Bronx block party encourages voters to flip the ballot on Election Day
The Racial Justice Commission hosted a Block Party for Racial Justice on Sunday in the Bronx.
The event was held in collaboration with local elected officials, the city Department of Transportation, NYC Small Business Services, and community organizations to encourage voters to flip the ballot and increase voter awareness.
"Many reasons why block parties are fun but also they're very engaging. This block party here has been going on for a few years and it's a staple in this community, so we figured it's the best place to be to educate and inform New Yorkers and to remind them to flip their ballots come November," said Joseph Rivera of the NYC Racial Justice Commission.
Three questions will pop up on ballots when they vote in the November election. The first proposal is to add a preamble, which will introduce a statement of foundational values that would guide New York City’s government. The second aims to improve racial equity by establishing a racial equity office and the last proposal will aim to track the true cost of living and essential needs in New York City.
Organizers say that the block party is one of the many ways to bring the community together to have important conversations.