FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2017
Rainbow PUSH Coalition Voter Registration Tour Across Virginia
As Virginia prepares to hold its high stakes gubernatorial election – a contest widely seen as a bellwether of the crucial 2018 midterm elections – the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the Virginia Conference of the NAACP, the New Virginia Majority and The Gary Flowers Show will add three days and 14 stops to a non-partisan, voter-registration drive across the commonwealth, from Monday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The “Healing and Rebuilding” tour kicked off with two days of rallies last Thursday and Friday, including stops at the University of Virginia and George Mason University. At the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Thursday, dozens of students answered Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.’s call to register to vote on the spot.
“You must register to vote today,” Rev. Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, told the students. “We marched too much, bled too much and died too young” for any American eligible to vote to sit on the sidelines.
Virginia’s gubernatorial election is Nov. 7, 2017, and its results, according to The New York Times, will “inevitably to be read as a harbinger for the 2018 midterm elections and President Trump’s fate.”
During the expanded tour – starting in Roanoke in southwest Virginia and ending in Arlington in northern Virginia – Rev. Jackson will encourage Virginians to support Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) legislation, which was recently passed in Illinois and could add up 1.13 million new voters to the rolls in the Land of Lincoln. Nationally, AVR could increase the rolls by 50 million new voters.
“Everything we’ve fought for the last 50 years is under attack – voting rights, LGBTQ rights, worker’s right, women’s rights, children’s rights, environmental protections,” Rev. Jackson, a two-time presidential candidate, said. “But if we, the people, register and vote our interests and vote our numbers, we have the power to change the course of the country and history.”
The additional tour stops include voter registration and voter empowerment rallies at colleges, churches and community halls across the state.
As Rev. Jackson puts it, “The stakes are sky high.”
2017 HEALING AND REBUILDING VIRGINIA TOUR
Monday, September 18, 2017
10:00 am - Community Empowerment Meeting – High Street Baptist Church, 2302 Florida Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24017
12:00 pm – Voter Empowerment Rally – Roanoke College – Bast Center, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153
2:30 pm – Voter Empowerment Rally – Virginia University of Lynchburg – Humbles Hall, 2058 Garfield Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501
4:00 pm – Voter Empowerment Rally – Randolph College – Smith Auditorium, 2500 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24503
6 pm – Community Empowerment Meeting – Court Street Baptist Church, 517 Court Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10:00 am – Community Empowerment Meeting – Friendship Baptist Church, 1305 Arlington Road, Hopewell, VA 23860
2:00 pm – Community Empowerment Meeting – Golden Leaf Commons, 1300 Greenville County Circle, Emporia, VA 23847
4:00 pm – Community Empowerment Meeting – The Sportsman Club, 1431 South Street, Franklin, VA 23851
Hampton Roads VA
7:00 pm – Voter Empowerment Rally – Norfolk State University (campus location TBA), 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504
Wednesday, September 20
9:30 am – Community Empowerment Meeting – First Baptist Jefferson Park, 615 42nd St, Newport News, VA 23607 Newport News
11:00 am – Voter Empowerment Rally – Hampton University – Student Center (Marshall Avenue), 100 E Queen Street, Hampton, VA 23668
1:00 pm – Healthcare Community Rally – Lackey Free Clinic, 1620 Old Williamsburg Road, Yorktown, VA 23690
4:00 pm – Leadership Round Table and Press Conference – First Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 16622 Dumfries Road, Dumfries, VA 22025
6:00pm – Nauck Neighborhood in Arlington, VA
6:30pm – Community Empowerment Rally – Macedonia Baptist Church, 3412 22nd Street S, Arlington, VA 22204