Friends of Clayton Transit: Push For MARTA Transit to Return to Clayton County, Georgia

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NAN Clayton-Henry Chapter welcomes Reverend Al Sharpton to Clayton County for 2014 Hands Up VOTE! Tour.

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Clayton-Henry County National Action Network Chapter (NAN) and the Friends of Clayton Transit (FCT) is hosting a press conference and rally, welcoming to Clayton County the Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network, for the 2014 Hands Up VOTE! Tour. The morning event will be one of 2 major events set for the day.

Friends of Clayton Transit will kick-off the day with their Coalition Partners Press Conference at 11:00 a.m. Speakers of the day will include: Roberta Abdul-Salaam of Friends of Clayton Transit, President of NAN Clayton-Henry Chapter Reverend Jeffery Benoit and Reverend Al Sharpton-Founder and President of the National Action Network a host of others.

"Transit Matters to the citizens of Clayton County," said Roberta Abdul-Salaam, one of the Coalition leaders of Friends of Clayton Transit. Friends of Clayton Transit continues to push for local residents to regain the use of MARTA transit in Clayton County by encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting at 6 convenient polling locations, voters can utilize any location throughout the area that will be open and operating until 7pm Friday, October 31st, 2014. The RISE UP CLAYTON & VOTE! is one of many partner campaigns created to ignite voters to register early with hopes to get as many votes leading up to the November 4th, 2014 Election.

Friends of Clayton Transit is a coalition partnership of over 20 groups that is dedicated to restoring public transportation with buses and commuter rails into Clayton County through proactive civil & community involvement, voter registration and education, door to door canvassing, public rallies, research and advocacy that has been developed through grassroots campaigns from the ground floor.

The NAN Clayton Henry Chapter in partnership with Friends of Clayton Transit will start their Press Conference & Rally with Reverend Al Sharpton at 11:00 a.m at the Friends of Clayton Transit (FCT) Headquarters, 6483 GA Highway 85, Riverdale, GA 30274. The community rally will continue into the evening at 7 p.m, when Reverend Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at a community Hands Up VOTE! Rally at the Center of Hope Church of God in Christ, located at 492 Roy Huie Road in Riverdale, Georgia where Dr. Dallas C. Wilson, Sr., is Pastor.

All News Media, State, county and city elected officials and candidates are invited to participate.

The Event Agenda For the day:            
Morning Press Conference Time & Location: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Friends of Clayton Transit Education Center, 6483 GA Hwy 85, Riverdale, GA 30274
Evening Rally Time & Location: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Center of Hope Church of God in Christ, 492 Roy Huie Road, Riverdale, GA 30274    
For news updates about the Friends of Clayton Transit, visit: https://www.facebook.com/claytontransit

About the Friends of Clayton Transit: Founded in March 2010, the Friends of Clayton County Transit (FCT) is a coalition of several groups whose primary goal is to bring public transportation, buses and commuter rail to Clayton County. The coalition includes residents, business owners, labor organizations, community organizations, bus and rail advocates, civil rights groups, environmentalists, political leaders and clergy. http://www.friendsofclaytontransit.com

About the National Action Network: National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. http://nationalactionnetwork.net/

Contact For NAN Clayton-Henry County Chapter: Reverend Jeffery Benoit, President, 404-268-1514
Friends of Clayton Transit: Roberta Abdul-Salaam 770-907-4983
The Clayton-Henry County National Action Network Chapter and the Friends of Clayton Transit (Roberta Abdul-Salaam & Frederick Hicks along with Coalition Partners Georgia Stand-Up (Deborah Scott) & Georgia AFL-CIO (Katie Foster) are organizing the evening event as well, hosting the Reverend Al Sharpton at the Center of Hope Church of God in Christ.

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