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8th Graders Can’t Vote, But They Can Rally

8th graders from Holy Name of Jesus School rally for Obama on the Upper West Side

8th graders from Holy Name of Jesus School rally for Obama on the Upper West Side

Posted 7:33 p.m., NEW YORK – They can jump, dance, rap and sing, but they can’t vote. These are the 8th grade students from Holy Name of Jesus school, on the Upper West Side. The girls were seen on 95th and Broadway by passersby, chanting an impromptu rap, “Whose gonna lower your taxes? Obama, Obama, Obama!”

One of the girls, who had picked up an Obama-O’Donnell sign and waved it around to people in cars, was very enthusiastic about her contribution.

“Well we can’t vote, but we can do this to make a difference,” she said.

Election Day, Upper West Side, New York

— BY INSIYAH SAEED

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St. Pete, Fla: Prominent Republican is Voting Obama

Posted 5:06 p.m. — Fazal Fazlin, a retired businessman and philanthropist from St. Petersburg, FL has been a longtime member and big donor to the Republican party, but this year he’s had a change of heart.

“I’m a Republican, but I think on the federal level I really got tired of President Bush’s policies in the world,” he said.

Fazlin, who is also a Muslim, feels that the attitude of the Republican party towards Muslims has put “him over the edge.” He said that especially in St. Petersburg, Muslims are leaning towards the Democratic party this year.

“I think the Republican party has energized the muslim party to vote for Obama,” he said.

Fazlin, whose main circle of friends are actually not Muslim, but a mix of people of all backgrounds, said that after he decided to vote for Obama, “many of them followed too.”

Fazlin, whose known in political circles in Florida to throw fundraisers at his estate, offered to use his home for a fundraiser for Obama.

“The more I met the man, the more I liked him,” he said.

— BY INSIYAH SAEED

Fazal Fazlin discusses his choice for President 2008

Video by Al-Jazeera English

Obama is our Holistic Leader says Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone talks to a crowd of Obama supporters in Tampa

Alicia Silverstone talks to a crowd of Obama supporters in Tampa

TAMPA – “There’s not so many great, great men in this world,” said actress Alicia Silverstone to a crowd of Obama supporters at downtown Tampa’s Courthouse Square, today at 12:45 p.m.  “He reminds me of a great papa,” she continued, referring to Senator Obama. “And he’s so groovy.”

Silverstone arrived in Florida over the weekend to rally voters to get out and vote early. She told the crowd about her weekend, talking to Obama volunteers at Havana House, and checking out early voting locations. She was inspired by a “firecracker of a young girl” who was 14 and a volunteer for the campaign, making calls to voters “all day and all night.”

“You don’t realize how really important this election is, and we have this one chance, which we might not get again,” she told the crowd.

The fact that Obama did not take money from lobbyists, was the main reason why Silverstone supports him. She is also impressed by the stance he took on many issues such as the war, before it was popular to do so.

“Obama is our holistic leader,” she said. “That’s who I want as president.”

Soon after, Silverstone marched with the crowd to an early voting location to encourage them to “hurry up and vote.”

Reporter Insiyah Saeed interviews Alicia Silverstone

By Insiyah Saeed

Casa Obama – A Home Away From Home

Casa Obama in West Tampa, FL

Casa Obama in West Tampa, FL

WEST TAMPA, Fla., 12:35 a.m. — Part of Obama’s grassroots strategy in Florida is to get minorities – especially the Latino community to get out and vote.

A seperate campaign office, known as Casa Obama was opened this year in West Tampa to support this effort.

As we walked in, the volunteers, had sent out canvassers to go door to door to make sure people were voting, and some, were even taking them by the hand to an early voting location at the West Tampa Library. Continue reading

Jill Biden Rallies in Tampa

Al Felman, a staunch Obama supporter, holds out a sign to let passersby know Jill Biden is speaking

Al Felman, a staunch Obama supporter, holds out a sign to let passersby know Jill Biden is speaking

Jill Biden is introduced to the crowd

Jill Biden is introduced to the crowd

Jill Biden shakes hands with voters after her speech in Tampa

Jill Biden shakes hands with voters after her speech in Tampa

Gary Dolgin and his son pose for a pic outside the rally. His son wears an Obama mask in preparation for Halloween

Gary Dolgin and his son pose for a pic outside the rally. His son wears an Obama mask in preparation for Halloween

TAMPA — At a small auditorium in a modest neighborhood in Tampa, Jill Biden, wife of Senator Biden arrived a few minutes after 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th, to persuade local Floridians to vote. Earlier that day Mrs. Biden had been to rallies in Orlando and Lakeland. The scene was enthusiastic, the people friendly, eager, and most of all hopeful. Hip hop, positive songs played to elevate the mood. Continue reading

McCain-Palin Supporters Prominent in Clearwater, Fla.

CLEARWATER, Fla., 11:14 p.m. — Driving around the neighborhood of Belleair, you will see a plethora of McCain-Palin signs on people’s lawns. Also prevalent in the neighborhood are “for sale” signs, pinned at the front of many houses in the area. Anti-Obama sentiment is clear. One person’s van was painted, “Honk for NoBama.”

— BY INSIYAH SAEED

Belleair

A van reads "Honk for Nobama" in Clearwater Continue reading

Arrival in Tampa, Obama’s Last Visit to Clearwater

Night shot of the back view of the Biltmore Hotel

Night shot of the back view of the Biltmore Hotel

TAMPA — We arrived at the Tampa International last night at 6 p.m. – the weather was warm and muggy – it was about to rain.

People were friendly, but held back a lot it seemed.

We picked up our rental and navigated our way on St. Road 60 to Clearwater in Pinellas County, Florida, where there’s an abundance of swing voters. Obama and Palin have rallied here.

We decided to stay at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel for a night because of its proximity to neighborhoods and cities of two types of income levels – the wealthy, and lower middle class. Continue reading