The mission of North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute is to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged families by providing the necessary resources that improve their standard of living, foster self improvement, self empowerment, and self sufficiency. This agency is dedicated to those disenfranchised by situation, circumstance or indifference.
- COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
- FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY
- TRAINING CENTER
- WORKERS REFFERAL AND INFORMATION CENTER
As A. Philip Randolph stated, “Salvation for a race, nation, or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted.”
Our strategy is to continue building an electoral power-base within the communities of those that are currently and historically disenfranchised, led by and for under-represented constituencies. The mission and strategies dictate that the justice we seek will never be merely given to us, but we must build the community power-base to take for the disenfranchised by situation, circumstance or indifference what is just and fair. Political withdrawal by those that live in current and historically disenfranchised communities has caused the enemies of participatory democracy and social justice to believe that they can roll-back every advance that has been made in the last 76 years on the issues that we support. This crude conservatism has created a mindset of social defeatism by many of those disenfranchised by situation, circumstance or indifference. This mindset did not appear overnight and will not be relieved by political involvement by the disenfranchised in a political election only every four years.
To these ends our mission and strategies to carry out our mission are neither complicated nor new, but will not be achieved overnight but over time. Our voter education and voter registration programs are carried out primarily by those that are currently or historically disenfranchised. We have monthly meetings in strategic locations across the state which allows us to increase the political awareness of our members on a range of political issues that either support or would hurt the issues that we support.
At our training center and at other locations throughout the state we teach them canvassing, letter writing, and the use of new information technology such as the Voter Activation Network (VAN) to reach out and educate other voters in their communities, register voters, and increase voter participation. We locate and work with people from the communities that we serve to participate in our get-out-the-vote work. Through our Youth Chapters we accomplish leadership development for our youth. The strategy is to create and atmosphere where the youth could come to with their peers and accomplish work to help out their communities. We teach them canvassing, phone banking and letter writing. Once they reach a certain point we assign them to work with an older person. We start leadership development at an early age.