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'Let Justice Roll' Concludes with Oct. 31 Miami,
Focus is on Getting Out the Vote; Bush, Kerry Invited
Washington, D.C., October 20, 2004 - Presidential candidates George W. Bush and John F. Kerry have been invited to “LET JUSTICE ROLL: Faith & Community Voices Against Poverty,” a worship service and rally at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at St. Paul AME Church, 1892 NW 51st Terrace in Miami. The event will bring together people of faith, public officials, community leaders and the general public in a major ‘Get Out the Vote’ (GOTV) effort to stress the importance of voting on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister of The Riverside Church in New York City, widely regarded as one of the nation’s top preachers, is the keynote speaker for this service, which marks the culmination of a nationwide effort in 15 cities to press public officials and those running for office on what they plan to do to end poverty, and to educate, register, mobilize and protect voters. This event was originally scheduled to take place the weekend of Sept. 24-26, however, was postponed because of Hurricane Jeanne.
“It is perhaps a very fitting end for this campaign, which has mobilized thousands of faith-based, community and low-income people across the country, to have its final stop in Miami-Dade County, Florida,” said Rev. Dr. Paul Sherry, director of the “Let Justice Roll” campaign, which is sponsored by the National Council of Churches USA and the Center for Community Change.
“This was the very place where the 2000 election was decided and we hope that we will be able to encourage all registered voters to go to the polls and cast their ballots on Election Day,” he said.
The “Let Justice Roll” campaign has been met with incredible excitement and enthusiasm since its launch in June with an average attendance of nearly 1,000 at each event and more than 100,000 people having registered to vote, Dr. Sherry reported.
The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, the nation's most far-reaching effort to protect voter rights from now through Election Day and beyond, will be handing out information about the right to vote, including the Florida Voters' Bill of Rights. Election Protection provides a toll-free number, 1-866-OUR-VOTE, that provides free, immediate and multi-lingual assistance to help voters with questions about registration and voting and to assist voters who encounter barriers to the ballot box. With early voting already beginning in Florida, Election Protection aims to ensure that every eligible voter has the right to vote and have that vote counted.
Because it will be held the Sunday before the 2004 Election, event organizers are preparing to have a substantial crowd for this very special worship service and rally.
“Let Justice Roll” takes its name from the book of Amos: “Let Justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream...” (Amos 5:24 NRSV). In addition to the National Council of Churches USA and the Center for Community Change, sponsors have included a host of national, state and local religious, faith-based, and community organizations. The “Let Justice Roll” campaign has crisscrossed the nation with rallies, candidate forums, voter registration activities and worship services, to make the issue of ending poverty part of the discourse in this year’s presidential election.
EDITOR’S NOTE: There will be a reception for local clergy and the media at 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church. For more information, please contact Rev. Leslie Tune, 202/544-2350, ext. 11 (office), 202-297-2191 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDITIONAL NOTE: This “Let Justice Roll” event originally was scheduled to be held at New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International in conjunction with the Sept. 25 Hip Hop Voter Revival and Youth Forum. Due to a scheduling conflict at New Birth, the rescheduled event at St. Paul AME Church, where the Rev. Vincent F. Mitchell is pastor. Although the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) will not hold the Hip Hop Voter Revival and Youth Forum that was scheduled for Sept. 25, they will be in Miami that day with the “Hip Hop Team Vote” GOTV bus tour.
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