Two voter registration and power-building organizations hit the Tarrant County College South campus, 5301 Campus Drive, on Oct. 3 to spread the word about voting.

Black Voters Matter and Tarrant4Change, the two organizations, helped students register to vote, check registration status, request ballots and sign up for electoral reminders of important dates. 

The Black Voters Matter’s “We Won’t Black Down” tour bus travels to different college campuses across Texas to spread the message: “Engage the voter.”

“A lot of times people only get engaged on this like time for a national election, but I think more people are starting to see these local elections matter,” Tarrant4Change board member James Whitfield said. “So if you’ve tuned in, if you got somebody that’s bringing awareness and educating the community on what’s going on in their respective communities, local is where things happen.”

Tarrant4Change emphasized the importance of capacity building, both as a community and as organizers. 

“We’ve done community engagement, and for years, it’s like counting on people to volunteer,  and that’s all well and good, and we got people that want to pour their energy and time and give that as a gift, but it gets tiring,” Whitfield said.

By having the numbers and financial means, people can be more involved, more often.

Black Voters Matter Texas Regional Organizer Denita Jones said that working collectively makes a difference.

“We all have the same goal, and that’s to engage the voter, not just for Election Day, but all 365 days of the year. Because in our community, especially communities of color, people only come in when it’s election time, and then they disappear,” Jones said.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSotoCommunity Engagement Journalist

Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...