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National Urban League To Hold Occupy the Vote Rally At The National Constitution Center

National and Local Civic Leaders, Entertainers Meet to Mobilize Voters

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With just a few days left before the federal election, the National Urban League (www.nul.org) and the Urban League of Philadelphia (www.urbanleaguephila.org) will hold a major get-out-the-vote rally in the cradle of American Liberty, Philadelphia, PA, in partnership with the National Constitution Center on Sunday, November 4th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The rally is intended to energize and mobilize Philadelphians to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th and cast their ballots.  The rally will be hosted by actress and comedienne, Kim Coles and local radio personality MoShay LaRen; and will feature remarks from national and local civic and religious leaders as well as live performances by recording artist Vivian Green and the world renowned Philadanco dance troupe. 

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, who will deliver key remarks at the rally, said efforts to dissuade voters from turning out cannot be allowed to succeed.

"In 2008, for the first time in our history, African-Americas became equal partners at the table of democracy," Morial said. "We cannot allow those forces to succeed who would turn back the clock and erase the progress we've made.  Too many have paid in blood and treasure to secure this sacred right and we owe it to them to cast our ballot."

"Voter apathy is an illness we, as a community, cannot afford. Tuesday's election will set the direction of this country for the next four years," said Patricia A. Coulter, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Urban League.

"Funding for education and safety nets for the poor are at stake. With key congressional seats on the line as well as the presidency, it is vital that every registered voter go to the polls and make their voice heard."

In addition to the live music performances and remarks by community leaders, attendees will be able to volunteer for a cell phone-banking event immediately following the rally.  Participants will be asked to call five friends and have them pledge to vote on Tuesday.

The National Urban League's Occupy the Vote (www.occupythevote12.org) campaign provides the latest information and resources to ensure that voters know their rights and are equipped to navigate any changes to voting laws that may have occurred in their state.  The Occupy the Vote campaign will reach out to voters through door-to-door canvassing, online messaging, targeted telephone calls and on-the-ground events.

Contact: Pamela Springs
202-577-1372 (mobile) | [email protected] 

SOURCE National Urban League

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