Black Leaders to Discuss the Fiscal Cliff, What's at Stake in the 113th Congress and Impact of Black Women's & Youth Vote in 2012

Nov 13, 2012, 08:30 ET from National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) will host a post-election panel discussion on the fiscal cliff and the 113th Congress Wednesday, November 14, 2012  at the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies Headquarters in DC.  Following the panel discussion a Unity '12 Campaign Briefing will look at the Unity '12 campaign held in 14 states and analyze voter turnout among black women and young adults and highlight what worked in the states. They will also discuss tactics to keep their people engaged in the political process so they hold elected officials accountable and increase black voter turnout in the 2014 mid-term election.

WHO:             The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and A. Philip Randolph Institute

WHAT:           Post-Election Panel Discussion and Unity '12 Briefing

WHERE:       Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies 805 Fifteenth Street NW, Washington, DC

HOW:            Space is limited. RSVP to Email for conference call 
                      information. For the Internet broadcast go to

WHEN:           Wednesday November 14, 2012 (times below)

11:30 AM1:15 PM

What's at Stake for Black Women & Youth in the Fiscal Cliff Debate & Policy Priorities for 113th Congress
Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO and Convener, Black Women's Roundtable, NCBCP
Clayola Brown, President & CEO, A. Philip Randolph Institute
Jessica Brown, National Black Youth Vote! Coordinator, NCBCP

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (invited)
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (invited)
Arlene Holt-Baker, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

Moderator:     Makani Themba, Executive Director, The Praxis Project

Dr. Elsie Scott, Director, Ron Walters Leadership & Policy Institute, Howard University
Rene Redwood, CEO, Redwood Enterprises
Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Ayenay Abye, Field Coordinator, The Praxis Project
Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women

1:15 PM2:15 PM

Impact of Black Women's and Youth Vote in 2012 Election Cycle
Moderator: Sonya Lockett, Vice President, Social Responsibility, BET

Analysis of Black Youth and Women's Vote in 2012 Presidential Election Cycle
Cathy Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago
Holli Holliday, Esq., Principal, Holliday Advisors, LLC

What Worked: Increasing the Black Women & Youth Vote in Swing States (Via Conference call)
Petee Talley, Convener, Ohio Unity Coalition
Kahari Mosley, Pittsburgh Black Youth Vote! Coordinator, Pittsburgh APRI
Anita Dawson, President, Michigan APRI
Jamaal Rose, State FL Coordinator, Black Youth Vote!, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation (FCBCP)
Lucas Milton, State FL Co-Coordinator, Black Youth Vote!, FCBCP

Moving Forward
Kerene Tayloe, Election Protection Legal Fellow, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Marcus Coleman, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies
Jessica Brown, National Black Youth Vote! Coordinator, NCBCP

The NCBCP Campaign, in partnership with APRI and 40 other national and state-based organizations and affiliates,  led the non-partisan Unity '12 voter empowerment efforts in 14 states through its Black Youth Vote iThink 2012, Black Women's Roundtable Power of the Sister Vote and Foot Soldiers for Democracy initiatives to ensure that black voters were registered, educated on the issues, secured proper ID, and voted early or on Election Day.  The NCBCP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing black civic engagement and voter participation.  For more information visit

Edrea Davis
Phone: 770.961.6200/818.613.9521
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SOURCE National Coalition on Black Civic Participation