The Political Concerns Committee (1) works to ensure voter empowerment through providing awareness, training, and programmatic support to ensure registration, education, administration, and election protection; (2) develops a nonpartisan voter empowerment program designed to empower African American and people of color by increasing awareness and participation in the electoral process; (3) supports the Alaska Black Caucus’ mission to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination, through implementing initiatives.
- The political committee chair organizes a caucus political committee which is responsible for implementing the following initiatives of the Alaska Black Caucus:
- Increase registration and voting.
- Work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of Black Alaskans/Americans.
- Work to repeal racially discriminatory legislation.
- Improve the administration of justice.
- Secure equal enforcement of the law.
- Keep the Caucus informed of all proposed legislation which affects Black Alaskans/Americans.
- Identifying and support candidates for public office who are expected to best represent the goals and interests of Black Alaskans/Americans.
- Work to increase the number of African Americans in the Alaskan Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government.
- Promote African American participation in the political process.
- Issue focused political action notifications through social media usage.
- Get Out The Vote (GOTV), voter registration and poll transportation.
- Partner with local and national civic organizations to address pertinent issues.
- Inform the electorate of candidate views, to hold elected officials accountable.
- The chair is responsible for ensuring compliance with Alaska Black Caucus electoral policy and compliance with state and federal election laws.
- The committee assembles information on candidates through review of legislative records, questionnaires, interviews, past Alaska Black Caucus contact, assessment of the campaign, and information of members. The committee makes recommendations and may serve as one of the official voting bodies of the chapter required to review and vote on proposed endorsements or other political action short of endorsement.
- The chair and committee are responsible for preparing materials on local, state and federal candidates, and recommending endorsements of other activity to the chapter executive committee.
- The chair and committee are responsible for preparing materials on local, state and federal level endorsements, presenting them to the chapter executive committee for approval. The chair is responsible for ensuring that group political committee chairs and volunteer members receive information on compliance with election laws.
- The committee sets priorities for chapter effort on endorsed campaigns and assists in training volunteers to participate effectively and coordinate with campaigns, and in all aspects of political action such as fund raising, door-to-door, virtual, press releases, and so forth.
- The chair serves as liaison to local, state, regional and national offices and to group political chairs.