I am Dr. Jean Howard-Hill and I head the National Republican African American Caucus - NRAAC.
The NRAAC creates a new, exciting and positive relationship between the Republican Party and the African-American community; and increases the visibility and ranks of African-American Republicans who share some of the same core values as the Party.
The uniqueness of our organization is two fold:
1. Ninety percent (90%) of our membership are new republicans! This means we have successfully recruited from a fresh pool of voters who were either Independents, Democrats or non-voters.
2. The membership consist of ninety-nine percent (99%) African America people of faith, with more than seventy-five percent (75%) of its membership coming from the African American clergy and those in ministry, and ninety-five percent (95%) of its leadership being clergy and those in some form of ministry.
The NRAAC also serves as a conduit for addressing issues and concerns that are unique to the African-American community, and opportunities to work together with the Republican Party, and elected officials to find workable and amicable solutions. The creation of the organization offers hope for the betterment of the total community by building a stronger, more diverse, and more stable political environment, that strengthens our families, communities, and nation.
Our goal is 1 million by 2012, and 100,000 in 2010. You may ask why so many? As one who teaches Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, let me explain why. It is because political strength is in numbers! If you can show you have a substantial number of people who can stand as a voting block, and have the ability to finance your own cause, then you become a significant player within the political landscape. This is how we as African Americans get to the table, have a voice and are placed ourselves in appointed and elected positions.
The NRAAC website at www.nraacaucus.org, contains more information on the organization and its projects.
Also we have begun to make new appointments of regional and state chairs, and advisory board and national board members for 2010. If you are interested, and have decide to become a member, you may submit your name, bio/resume for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and to pass this e-mail on to anyone who may be interested. Tennessee, Ohio and Florida’s websites are up. They can be accessed at www.tnraacaucus.org, www.ohraacaucus.org, and www.flraacaucus.org The websites for other states should be up by the end of November 2010. We welcome members from all states!
I look forward to hearing from you, having you join our membership, and even seeing you at the April 16th – 17th NRAAC Conference. Our theme is: Setting the Republican Agenda to Include People of Color.
Dr. Jean Howard-Hill, Nat’l Chair