It’s All About Social Action

Submitted by Nadiyah Fisher and Nicole Y. Drew, Esq.

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members – Coretta Scott King

Times are rapidly changing. As a sorority that is defined by change, Delta must adapt, be meticulous in its approach, understand the issues and barriers that affect our communities most and how the sorority can be advocates while protecting the brand.

On Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., the Eastern Region Social Action Committee co-chaired by Nicole Y. Drew, Esq. and Eastern Regional Representative, Jerra Holdip, hosted its first webinar of the year, What is Social Action? Implementing Effective Social Action Across the Region with more than 200 sorors in attendance, including Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring, members of the National Social Action Commission, Allora Goode Cyrus (Eastern Region Liaison) and Co-Chairs, Kimberly Robinson, Esq. and Deborah Wilder.

The first presenter was the DMV Regional Organizer of the League of Women Voters, Nile Blass. She presented on Energy and Mobilization: BIPOC Generation Z & Millennials.

Throughout her presentation, she focused on Five Principles for Young Voter Success:

Transparency, Clear Goals and Intentionality
  • All must know why they are targeting certain groups, tasks and objectives of the sorority’s outreach. This helps build a rapport this young voters
Sharing Power
  • Young voters want to feel represented and seen as the adults that they are
Building Capacity
  • A give and take between expectations and culture will help build trust
Youth as Experts
  • Ask youth what THEY need instead of what YOU think they need
Open-Mindness
  • Be willing to change with the culture and open to compromise

The next presentation was from the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Eugene D. Kinlow along with moderator and DC State Social Action Coordinator, Onika Williams on DC Statehood- What’s at Stake? Mr. Kinlow highlighted many reasons why DC statehood directly affects our community and representation in the country. Lastly, Mr. Kinlow wrapped up with a few tips to assist advocacy efforts when meeting with member of congress:

  1. DISPEL the myth of population size stopping statehood
  2. Without DC statehood, there CANNOT be full democracy for everyone
  3. EDUCATE congress members that may not be fond of DC statehood
  4. ENGAGE with the Senate and governors

The final speakers of the night consisted of Eastern Region State Social Action Coordinators on Social Action In Action, the presentation from the Eastern Region State Cluster Meetings. The key points surrounded the differences between Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. vs. D4 Women in Action, how to engage with collegiate and alumnae chapters, how to protect the brand during election season, the Social Action Activity Form, and the difference between programming and social action. In order to continue to be at the forefront of change, Delta must continue to not only be educated on the matters that affect our communities but ACT as well. Without advocacy, there is NO social action! You can view the recording at the Regional Social Action Committee’s Linktree at: linktr.ee/ERSAC

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