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NCC, Other Groups to Launch Massive Voter Registration Effort Jan. 14
Media Advisory: News Conference Noon, January 14, Washington, D.C.

What: The National Council of Churches USA, the Center for Community Change and other grassroots groups and faith-based organizations will announce a $15 million mobilization to register more than two million new low-income voters in 2004.

When: Buffet lunch media briefing Wednesday, January 14, 2004.  Noon to 1 p.m.  (RSVPs helpful - or call Leila McDowell, 202-339-9329)

Where: Occidental Restaurant, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.  This well-known gathering place for Washington insiders and power brokers was chosen as a venue to symbolize the new power broker in town - people with low incomes whose voices must be included in national policy dialogue.


The Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches, the nation's leading ecumenical organization with 36 member denominations comprising 50 million adherents in 140,000 local congregations nationwide.

Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, Center for Community Change, a national non-profit organization that provides technical assistance, training and policy support to low-income community groups.

The Rev. Bernice Powell Jackson, representing "Faithful Democracy Project," a coalition of faith-based groups that have joined together for voter mobilization and education efforts.

Also: Pollster Celinda Lake; Former U.S. Rep. Ron Dellums; Radio Personality Tom Joyner; Business Mogul and Hip Hop Impresario Russell Simmons; Greg Galuzzo, Executive Director, Gamaliel; Maxine Nelson, National Secretary and Chair of National Political Committee, ACORN; Phil Baird, Dean, Vocational and Academic Programs, United Tribes Technical College; Maria Morales, Voces de la Frontera; Theresa Thomas Boyd, Wisconsin Citizen Action; Anton Gunn, Executive Director, South Carolina Fair Share.

More: The Center for Community Change will describe plans for a "Presidential Candidates' Dialogue with America's Family" 11 a.m. Jan. 30, in Columbia, S.C.  On Jan. 31, the NCC will convene people of faith for additional work on voter registration and ending poverty.

NCC Media Contacts: Leslie Tune, 202-544-2350 x 11, and Carol Fouke, 212-870-2252,

January 7, 2004

Click Here for a PDF Flyer About the Jan. 30-31 Events
Click Here for a Story About the Jan. 30-31 Events and Registration Information
Click Here for NCC Resources for Work Against Poverty

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