Since our founding, Zeta has engaged in social action activities to protect the rights of our communities and promote legislative action. As more sorors run for office and participate in political activity, it is a great time to review the rules.
Individual members are encouraged to lobby and support the political candidates of their choice using their own time and resources, and not in the name of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Chapters and members are prohibited from supporting political candidates using official sorority resources including email listservs, chapter meetings, social media outlets, etc. This also applies when candidates are members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
EXAMPLE 1: Soror Smith is running for Mayor and sends an email to the chapter Basileus asking the chapter to hold a fundraiser for her and advertise her candidacy on the chapter’s social media outlets. This is prohibited.
ALTERNATIVE: If the chapter wants to hold a non-partisan and unbiased candidates’ forum, this would be permissible. This would mean inviting all candidates regardless of party affiliation, and asking questions in a manner that is not biased toward any particular candidate(s).
Additionally, a sitting elected official who is up for re-election may attend chapter events in their capacity as an elected official, but she may not campaign.
EXAMPLE 2: Last year, Soror Smith won the mayoral race and now she is running for Governor. Soror Smith plans to attend her chapter’s Founders’ Day Banquet and has requested that an announcement be made asking attendees for their support during the banquet. This is prohibited.
ALTERNATIVE: Soror Smith is in attendance at the Founders’ Day Banquet, and the Chapter Basileus congratulates Soror Smith on announcing her run for governor. The Chapter Basileus DOES NOT solicit any action from those in attendance, nor state any intention to support Soror Smith or any other candidate.