga-nizations, will develop more defipolitical battleground state are at-tempting to pass legislation thats the nation approachesthe 2012 election, the Con- Foundation’s Annual Legislative requires voters to show photo ID to members in the political and elec- Conference served as the perfect cast their ballots. toral process. opportunity for members of the Na- Award-winning journalist and “Roland Martin has certainly tional Pan-Hellenic Council to con- moderator for the event, Rolanda pricked our minds and stepped on vene on Capitol Hill Sept. 21, 2011. Martin, challenged presidents and our toes,” said Soror Butler-Mc- The annual forum titled, “Are You representatives of the NPHC organi- Intyre. “There is no way we will sit Paying Your Dues,” evaluated Black zations to think beyond traditional by knowing who we are and whose Greek organizations’ active involve- tactics, such as voter registration we are and not do anything.” ment in addressing key issues that drives, to combat these laws that Panelists also discussed help- will affect African-American com- may prevent many African-Ameri- ing members obtain jobs in an munities as voters hit the polls in cans—which accounted for a sig- economy plagued by unemploy- 2012. nifi ment and keeping in communica- cant portion of the support for Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), President Barack Obama in 2008— tion with members of Congress. 21st National President of Delta and elderly citizens from voting. “We have job fairs for our mem- “You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., host of Martin stressed that registra- bers during our conferences and the forum, and co-chair of the ALC, tion drives will have little effect conventions,” said Soror Butler-Mc- reaffi during the election as states, in- Intyre. “We have a member of Con- rmed the emphasis on com- munity service, economic stabil- cluding; Texas, Georgia and Tennes- gress Rep. Fudge who is instru- ity and job security with a quote see; continue to pass laws that are mental in the agenda-making of our from Soror Shirley Chisolm: “You reminiscent of restrictions placed Social Action Commission. Social don't make progress by standing on voters prior to the Voting Rights Action has always been the tradi- on the sidelines, whimpering and Act of 1965. tion of Delta Sigma Theta.” complaining. You make progress by “I am only interested in mov- Martin reminded the NPHC that implementing ideas.” ing us forward,” said Martin. “If we the election of President Obama is The Greek community began get comfortable with what we have a “three-prong victory.” The fi rst the forum by developing strategies done, then you are missing what we step was getting him elected into to confront voter suppression laws have to do.” offi ce. Martin suggested that voters being passed in Ohio that may de- National President Cynthia M. remain knowledgeable of the politi- rail voter participation in 2012 and A. Butler-McIntyre pledged that the cal climate and actively participate future elections. Lawmakers in the Council of Presidents, consisting of in the election process. ▲ 78 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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