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E-M:/ Voter Outreach Targets Grand Rapids



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                 More Information:  David Holtz 313-300-4454
Monday, November 1, 2004

In Grand Rapids An Unprecedented Voter Outreach Effort Unfolds
Nearly 27,000 African-American and Hispanic Households Reached Over 48 Hours

Grand Rapids, MI--Clean Water Fund, working in coalition with 32 other Grand Rapids community groups, today announced that an unprecedented grassroots Get Out The Vote effort has reached nearly 27,000 Grand Rapids households in predominately Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods.  Volunteers and staff from Clean Water Fund, the Grand Rapids Hispanic Leadership Organization and the PROACTIVE coalition are working to mobilize thousands of voters to go to the polls Tuesday.

"There is an amazing level of commitment by hundreds of volunteers to mobilize voters in inner-city neighborhoods.  Our community has galvanized through these voter registration, voter education and voter mobilization efforts that have been taking place for months.  It's truly heartwarming to be a part of this historical event," said Kym Spring, Clean Water Fund's Grand Rapids Community Organizer.

The PROACTIVE (People Reaching Out Advocating in our Community Together…It’s a Victory for Everyone) project is a non-partisan Get-Out-The-Vote plan for the urban areas with many non-partisan organizations working together towards a common goal:  making sure the people in inner city neighborhoods are heard on Election Day. PROACTIVE’s membership includes the following organizations:  Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Gamma Rho, NAACP, International Masons, 101 Black Men, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta, Black Nurses, Kappa Alpha Psi, Prince Hall Masons, and Encore.

<>Clean Water Fund, based in Washington, DC, is a national nonprofit research and educational organization, with locally staffed environmental and health protection programs serving communities in over 20 states.  Clean Water Fund's Grand Rapids office is at 959 Wealthy Street.  Clean Water Fund also has offices in East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Oakland County, and Clinton Township in Michigan.

Clean Water Fund's  mission is to develop strong grassroots environmental leadership and to bring together diverse constituencies to work cooperatively for changes that improve their lives, focused on health, consumer, environmental and community problems. 

Since 1978, CWF has helped people campaign successfully for cleaner and safer water, cleaner air, and protection from toxic pollution in our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces. Organizations and coalitions formed and assisted by Clean Water Fund have worked together to improve environmental conditions, prevent or clean up health-threatening pollution in hundreds of communities and to strengthen policies locally and nationally. 

Clean Water Fund programs build on and complement those of Clean Water Action, a 800,000-member national organization which has helped develop, pass, strengthen and defend the nation’s major water and toxics laws such as the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Superfund and others, including their state-level counterparts.  Clean Water Action has more than 169,000 Michigan members.