Black Slate, Inc. Eastside Community Slate and the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee will join together to hast a series of City Council District and Police District Forums to help educate voters for the City of Detroit’s upcoming 2013 elections. This announcement was made at a press conference held today, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. at t Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit. Voters in the City of Detroit will be electing Council Members by District for the first time since 1918 and for the first time electing Police Commissioners. The City Council District/Police Commissioner District forums will be held at three different locations throughout the City. The dates and locations for the forums are as follows:
May 22, 2013. 6:00 P.M.
7707 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, Mi 48235
For Districts 1,2,7
May 29, 2013, 6:00 PM.
7701 Harper Avenue
Detroit, MI 48213
For Districts 3,4,5,
June 5, 2013, 6:00 P.M.
Shrine of the Black Madonna Church
7625 Linwood Street
Detroit, MI 48206
For Districts 5,6,7
“The presence of an Emergency Manager should not dampen the spirit of Detroiters on selecting their local elected officials,” says Yvette McElroy Anderson, Field Director, Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee. “It is our hope that these voter forums will provide the best and most comprehensive information to help voters make informed decisions.”
The collaboration is a part of the organizations Voter Education Initiative Network (VEIN). VEIN was formed in 2012 and seeks to provide voter education to the community. This partnership seeks to empower and encourage voters to stay engaged in the electoral process.
“ Everyone should care about voting,” says Baye Landy, Assistant Coordinator, Black Slate, Inc. “The City Council and Police Commissioner forums apart of our VEIN initiative will be the life blood voters need to get energized and involved for this 2013 election cycle.”
In 2009 City of Detroit Voters decided to elected City Council members from seven districts and only allow two at-large seats. Additionally, in 2011 voters elected to approve the changes to the City Charter that would allow for seven of the eleven Board of Police Commissioner seats to be chosen by districts as well.
“We stand ready to help voters as we begin to elect our officials by district” said Lamar Lemmons, Co-Founder, Eastside Community Slate. “The decisions made by these lawmakers have an impact on our everyday life and our engagement in this process sends a clear message to them to respect us as voters.”
For more information on Fannie Lou Hamer please visit www.flhpac.org. or call (313) 538-3001.