We are asking local pastors to ensure everyone in his/her congregation is registered to vote and on Sunday 20th January encourage those not yet registered to fill out voter registration forms on the spot.
Just the other week the All Party Group on Race found that Black women are three times more likely than white women to be unemployed, due largely to racial discrimination. Furthermore, in a speech made by the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove stated that Black children are routinely marked down because teachers have low expectation of Black pupils.
With these and other disturbing facts we must demand greater justice and greater equality from our elected politicians. But without being registered to vote, no politician will take us seriously; and we can demand nothing.
Therefore, in the week when we applaud President Obama’s 2nd term lets use it as a spring board to empower our communities in this country by ensuring we are all registered to vote.
For more details contact Joe Aldred (NCLF) or Simon Woolley (OBV)