1911 United is a Super PAC founded by members of Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Phi Psi. 1911 United wants to make sure that President Obama is re-elected this coming November. This super PAC has visited the battleground states to make sure would-be voter have the proper identification before voting. Che Sayles,of Omega Phi Psi ,the co-founder of 1911 United spoke with WVON about the origins of the Super PAC, the purpose of speaking to voters in the swing states, voter ID fraud, and their plans for post-election day.
WVON: How did the partnership come about?
Che Sayles: Through the friendship between Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. and Omega Phi Psi, Inc., we both had our 100 years anniversaries, our conclave .We were in agreement to what our founders did was so significant and historic as it relates to an organization that would serve America especially black people over 100 years. In memory of that with the election of the first African-American President what better way to do something of that magnitude to help him with his re-election.
What are you doing exactly in the swing states?
We’re focusing in on seven battleground states: Florida, Ohio, etc. We had a family bus tour. We traveled through these swing states and other places. We registered people to vote, we signed up volunteers and spreaded the good news about Barack Obama. We love our President and we are going to do whatever it takes to get him elected.
Are you doing anything different from other Political Action Committees?
I would like to say we introduced the whole idea of a black Super PAC .Voting is not a one day event. In terms of these voter ID laws and other things that have happened we’re trying to get black folks to realize that voting isn’t a one day event. You can’t just show up on a given day in November. We introduced the idea of a Super PAC on a grassroots level. We’re targeting African-Americans and letting people know that Black women out-voted every single demographic in 2008. We remained innovative we have a lot of work to do.
Do you believe that the people in the battleground states should already have an ID knowing the things that have gone on in the past in terms of voter fraud?
There is no documented,outrageous numbers of voter fraud. Photo ID’s costs money. It’s the idea that the America we love shouldn’t be doing something historic as electing its first African-American President and then the very moment after put a practice of systems and laws that would disenfranchise that same people that voted for this guy. There are no widespread cases of fraud. We have 34 states that have enacted or changed the laws regarding ID’s.
When you talk to people in the swing states, what are their reasons for not having identification?
We have public service announcements to raise awareness. You have states like Pennsylvania as early as last week handing out judicial decisions saying an ID is required to vote. We’re telling people to make they have their ID’s. We’re telling people to alert their board of elections in their state.
About the Bus tour you did, what were the concerns that would-be voters were having about Election Day?
We need to have a conversation on how minorities interact with our government. Sometimes government represents that cop giving you a ticket. Sometimes government represents the people who tow your car. Sometimes people don’t have ID’s because they don’t drive. It’s beyond just having an ID.
Will there be any plans post-election day?
We’re putting those things right now. How to interact with your government. We’re focused on November.