PROJECT VOTE Chapters are encouraged to continuously register and educate citizens to participate in the democratic process. We will work jointly with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to make a positive impact in our communities by registering new voters. The priorities of Project Vote are voter registration, voter education, voter participation and getting out the vote.
Blacks constitute between 10 and 19 percent of all eligible voters. What a powerful force if properly harnessed. In 2004, only 38 percent of eligible Black voters registered. Every Sigma Brother should show proof to his chapter that he is registered to vote. Check friends and family members to ensure their registration as well.
VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS
1. Check with your local registrar on rules and requirements.
2. Obtain registration materials.
3. Contact shopping centers regarding permission/requirements.
4. Investigate local sources of funding.
5. Involve local politicians or celebrities.
6. Pick a convenient date.
7. Advertise to the public
8. Have a back-up plan for date, Brothers, site, etc.
9. Make it a learning experience
10. Involve Sigma Beta Club members.
11. Coordinate with Zetas.
12. Collaborate with local groups.
13. Make it fun.
1. Contact all candidates: Do not endorse any candidate (remember Sigma is non-partisan).
2. Contact all political parties: Utilize their resources, materials, and expertise.
3. Organize a meet the candidates forum or a discussion of vital issues workshop.
4. Have a breakfast at your Fraternity house or local church. Invite other organizations.
5. Check local funding sources. Local non-partisan organizations.
6. Involve Sigma Beta Clubs: Excellent learning opportunity.
7. Follow-up and follow through. Registration, education and demonstrations are for naught without the vote.
8. Establish a reminder phone bank. Organized car pools. Have knock-on door patrols.
9. Get them to the polls on time!
DOCUMENT THE EXPERIENCE…SUBMIT YOUR ELECTRONIC PIA FORM!
Meaningful and lasting changes can best be brought about through the political process. If men of Sigma are to fulfill our mission of “Service to Humanity” in the political arena, and become positive agents of change, we must:
1. Stay informed (Keep up with current events).
2. Join political organizations.
3. Donate time, money, services.
4. Develop a proposed platform for candidates which deals with pressing community problems and concerns.
5. Run for office.
6. Screen and select candidates for the public.
7. Promote and encourage positive exposure for candidates.
8. Volunteer as campaign workers.
9. Obtain list of committees in Congress, State Legislatures, County Governments, and City Councils.
10. Get names, telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses and addresses of Chairpersons.
11. Write, call or visit officials to voice opinions, obtain advice, and get clarification.
12. Lobby and meet with elected and appointed officials to develop meaningful dialogue on and solutions to community concerns.
13. Attend legislative sessions/hearings (a great field trip for the chapter and Sigma Beta Clubs).
14. Hold elected officials accountable. Expose and/or oppose candidates and public officials who have not been true to their platforms or who have not performed adequately.
15. Send letters to the editors of newspapers and periodicals.
16. Share knowledge and information (with local groups, national organizations within Sigma).
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Phi Beta Sigma chapters around the globe will observe the first-ever National Anti-Hazing Day on Thursday, September 6, 2012. The NationalAnti-Hazing Day is apart of a major anti-hazing campaign entitled “LET’S NOT BEAT THE LIFE OUT OF A BEAUTIFUL LEGACY”. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the National Action Network are taking the lead in this effort, aimed at ending the practices of hazing and pledging which have infiltrated Black Greek-lettered organizations.
“We no longer can treat pledging and hazing as a series of isolated and unrelated set of unfortunate incidences,” says Jimmy Hammock, International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. “Phi Beta Sigma has started a movement that will eliminate the culture of hazing. At the end of the day, Sigma’s main objective is to be the leader in destroying this culture, not only within the African American community, but also within the mainstream community.”
Phi Beta Sigma has developed an anti-hazing sensitivity training curriculum, along with a 60-minute video presentation that will be used to train Fraternity members and members of other organizations. The goal is to take this training into schools, colleges and the community at large with three goals in mind: 1) to teach potential organization members the proper way to conduct membership intake programs which are educational and free of activities that may encourage hazing, 2) teaching potential initiates how to spot activities that constitute hazing, how to report those activities and to whom such activities should be reported, and 3) the distribution of hazing awareness materials, intended to alert families about the dangers of hazing, tell them what they can do to protect family members and to support efforts of colleges and other organizations wanting to eradicate the culture of hazing in their respective settings. These materials are currently available at no charge to all organizations by checking the Phi Beta Sigma website at www.pbs1914.org.
On National Anti-Hazing Day, Sigma chapters, Black Greek-lettered organizations and organizations all over are encouraged to host sensitivity training workshops on campuses using the newly developed anti-hazing sensitivity training curriculum material. Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority chapters are encouraged to join International Presidents Jimmy Hammock and Mary B. Wright on the Anti-Hazing Town Hall Conference Call on Thursday, August 30th at 8:00 p.m. (EST) to prepare for National Anti-Hazing Day.
Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International First Vice President and Task Force Chairman, says “Phi Beta Sigma has taking the time to produce these anti hazing sensitivity training materials for our chapters and for other organizations that are committed to ending the culture of hazing. We are encouraging you to download them today and get prepared to conduct training in your local communities.”
Joining the Sigmas and Zetas in this effort are a growing coalition of politicians, organizations, social service agencies and institutions, all committed to bringing attention to this critical issue that has affected several historical institutions.
If your organization is interested in joining this critical coalition or for more information regarding Phi Beta Sigma’s Anti-Hazing Campaign, please log onto www.phibetasigma1914.org