Partnership and Ongoing Collaboration Will Empower, Grow Volunteer Base and Increase Civic Engagement in Predominantly Black Communities Nationwide
Black Voters Matter (BVM), thecommunity organization whose purpose is to increase civic engagement and build community power and representation in often-marginalized Black communities nationwide, and Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the creation of a new alliance. The multi-faceted work will initially focus on increasing the ranks of volunteers to support voter registration and turnout, and may grow to include additional elements such as collaboration on social justice initiatives, policy education, and a speaker series.
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“This partnership with Sony helps us broaden the reach of our many important initiatives like voter registration, policy advocacy, training and more, so we can help Black communities have an even stronger positive impact on the country,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, and the 2020-2021 American Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. “Our most immediate need is to mobilize and educate voters in this upcoming election. We are excited to partner with Sony to mobilize new voters at the local level. Because of this partnership with Sony it will help us to continue the work we’re doing in an impactful way, we’re proud to announce this important relationship.”
Sony’s support for BVM and other important organizations stems from Sony’s $100 million “Global Social Justice Fund,” which stands firmly against discrimination everywhere, and supports social justice and anti-racist initiatives globally. Support is directed toward increasing activities focused on empowerment, specifically targeting one of the most marginalized populations in the nation, the African-American community.
“At Sony we place the highest value on, and seek to elevate inclusion and diversity of every kind, in thought, conversation and action,” stated Mike Fasulo, President and COO, Sony Electronics, Inc. “We firmly support Black Voters Matter and other powerful grassroots organizations, and are glad to debut our partnership, as we actively work together to empower others.”
To take action, donate, learn about your state’s resources, or find another way to get involved with Black Voters Matter, visit the organization’s website here.