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25,000 Join NAACP, AAVREP, Labor and Elected Leaders to Discuss Voter Suppression, Props 30 and 32
Prop 32 Tied to Voter Suppression Efforts Nationwide
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJamarah Harris October 31, 2012 Jamarah.firstname.lastname@example.org 646-262-8044
The African American Voter REP Project last night hosted 25,643 people on a telephone townhall with NAACP President Ben Jealous, Assemblymember Steve Bradford and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Secretary-Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo to discuss voter suppression efforts around the country, as well as California’s Propositions 30 and 32. Audio of the hour-long event is available here: http://africanamericanvoterrep.org/tele-townhall-with-al-sharpton/
“You would have to go back to Jim Crow to see the same number of voter suppression efforts we have witnessed during the past two years,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. “What’s happening in California with Prop 32 is undoubtedly the flip side of those efforts: it suppresses the voice of working people and communities of color in the political arena, instead of at the ballot box.”
“Prop. 32 is directly intended to silence the voices of working men and women in the state of California,” said Maria Elena Durazo, Secretary-Treasurer of the LA County Federation of Labor and Co-Chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. “How do we defend democracy if we’re pushing people out and denying them the right to vote?”
“Prop. 30 is a critical investment in our children’s future,” said Assemblymember Steve Bradford. “Education is key to ensuring a strong economy and an educated and informed electorate.”
“Since its creation ten years ago, AAVREP has worked tirelessly to educate and empower our community on matters that impact our families, our neighborhoods and our right to make our voice heard,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Supporting Prop. 30, defeating Prop. 32, and raising awareness about these insidious voter suppression efforts around the nation is central to that mission.”
Jealous and other participants discussed this historic bond between communities of color and the labor movement. An attack on one is an attack on the other—both are currently under fire from the right-wing forces behind Proposition 32 and voter suppression efforts in states across the nation.
“Let’s not forget what Dr King said: when the union movement bleeds, the civil rights movement bleeds too,” Jealous reminded listeners.
The event built on the success of last week’s townhall with Governor Jerry Brown, which also drew tens of thousands of callers, to learn more about Propositions 30 and 32. Audio of that event is also available on AAVREP’s website.
AAVREP will hold a Get-Out-The-Vote rally this Saturday, November 3, at 9:30 a.m. in Leimert Park Plaza. More information on that event, including special guests, will be announced shortly.
The African American Voter Registration, Education, and Participation (AAVREP) is the largest organized effort targeting African American and urban voters in the state of California in more than 20 years. Founded in January 2002 by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, AAVREP’s mission is to increase African American and urban voter registration, education, and participation through outreach to targeted communities. Visit http://africanamericanvoterrep.org/ for more information.
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