Congresswoman Maxine Waters Calls on Black Men to Get Amped Up

Waters set to rival Trump's efforts to gain support from Black males and signs on to support the Southern multi-state initiative to galvanize black men to the polls

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(New York, NY)– With slightly over 100 days to go to election day, Democratic congresswoman, Maxine Waters, has turned her attention to black males ahead of the 2020 election.  Waters will rival President Trump’s efforts to gain support from Black men. According to Amplify Action, the congresswoman will be using her political clout and social platforms to host virtual conversations with one of the most overlooked voting blocs in the south. Waters has signed on to help raise funds and host a discussion on the Amplify Action platform in a concerted effort to mobilize her supporters and over 110,000 black men in the south to vote on Nov. 3. 

With a focus on strategic outreach and voter education, the 501c4 organization, Amplify Action, emerged last month to empower black men to become civic leaders in their communities and participate in the political process regardless of political affiliation.  

According to Brandon Upson, the former Tom Steyer 2020 and NEED TO IMPEACH staffer who now serves as the group’s Executive Director, “This is the most consequential election of all time. Black men have become a focal point for Democrats, Republicans, and voting rights advocacy groups across the U.S. 2016 election exit polls showed that 13% of black male voters supported Donald Trump.” 

Upson will be moderating the hour-long conversation. Rep.Waters will be calling on voters to support Amplify’s “Amp Our Voices” series, a call & response initiative to educate black men on the political process. Participants will be encouraged to submit questions, engage in meaningful discussions, and donate to the cause.  

At press time, Waters says, “I am very excited to join Amplify Action for this event…”

Rep. Waters is one of the many Democratic elected officials who have recently signed on to support Amplify’s mission to galvanize and educate black men. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, the first African American woman to be elected to South Carolina State House, is one of Amplify’s newest board members along with former Bureau Chief of the Rainbow PUSH, Axel Adams. Rep. GK Butterfield Butterfield recently held a conversation on Amplify’s Facebook page. The congressman stated, “Amplify Action is the vehicle we need right now — a vehicle to drive civic engagement amongst an important constituency in our community, Black men. I am supporting Amplify Action because of the focus on registering voters, moving people to Action in elections, and working with elected officials on systemic change.”

Amplify Action has started spreading its message across key southern states with staff currently located in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Previous live events have featured high ranking political leaders, including Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Harrison of South Carolina, Congressman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Mayor Steven Reed of Montgomery, Alabama, Mayor Tim Ragland from Talladega, Alabama, and Tequila Johnson of the Equity Alliance in Tennessee. 

To register to attend, please visit for more information. 

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