Jackson urges large turnout for upcoming Election Day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.