OAK PARK – The Congress of African Peoples (CAP) presents its 2012 Black Political Convention locally on Saturday, September 8.

The event, in its third year, will be held at the Women’s Civic Improvement Center, 3555 3rd Ave., in historic Oak Park. It is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the convention is to stimulate Black participation in politics and elections, including the primary election.

As 2012 is a presidential election year, CAP’s intention is to jump-start Black involvement in politics throughout the year. Organizers intend this convention to stimulate Black voter registration, Black campaign involvement, Black candidates, and Black voting. The convention will serve locally to inform the Black population about offices, candidates, ballot measures, and to maximize Black involvement in the political process.

Representatives of the various presidential campaigns, city council campaigns, school board campaigns, assembly campaigns, senate campaigns, congressional campaigns, and ballot measures will be present.

Those in attendance will vote for the candidates of their choice in each election, and their choices will be reported on the basis of proportional representation – indicating the ranking and the level of support for each candidate. The convention itself makes a clear statement that Black constituencies will be significant and involved in this election and that candidates must make meaningful efforts to listen to them, reach out to them, and involve them not only in their campaigns, but also in their incumbencies.

For more information, contact Faye at (916) 484-5025.