FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2023
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WASHINGTON - On the heels of significant Black voter turnout in state-wide races across the nation, NAACP Vice President of Campaigns, Dominik Whitehead released the following statement, reflecting on the historic wins resulting from the Association's comprehensive voter mobilization program:
"Once again, Black Americans led the charge forward to make equity a reality in this nation. The Black voter turnout on Election Day revealed what we've always known to be true — when we harness our collective power, we can effect real change. From the tireless work of our civic engagement volunteers engaging with voters in key states ahead of elections to every pivotal ballot cast, our community remained empowered. We realize the stakes were undeniably high, but once again, Black voters stepped up to ensure our community was heard. Together, we reaffirm that every voice matters in shaping the future of democracy in America."
Ahead of the 2023 elections, the NAACP was on the ground in key battleground states, such as Mississippi, convening 'Front Porch Focus Groups' with the support of groups like AFL-CIO's Working America, gaining deeper insight into the issues that are top-of-mind for Black Americans.
This year, we witnessed historic wins for Black leaders across the nation, which highlights the importance of representation and diversity at every level of government:
- Cherelle Parker was elected as Philadelphia's first Black female mayor.
- Gabe Amo, Former Biden White House aide, became the first Black member of Congress from Rhode Island.
- Yusef Salaam, one of the exonerated members of the 'Central Park Five, won a seat on the New York City Council.
- Roxie "J.R." Henson has become the first openly gay Black man to win the Virginia State Legislature.
"Every ballot cast is a victory for our democracy. In the face of voter suppression and malicious attempts to stifle our voices, our collective determination persists in protecting the millions of Black voters nationwide who are exercising their right to vote,"said Janette McCarthy-Wallace, Office of General Counsel. "The NAACP remains resolute in its commitment to confront racism and bigotry wherever they persist. We will not waiver in our mission to create a more just and equal nation. It is through these efforts that we build a better nation for Black Americans. This is advocacy in action."
On Election Day, the NAACP deployed lawyers throughout the nation to monitor and respond to reports of voter suppression through their Voter Protection Hub,ensuring that every American was provided an opportunity to cast their ballot.
Despite attempts to silence progressive voices, voters in Ohio made history with the passage of ballot initiatives on key issue areas, including the enshrinement of reproductive rights and the legalization of recreational Marijuana.
Ahead of the 2024 elections, NAACP is working to recruit 300,000 volunteers to support their continued voter engagement program. For more information on the NAACP's work to mobilize Black voters, visit naacp.org/vote.
The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.