November 6th is right around the corner. This is the day in which elections on multiple levels of government, ranging from local, regional, state, congressional, and yes, even the presidency take place. With all of the campaigning, ads, misinformation, partial truths, and any and everything else in between, different segments of our community may have feelings ranging from confusion, dismay, euphoria, disappointment, or are simply fed up with the process entirely.
Wouldn’t it be so much easier to hear directly from the candidates and hear exactly what they have to say, along with their platforms? Wouldn’t it help upon the conclusion of listening to what the candidates have to say to simply sit down, share, discuss, and exchange ideas to gain an improved understanding of their platforms?
This Wednesday, October 3rd, at 8pm, multiple segments of the metro-Atlanta community are invited to participate in gathering additional information about the primary candidates for president at the Presidential Debate Watch. The event is taking place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center and is hosted by a local and national collection of black alumni associations.
The Georgia Tech Black Alumni Organization is serving as the primary host for this event. Other partnering organizations include the chapters of the Clemson University, Florida State University,and Georgia State University Black Alumni Associations, as well as the Association of Wake Forest University Black Alumni.
The event is free to the public; light refreshments are provided.
“In addition to providing networking opportunities prior to the debate (at 9pm), this is a way for all partnering organizations to provide an opportunity to the general public to hear from the candidates, as well as discuss and analyze for themselves the information provided by the candidates”, notes Lanous Wright, national president of the Georgia Tech Black Alumni Organization.
With the support of the local and national-based organizations, combined with a balance of individual and business networking, and the post-debate discussion, attendees are able to continue to compile information well in advance of not only the election day (November 6th), but also be cognizant of the voter registration deadline of October 9th (for the state of Georgia).
Getting informed and getting involved is a service provided by the aforementioned alumni and civic-based entities on multiple levels. In this case, their efforts are reinforcing a fundamental principle in regards to the political process that all in the community can surely endorse.
It’s about your right to vote, and being able to make as informed a vote as possible.