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Jackson urges large turnout for upcoming Election Day

| Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Jesse Jackson shares a joke with Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and area leaders on Monday, October 15, 2012, after his speech at a community leader breakfast in Mount Ararat church in Larimer. The purpose of the breakfast was to talk about the importance of the upcoming election and voting. James Knox | Tribune-Review
Jesse Jackson greets area leaders including Pittsburgh controller Michael Lamb (right) and Allegheny county controller Chelsea Wagner and her son Isaiah, 8mos. (left) Monday October 15, 2012 before his speech at a community leader breakfast at Mount Ararat church in Larimer. The purpose of the breakfast was to talk about the importance of the upcoming election and voting. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jesse Jackson speaks Monday October 15, 2012 at a community leader breakfast at Mount Ararat church in Larimer. The purpose of the breakfast was to talk about the importance of the upcoming election and voting. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Brothers (second from left) Edjuan Jackson, 23; Cameron Jackson, 18 and Michael Jackson from the South Side listen to Jesse Jackson (no relation) Monday October 15, 2012 during his speech at a community leader breakfast at Mount Ararat church in Larimer. The purpose of the breakfast was to talk about the importance of the upcoming election and voting. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Cameron Jackson listened intently on Monday as the Rev. Jesse Jackson urged Pittsburghers to volunteer for get-out-the-vote efforts on Election Day.

Jackson, 18, of the South Side, who is not related to the civil rights leader and political activist, said he'll vote on Nov. 6 and encourage his friends and family to do so.

“We can make a difference,” he said.

Jesse Jackson, joined by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, spoke to about 125 people at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Larimer and later to students at Community College of Allegheny County. The Democrats did not specifically endorse President Obama but their message clearly was pro-Obama.

Under Obama, Jackson said, “We are better off and we're moving toward recovery.”

The Rev. William H. Curtis, pastor of Mount Ararat, said the church is a nonprofit and not permitted to endorse candidates.

“This was more to highlight the differences between the Democratic platform and what the other side of the aisle is proselytizing,” he said.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or bbauder@tribweb.com.

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