With the most pivotal election in our times in less than 90 days, the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church has decided to use the congregations and members of the AME Church mobilize 1.5 million voters around the United States.”We must vote like never before,” said AME Church Senior Bishop Adam J. Richardson. Sr. “This faith body in its history of serving the greater community while ministering to the disenfranchised has been vigilant in addressing issues and urging equitable solutions.”
Racism continues to rage 223 years after the AME Church was birthed to end racial discrimination and ensure economic equality. The 26-year-old Richard Allen supported by the 43 yr old Absalom Jones (who today would be considered a Millennial and Gen-Xer) led the walkout and founding of the Free African Society. They immediately recognized the unbreakable ties to freedom and liberty for enslaved Africans and justice for all people.
Just as these visionaries risked their lives to help with the 1793 yellow fever epidemic recovery in Philadelphia, their progeny are poised and engaged in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the evidence of racism lingering in this land of liberty and justice still lingering in 2020. Whether the issue is mass incarceration, underperforming public schools, unemployment, lack of affordable housing, limited healthcare options, the bias in career upward mobility, or valuing property over lives, the AME Church has stood with and spoken out on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. It is at the core of its mission across the United States.
”The AME Church via AME V-Alert and its members is engaged in almost every walk of life and welcomes partnerships, collaborations, and stakeholders who aim to achieve 100 percent voter turnout,” says Council of Bishops President Bishop Michael Mitchell.
On Nov 4th, we intend for the headlines to read, ‘Largest Voter turnout in history will lead to strong leadership that takes this country’s core values seriously”.
Learn more at www.amev-alert.org