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Friday, October 27, 2006

Getting out the vote

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, the Rev. James Orange and other African-American leaders are "Getting Out the Vote" this weekend, Oct. 27-29, as part of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) Annual Fall Conference in the Southeast town of Waycross.

"We're trying to get the intensity level up as we get closer to Election Day," says Brooks, president of GABEO. "We're going wherever we see people: churches, shopping centers, car washes, shoe-shine stalls. I just ask a simple question, 'Are you satisfied with the way things are going?'"

Health-care access and voting access are at stake in this election, Brooks says.

"As long as we have people in office who are more concerned about corporate entities than people we will continue with the status quo," the veteran civil rights activist says.

Speakers at this weekend's GABEO conference include the Rev. Joe Lowery, Dick Gregory, Charles Steele Jr., Helen Butler and clergy from around the state.

-- Max Pizarro

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