Voter Registration Revivial

 

 

We can Now Register to Vote Online! 

 

Thursday, September 24, 4:00 PM

Join us for a spiritual, faith-based gathering of clergy and faith leaders to reaffirm our prophetic role as a powerful, moral voice...

...and to invite others to exercise their right to have their voices powerfully heard the in the public arena by registering to vote and by registering the unregistered. 


'Nobody's Free Until Everybody's Free': Fannie Lou Hamer

...and we are not truly free until "We All Vote" 


Join Pastors Rev. James Dunkins, Rev. Willie D. Francois and Rev. Albert Morgan for a prayer meeting and training on how to use, promote and propagate the new Online Voter Registration tools and to expand the power and raise the voices of those who would otherwise be left voiceless.  

Join the Campaign to give Voice to the Voiceless

This year we've partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and her non-partisan campaign When We All Vote.

Just as with President Obama’s historic elections to the U.S. Senate and Presidency, we have to start by increasing the number of registered voters, especially among the underrepresented and historically disenfranchised including: African American, Latino, as well as low-income, working-class and young people of all backgrounds.


Join our campaign now and receive the Outvote texting App for your cell phone.

If you are not Registered to Vote go here to register to Vote Today

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March on Washington Anniversary - Get Out the Vote Kickoff

This Friday, August 28, will mark 57 years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.    It will also mark just 67 days before 2020 general election.

Join us for a remote March on Washington commemoration and kick off of our voter registration drive to give a powerful voice to the voiceless in South Jersey. This Friday, August 28,  5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

This non-partisan event is being sponsored by the NAACP NextGen program, Building One America, the Summit for Civil Rights Project and Fannie Lou Hamer Voice to the Voiceless in CD2.

Sign up here to receive the remote log-in link to participate in this tribute and inauguration of building a powerful movement for racial and social justice in southern New Jersey.

We are honored to be joined by Timuel Black. Mr. Black was the Lead Organizer of the Chicago contingent of the 1963 March on Washington which sent over 4000 delegates, including nearly 2000 on the two "freedom trains" chartered by A. Philip Randolph's Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Union. 

Mr. Black and others will share their recollection of the March; what it meant to them then, and what it means to us today, as we struggle against lethal racism and racially polarized politics to build broad multi-racial power for social, racial and economic justice.

We are also honored to be joined by the dynamic and powerful Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland California. Ms. Lee has been consistent and powerfull voices for racial justice, economic opportunity, and peace throughout her career in office and activism.

 

 

 

 

 

The program will be moderated by Yolanda Melville, National Chair of the NAACP NextGen Program with comments from Marcus W. King, President of New Jersey’s Teamsters Local 331, and Director of the Human Rights and Diversity Commission for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, DC and Richard Tolson, recently retired National Executive Council member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Rev. Willie Dwayne Francois, Senior Pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, and Alexander Bland, President of the Cape May County Branch of the NAACP.

On Friday, we launch our new campaign to add 10,000 more registered voters to the roles before the 2020 deadline on October 13, 2020.

The Fanie Lou Hammer, Voice to the Voiceless  (FLH V2V CD2) project is a non-partisan initiative to organize multi-racial grassroots power and increase voter participation among historically disenfranchised and underrepresented communities, including African American, Latino, young people, and working class and low income people of all ages and backgrounds.

 

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Summit for Civil Rights 2020

Presented by:
  • The Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C.
  • The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity and
  • The Journal of Law and Inequality at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Building One America 

We are seeking to Make America One Nation - The Other America, Dr. Martin Luther King, 1967


For the past three years, the Summit for Civil Rights Rights has convened multi-racial and intergenerational gatherings of some of the nation’s top civil rights leaders in the field of organizing, labor, faith, academia, law and government to respond to the powerful and dangerous intersection of enduring racial disparities, widening economic inequality, and rising political polarization throughout our entire society.  Our next Summit will not veer from these timely topics that have only intensified with the pandemic and been courageously amplified by the protesters.

The 3rd Summit for Civil Rights will be held remotely and hosted by the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC, and the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 30 and 31.

