On Saturday, The Day Early Voting Begins In FL & All Weekend, Rev. Al Sharpton To Rally Voters & Urge “Souls To The Polls”

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ON SATURDAY, THE DAY EARLY VOTING BEGINS IN FL & ALL WEEKEND, REV. AL SHARPTON TO RALLY VOTERS & URGE “SOULS TO THE POLLS”

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NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) TO PARTNER WITH EDUCATION FOR BETTER AMERICA FOR A HIGHER EDUCATION AWARENESS AND DROPOUT PREVENTION TOWN HALL MTG FEATURING REV. AL SHARPTON, BISHOP VICTOR CURRY, CONGRESSWOMAN FREDERICA WILSON, LORENZO “ICE TEA” THOMAS AND MORE IN FLORIDA—

WHO:
Reverend Al Sharpton – President – National Action Network, Host of MSNBC’s Politics Nation

WHEN:
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 2012

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 12012
7:00am
Souls to the Polls
Voter Rally at Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 NW 1st Street
Miami, Fl

10:00am
Souls to the Polls
Voter Rally with South Dade Regional Library
10750 SW 211th Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

12:00 (Noon)
Voter’s Rally at Lauderhill Mall
1529 NW 40th Avenue
Lauderhill, FL

2:00 p.m.
Voter’s Rally at E. Pat Larkins Community Center
520 Martin Luther King Blvd
Pompano, FL

11:00am – 5:00pm
Rev. Al Sharpton is the Keynote Speaker at 3:00 p.m.
EBA Higher Education Awareness and Dropout Prevention Initiative
Florida Memorial University in Miami
15800 Northwest 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Attendees to include Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Bishop Victor T. Curry – President, National Action Network Miami-Dade Chapter, Oliver Gilbert – Mayor, City of Miami Gardens, Dominique Sharpton – National Action Network Membership Director, Dwight Bullard – Florida State Representative, Dr. Henry Lewis – President, Florida Memorial University, Lorenzo “Ice Tea” Thomas – Host, 99 Jamz, and more.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2012
7:00am
Preach at Bishop Curry’s Church
New Birth Baptist Church
2300 Northwest 135th Street
Miami, FL 33167

10:00am
St. Ruth Baptist Church
145 Northwest 5th Avenue
Dania Beach, FL 33004

11:00am
Preach at Bishop Curry’s Church
New Birth Baptist Church
2300 Northwest 135th Street
Miami, FL 33167

1:00 – 2:30pm
“Souls to the Polls” March at Miami Gardens
March Commence: African American Cultural Arts Center
6161 N.W. 22nd Ave
Miami, FL

BACKGROUND
MIAMI – Thousands of Hispanic, Caribbean and African-American voters across Florida will head to polling precincts starting Saturday to usher in Souls to the Polls Weekend, as the state’s Early Voting period begins. Joined by Rev. Al Sharpton, leading clergy, union honchos, activists and civic leaders in several parts of the state are leading the effort, dubbed Operation Lemonade. These leaders say will make sure crowds of minorities; women and young adults are at the precincts in a show of force. Some activists say organizations had to work triple time in the last two months to boost registration numbers because of state legislation that toughened the requirements and penalties for third-party organizations that register new voters.

Early Voting in Florida goes from Oct. 27 through Nov.3 – a much shorter period than voters had in 2008. The state Legislature reduced the number of days from 14 to 8. In that time frame, voters can cast ballots at designated precincts prior to Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 6.
In 2008, influential clergy members, civic leaders and activists across the state helped drive the record turnout of black voters. South Florida expects to surpass that milestone this year, despite the shorter period.

In South Florida, Rev. Al Sharpton, in support of Bishop Victor T. Curry, founding Senior Pastor/Teacher of the New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International, Senior Pastor of the Greater St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church of Dania Beach and President of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the National Action Network, will lead four rallies at Early Voting Sites, starting 6:30 a.m. in downtown Miami at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, then moving to the South Dade Regional Library, the Lauderhill Mall and ending during the afternoon in Pompano Beach at the E. Pat Larkin Community Center. There also will be street marches from parks to early voting sites in black, Haitian and Hispanic neighborhoods.

“We have been handed lemons through a reduced early voting period,” said Bishop Curry. “Our community will make Lemonade out of this tactic to deter voters by mobilizing and voting early beginning on October 27th.”

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