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31 October 2008

NAACP Brings "Vote Hard" Bus Tour To Georgia

In the spirit of the '60s "freedom rides," the NAACP Youth & College Division will "Get Out The Vote," as part of the NAACP's "Vote Hard" Bus Tour. This Saturday, November 1st, eight buses with hundreds of college students will travel throughout Georgia to generate excitement among young adults and other non-traditional voters leading into the November 4 general elections. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous will participate in the Columbus kick-off rally.

Bus tour participants, many who are new to the political process, will go door-to door to provide accurate voter information and dispel rumors. NAACP members, college students, and community leaders will also participate in "whistle stop" voter education rallies across the state. A particular focus will be on the issues of comprehensive health care, home foreclosures, college affordability, racial profiling/police brutality, and workers' rights to a living wage job. Tour participants will blog their experiences, posting pictures and sharing their observations on www.naacp.org as well as their personal websites.

The "Vote Hard" bus tour began last weekend, making stops throughout South Carolina. The tour also continues in Alabama this weekend.

Saturday, November 1, 2008:

8AM - Kick-Off Rally
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous
Spirit Filled Ministries Church, 3898 Mulberry Drive
Columbus, GA 31906

12PM - 2PM: Lunch Rally
Ambiance Banquet Facility
3670 Eisenhower Pkwy, Ste 310
Macon, GA 31206

7PM - Closing Rally
Quality Living Services (QLS),
4001 Danforth Road, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331

Other cities on the tour include: Griffin, Jonesboro, Marietta, Talbotton and Thomaston.