‘Soca De Vote’ movement encourages Caribbean community to get involved in U.S. elections


WASHINGTON, DC (September 7th, 2016)



An online movement entitled ‘SOCA DE VOTE’ has been launched to increase the political participation of the soca-the-voteCaribbean American community in the United States general elections that takes place on November 8th 2016. The movement is being launched with an online community forum which starts on September 7th, 2016 at 8 PM.

There is a lot at stake for the Caribbean American community in this year’s general elections which is why the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) felt the need to create this online forum as a means to further the political discussion within the community. The goal of the forum is two- fold as it invites the public to participate in discussions about  political decisions that can impact their quality of life moving forward, while, at the same time , gives Caribbean American political candidates a platform to address those concerns.

Some topics that will be included in the discussions are Social Security, Student Loans, Tax Breaks, Immigration and Small Businesses.  Political candidates that have been invited to participate in the discussion include ROXANNE VALIES, Candidate, State Representative, Florida ; HON. JEWEL SCOTT, Esq., Candidate, Superior Court Judge, Georgia; DONNA McLEOD, Candidate, State Representative, Georgia; DABOUZE ANTOINE, Councilman, City of Forest Park, Georgia. The event is being hosted by COURTNEY MCFARLANE of the Caribbean American Advancement Foundation.

The Caribbean American community is invited to participate in this free event by signing up on EventBrite  by 6PM (www.socadevote2016.eventbrite.com) or calling in at (646) 558 8656 || ROOM ID: 264 656 9320.

About ICS:

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1993 dedicated to education, advocacy and action on issues that impact on Caribbean Americans.

The purpose of the Institute is to provide a forum for the public and private sector, the non-government organization community, scholars and others interested in promoting a dialogue and to assist in the execution of actions that result from that dialogue.

ICS has become leading community think-do tank in the Caribbean diaspora in the US.  ICS is the architect and campaign chair of National Caribbean American Heritage Month, executive producer of the National Caribbean American Heritage Awards since 1994, Convenor of the Invest Caribbean Business Leaders Dialogue since 1999, and the Caribbean Futures Initiative established in 2007.

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