by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
Election Day is our “D-Day” but the outcome on November 2 will depend on prior, strategic planning. Election Day is more than going to the polls with a mind shaped by special interest groups including the granddaddy of special interest groups; namely the Democratic Party. We must promote our self-interest.
The personnel for Election Day will include lawyers, drivers, poll watchers, dispatchers, information specialists, computer analysts etc. Election Day is a holiday for many workers. It should be a holiday for all persons of African ancestry. All Black hands should be on deck and not on a plantation. This is our “Day of Absence”.
The last effort for the Freedom Party to plan for Election Day is on November 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sankofa Academy, 1670 Fulton Street nr. Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn. Take the “A” or “C” trains to Franklin Ave. If you do not know where you are headed, take any road to your hoped for destination. Otherwise, pick up your assignment on Monday evening at Sankofa Academy. It is critical.
Sankofa Academy will be an all-important venue on Tuesday, November 2, to promote the Freedom Party’s ground operation. It will be open throughout Election Day to assist the “Get Out the Vote” campaign and to help voters with questions about the election.
Ollie McClean is the principal of the academy and a member of UAM. In 2006, Councilman David Yassky had designs on taking over the predominantly Black, congressional district in Brooklyn. This is happening around the country including Memphis. History is repeating itself.
The Freedom Party was first established in 1994, with its prior black panther symbol, and it was re-ignited in 2006 to challenge and defeat Yassky’s evil intent to take over a predominantly Black congressional district. It would have been embarrassing if Yassky had seized this congressional district in 2006.
Instead, the Freedom Party, with the help of UAM, was able to collect more than 3,500 signatures to put Ollie McClean on the ballot. The Democratic Party was not willing to pit a Jewish male against a Black female in a predominantly Black congressional district. When the Freedom Party was able to put Ollie McClean on the ballot, the Black community was spared an embarrassment.
Another venue for a ground operation for the Freedom Party is the Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street in Harlem on Tuesday, November 2, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. After 9:00 p.m., John Beatty of the Cotton Club will convert the Cotton Club into a venue for a victory celebration. The Freedom Party is aiming for the gold but the bronze medal will give it the balance of power in New York.
It will start with the orientation meeting at Sankofa Academy on Monday evening. Among other things, UAM is purchasing tens of thousands of palm cards which must be distributed to voters at polling sites throughout New York City and surrounding areas. The Freedom Party will need a massive army to disseminate these palm cards.
On Saturday and Sunday, UAM fielded 7 caravans into the 5 boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. The next caravan of cars and vans will assemble on Monday at 8:00 a.m. at Fulton and Bedford. A lot of territory needs to be covered on Monday and Tuesday mornings through these caravans and near polling sites. We need to triple the caravans for the next two days.
For more information, call UAM at 718-834-9034.
Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471