Camden youth participate in ‘Be My Vote’ campaign


Camden youth are participating in a non-partisan “Be My Vote” campaign.

A rally was scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon, Oct. 30, at the steps of Camden City Hall, four days before Election Day.

The event is sponsored by Camden Churches Organized by People (CCOP), a non-partisan organization that in the last six weeks has organized a series of public meetings to educate voters and voice their concerns. CCOP leaders have met with Gov. Jon Corzine, Gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie, and all four mayoral candidates (Angel Cordero, Roberto Feliz, Mujiba Salaam Parker, and Dana Redd).

The teen-led rally was to include an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s April 18, 1959 speech, where the civil rights leader spoke to 26,000 high school students before a youth march; a preview of the five-day campaign; and a non-partisan youth appeal to all registered New Jersey voters.

“The Be My Vote campaign is not about voting for any particular candidate. We are not going to tell you how to vote; you are an adult and should do you own homework,” said Erasmo Rivera, youth leader from St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden, and one of Friday’s speakers. “What we are going to say is that you have a responsibility, and you need to take it seriously. The youth of Camden are watching you and are counting on all of you not to let us down. Our futures depend on it.”

Camden faith-based youth groups expected to attend the rally include those from three Catholic parishes, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Bartholomew and St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, as well as Faith Tabernacle Church of the Living God, and Camden Bible Tabernacle.