FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rozalynn Frazier – The Links, Incorporated
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Washington, D.C. (July 26, 2020) —Today The Links, Incorporated announced its national partnership with When We All Vote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization launched by Co-Chair Michelle Obama in 2018 to increase participation in every election. When We All Vote is a mission to change the culture around voting and close the race and age voting gap to ensure every eligible voter is registered and ready to vote.
“When We All Vote is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting. We are proud to partner with The Links, Incorporated to train thousands of voting squad captains across the country,” said When We All Vote Board Chair Valerie Jarrett. “Together, through a voter registration challenge, we will ensure thousands of eligible voters are registered and ready to vote in every election. We know that our democracy is stronger when we all vote, and organizations focused on empowering our communities like The Links can deeply impact voter participation.”
The Links has and continues to be strong advocates for ensuring that all people, particularly Black and brown communities, are able to exercise their right to vote. Through this partnership, The Links will expand get-out-the-vote efforts to increase voter registration, engagement and turnout helping to ensure those 100 million eligible voters who did not cast their ballots in 2016, do so in 2020. The Links will also use this effort to help guard against voter suppression so that every single vote is counted.
“We know that transforming communities starts with getting people to understand and exercise their civic responsibility, and voting is chief among them. Our primary weapon is our vote and we must wield that power in this country to make change,” said national president of The Links, Incorporated Kimberly Jeffries Leonard. “Over the next 100 days, we plan to leverage the voices of our more than 16,000 members to educate, engage and mobilize voters and stakeholders in our communities. We will help ensure everyone is registered and ready to vote. Our voice, our vote, and our power matter now more than ever.”
About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated consists of more than 16,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.
About When We All Vote
When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. Launched by Michelle Obama, the organization is committed to closing the race and age voting gap and empowering all eligible voters to cast their ballot by harnessing grassroots energy, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital organizing strategies, with the ultimate goal of changing the culture around voting.
Michelle Obama is joined in this effort by fellow Co-Chairs Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Rita Wilson.