Are you dizzy from all the political news and campaign ads swirling around us on TV, radio, the internet, and social media? We sure are! In a national election year, the winter season ushers in a state-by-state nomination process for major party presidential candidates, as well as caucuses for candidates at all levels of local, regional, and state offices. These processes can at times be confusing, overwhelming, and downright disempowering. The NAACP Duluth Branch Political Action Committee is here to help you wade through the political mire of this election season and beyond.
In particular, the Political Action Committee recognizes that due to a number of systemic barriers, people of color have been and continue to be among the most disenfranchised voters in our nation. Therefore, the Political Action Committee’s primary goal for 2020 is to increase voter registration and turnout at the polls. We aim to accomplish this by offering a series of voter information events and caucus training, hosting a candidate forum, and assisting with voter access and transportation for both the primary and general elections.
While increasing voter turnout is our top priority for this year, we also recognize that political engagement stretches far beyond the polls. In addition to election-related work, the Political Action Committee aims to address racist political rhetoric and/or any other political action that negatively impacts people of African heritage as well as people from other marginalized identity groups. In order to do so, we plan to provide community education about local political processes and raise awareness of how citizens can get involved. Likewise, we plan to partner with community watchdog organizations who monitor local and state politics in order to keep up to date on policy developments that impact our community.
If you have any questions regarding voting, caucusing, local, state, or national politics, or other political questions, please reach out to the Duluth Branch NAACP for more information. Likewise, if you want to get involved in the Political Action Committee, we are always looking for new members to support our efforts. Co-Chairs Princess Kisob and Danny Frank are more than happy to talk with you about what’s happening with the committee and how you can get involved. And most of all, please remember to GO OUT AND VOTE! Minnesota’s presidential primary takes place on Tuesday, March 3.