Since its founding in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family has evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness & Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness & Involvement.
We remain steadfast and vigilant about social issues that confront our community. The Gary Alumnae Chapter works diligently to assist our political infrastructure and the people who live in our service area to understand needs to ensure goals are met for our communities to become better places to live.
In March of 1913, nearly six weeks after its founding, several Delta Sigma Theta Founders marched in the historic Suffragist March under the Delta Sigma Theta Banner, the Sorority’s first public act. Today, low voter turnout statistics highlight the need to continue to identify ways to include opportunities for all citizens to exercise their voting power.
Under the auspices of the National Social Action Commission, Delta Sigma Theta continues to institute programs that advocate:
- The reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.
- The repeal of voter disenfranchisement laws.
- The full restoration of voting rights for individuals who have paid their debt to society.
- The full implementation of the Help America Vote Act
We hold voter registration drives to ensure that everyone who can have the opportunity to vote. Our most successful campaigns have taken place in the schools to register new voters. The chapter also works to educate voters on their rights and responsibilities.
Mayoral Candidates’ Forum/Debate
Gary Alumnae Chapter has held campaign debates for mayoral candidates that allow them to introduce themselves to the public and allow an open and honest forum for dialect and concerns.
Delta Days at Gary City Hall
In 1999, the Gary Alumnae Chapter held the first Delta Days at City Hall in Gary, IN, an annual legislative conference to increase members’ involvement in the city’s public policy-making process. The annual event includes attendance at the Gary Common Council meeting, a question and answer period with the city’s leaders including the Gary Common Council, police chief, fire chief, finance team & sanitary director. Gary Alumnae Chapter’s youth groups are a viable part of the Q&A period, meet the lawmakers & get insight on how the city’s governmental staff works.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The principal reason for the Census is to determine how many members of the House of Representatives each
state will receive for the next decade (called reapportionment). Each state’s number of Representatives plus
their two Senators equals the state’s Electoral College used to elect the President. Additionally, most states use
Census numbers to draw their state and local electoral district lines through a process called redistricting.
Census data is also used to distribute over $700 Billion in federal funds to states for roads, bridges, Title 1
School Funding, Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP benefits, and more. Federal funding to states for hundreds of
programs is directly linked to the decennial Census count. If our communities do not complete the decennial
Census, our communities will be underfunded and underrepresented for the ensuing 10 years.
WHEN DOES IT OCCUR?
Census Day is April 1, 2020. Every residential unit in the United States will receive correspondence in March of
2020 with instructions on how to complete the Census. Residents of the country have until the fall to complete
the form, online, by phone, or by mail to the Census Bureau. The Bureau will then compile the data and submit
it to the President by December 31, 2020, and by March 31, 2021, to the states for the purposes of redistricting
Watch out for the GAC Census Activities!
We all have a vested interest in having a complete, accurate census. #DSTUCOUNT