Rev. Al Sharpton, Hazel Dukes, Rev. Al Cockfield and various leaders across New York City and State’s civil rights community gathered at the House of Justice in Harlem on Saturday for the kick-off of Show Up, Turn Out.
SUTO is a new 501c4 focused on encouraging voters who participated in the 2020 presidential election to vote future elections and in the upcoming June 22nd New York City primary elections particularly. SUTO also provides voters with accessible information surrounding current election concerns including ranked-choice voting and how to access their absentee ballot. The launch also featured a PSA video to let voters know what’s at stake if they don’t show up and turn out at the polls.
“It is so important for everyone to come out and vote. There are those that are counting on you not participating; they’re counting on you not taking part,” Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Senior Pastor at Grace Baptist Church and Chairman of the National Action Network, stated before the event.
“It is key for all communities to be civically engaged this cycle, and for us to tell our family, friends, and others that ranked-choice voting is on the ballot. We need to know how to get on board for our community to be prioritized,” Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, told supporters and participants ahead of the rally.
“We are deciding Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, City Council, Borough Presidents, District Attorneys, and Judges on June 22nd. This is a monumental election for our community, and that is why we must show up and turn out,” said Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference.
To view the video of the Show Up Turn Out launch click here.