BLACK VOTES MATTER PAC LAUNCHED TO MAXIMIZE BLACK VOTER TURNOUT AND
- Concerned that there may be dramatic drop off in the record turnout of black voters that propelled Barack Obama to the Presidency eight years ago, a group of veteran New York political and civil rights operatives launched the Black Votes Matter PAC in an effort to maximize black voter turnout and candidate attention to issues critical to black communities and families in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia. Drop-off in Black voter turnout in those states will put in jeopardy policies important to the Black community and result in the election of a President and other elected officials antithetical to the interests of Black Americans.
"President Barack Obama brought nearly 4 million new Black voters out to vote since 2008, and they have made a difference in local, state and national elections, " said Rachel Noerdlinger spokesperson for BVM PAC, "if these voters stay home in November, a candidate who does not care about the issues important to black Americans stands a good chance of being elected."
BVM PAC will be run by Charlie King, who ran the New York State Democratic Party for Governor Andrew Cuomo and headed up the reelection effort of Congressman Charlie Rangel. He also has been a key adviser to Reverend Al Sharpton.
"Many of the issues that Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Heastie are fighting for here in New York are the issues that matter in Black communities across the country: a special prosecutor when police kill an unarmed individual; criminal justice reform; $15 minimum wage; real growth opportunities for black owned businesses; meaningful education initiatives and paid family leave," King said. "We will keep these issues on the front burner and make sure the candidates do too."