The United Black Clergy, which bills itself as "a coalition of religious leaders, along with Southern Dallas business and civic leaders," wants mayoral and city council candidates to know something: Their vote is not for sale. They will say as much at 1:30 this afternoon at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, when the UBC kicks off its get-out-the-vote efforts by throwing a "People's Movement Rally" that will also serve as a news conference.
The entire release is below, but here's the highlight:
“Our vote is not for sale for 30 pieces of silver or special favor to the few at the expense of our Community. Our Community is under assault from the money changers. Like David we must stand erect against Big Money and Big Influence to send a resounding message on May 12 that our Community is NOT FOR SALE!”
Unfair Park's been able to find out who "the money changers" might be or whether the UBC's prepared to name names this afternoon. But we'll find out soon enough. --Robert Wilonsky
Media Advisory For 1:00 PM Thursday, May 10, 2007
United Black Clergy, a coalition of religious leaders, along with Southern Dallas business and civic leaders kick off ‘Peoples Movement Rally’ to get the vote out, declaring that “Our Vote Is Not for Sale . . . while asking voters to join the people movement to elect the mayoral candidate with a proven track record of assuring the community’s voice and concerns are represented.”
WHAT: Continuing their proactive and ongoing voter education and outreach, WITHOUT PAY OR COERCION FROM HIRED OPERATIVES, a consortium of clergy with members from the top five African American clergy associations, along with business and civic leaders, blast “vote for hire tactics” being used to DIVIDE and attempt to buy the Black vote in the critical Dallas mayoral election. The United Black Clergy have come together to speak with one voice about the importance of voting this Saturday, May 12.
WHERE: St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Lelious Johnson, Pastor 1600 Pear Street (Pear St. @ S. Lamar) Dallas, TX 75215
WHEN: Thursday 1:00 PM Media Sign In & Set-Up; Press Conference starts at 1:30 PM
QUOTABLE: “Our vote is not for sale for 30 pieces of silver or special favor to the few at the expense of our Community. Our Community is under assault from the money changers. Like David we must stand erect against Big Money and Big Influence to send a resounding message on May 12 that our Community is NOT FOR SALE!”
United Black Clergy
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