PRLog - Sep. 25, 2012 - In a bold and risky move, Mother Bethel AME Church, located at 419 South 6th Street in Philadelphia, is canceling its own 11am worship service this Sunday, September 30, in order to send Mother Bethel members to other congregations to register voters for the upcoming election. It's a part of a nationwide campaign called "Let My People VOTE" led by African American and Latino congregations aimed at registering voters and combating voter suppression. The participating churches are within the PICO National Network (www.piconetwork.org)
Mother Bethel Joins Nationwide Voter Education Campaign
The day will begin with an early morning worship service at Mother Bethel at 8am where members will receive a challenge to go out and register voters. Following that service, Mother Bethel members, dressed in "Let My People Vote" t-shirts, will join other congregations in South and West Philadelphia;
In 2008 more African American people voted than ever before. During the past four years, in ¬34 states specific interest groups and legislators have passed or attempted to pass voter suppression measures that make it more difficult for African American and Latino voters, young voters and senior voters to participate in the democratic process. “Not long ago, it was illegal for African Americans to vote in this country,” says Rev. Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler, Senior Pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church. “We are not about to let state lawmakers turn back the hands of time by imposing new laws that make it difficult or impossible for us to exercise that right.” Mother Bethel hopes other congregations will be inspired to join the “Let My People VOTE” registration, education, and outreach campaign.
For more information call the church at (215) 925-0616 or go to www.MotherBethel.org. All media inquiries should be directed to Leslie Patterson-Tyler via email Leslie@TylerMadePR.com or call (609) 247-2632.
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