“During Election Day on Nov. 6, voters will be able to donate canned goods and gently used clothes at several polling sites in West and Southwest Philadelphia locations, thanks to the group Mic Check 1-Two.
Latiaynna Tabb joined Lana Adams to form Mic Check 1-Two last year. They have held benefit concerts with other local groups in an effort to create places where those in less fortunate circumstances could receive free meals and clothing. Last year an estimated 400 people were fed during one of their events.
“Of course we decided to do it again, and this year we wanted to engage more community members as citizens,” Tabb said. “This is a huge election year and we thought that engaging those who are already committed to national change would be the best way to get them to work toward local change.”
Putting donation drop boxes at local polling stations was conceived as a way to accomplish this initiative, according Tabb.
By Nathaniel Lee
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Philadelphia voters and community members look for Donation Drop Boxes for canned good and clothing collection at select polling places and small businesses.
“Well, should Obama be the president of Black America?” –This question has been raised increasingly since the 2008 Presidential election, and it was now being posed to a group of writers, entertainment personalities and hip-hop artists on a breezy Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.
This controversial topic was one of many during the first panel of the day for the final stop on the Ignite 2012 tour. Panelists included, hip-hop journalist Dream Hampton, former host of BET’s 106 & Park, Rocsi Diaz, SOURCE Magazine, Editor-In-Chief, Kim Osorio and many other community leaders and activists.
“Could Obama do more?” —“Yes,” Rocsi Diaz interjected but, she’s happy with the work that the president has done for the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The president signed The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 2010 which included a proposed $98 million increase to funding for HBCU’s. Diaz added that Governor Mitt Romney is very open about the demographic he represents and serves and that there is nothing wrong with the President supporting African Americans.
Panelist Deion Jordan, a seventeen-year-old young leader and member of The Philadelphia Youth Commission, entered the conversation claiming that Blacks in America need to see themselves not as “Black Americans” but as Americans.
“I consider myself an American. Race is philosophical nonsense,” Jordan added.
The national #Ignite2012 civic engagement tour will be in Philadelphia on October 6th– a city that is reported to have a staggering 43 percent of registered voters without valid identification under Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law. On Tuesday, the breaking news of the strict law being postponed rocked the nation and gave many of youth activists a sense of victory.
With only one month left until Election Day, the #Ignite2012 tour aims to educate young people of color in Philadelphia about voter suppression and empowerment. In partnership with Philadelphia Youth Commission, the forum will also be used to discuss local gun violence and promote conflict resolution. Local leaders and the nation’s most dynamic celebrities, bloggers, and activists are teaming up to bring back the brotherly love to Philadelphia by hosting grassroots trainings, hip-hop cultural panels, and live musical performances by Dee-1 and Jasiri X.