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South Asians for Obama Kick-Off and Public Rally

June 2007
South Asians for Obama Kick-Off and Public Rally

A public rally at Georgia Tech, days after the kickoff of South Asians for Obama, drew over 20,000 individuals, the largest turnout ever for a political rally in the state's history.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, April 25, 2007 - South Asians for Obama (SAFO), a national grassroots movement mobilizing around Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign, held its Atlanta area kickoff event on April 11, 2007 at Silk in Midtown. The event was an opportunity for interested parties to learn about Senator Obama's campaign and discuss various ways that the Atlanta South Asian community can get involved in the upcoming months.

"Tonight is a great first step, and this proves the movement is achievable here in Atlanta—but it's only the start, and we must keep going," said Shatul Parikh, addressing the crowd of over thirty young professionals of South Asian descent.

On April 14, three days after the Atlanta kickoff event, Senator Obama held a public rally at Georgia Tech that drew over 20,000 individuals, the largest turnout ever for a political rally in the state's history.

Standing on a platform in the middle of Georgia Tech Park, the third-year Senator from Illinois and Democratic presidential candidate stated, "What I do know is that this campaign can be a vehicle for your hopes and dreams. It can be a vehicle in which Americans take their country back and regain control over their government."

Shraddha Srivastav declared, "We do not believe that South Asians should remain in the quiet shadow. We believe in Senator Obama, and we are confident that he is the candidate to address the issues that matter to us as South Asians. We need to get out and get our voice heard."

More about SAFO is available at www.safo2008.com.


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