"Every election is an essential exercise in democracy, but there's no question that the current geopolitical, socioeconomic, and health environment make the stakes for the 2020 election higher than ever," said Promise King, President and Founder.
WASHINGTON (PRWEB) October 14, 2020
Today, a nonpartisan group of community advocates, grassroots organizers, government officials, and business leaders announced the expansion of the League of Minority Voters, the country's first organization fully dedicated to further advancing minority voters' rights and opportunities by inspiring, educating, and empowering communities of color.
Originally founded in Portland, Oregon in 2007, and currently operating with chapters in Oregon, Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, and Nevada, the League is building on its success and taking its mission of empowering minority voters to the national electorate by establishing a national board of directors with roots in Washington, DC – the nation's capital.
"Every election is an essential exercise in democracy, but there's no question that the current geopolitical, socioeconomic, and health environment make the stakes for the 2020 election higher than ever," said Promise King, President and Founder. "The League of Minority Voters includes founding board members from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, career experiences, and political viewpoints, but we are united in one accord – to fight for minority voters' rights, to increase their political representation, and to promote fair and equitable policy development, while ensuring that all Americans recognize the power of their voice in the democratic process."
On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 5:30 PM EST, the League of Minority Voters will officially celebrate this national launch by hosting a virtual voter education summit titled "A Critical Conversation: Voting in the 2020 Election and Elevating Diverse Voices."
Attendees will hear from key thought-leaders and policy experts across the political spectrum about the threats to our electoral process and their remedies, efforts to combat disinformation campaigns, and the leading GOTV strategies being used to overcome unique challenges facing minority voters during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees can register at https://rb.gy/p1l9z4 and will leave the discussion informed, inspired, and ready to vote.
The esteemed panelists include:
- Aisha Mills, Public Affairs Strategist and Social Impact Advisor (Moderator)
- U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26) (2015-2019)
- Delegate Regina T. Boyce (D-MD, Baltimore)
- Matthew Weil, Director of Elections Project, Bipartisan Policy Center
- Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Professor, George Washington University Law School
"The U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the world and among industrialized nations - just 56%* in 2016, for example," said Cristina Antelo, Chair. "The League of Minority Voters believes full representation is critical to ensuring that policies reflect the needs of all people. We are governed best when our government reflects the richness and diversity of our communities."
"We recognize that many obstacles restrict access to the ballot box, including voter suppression efforts, an inability to access clear and trustworthy voting information, confusion around the various voting options and – especially this year – health concerns related to COVID-19," said JP Bombardier, Co-Chair. "We aim to dispel the myth that voting doesn't matter and demonstrate the power of minority voters in advancing the democratic electoral process."
The League of Minority Voters aims to become a leading national platform for dialogue between minority voters and their elected officials by illuminating and amplifying diverse voices and becoming a trusted partner of grassroots voting and civil rights organizations.
Click here for more information on the virtual voter education summit "A Critical Conversation: Voting in the 2020 Election and Elevating Diverse Voices."
League of Minority Voters National Board of Trustees
Promise King, President and Founder
Cristina Antelo, Chair, Bipartisan Caucus
JP Bombardier, Co-Chair, National Campaign
Cherie Wilson, Vice-Chair, Minority Congressional Caucuses Liaison
Linda Cook, Vice-Chair, Elder Liaison
Sindy Benavides, Treasurer
Heather Srigley, COO and Secretary
Briannon D. Gilis
Maria F. Robalino
Zahraa M. Saheb
About the League of Minority Voters
The League of Minority Voters is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded in 2007 to fight for the advancement of minority voters through education and empowerment. Find out more at minorityvoters.org and @leagueofminorityvoters on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
League of Minority Voters Media Contact
*Source: The Pew Research Center