THE GROSSE POINTES-HARPER WOODS NAACP LAUNCHES GET OUT THE VOTE EFFORT FOR EASTERN SUBURBAN DETROIT TONIGHT
Training begins for a weekend of neighborhood canvassing, phone banking, poll watching and checker-challenging up to Election Day Nov. 8
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Grosse Pointe, MI – The Grosse Pointes-Harper Woods NAACP Branch is launching its “Civic Engagement” and “Election Protection” efforts for the eastern suburbs in Wayne and Macomb Counties tonight 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Community College District – Harper Woods Campus across the street from Eastland Mall on 8 Mile Road. The effort is part of the National NAACP Strategy to increase voting in low turnout precincts. Several have been identified in communities along the Detroit border and Macomb County including voting precincts in Eastpointe and Harper Woods.Trending Topics:
“We’ve heard the claims of a rigged election. We’ve also heard the whispers of organized efforts to intimidate people and suppress voter turnout,” said Greg Bowens, President, GPHW NAACP. “We believe in the integrity of our country’s election system and will work to make sure no one is harassed, intimidated, or wrongfully turned away from the voting booth. We will do our best to increase the number of voters and insure they exercise their right to vote free from fear.”
At tonight’s meeting people will do the following:
– sign up and be trained to serve as challengers and poll watchers
– be assigned to teams to distribute the “NAACP Know Your Voting Rights” information at schools, shopping centers and neighborhoods this weekend;
– sign up to volunteer for the phone banking operation;
– learn about Voting Rights and how to spot and report concerns and abuses
“The NAACP has a long history of turning out voters and protecting the vote,” said Bowens. “We will continue that tradition in the eastern suburbs.”
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