Black Democratic Precinct Committee people in Will County have launched the Will County Democratic Black Caucus (WCDBC), formally establishing the organization in October 2020. The mission of the WCDBC is to positively influence through education, social awareness, and engagement in the political process pertinent to Black Americans and others of similar experience and situation while promoting the principles and values of the Democratic Party.
To execute this vision to give Black communities in Will County an equal voice in public policy, economic empowerment, and civic engagement, the WCDBC plans to raise funds, develop committees to perform outreach and operations, and to recruit candidates for elected office. WCDBC operations will be designed with the goal of building the Democratic Party, while creating opportunities for Black leaders in Will County.
“It is an honor to serve as chair and work with such talented people in this Organization,” said Black Caucus Chair Michelle Stiff. “Spearheading this effort will advance the Will County Black Community by developing leaders, advocating for an equal voice in public policy, and improving social outcomes for our African American community”.
Membership in the WCDBC will be open to current and former Black elected and appointed Democratic precinct committeepersons and any Black elected official, current or former. Black voters in Will County are welcome to join the Black Caucus as volunteers and are encouraged to reach out to Chair Michelle Stiff for more information.
“I am honored and humbled to be part of the organizing of this much-needed organization. I’m excited to get to work in trying to keep the Black residents of Will County engaged in the political process as well as recruiting our Black youth and engaging them,” said WCDBC Vice Chair Kenneth Harris, who is also a Will County Board member and Precinct Committeeperson for DuPage Township Precinct 17. “Voting is a right and we must take advantage of it.”
“The Will County Democratic Black Caucus is a reflection of how essential Black voices are to Party operations. I look forward to seeing what the Black Caucus will accomplish and I’m proud to serve as a resource in supporting their mission,” said Will County Democratic Central Committee Chair Nora Gruenberg. “This is a proud day for Will County Democrats. Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Democratic Party, and working to make sure Black voices are heard is at the forefront of our mission.”
The WCDBC will host a table at the Will County Democratic Central Committee’s GOTV Fair on October 17, at 10 AM at IBEW 176, 1100 NE Frontage Road in Joliet. The Black Caucus, along with elected officials, candidates, precinct committee people, and volunteers will gather safely outdoors to engage the community in Get Out The Vote efforts across Will County.
“I encourage all Precinct Committee People and Democrats across Will County to join us at the October 17 GOTV Fair at the IBEW 176 hall,” said Chair Michelle Stiff. “We will be prepared with information about our mission and our goals, as well as opportunities to apply for membership and to assist in GOTV efforts countywide.”
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October 13, 2020 at 10:49PM