2022 Respect My Vote! Midterm Elections Campaign Launch
November 8, 2021
7:00 pm ET | 4:00 pm PT
When we confront those in power with the truth about our injustices, we hear the same tired phrase: “this isn’t who we are.”
But we know better. Not only do we know what we’re facing – we have the tools to rise above it.
We are launching our 2022 Respect My Vote! Midterm Campaign on Monday, November 8, exactly one year away from Election Day 2022. With voting rights legislation failing in Congress, we have to fight at the voting booth to ensure the people in the suites are fighting for the people in the streets.
Welcoming Remarks by Hip Hop Caucus President & CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
Land Acknowledgment by Chase Iron Eyes of the Indigenous Peoples Movement
Comedy Skit by Osama Bin Drankin
The Power of Hip Hop in the Political Process
Video narration by Grammy-award winning poet Queen Sheba
Panel: What’s at stake in 2022?
Teja Smith, Founder, Get Social with Teja
Desiree Tims, CEO, Innovation Ohio
Professor Jeremy T. Snipes, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
The Peoples’ Voice: What We Expect from Elected Officials
Performance by LG (Team Genius)
The Peoples’ Voice: What We Want Elected Officials to Know
Panel: What We Want in Racial Justice and Human and Civil Rights
Dr. Roger Mitchell, Howard University College of Medicine and Hip Hop Caucus Board Member
Robin Wright-Pierce, Community Activist and Racial Justice Advocate
Panel: Fighting For Our Future – Climate Justice, the Economy, Healthcare, and Education
Alanna Murrell, Special Project Manager, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Danielle Brown, North Carolina Senior State Coordinator, Black Voters Matter
Yvette Arellano, Founder and Director, Fenceline Watch
Michael Brown, Executive Director, Sustaining Way
Nakisa Glover, Think 100% Organizer, Hip Hop Caucus
Performance by Ryan Anthony
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
A Spoken Word piece written and performed by the Hip Hop Caucus team
Panel: Voter Suppression Is Real
Rev. Nelson Jerome Pierce, Jr., Organizing Manager, Democracy for America
Queen YoNasDa Lonewolf, Activist, Community Organizer, and Artist
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus
Ari Berman, Author and Reporter, Mother Jones
Panel: Speak Up
DeJuan Cross, Music Supervisor, Hip Hop Caucus and Producer, Safety Club International
V Script, Producer, Super Friends Music
Roark Bailey, Producer, Safety Club International
The Peoples’ Voice: The Top 3 Things on Our Hip Hop Political Agenda
Panel: The Pressure Squad
Tezlyn Figaro, Political Analyst and Founder, Tezlyn Figaro Communications Group
Shyspeaks, Artivist and Hip Hop, Spoken Word Artist
Video: Pressure Brings Change
Brandi Williams, Organizing Director, Hip Hop Caucus
Performance by Avehre
LG (Team Genius)
Speakers & Appearances
Osama Bin Drankin
Dr. Roger Mitchell
Rev. Nelson Jerome Pierce, Jr.
Professor J.T. Snipes
Kevin Cramer, Jr.
We understand the assignment.
Those who wish to silence our voices are fighting hard to make sure we know next to nothing about the 2022 midterm election cycle.
Over the last 17 years, Hip Hop Caucus has mobilized hundreds of thousands of people of color to the voting booth. Watch the launch the Respect My Vote! 2022 Midterm Campaign.