We have witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of anger, outrage and solidarity across the nation, sparked by the killing of an unarmed Black man by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. This movement for radical change is coming at a time of a global health crisis, political turmoil, and a massive economic catastrophe deepening existing inequalities while accelerating economic trends already devastating workers and communities.

We have confirmed the participation of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and will release more details as we receive confirmation on speakers and participants. The Summit will start at 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 30 and end at 4:00 PM, Friday, July 31. It will be broken down into four distinct but interrelated discussions over the course of the two days.

 

While much attention is rightly directed to immediate demands for sweeping police reform, our forum will attempt to examine some of the deeper, historical structures of racial apartheid in American’s institutions and their meaning, especially at this juncture, for working people of all backgrounds and the implications for political action, multi-racial power, and a meaningful and transformative policy agenda.

Some of the topics, building on the past two Summits and attempting to learn from and draw on the new energy, anger and desire for change, include:

Click here for the timed program


SUMMIT TOPICS

THE STATE OF MULTI-RACIAL AMERICA AND BLACK POWER

  • The national election/s
    • The Black electorate and the rise and fall of populist insurgencies of both the left and right
    • From Black Lives Matter to Black Power

THE TWO AMERICA’S - THE STATE OF AMERICAN APARTHEID

  • The consequences of our inaction and our acquiescence to a racially divided society
    •  52 years since Kerner Commission, 57 since March on Washington
    • Pandemic as microscope and telescope

WHO’S PROFITING?

  • Racial segregation as a lucrative and anti-worker business model
    • How America’s enduring ”Color Line” drives economic inequality

WHAT IS TO BE DONE?  HOW CAN WE HELP?

  • Is America ready for a 2nd Reconstruction? A 3rd “Founding”?
    • What would a Civil Rights Restoration Act look Like in 2020?
      • A New Agenda for Economic Opportunity, Racial Justice, Freedom, and Inclusion

 

 

The Summit for Civil Rights 2017 Sponsors

  

 
 
 
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Mail in your Ballot

This year's election is Vote By Mail. It must droped off or postmarked today! 

If you are registered, you should have received a Ballot in the Mail

You have until the end of the day TODAY, Tuesday , July 7 to Vote in this Year's Primary

Go to this link for the steps to filling out your ballot

Or you go to this link and watch a demonstration video from the Mainland Pleasantville NAACP

Your ballot must be postmarked before or on July 7th   Best to bring it to an official drop box location

Take your mail-in-ballot to any one of these Drop Box Locations in your County.

 

In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the speech "Give Us the Ballot".

In 2020, we must Send IN Our Ballots!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
This year we've partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and her non-partisan campaign called When We All Vote. Just as with President Obama’s historic elections to the U.S. Senate and Presidency, we have to start by increasing the number of registered voters, especially among the underrepresented and historically disenfranchised, including African American, Latino, as well as low-income, working-class and young people of all backgrounds.


 Join our campaign now and receive the Outvote texting App for your cell phone.
as well as the link to Michelle Obama's When we All Vote voter registration campaign. 

https://buildingoneamerica.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=18

Giving Voice to the Voiceless in 2020

ORGANIZING FOR POWER IN THE PADEMIC 

 "Don't complain. Don't hashtag.  Don't binge on whatever it is you're binging on.  Don't put your head in the sand.  Don't boo.  Vote." - President Barack Obama

Sign up here to join the Campaign for Remote Voter Engagement in 2020. 

It should come as no surprise how the Covid-19 crisis has revealed and worsened deep disparities of opportunity, social mobility and health in our nation.

The 2020 primary and November 3 general election will have profound consequences for working people of all races and backgrounds. It’s more important than ever that the voice of the people not be silenced.

That’s why we’ve partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and her non-partisan voter engagement campaign called When We All Vote. Just as with President Obama’s historic elections to the U.S. Senate and Presidency, we have to start by increasing the number of registered voters, especially among the underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, including African American, Latino, low-income and working-class voters of all backgrounds, and young people. 

