Assemblymember Mike Gipson and Sydney Kamlager partner with African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project (AAVREP) to Defeat Right Wing Recall

Black Officials Unite to Increase Black Voter Turnout 

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 16, 2021) — In an unprecedented display of unity Black members of Congress lead by Karen Bass, local elected officials lead by Supervisor Holly Mitchell along with Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, and representatives of the California Legislative Black Caucus have organized themselves to oppose the September 14th Right Wing Recall. This dynamic group will focus specifically on ensuring Black voters turn out to vote, and vote ‘No’. 

For the first time in a generation, Black Los Angeles’ political leaders unanimously agree on how the Gubernatorial Recall will hurt Black people.  

“When I secured fifty million dollars for Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and tens of millions for CSU Dominguez Hills and MLK Hospital I knew some people would be envious. I never would have imagined they would try to overthrow democracy in California,” said Assemblyman Mike Gipson.  

“We’ve made so much progress in the last year toward a more equitable California. That’s why it was imperative all Black officials were clear in speaking with one voice about the dire implications of a Gubernatorial Recall,” said Senator Sydney Kamlager. 

The unprecedented effort is being coordinated with one of the state’s longest standing civic empowerment organizations, the African American Voter Registration, Education, and Participation Project (AAVREP). The campaign will focus on African American voters in Los Angeles County and beyond who need to be informed about this important election.

“We are not leaving any voter behind” said Assemblyman Gipson.  

“We take nothing for granted. As ballots arrive, we want everyone to know to vote ‘NO,’ seal the ballot, and immediately return it in the mail. The postage is prepaid,” said Senator Kamlager. 

Black voters are the front line of democracy and just as they saved American democracy on 2020, the same task is in front of this community in California in 2021.

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