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For Immediate Release:  
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September 23, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General

 

Tracy Munford 609-341-3235
609-571-5101

 

-- MEDIA ADVISORY--
-- PHOTO REQUEST --
New Jersey to Host Hip-hop Summit II on Youth Voter Awareness as Part of State’s “Be Powerful, Be Heard” Initiative

Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Hip-Hop Artists Join State Officials for Youth Voter Awareness Initiative

Hip-Hop artists will stress the importance of voting to more than 5,000 New Jersey high school and college students and students in classrooms statewide via live web streaming at the “BE POWERFUL, BE HEARD – VOTE NEW JERSEY” HIP-HOP Summit II in preparation for the state’s gubernatorial election on November 8. More than 2,000 high school and college students and others attended last year’s Summit, co-hosted by the Office of the Attorney General and Division of Elections and Russell Simmons Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

"BE POWERFUL, BE HEARD" is the public outreach component and slogan of New Jersey’s voter education initiative and includes Public Service Announcements, college bus tours, and other voter registration and get out the vote efforts. The "BE POWERFUL, BE HEARD" initiative is a comprehensive approach to voter education and voting that contributed to a record number of registered voters - more than 460,000 in the 2004 presidential election, bringing New Jersey’s number of voters to more than five million for the first time in state history.

WHAT: “BE POWERFUL, BE HEARD” HIP-HOP SUMMIT II

WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2005
10 a.m. – doors open
11 a.m. – program begins
2 p.m. - press conference -East Club-Suite Level

WHERE: Sovereign Bank Arena
81 Hamilton Avenue at Rt.129
Trenton, NJ 08611
Press: Park in lot 2 and enter in Door A

Note: Press Must Register In Advance (RSVP by September 27, 2005)

Directions to Sovereign Bank Arena:

FROM NORTH JERSEY:

Via NJ Turnpike:
Take the New Jersey Turnpike South to exit 7A. Follow signs for 195 west. Take 195 west to Rte. 129 North Trenton. Take Rte. 129 North to Hamilton Avenue. Make left on to Hamilton Avenue. The Sovereign Bank Arena will be on the left.
1. Via Route 1:
Take Route 1 South to Trenton. Follow signs for Rte. 129. Take Rte. 129 to Hamilton Avenue. Make a right onto Hamilton Avenue. The Sovereign Bank Arena will be on the left.

FROM SOUTH JERSEY:

Via 295:
Take 295 North and merge onto NJ 29 North/ NJ 129 North via Exit 60 toward Trenton. Take the RT 129 North exit towards Trenton. Continue straight on RT 129. Make a left onto Hamilton Avenue, the arena will be on your left.
Via New Jersey Turnpike:
Take the New Jersey Turnpike North to exit 7A. Follow signs for 195 west. Take 195 West to Rte. 129 North. Follow Rte. 129 North to Hamilton Avenue. Make a left onto Hamilton Avenue. The Sovereign Bank Arena will be on the left.

FROM PENNSYLVANIA:

Via I-95:
Take I-95 North to exit 1 (Rte. 29 South/Trenton). Take Rte. 29 South to Trenton. Make a left onto Cass Street (Thunder Road). Follow Cass Street for three traffic lights. Make a left onto Rte. 129 at third light. Take Rte. 129 to Hamilton Ave. Make a left onto Hamilton Avenue, and the Sovereign Bank Arena will be on the left.
Via Route 1:
Take first exit after crossing the bridge into New Jersey. Take Rte. 29 South to Cass Street (Thunder Road). Make a left onto Cass Street. Follow for three lights. At third light make a left onto Rte. 129. Take Rte. 129 to Hamilton Ave. Make a left onto Hamilton Avenue, and the Sovereign Bank Arena will be on the left.

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