It's also why we teamed up with Outvote for a friend-to-friend texting campaign right from your own cell phone.

Join our campaign now and receive the Outvote App for your cell phone as well as the link to Michelle Obama's When we All Vote voter registration campaign. 

If you are not registered to vote you can start by clicking this link and Register to Vote today.

If you are already registered, and you care about the outcome of this election, you are invited to join this campaign and register others through your networks and relationships such as congregation, family, friends, neighbors, civic associations, schools, universities and unions. Join us by clicking this link or the red join button below. 

 

https://buildingoneamerica.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=18

Giving Voice to the Voiceless in DC2

ORGANIZING FOR POWER IN THE PADEMIC 

 "Don't complain. Don't hashtag.  Don't binge on whatever it is you're binging on.  Don't put your head in the sand.  Don't boo.  Vote." - President Barack Obama

It should come as no surprise to how the Covid-19 crisis has revealed and worsened deep disparities of opportunity, social mobility and health in our nation, and no less here in South Jersey.

Some say the pandemic will depress voter participation and discourage people from going to the polls. We say the opposite. The July 7 primary and November 3 general election will have profound consequences for working people of all races and backgrounds. It’s more important than ever that the voice of the people not be silenced.

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That’s why we’ve partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and her non-partisan voter campaign called When We All Vote. Just as with President Obama’s historic election to the U.S. Senate and then the Presidency, we have to start by increasing the number of registered voters, especially among the underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, including African American, Latino, low-income and working-class voters of all backgrounds, and young people. 

Download Outvote and join our friend-to-friend texting campaign right from your cell phone.

If you are not registered to vote you can start by clicking this link or the button below and Register to Vote:

If you are already registered, and you care about the outcome of this election, you are invited to join this campaign and register others through your networks and relationships such as congregation, family, friends, neighbors, civic associations, schools, universities and unions. Join us by clicking this link or the red join button below. 

 

 

 

https://buildingoneamerica.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=18

Voice to the Voiceless in NJ's 2nd Congressional District

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR VOTER ENGAGEMENT AND MOBILIZATION IN SOUTH JERSEY

Saturday, February 22, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM,  Shiloh Baptist Church, 1837 NE Blvd, Vineland, NJ 08360

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ORGANIZING FOR POWER

This non-partisan leadership training is for people of all ages and backgrounds who want to become more effective in organizing people for political and electoral power.

The Second Congressional District of South Jersey is today one of the most competitive in the nation. It was twice won by Barack Obama and once by Donald Trump. It’s current member of Congress, Jeff Van Drew, recently switched parties, and there are now a half dozen contenders for that office. Voice to the Voiceless Project will train leaders as community organizers and promote expanded electoral participation in the Second Congressional District  throughout 2020.

The program will not endorse or support candidates for Congress or President. The program is not about candidates, it is about voters and grassroots leaders like you who want the voice of the people of the district to be heard above the national media, the big money and the two political parties. Participants do not have to be from or live in the district. 

This training is modeled after the highly successful Camp Obama program developed by President Obama and hiscommunity organizing field staff in 2007 and it is an official partner of the non-partisan When We All Vote project led by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Like in Camp Obama, grassroots leaders will be trained in the communityorganizing methodology for advancing an aggressive Get Out the Vote program among all voters with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised and underrepresented populations – including African American, Latino Voters, and Young Voters. 

The training will be about the principles of leadership and community organizing and the mechanics of expanding political participation including:

  • Power, Self Interest, Relationships, and Listening - understanding and leveraging your own (and others) motivations for building power and changing structures.
  • Identifying, Recruiting and Developing Leaderstargeting constituencies, their institutions and their leaders.
  • The Tools for Power - voter identification, voter registration, organization, participation and turnout.
  • New Tools and Technologies - using a voter database, demographic and spatial analysis and vote by mail.  
  • Building a Team - becoming an organizer and developing and managing leadership teams.
  • Calendar, Goals, Assignments and Time Management - how many, where and by when?

The training will start at 9:00 AM sharp and will end at 2:00 PM. It will include lunch and breaks. Participants must attend the entire training. 

