Teen-led rally in Camden


youthbemyvote1-webBefore Tuesday’s Election Day, 30-plus teens and adult supporters came together on Friday, Oct. 30, to remind voters to “Be My Vote” and remember the youth of Camden when they cast their ballot. Organized by Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP), the teen-led rally included a excerpt from a speech given by Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and personal testimonies from youth leaders from the Camden parishes of St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Bartholomew. On Monday, Nov. 1, election eve, the youth spent on Camden streets urging others to vote. Above, Camden Catholic high schooler Kaylynn Parker, a member of St. Bartholomew’s youth group, speaks to the crowd in front of City Hall, on the significance of African-Americans receiving the right to vote, and on her own desire to vote in the future. To the left of her is Mandi Aviles, youth leader, St. Anthony of Padua. Below left, St. Anthony youth group members Anthony Cortez and Christopher Nieves urge others to be their vote.youthbemyvote3-webyouthbemyvote2-web