Over the past 24 years, Bishop Joseph Walker has built a loyal congregation of 30,000 members in Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. He has recently been focusing his attention towards the people’s anger about police violence into something productive. The minister has formed a political action committee aimed at voter turnout among millennials and minorities.
One of the most influential ways that Walker has tried to get his message across, is by partnering with a political ad agency and inviting them to produce an online video. The video is filled with scenes of officers with their weapons drawn on Black men and is intended to reach those who feel indifferent towards the political process.
Walker has never publicly supported a particular candidate and said that he is more concerned that people’s voices are heard.
“I still don’t see myself as political as much as I do an advocate for people engaging in the political process,” he says. “There is a difference. I’m not trying to push any political agenda. I’m not trying to publicly endorse any political candidate.”
The group is asking churches to get their members to take a “Trinity Pledge.” This involves in successfully getting three people to register and follow through with voting. The goal is to raise $75,000, and the total raised so far is approximately at $25,000.
The PAC, which is focused on swing states such as Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, will make required disclosures to the Federal Election Commission.
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