D7 Roundtable - Nov 18th

“Strategic Voting & the Politics of Empowerment”

Saturday, 18 November 2006 9.30 - 12.30

Parish House, First Church in Roxbury

10 Putnam Street, Roxbury MA (near Dudley Square & Madison Park High School)


Gary Hicks, Green-Rainbow Coalition

Eve Lyman, Boston Mobilization

Chuck Turner*, District 7 City Councilor -

NOVEMBER 5TH ELECTION DAY is behind us, so now is a good time to look at what we got-or didn’t get-at the polls. There’s a new governor posed to take power on Beacon Hill, as well as some changes in the state legislature and in Congress. And there are new rumors that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), a black man from Chicago with roots in Africa, is planning his own presidential run in ’08. The November Roundtable will take a post -election look at the history of African American and Latino electoral participation in Boston, examining the various struggles, strategies and tactics that used the ballot to support agendas for community empowerment. We’ll bring the information and data from local and national sources, while you to bring your experience, stories and opinions to a discussion of what’ s important and next steps.

We will also view the Sundance -award winning documentary film, “American Blackout,” which exposes the tactics use d by the GOP to suppress the African American vote in Florida (2000) and again in Ohio (2004). As usual, we hope you can come early for coffee and pastries and plan to stay for lunch.

-Judith Roderick, D7 Roundtable

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