The LeBron James led “More Than A Vote” coalition released an open letter that addresses Black voter supression during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The open letter, published at The Undefeated is the first-in-depth look at the group’s mission, in particular the 2020 election.
For the first time all 47 founding members were listed, the majority being pro athletes.
The More Than A Vote group is not looking to be “politicians or policy leaders” and as a group they it will not be partisan.
The main focus will be on Black voter supression during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The most important thing you all need to know is Black voters matter more than ever. The biggest cities in the most critical states in this election have incredible, vibrant black communities. Detroit, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Miami, Milwaukee, Atlanta. Not surprisingly, because these Black voters have so much influence, they will be aggressively targeted by forces of supression. Many in power who oppose our fight for change believe it is easier to cancel one of our votes than to find a new vote of their own. You need to know this and understand how it works.”
The coalition is asking for community support.
Beyond registering and actually going out to vote, More Than A Vote is asking fans to help their mission by through volunteer and educational work.
In particular, young and healthy people can volunteer to work the polls on Election Day to help keep older more at-risk individuals at home.
Time and money can be given to groups that fight voter supression, while the proper information can be spread throguh social media.
The letter was signed by nearly 50 individuals in pro sports and entertainment.
That list includes Odell Beckham Jr., Allyson Felix, Damian Lillard, Pat Mahomes, and Sloane Stevens.
LeBron James is going on his second season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.