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VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Kicking off a year of empowerment

January 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Community

Yvette Williams

BY YVETTE WILLIAMS

Happy New Year!

On January 21, 2018, women across the country will convene in Las Vegas to celebrate the first anniversary of the Women’s March. We’ll also kick off the Power to the Polls Tour — a national initiative mobilizing women to vote, and empowering women to run for elected office.

In 2017, over 1.2 million women marched on Washington D.C., and over 13,000 women marched in Nevada to push past partisanship and focus on issues impacting their futures and their children’s futures. Organizers expect another huge turnout — and national co-chairs Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory believe that Nevada is the perfect choice to kick off the national tour because of the state’s swing state status, electoral demographics, advocacy for women’s issues, and strong activist community on the ground.

Clark County Black Caucus and other local organizations serving on the host committee encourage any individuals or organizations interested in being a partner or volunteering for the event to reach out to ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com — and for event information, visit www.CCBlackCaucus.com.

It’s important that African-American women are well represented at this event, and ask the community to help get the word out and plan to participate.

Additionally, in commemoration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Clark County Black Caucus — in partnership with NAACP Las Vegas and support from Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow and the Fair Punishment Project — invites the community to participate in the first in a series of meetings on the extreme impact of court fines and fees, penalties, and cash bail in Southern Nevada. A large percentage of law-abiding residents spend time behind bars due to traffic violations that turn into warrants as a result of the inability to pay the high cost of fines and penalties. This event is an official King Week event, scheduled for Jan. 16, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Findlay Middle School (333 W. Tropical Pkwy, North Las Vegas). Visit www.CCBlack-Caucus.com for more information about the program.

Yvette Williams is a community advocate and Chair/Founder of the Clark County Black Caucus, a non-partisan community organization driven 100% by volunteer members registered to vote. Follow her blog at www.YvetteBWilliams.com and on twitter @YvetteBWilliams or contact her at ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com for more information.

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