From Debra Toomer and Cheryl Kelly
MIAMI, FL – The 2014 Election includes critical local and state seats and issues, including the pivotal race for the Governor’s mansion. Floridians continue to face unemployment, healthcare and homeownership concerns. In this regard, community leaders, clergy, labor and the community at-large, under the leadership of Bishop Victor T. Curry, the architect of “Operation Lemonade” have heighted voter empowerment and participation. Once again, Bishop Victor T. Curry, AFCSME, SEIU, NAN, UTD, APR and a host of Clergy and other leaders lead the 911 Call to Action for 100 percent voter participation through early voting, absentee voting and voting on Election Day.
“The objective of the Nov. 2, Worship Service and Rally on the eve of the last day of early voting is to ensure that all voters who have not exercised the right that so many died for vote on Nov 4,” said Bishop Curry, founding senior pastor/teacher of New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International, senior pastor/teacher of Greater St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church of Dania Beach, Regional Director of National Action Network and Event host. Presidents of our local and national labor partners, clergy, elected officials and the community at large will stand together to galvanize Florida in this most critical Election. We voted in record numbers in 2008, 2012 and in the 2014 primary and we must exceed the turnout on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.”
AFSCME President Lee Saunders, who represents more than 115,000 workers and retirees in Florida and 1.6 million members nationwide, and is an event sponsor said, “This is a critical election and much is on the line: improving public education, expanding affordable health care to all who need it, making higher education more affordable, boosting the minimum wage, and protecting our very right to vote. People are coming together across the state, canvassing, phone banking, rallying and most important, voting.”
Rev. Al Sharpton, founder/president of the National Action Network will deliver the keynote address.
The event will begin at 7 p.m., at New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International, 2300 Bishop Victor Tyrone Curry Blvd. (2300 N.W. 135 St.), Miami, is free and open to the entire community. Candidates are welcome. For more information and for interviews call Debra Toomer, (305) 218-2252.