Reporting Summer Knowles
MIAMI (CBS4) – Making lemonade out of lemons is the idea behind a new initiative called Operation Lemonade that’s set to start next weekend across South Florida.
“I think it’s un-American to try to suppress the vote and make it more difficult to vote,” said Bishop Victor Curry, Pastor of New Birth Baptist Cathedral.
Bishop Curry believes the Republican Party has been trying to suppress minority votes by shortening the number of early voting days.
“They gave us a lemon by taking away the Sunday before the election, but we’ve decided to make lemonade.”
Operation Lemonade was born out of that idea. It’s a massive voter turnout initiative that will begin when the first early voting polls open.
“I’m excited,” said Olivia Henry, “I’m going to take my grandson.
Henry said she’s already sent in her absentee ballot but feels it’s important to show support for the effort.
“I’m going to be there, just to be in the number,” said Henry.
Organizers have targeted four different voting sites throughout South Florida to have rallies and to encourage people to vote early.
“As soon as the polls open we will move in to begin voting,” said Anthony Dawsey, Political Action Chairman of the National Action Network.
“For us to be in this place at this time and there being such an effort to suppress the vote, we have to make a statement!”
Project Lemonade will begin the morning of Saturday October 27th, less than two weeks to the presidential election.