Local organization hopes to impact midterm elections

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A local organization met over the weekend to discuss the importance of voting in the midterm elections.

The Kansas Poor Campaign was held Saturday morning at the Community Resource Council. Members of the organization along with local supporters came together to come up with strategic ideas to get low-income voters to the polls.

Oshara Hayes, tri-president of the Kansas Poor People’s Campaign, said this election was not only important, but that she wanted to see change.

“We would like voter suppression to go away,” Hayes said. “Like making voting a lot easier. therefore, that people feel that they can vote and that they have the possibility of going to vote, I think that is important.

The Kansas Poor Campaign is one of 24 across the country that held an event on Saturday. This is all part of a major Poor People’s Campaign GOTV: A National Call for Moral Revival to reach 5 million people before the midterms with the theme “If we needed to vote for democracy and justice, we sure I need to vote now!”

“We would like voter suppression to go away,” Hayes said. “Like making voting a lot easier. therefore, that people feel that they can vote and that they have the possibility of going to vote, I think that is important.

In addition to Topeka, marches and rallies will take place in cities across the country, including Mobile, AL; Tucson, Ariz.; Sacramento, California; Columbus, Georgia; Washington D.C.; Springfield, IL; Lexington, Kentucky; Boston, Massachusetts; Jackson, MS; Lincoln, NE; Montclair, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Providence, RI.

With the midterm elections less than a month away, the organization hopes to give a voice to those who feel voiceless. Supporters gathered around a podium, singing a vote song, while speaking out on the issues they are demanding change on. Carl Frazier, the community’s pastor, said the Topeka community needs change.

“We are a blessed city,” said Pastor Frazier. “And we have to focus on the people who haven’t. And it’s important that housing, health care and all those other things that need to be done in the city. »

Aubrey L. Morgan