“The rights of citizens of the United States to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”Article 15, Section I of the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Call to Mobilization
Friends & Comrades: HABARI GANI – On the 100th year Anniversary of the adoption of the flag of Africans in the Diaspora (our colors above), we call once again for the mobilization of all soldiers in the Movement for Black Empowerment. Based upon what we have recently witnessed in the immediate aftermath of the 2020 General Election we know now that we must stay prepared for the continued assault to facing our community in more than a generation. We must stay prepared to defend the right to vote and the right to be represented by our democratically chosen candidates for elective public office.
We are recruiting activist volunteers to stand against ignorance and voter suppression through the O. V. Catto Voter Empowerment Initiative. Please circulate this to all our friends and allies who are ready to take and maintain an active stand for our voting rights. We must continue to “WALK THE WALK”. Spread the word to “raise the colors” and join us.
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Dedicated to Crispus Attucks (1723-1770), an African American Patriot from Boston, heralded for his heroic anti-slavery efforts. Mr. Attucks was the first American to lose his life in the Boston Massacre, fighting for American independence at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. He was also the first in a legacy of African American martyrs for democratic principles.
The front-line field organization to carry out the activities of the O.V. Catto Initiative
The Crispus Attucks Brigade is made up of volunteers who are committed to training groups and organizations that want to teach voters and prospective voters how to assertively engage in the electoral process through civic involvement and activism. The Brigade is a part of the O.V. Catto Voter Empowerment Initiative and is expert in PA Election Law, Voter Registration Campaigns, Get Out The Vote tactics, and Voter Advocacy programs. The Brigade operates in the hard to canvass, difficult to organize, areas in poor and working-class communities of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Brigade is dedicated to Crispus Attucks, the first fatality of the American Revolution and an African American, Patriot/Martyr.
The Brigade Symbol
The colors of the Crispus Attucks Brigade are the same as represented on the Red, Black, and Green flag that evolved from Marcus Garvey’s UNIA movement. An international assemblage of twenty-five countries of the African Diaspora adopted these colors on August 13, 1920, thereby making the flag the international symbol of the African Diaspora. Black Americans have held proudly onto their banner for the past 100 years. The colors as a flag were first raised in the United States a century ago. The flag represents all the people of the African Diaspora, regardless of their land of birth. The shield symbolizes our firm commitment to defend our community from all enemies internal and external, known, and unknown. The crossed spears symbolize our determination to allow the danger to our families to go no further. The symbols on the shield mean Peace and Harmony, Understanding and Agreement.
In the Crispus Attucks Brigade of the O.V. Catto Voter Empowerment Initiative, our commitment going forward compels us to work together regardless of affiliation or personal status, to help teach and protect the voting rights of our community.
VOTER PROTECTION, CITY PROFILES by County
Below are eighteen municipalities in Pennsylvania, which hit certain qualifications regarding diversity, size, and voting patterns, where the O.V. Catto Initiative would want to partner with local churches, organizations and activists as part of an overall coordinated voter registration, GOTV, Advocacy campaign. Go to ovcattoinitiative.org
If you live in either of these jurisdictions, Please join us to protect Voting Rights.
- PITTSBURGH, ALLEGHENY
- ALIQUIPPA, BEAVER COUNTY
- READING, BERKS COUNTY
- JOHNSTOWN CITY, CAMBRIA COUNTY
- HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY
- CHESTER CITY, DELAWARE COUNTY
- ERIE, ERIE COUNTY
- SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY
- LANCASTER CITY, LANCASTER COUNTY
- ALLENTOWN, LEHIGH COUNTY
- WILKES-BARRE CITY, LUZERNE COUNTY
- SHARON, MERCER COUNTY
- NORRISTOWN BOROUGH, MONTGOMERY COUNTY
- BETHLEHEM, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
- EASTON, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
- PHILADELPHIA, PHILADELPHIA COUNTY
- CITY OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY
- YORK CITY, YORK COUNTY
And honor to Crispus Attucks, who was leader and voice that day; The first to defy and the first to die, . . . Call it a riot or revolution, his hand first clenched at the crown; . . . For our freedom now and forever, his head was the first laid low.
From the poem “Crispus Attucks” written by John Boyle O’Reilly