All attendees must pre-register. There is a $10.00 fee to cover refreshments and lunch.

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Event Date: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Event location: 
Shiloh Baptist Church, 1837 NE Blvd, Vineland, NJ 08360
Event Fee: 
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Community and Legislative Forum on School Segregation in New Jersey

   

November 21, 2019 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, NJ


Join with education, civil rights, labor, faith and local elected leaders on November 21, 2019 to discuss the pressing issue of school segregation in New Jersey. You can register to confirm your attendance here.

The symposium, organized by Building One New Jersey and held at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, will grapple with the serious problem and debilitating consequences of New Jersey's racially segregated schools.

And it will put forward a community and legislative response aimed at reducing segregation, strengthening communities and improving education for all students. 

It will start at 6:30 PM and end at 8:00 PM at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, 353 S New Rd, Pleasantville, NJ 08232

The convening will include experts, civil rights lawyers and historians and well as educators, parents, local leaders and state policy makers.

 Speakers include:

 

 

John C. Brittain

Olie W. Rauh Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law 

  

 

Ashley Bennett

Atlantic County Freeholder

 

 

 

Rev. Willie Francois

Pastor, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ

 

 

 

Yolanda Melville, Esquire

President of the NAACP Next Generation (“NextGen”) Alumni Leadership Council

 

 

 

Frank Santo

Councilman, Galloway Township, NJ

 

 

 

Phil D. Murphy (invited)

Governor of New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 School Integration in New Jersey A Community and Legislative Response

Letter to Senator Booker   

Letter to Governor Murphy

Letter to Education Commissioner Repollet 

Letter to Senate President Sweeney

Letter to Speaker Coughlin

 

Draft framework for a Remedy as presented to Governor Murphy

Download the handout here  

 

Leadership Training Institute for Inclusive Communities

LEADERSHIP TRAINING BY BUILDING ONE AMERICA and the SUMMIT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

January 9 through January 12, 2020 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 


Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE. 

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FROM DIVERSITY TO SHARED POWER

Demographic diversity has been increasing throughout American society. While membership  and even leadership in many organizations have reflected this change, power and decision-making often fail to keep up with the racial, ethnic, generational and gender make up of our communities and institutions, including labor unions, local government, and religious congregations. This failure has left us weaker and more easily undermined by those who do not share our values of inclusion and opportunity.

One reason for this persistent power gap is that we too often confuse the visual trappings of diversity and policies of inclusion with genuine equality and political and economic integration. When members of underrepresented groups secure leadership positions they frequently begin at a significant disadvantage. Generational layers of power, privilege, experience and networks of formal and informal relationships are at play in any public arena where leadership matters, power is wielded and important decisions get made. These dynamics are taken for granted or denied by the powerful, while often unseen or not easily understood by the powerless. We frequently find ourselves in organizations, committees, boards and leadership structures that are diverse in name and appearance, but in reality are decidedly lopsided when it comes to the exercise of power.

As Frederick Douglass famously reminded us, power never did and never will be given away by those who have it to those who don’t.

Building One America’s training does not claim to make people more powerful nor does it create diversity, but it does better equip emerging leaders from diverse and working-class backgrounds to better understand and navigate the dynamics of power and politics and to have the tools to compete effectively and further themselves and their values in the public arena. Moreover, it will help individual leaders to recognize more clearly their own potential and motivations to build a powerful and meaningful public life.

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can be accessed HERE

  

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Who: This training is for leaders from all over America who want to become more effective in making a difference – including organizers, leaders and volunteers from the faith community, labor unions, electoral politics, public office holders and grassroots rank-and-file leaders. 

What: The training teaches ordinary people to unleash their capacity to impact the social, political, environmental, and economic decisions affecting their lives. The training has been designed and will be conducted by experienced organizers affiliated with Building One America. The training is unique in combining elements of leadership training developed over the past fifty years by national community organizing networks, with a contemporary analysis and strategy for developing multiracial institutional and social power to build more inclusive and equitable communities.

