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Feb 19, 2008

Prairie View March & Rally For Voting Justice
Feb. 19, 2008 at 9:00AM CT

Prairie View, TX – Prairie View A&M University Student Government Association and Black Youth Vote! Texas will hold a march and rally Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 9:00 AM to protest ongoing student voting disfranchisement in Waller County Texas. The students will assemble at the PVAMU Memorial Student Center at 9:00 AM and march to the courthouse in Hempstead (over seven miles). Officials at the Historically Black University agreed to excuse the 8000-plus student body to participate in the march, which will take place on the first day of early voting.

What:

March & Rally – The students will leave from the Memorial Student Center at 9:00 AM and march to the courthouse in Hempstead.

When:

Tuesday February 19, 2008
9:00 AM CT

Where:

Memorial Student Center
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX 77446

Why:

In 2004 an estimated 5,000 students marched to demand the right to vote without intimidation. In the 2006 election, hundreds of newly registered students were turned away from the polls and forced to vote with provisional ballots because their names were never added to the Waller County voter registration rolls. Recently the Waller County Commission decided to eliminate six early voting locations in the county including the one adjacent to campus.

Contact:

Edrea Davis: edmedia@dogonvillage.com or 818 613-9521.

About Black Youth Vote

Black Youth Vote!,  the youth division of the Washington, DC based National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, is a national grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing political and civic involvement among black men and women aged 18-35. Founded in 1996, the youth led organization educates young adults about the political process and trains them to identify issues and influence public policy through participation.

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