Urban League of Louisiana Announces WAKE UP THE VOTE LOUISIANA – 24 HOUR Voter Participation Rally in New Orleans along with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., LYFT, YWCA and others

October 3, 2018 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Urban League of Louisiana Media Contact:
Cathy Washington
504.620.2332 | cwashington@urbanleaguela.org
New Orleans, LA, October 3, 2018 –   Today, the Urban League of Louisiana announced WAKE UP THE VOTE LOUISIANA, a voter participation initiative designed to promote the importance of voter engagement and mobilization through election day. The initiative will launch on November 3, 2018, at 10 a.m., with a 24 Hour Voter Participation Rally in New Orleans at the Urban League of Louisiana Headquarters, 4640 S. Carrollton Avenue. The 24 Hour Voter Participation Rally will include information on ballot initiatives, what voters need to know before going to the polls, speakers, panel discussions, a film screening, musical performances and a Sleep In.
“The Urban League of Louisiana has a rich history of engaging residents around voter registration and voting on election day,” said Judy Reese Morse, President & CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana.” The 24 Hour Voter Participation Rally will focus on the very serious obligation and privilege that the founding fathers and mothers of the Urban League movement fought so hard for,” she said. “WAKE UP THE VOTE LOUISIANA is a new effort that reinforces the Urban League of Louisiana’s core value of voting.”
The event will be supported by partner organizations, which will bring members and stakeholders throughout the 24 hour period to encourage and engage voters to turn out and vote.
“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has a strong legacy of advocacy and action,”said Jonathan Stewart, President of Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. “Our Brothers in New Orleans are proud to stand with our region and state as we mobilize voters by engaging them on the issues that impact our communities like ending mass incarceration. We are proud to join forces with the Urban League of Louisiana and others to increase our collective impact.”
In addition to the 24 Hour Voter Participation Rally, the Urban League of Louisiana is engaging high school students and co-sponsoring a candidate seminar through its auxiliary organizations, the Urban League Young Professionals and the Urban League Guild.
For more information on the 24 Hour Voter Participation Rally schedule, visit the Urban League of Louisiana website regularly for updates on partner organizations and programming.
About Urban League of Louisiana
Celebrating 80 years of service, the Urban League of Louisiana works to enable African-Americans and other communities seeking equity to secure economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights. The Urban League’s three Centers of Excellence are focused in the areas of education and youth development, workforce and economic development, and public policy and advocacy. For more information on the Urban League of Louisiana, visit us online at www.urbanleaguela.org.
About Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Since 1925, Sigma Lambda Chapter has been a pillar in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the City of New Orleans. We are building on that strong legacy by continuing to prioritize brotherhood, service, leadership, and achievement. From A.P. Tureaud and Dutch Morial to Emmett Bashful and Charles Teamer, Sr., the men of Alpha Phi Alpha have stood up and helped lead at defining moments in our city for more than 90 years. Since the 1930s the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha have prioritized voter engagement with the national program, A Voteless People is A Hopeless People. This year, the Brothers of Louisiana, in conjunction with the Southwestern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha, have prioritized educating and mobilizing our communities for the November 6 election by promoting the need to end mass incarceration and pass Louisiana Ballot Measure Amendment 2.