Political Awareness And Involvement
Delta Days in the Nation's Capital
In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days in the Nation's Capital, an annual legislative conference to increase members' involvement in the national public policy-making process. The Annapolis Alumnae Chapter leadership and members participate in all aspects of the conference and conduct legislative visits with members of Congress to voice the sorority’s legislative agenda on the national level. Legislative visits also give opportunity to discuss particular issues effecting communities in the state of Maryland. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, sessions on tracking legislation, and advocacy skills development. Work on voting rights, voter engagement, and nonpartisan activity for getting people to the polls is emphasized as well as gaining knowledge on various elected and appointed positions in local and state government. Featured speakers include key policy makers, members of the United States Congress, Congressional staff, and national issues experts. The DDNC learning and experience serves to enable Annapolis Alumnae to improve and increase its activism for social action that will make a difference in transforming Anne Arundel County communities.
Delta Day in Annapolis
The Annapolis Alumnae Chapter continues its leadership, support, and participation in Social Action through Delta Day in Annapolis. On this day, Delta members meet with legislators to voice the concerns regarding key state and local issues impacting the African American community. Annapolis Alumnae, being located in the state's capitol, takes a role in working with the MD State Social Action Coordinator and planning committee to ensure impactful activities for the day. Activities include panel discussions, interactive speakers, and group activities that address such issues as HBCU and higher education funding, racial profiling, housing needs, children living in poverty, unemployment, and many more issues needing urgent solutions. Annapolis Alumnae leadership provides opening remarks, participates in the acceptance of proclamations from the MD State Senate, and often facilitates small group discussions in the program agenda.
Delta Days at the United Nations
Special Consultative Status as an NGO allows the organization to provide analysis and expertise in monitoring and implementing international agreements on issues of mutual concern. As an NGO, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has the opportunity to gain access to and disseminate information concerning a range of issues on women and children in which the United Nations is involved. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. representatives attend regular briefings and disseminate information on UN activities to its members and the community at large.