Flashpoint: Impact of COVID-19 on political campaigns, Committee of Seventy's We Vote, and NaturAll Club's pandemic pivot

May 03, 2020 - 3:56 pm
This week's panel includes Christine Jacobs, Mustafa Rashed, and Darisha Parker

Allie Amato/KYW Newsradio, Courtesy of Mustafa Rashed, Courtesy of 5th Square

This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on political campaigns and the 2020 election. 

Since the coronavirus locked down states across the country, political candidates have been forced to campaign virtually. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has held town halls from his home basement to comply with social distancing guidelines. In addition, the lockdowns have caused many states to postpone primaries and the media is giving little, if any, attention to local races. 

How will news media distraction and distance campaigning impact voter education? Will voters turn out? Christine Jacobs, executive director of Represent PA joins Mustafa Rashed, president and CEO of Bellevue Strategies and Darisha Parker, Pennsylvania state representative candidate for the 198th District in this robust discussion.

The newsmaker of the week is voting. A recent report shows new voter registration numbers in many states are decisively lower than they were in 2016 in large part because get out the vote efforts in advance of the primary were derailed by the pandemic. 

David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy
Courtesy of David Thornburgh

This week, the Committee of Seventy launched "We Vote," a campaign designed to shift voting culture and encourage voters to sign up for a mail-in ballot. The group also rolled out new tools to educate voters on their website. They will host two virtual town halls before Pennsylvania's June 2nd. Listeners can RSVP for the May 4 town hall here. President and CEO David Thornburgh explains.

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Muhga Eltigani, CEO of NaturAll Club
Courtesy of Muhga Eltigani
The Patriot Home Care Changemaker of the week is the NaturAll Club, a subscription e-commerce company selling hair products geared toward women of color and those with curlier hair types. The business pivoted when the pandemic hit, adding hand sanitizer to their list of products. They donated bottles to those in need. CEO Muhga Eltigani discusses their socially conscious mission.

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