Delta Newsletter WINTER 2017 • 7 collegiate members to use their voices in the electoral process. “When creating this initiative, we had to take into consideration that many of our collegiate members would be voting for the first time in a presidential election. Therefore, our initial phase focused on vot-er education,” said Soror McCain. “After that, collegiates began to move in full force to organize programs. We encouraged them to create programs that focused on voter registration, mobilization, and education that aligned with Delta’s own Social Action Plan, while also capitalizing on social media to make an impact. Their programs didn’t just have an impact on their peers, their impact was worldwide, leading them to become a resource for voters all over the country.” Although the country will move forward with a new president and repub-lican- led House and Senate, some elected officials are already plotting to reduce gov-ernment spending and regulatory oversight. Social programs are also being targeted for elimination and cutbacks. Plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provided 20 million uninsured Americans health care coverage; reduce veteran benefits; and cabinet appointments given to persons with tarnished records on social justice and civil rights views have threatened to undo years of progress. “We will not let certain factions of this country ‘turn back the clock’ by restricting or limiting voting rights that our ancestors marched, fought and even died for,” said Dr. Walker. In a post-election statement to the membership, Dr. Walker encouraged the membership to remain focused and contin-ue challenging policies that deprive citizens of their rights. The Sorority will continue to focus on its social action agenda to: enhance and advance access to quality education and economic opportunity for all Americans; end the school-to-prison pipeline; protect voting rights; create stronger relations between citizens and law enforcement agencies; and expand access to quality health care. “The Delta Red Army” will prepare for battle for the 2018 mid-term elections following the advice of former First Lady Michelle Obama, “Don’t be fearful. Be focused.” “The Red Army” mobilized to “GET OUT THE VOTE” LEADERSHIP APPLAUDS OUR MEMBERS AND CHAPTERS WHO WORKED DILIGENTLY TO BOOST VOTER PARTICIPATION IN THEIR COMMUNITIES DURING THE 2016 ELECTION CYCLE. HERE’S A LOOK AT JUST A FEW: ★ The Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter hosted two (2) forums called “It’s Time to Vote.” These forums involved local politicians and community leaders who discussed projects and legislation for which they are responsible or introduced to the state legislature. The chap-ter along with 200 members of the community marched and sang to the polls during the “Souls to the Polls” for early voting. ★ The newly activated Zeta Zeta Chapter from Truman State Universi-ty in Kirksville, Missouri hosted an absentee ballot drive to prepare students for the November election. ★ During Delta Week, October 30- November 3, The Kappa Alpha Chapter of the University of Oklahoma hosted “Formation: Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand Together.” This event served as a two-part town hall meeting in which dialogue took place regarding both the Student Government Association (SGA) Presidential elections on campus, as well as the U.S. Presidential election. ★ Cerritos Area Alumnae Chapter prepared daily “Get Out the Vote” election tid-bits posted on social media from October 28 through Election Day and hosted a Pre-Election Town Hall Meeting on No-vember 3. ★ The Dynamic Change Makers of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter demonstrated their active participation in the political process by voting early at the Delta Center and featured Dr. Bertha Maxwell Roddey, 20th National President, social media post as she cast her ballot during early voting. ★ Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter rallied members of the chapter and the community together to early vote October 20 at Durham County South Regional Library in Durham, North Carolina. ★ Jonesboro Alumnae Chapter in Jonesboro, Arkansas held a voter registration drive September 23 in the Civic League Room of the Jonesboro Public Library. Publisher’s Note: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in collaboration with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, put out a RED ALERT call to action for all attorneys, paralegals or law students knowledgeable of voting laws in their states to volunteer at the polls to ensure fairness at ballot boxes across the country. There was an overwhelming response to the call.
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