Women’s March To Host Our Votes Matter Event

Featuring Reps. Yvette Clarke and Andre Carson |Power to the Polls event to mobilize the formerly incarcerated, feature roundtable discussion and press announcement highlighting ways to combat voter suppression happening across the nation.

Photo by Melanie Nathan | Women’s March Rally, San Francisco 2018.

Washington, DC — On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 11am-2pm, Congressional Representatives Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Andre Carson (D-IN), and former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, will join Tamika D. Mallory co-president of Women’s March and The Collective PAC for Our Votes Matter — a convening and press announcement in Washington as part of the Power to the Polls initiative to end voter suppression of the formerly incarcerated.

The event will take place during the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference and seeks to bring attention to formerly incarcerated individuals, and their families, who remain a marginalized community often unaware of the power they wield in the electoral process. Led by Women’s March co-president and long-time criminal justice advocate Tamika D. Mallory, stakeholders will discuss collaborative ways to re-enfranchise this important community and to also promote the  ‘I can’t vote, but you can vote for me,’ pledge.

Speakers include:

  • Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN) (invited)
  • Congresswoman Yvette Clark (D-NY)
  • Honorable Nina Turner, Executive Director, Our Revolution
  • Quentin James, Collective PAC


  • Women’s March Co-Founder Tamika Mallory
  • Author and Motivational Speaker, Jamila Davis
  • Artist and Activist, Mysonne
  • Shawn Hartwell, Community Leader & Promoter
  • Sunshine Smith-Williams, Motivational Speaker
  • Tony Lewis Jr., Community Leader & Author
  • Andrea James, Founder of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
  • Kwan Miller, Author & Activist
  • Chi Ali, Actor & Motivational Speaker
  • Wallace Peeples, Connector & Speaker

What: Roundtable discussion featuring criminal justice reform advocates, community leaders, members of Congress and other stakeholders to highlight ways to combat voter suppression and disenfranchisement of individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 11 AM – 2:00 PM EDT

Where: New Bethel Baptist Church, 1739 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Why: The incarceration rate of individuals of color have far surpassed other racial demographics, which has a direct impact on civic engagement. According to Pew Research Center, at the end of 2016, Federal and State prisons in the United States held about 486,900 inmates who were black and there were 1,608 black prisoners for every 100,000 black adults – more than five times the imprisonment rate for whites. With these statistics alone, it is important to note the effect these rates have on voting amongst individuals of color.


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