Power of the Ballot Debate Watch Party and Comedy Show Sparks GOTV Mobilization Efforts with Celebrity Talents BPhlat, Erin Jackson and MESHELLE | app

Local and national groups came together for a weekend of organizing marking a shift from voter registration and education to mobilizing residents to vote in the midterm elections

ATLANTA, Ga., Oct. 17, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Call it the calm before the midterm election storm. The Georgia Black Women’s Roundtable (GA BWR) provided staff, volunteers, local and national leaders, and community members with a night filled with great food, great company, and lots of laughs when they hosted a Power of the Ballot and Comedy Show debate watch party on Friday, October 14 at IBEW Local 613. The event kicked off a weekend of organizing as election activists take to the streets to educate and motivate citizens to be among the first to vote for early voting which begins Monday, October 17.

“We are starting this very serious mobilization phase with a fun event as our workers and volunteers have been pounding the pavement for months and we know how difficult it will be over the next few weeks to motivate and mobilize frustrated voters,” said Helen Butler, executive director of Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and host of GA BWR.

Butler continues: “We are also fighting voter suppression tactics so we are training more poll workers than usual and if it is anything like 2021 we may have to deal with angry voters. who retaliate because they thought there had been electoral fraud. Black voters understand the power of the ballot and will run like they did in 2020, so we want to make sure they can vote. We have a lot of work to do, so it was great to relax and enjoy the actresses.

In addition to Butler, GA BWR members who organized the event included: Felicia Davis, Clayton County Black Women’s Roundtable; Deborah Scott, GA STANDING; and Sandra L. Williams, Union of Departmental Retail and Wholesale Stores. Melanie L. Campbell, chair of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and host of BWR, was on hand to bring greetings from the national office.

As part of the organizing weekend, the nonpartisan groups toured the Atlanta area in a bus wrapped in messages urging the power of the ballot and urging people to vote. The bus will continue to visit cities across Georgia to mobilize black voters and let residents know they can go to the polls for free by calling the GA Coalition for the People’s Agenda hotline at 877-524-8683.

Additional weekend events included a Saturday tailgating event at the NCBCP Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Institute during Clark Atlanta University’s homecoming, and Sunday Georgia STAND-UP held a gospel brunch and concert at their headquarters in East Point, GA. The Host Weekend was part of the Unity ’22 Black Women’s Power of the Ballot Seven State Roundtable GOTV Comedy Tour and the NCBCP Host Weekend.

Comedy comedians Meshelle “The Indie Mom”, Erin Jackson and BPhlat were just a sample of the special guests who lined up to get the vote. The comedy show followed the debate between former football player and businessman, Herschel Walker, and Georgia Senator and Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor, Senator Raphael Warnock.

National partners include AARP, SEIU, Neo Philanthropy/State Infrastructure Fund and Kapor Center. Local partners are Black Male Initiative and Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council.

For more information about the Georgia Black Women’s Roundtable, or to volunteer, email [email protected], call People’s Agenda at (404) 653-1199 or visit http://thepeoplesagenda.org .


The Georgia Black Women’s Roundtable is convened by the Georgian Coalition for the People’s Agenda (http://thepeoplesagenda.org). The People’s Agenda is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts year-round voter registration, education, and mobilization in Black communities throughout Georgia. Led by Chairman of the Board, Reverend JA Milner and Helen Butler, the organization is headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Athens, Albany, Macon, Augusta, LaGrange and Savannah.


The Clayton County Black Women’s Roundtable is affiliated with the Black Women’s Roundtable of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (https://www.blackwomensroundtable.org), an intergenerational arm of leadership development, mentorship and empowerment of black women and girls. The Black Women’s Roundtable is at the forefront of advocating for justice and equitable public policy that centers key elements of success on racial, economic, climate and gender justice.


The Georgia Strategic Alliance for New Directions and Unified Policies (Georgia STAND-UP) (https://www.georgiastandup.org) provides research, strategy, technical support, and resource development for grassroots community organizing and non-partisan voter education. RISE and vote! is their year-round voter education and registration campaign. STAND-UP is one of the Southeast’s most visible and successful vote advocates, emphasizing “boots on the ground”, door-to-door and grassroots mobilization.


The Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council (https://unionhall.aflcio.org/atlclc) is one of nearly 500 AFL-CIO state and local labor councils and is the heart of the movement worker. We are democratically elected bodies dedicated to representing workers’ interests at national and local levels. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and strive daily to overcome oppression and make our communities better for all.


Edrea Davis: [email protected] / 818.613.9521

Makeda Smith: [email protected] / 323.380.8819


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CAPTION: Suffrage activists join comedians on stage at the GA’s Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) comedy night. (LR): Erin Jackson, actress; BPhlat, actress; Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP/BWR; Felicia Davis, Clayton County BWR; Helen Butler, People’s Program; Sandra L. Williams, RWDSU; and Deborah Scott, GA STAND-UP. (Unrepresented actress, MESHELLE.)

SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Georgian Coalition for the People’s Agenda

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