Written By: Brother Bryan Evans
February 23, 2020
The 2020 Presidential Election is looming large, and the consequences of this election cycle could not be overstated. In an effort to ensure that every voice in Dekalb County is heard and every vote is counted, the Nu Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated has gone all in on the 2020 election.
The Dekalb Alphas voter mobilization arm, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, hopes to impact this election cycle not only through registration, but through voter education, outreach and turnout. Brother Judesther Saint Marc, the committee’s chair, knows what he’s up against. “I’ve had several friends talk about politics not being their thing, or even worse believing their votes don’t actually count,” St. Marc admits. “[So] our first event focused on education of rights, but more importantly how local officed impact the lives of everyday people.”
In addition to voter education, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People has been working to connect local elected officials with their constituencies. The first event planned that allowed local Dekalb residents to interact with their elected official took place on January 18th at Redan High School. Local officials discussed the issues, answered questions and even took part in a video interview series.
With a goal of 1000 voter registrations, multiple candidate forums and increased turnout in the county, The Dekalb Alphas plan to increase their voter-centered efforts. “We are working with the county commissioners, the school board, reaching [out] to elected officials on the local level, working with get-out-the-vote organizations, working with the churches and promoting voter registration initiatives,” says Brother Saint Marc.
On April 25th and 26th, the Dekalb Alphas will kickoff our Healthy Citizens Initiative. The purpose is to educate voters on the power of their vote to improve the overall health of citizens in the Dekalb community. On July 5th and 6th, the fraternity will invite community members to its day party at Club Crawl. In addition to great music and a great atmosphere, attendees will leave with a grasp on the issues to help inform their votes. For additional details and events, stay connected to the Dekalb Alphas by adding us on Facebook and Instagram by searching keywords Dekalb Alphas.