Citizenship comes with rights and responsibilities. The right to vote and be voted for in our democratic dispensation is just one example. The majority of Black individuals feel very alienated from the system and are often not engaged. This is a direct result of systemic racism and discrimination. These two evils destroy human souls and make us less engaged. ACAO is working to change that. Using events, festivals and other programs ACAO encourages community participation in civic and democratic discourses.
We have seen an increase in the number of Black candidates for municipal, provincial and federal elections. Previous elections also saw an increase in voter turnout from the Black community. This is an initiative we will continue to invest resources in.