For Immediate Release
Respect My Vote Campaign Reaches Thouands During Nationwide One-Day Voter Registration Drive
Hip Hop Caucus Registers More Than 30K Voters During Nationwide "One Vote" Registration Drive
WASHINGTON - The Hip Hop Caucus' - Respect My Vote! Campaign (www.hiphopcaucus.org), along with Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com
) and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, registered more than
30,000 voters during its national "One Vote Day" voter registration
drive on September 30th.
Thousands of citizens in sixteen cities across the country
participated in events aimed at mass voter registration. Radio One
stations broadcasted live from central locations in each of the
participating cities urging unregistered voters to attend their local
registration site to register onsite. Artists such as Nelly and Raheem
DeVaughn helped draw large crowds to registration stations, allowing
Hip Hop Caucus volunteers to register an average of 1,200 voters within
each of the different markets.
"We are so glad that we were able to get thousands of citizens involved
in one of the most important rights as Americans," says Barry Macon,
Corporate Director of Marketing for Radio-One. "Voting should never be
taken for granted and we felt it necessary to reach out with
information and education to the community that we serve day in and day
The nationwide one day voter drive was a combined effort between the
Hip Hop Caucus, Radio One, Inc, and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network
to register and mobilize young people to vote.
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"The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network salutes The Hip-Hop Caucus for their
leadership in achieving one of the largest single day voter
registration records in history, particularly for youth voters," Dr.
Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Summit Action
Network. "While we are still collecting the data from other cities that
participated in "The One-Day" voter campaign, we know from the
tabulations that as of today well over 30,000 new voter registrations
took place on September 30, 2008 across the United States."
"This one day event proves that we can make an impact in this
election, and that working together to get out the vote is the only way
to see results," says Hip Hop Caucus President, Rev. Lennox Yearwood
Jr. who co-created the 2004 campaign "Vote or Die" with Sean "P Diddy"
Combs. "Our next goal is making sure all these registered voters get
out to the polls in November and really let their voice be heard."
The Hip Hop Caucus' Respect My Vote! campaign seeks to register and mobilize 18-29 year olds in urban communities to vote and be engaged in the political process. Statistics show only 7% of eligible 18-29 year-olds who did not attend college, voted this past Super Tuesday and this is a target group that has not traditionally been reached out to and engaged in the political process.
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The Hip Hop Caucus (www.hiphopcaucus.org ) is a non-partisan organization that works to ensure the voice of the Hip Hop Generation is heard by engaging them in the political process. Through the use of grassroots organizing and celebrity spokespeople, the Hip Hop Caucus looks to mobilize young people to register and vote in November and in subsequent elections. The President of the Hip Hop Caucus, Rev. Yearwood, was the co-creator of the 2004 campaign "Vote or Die" with Sean "P Diddy" Combs, former Political and Grassroots Director for Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network, and a Senior Consultant to Jay Z's "Voice Your Choice" initiative.
Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com) is one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies and the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Radio One owns and/or operates 53 radio stations located in 16 urban markets in the United States. Additionally, Radio One owns Magazine One, Inc. (d/b/a Giant Magazine) ( www.giantmag.com), interests in TV One, LLC (www.tvoneonline.com), a cable/satellite network programming primarily to African-Americans and Reach Media, Inc.
Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) is dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the well being of at-risk youth throughout the United States. HSAN is the largest non-profit, national coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the belief that Hip-Hop is an enormously influential agent for positive social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice. For more information, go to www.hsan.org.