Prominent VA Clergy Urge Richmond Residents and Returning Citizens to Vote

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October 31, 2016

 

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Prominent VA Clergy Urge Richmond Residents and Returning Citizens to Vote

 

RICHMOND, Va. -- On Tuesday, Nov. 1st, a group of prominent clergy will hold a press conference urging all Virginia voters, especially those in communities of color, to vote on Election Day. Clergy will also bless pledge cards signed by congregants who have committed to exercise their sacred and civic right to vote.

 

Faith leaders will underscore the positive impact that restoration of voting rights for returning citizens can have on local communities. In August, Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights to 13,000 former inmates. Nationally, more than 6 million American citizens are unable vote because of a past criminal conviction.  

 

What: Press Conference

 

When:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 11 AM

 

Where:

31st Street Baptist Church, 823 N 31st Street, Richmond VA 23223

 

Who:

Rev. Dr. J. Elisha Burke, Director, Health, Wellness, Men & Social Justice, Baptist General Convention of Virginia

Rev. Dr. Morris Henderson, Senior Pastor, 31st Street Baptist Church

Tammie Hagen, New Virginia Majority Organizer, First time voter

Christopher Rashad Green, Richmond resident, Returning citizen

Rev. Max Blalock, William & Mary Wesley Foundation

 

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