ORLANDO, FL – With the goal of encouraging Pine Hills residents to take an active role in their community and the democratic process, the P.O.W.E.R. Movement will be leading a Peace Walk to the Polls on Saturday, November 3, 2018 starting at 9 a. m.
The walk will begin at Well-Care (6801 W. Colonial Drive) and participants will walk 0.8 miles to the Hiawassee Public Library (7391 Colonial Drive) to cast advance ballots in the midterm elections. Following voting (10 a.m.), the Hiawassee Public Library will be hosting an open house for the community, allowing individuals to learn about the many free resources available to them.
“As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a democracy where every citizen has the right to express himself or herself at the ballot box and as a community organization, the onus is on us to ensure that as many individuals as possible have the opportunity to do so,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “Regardless of political affiliation, we want to ensure that as many people as possible are excited and motivated to cast their ballots on or before November 6.”
Since the Positive Outreach, Wellness and Enrichment Resources (P.O.W.E.R.) Movement’s inception in January, the initiative has worked diligently to raise awareness and curb gun violence in Pine Hills. Over the past nine months, hundreds of residents have participated in P.O.W.E.R. Movement activities, such as the weekly peace walks and monthly community forums.
This event is being hosted as part of #VoteTogether, a national initiative to bring together families, friends and neighbors in celebration of civic engagement and the act of voting. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a non-partisan, grass roots organization that fights for common sense gun laws and promotes gun safety as well as the Hiawassee Public Library are partners in this initiative.