Connection Corner: “BE THE VOICE!”

Information on this page will be updated throughout the 2017 election cycle. Check back often.

In 2015, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) and International President, Dorothy Buchanan Wilson embarked upon a journey to Launch New Dimensions of Service. AKA members were given the charge to “Take A.C.T.I.O.N.” In executing this initiative, AKA members will:

  • Develop a multi-faceted strategic Connection program with a focus on civil rights, social justice, and voter education, registration, mobilization, and participation;
  • Galvanize our diverse membership to become a united force for change through the Take A.C.T.I.O.N. program (Advocate, Communicate, Train, Influence, Organize and Network) and our voter awareness program, Be The VOICE;
  • Offer leadership development opportunities that educate members on how to seek appointments and election to public offices; and,
  • Increase African American voter participation rates in the 2016 election to mirror or exceed 2008 voter turnout rates.

ADVOCATE

Sorority members are asked to “advocate” for local, state and federal legislation that:

  1. Supports fairness for all people;
  2. Promotes equal and equitable access to justice for all people; and
  3. Calls for the appointment of special prosecutors or special hearing masters to present the government’s case/evidence in grand jury proceedings where law enforcement officials are accused of wrongdoing.

COMMUNICATE

Members are asked to “communicate” and collaborate with other chapters on local issues of common interest and to increase awareness of the political and judicial processes.

TRAIN

Sorority chapters are asked to “train” members and local citizens in their communities on basic elements of grand jury processes and procedures. They are also asked to promote the Sorority’s BE THE VOICE voter awareness program through registration drives, candidates forums, and informative panels or workshops on the political process.

INFLUENCE

Sorority members are encouraged to “influence” local, state and federal government representatives to introduce, lobby for, and pass legislation that reflects the community values, interests and that further Alpha Kappa Alpha programmatic goals.

ORGANIZE

Sorority members are asked to “organize” voter education campaigns, registration drives, and Get Out the Vote efforts in their local communities.

NETWORK

Sorority chapters are asked to “network” with other chapters, local civic and service organizations, elected officials and political influencers to gain greater insight on open positions for elected office and how to leverage membership size and common interests to improve local communities.


Important Dates in Northwest Arkansas

Benton County Special Elections (May 9th)

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Our vote is our voice. Being informed about the policies, laws and candidates that impact our area and nation is important to make an educated decision when voting at the polls. Make sure you know the issues and understand how election results will impact you and your community. There are several resources that available to learn about your local, state and national elections. To learn more about the 2017 election candidates, debates and more, visit the resources below.

Federal agencies and elected officials | United States Government

Voter registration and other Arkansas state election information

Arkansas Voting 101 Pocket Guide

Arkansas Voter IDs

Information for Benton County (AR) residents | Benton County (AR)

Information for Washington County (AR) residents | Washington County (AR)

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Arkansas 2018 Election Calendar

2018 Election Calendar