The O.V. Catto Initiative in Action

The Guardian published the below article about the O.V. Catto Initiative’s efforts around the November election, covering one of our staging areas. We are proud to spread the word of the necessary work we are accomplishing together.

Assistance for Judge of Elections on Primary Election Ballot

The O.V. Catto Initiative will work closely with any first time candidate for Judge of Elections, if they intend to be on the May 18, 2021 Primary Election ballot, in any of the below wards and divisions in Philadelphia. We will offer strategic and tactical assistance to any citizen who wants to assume responsibility for how elections are run in their neighborhood. Please contact Jemadari at: 215-510-9928.Continue reading “Assistance for Judge of Elections on Primary Election Ballot”

Black Votes Are Under Attack

It is evident that the political reaction and backlash to the election of our 44th President was not something new to America. It’s happened before and it’s why we must continue our vigilance and ongoing defense of our right to vote. The following article describes previously documented efforts to disenfranchise Black voters by voter suppression, intimidation, assault, and murder, all in an unsuccessful attemptContinue reading “Black Votes Are Under Attack”

Run for Judge of Election

The O.V. Catto Initiative believes that it is paramount to emphasize the use of public information for tactical development. Our people must adhere to the basics. We’ve got to utilize every opportunity to develop leadership at the precinct/division level. By now, you are paying attention to how far politicians will go to claim and hold onto politicalContinue reading “Run for Judge of Election”

Anniversary of the “Red Black and Green”

August 13, 2020 will mark one hundred years since the adoption of the “Red Black and Green” as the Flag of Africans in the Diaspora. It marks the onset of a consciousness of who we are as a people. In addition, it defines our self-determination to be free and equal.  Throughout the remainder of theContinue reading “Anniversary of the “Red Black and Green””

Pushing for Earlier Mail-In Ballot Processing

In light of the ongoing pandemic, states are shifting away from physical polling locations to increase the number of mail-in ballots and remote drop-off locations as a way to curb the spreading of any contagions. However, as seen by the late primary election results released by numerous states, a spike in not-in-person voting may extendContinue reading “Pushing for Earlier Mail-In Ballot Processing”

‘Dirty Work’ of White Liberals Done by Police

Former mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges, in an opinion piece posted in the New York Times, criticized the “white liberal” for ignoring pertinent issues faced by individuals of color across America. In the wake of worldwide protests following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, she calls for “structural changes that wealthy and middle-class whites have longContinue reading “‘Dirty Work’ of White Liberals Done by Police”

The Removal of the Frank Rizzo Statue was Long Overdue

It took the city of Philadelphia almost 150 years to honor our namesake martyr Octavius Catto with a statue, yet Frank Rizzo, a man with quite a racist, brutal past, was memorialized not even a decade following his death. Black residents of Philly have long struggled under institutionalized oppression, which escalated under Rizzo’s command. ConsideringContinue reading “The Removal of the Frank Rizzo Statue was Long Overdue”