Topics covered include:

  • An orientation and reflection on power
  • Understanding self-interest as a way to build membership, engage allies and adversaries, and become a more focused and self-motivated leader
  • The role, value, and techniques of one-on-one organizing
  • Conducting and understanding a power analysis
  • Distinguishing the “public” from the “private” in order to build an effective public life
  • The key principles and elements of strategy and tactics and issues and action
  • Identifying and developing leaders
  • The importance of organized money
  • Principles and techniques for effective meetings
  • Personal reflection, strategic planning and developing a personal path to power

The training is not just an intellectual exercise. It challenges and helps emerging and existing leaders to identify, reflect on, and overcome internalized attitudes and beliefs that stand in the way of becoming more powerful. The goal is to produce more powerful leaders and to facilitate the expansion of more powerful and more unified multiracial coalitions and power structures.

When:  The training will take place over four days starting Thursday, January 9 through Sunday January 12, 2020.

Where: Case Western Reserve University - Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University, 11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Cost: Tuition plus room and board is $500 per participant

Because space is limited, interested individuals must apply to participate in this program.  The application is available online and can beaccessed HERE. 

TESTIMONIALS 

The training institute helped me become a more powerful leader, acting more strategically, efficiently, and decisively, creating greater accountability for myself and others - Eloise Henry, President, Richmond Heights (OH) City Council

 ...a very powerful training. It equipped me with the tools to reinvent myself - Rev. Rohan Hepkins, Mayor, Yeadon, PA

This is the most relevant, intense and productive conference I have ever attended - Heather Sorge, Campaign Organizer, Healthy Schools Now

Despite 40 plus years in politics, I found the 4-day training to be new, useful, and refreshing.  It was helpful in expanding my own political power and in understanding and dealing with others who are exercising theirs. Ant it led to new and significant relationships for me - Dale Miller, Member, Cuyahoga (OH) County Council

Completely caught me by surprise. I thought I knew what being a leader meant, but the training showed me parts of leadership that I knew nothing about. It really helped me with my networking skills and in my new position as President of CWRUs Black Student Union. I’m excited to see what it can do for more people in our community - Aliah Lawson Executive Chair, Black Student Union, Case Western Reserve University

Learned how our stories of powerlessness informs our own path to power. I had great moments of clarity - Ashley Bennett, Freeholder, Atlantic County

It was helpful. Extraordinarily. Thank you! - Tomea Sippio-Smith - Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PA) Education Policy Director

Training was awesome. Confirmation for me as well as new found skills – Alexis Rean-Walker, HPAE, Secretary-Treasurer

 Learned new skills for active listening and relationship development; clearer understanding of power dynamics that drive organizations and elected leaders; deeper understanding of structural causes of inequity and a path to racial integration; and practical steps to develop an inclusive and powerful network that can drive change - Tom Bullock, Member at Large, Lakewood (OH) City Council

Key learning moments were understanding my power, self interest and anger.  Thank you! – Martha Camacho-Rodriguez - Cerritos College, Trustee, Norwalk, CA

I’ve become more confident and feel that I have fully stepped into my leadership role - Safronia Perry, Executive Director, Hope Station (PA) Area Neighborhood Council

 I used to stay in the back of the room, rarely speak, and try to be invisible. The training helped me to find my voice - Darnelle Crenshaw, Student, Case Western Reserve University  

The training did a terrific job encouraging us to reflect on times when we feel powerless, and to consider how those times can help shape how we react to the world and drive us in our work. - Tim Nelson, Vice President, Braham (Minnesota) Evangelical Lutheran Church Council, Chair, Braham (Minnesota) Area Education Foundation

Thank you. The training was awesome – Taylor Picket Stokes, Rescue Mission of Trenton

The training rocked my world and gave me a new roadmap for action. Amazingly intense and perspective-shifting. Great content, compelling examples, helpful exercises and an energized group of participants. - Gary Forman, Trustee and Executive Committee Member, SOMA Action

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Event Date: 
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:00am to Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 4:00pm
Event location: 
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
Event Fee: 
Tuition is $500 per participant (including lodging and meals)

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