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“Bartenders Against Racism launches #HYDRATETHEVOTE”

From a press release:

“On November 3, 2020, Election Day, Bartenders Against Racism (BAR) will provide water and other supplies to people waiting in line to vote as part of their #HYDRATETHEVOTE initiative. Expecting record numbers of people at the polls, BAR is building on its successful “supplytending” program that provided necessities for peaceful protestors at most DC-based demonstrations this past summer. The organization is calling for volunteers to give out supplies at polling stations and for donations to support efforts.

“This may be the most important election in our lifetimes – especially for people of color like me. And we believe that everyone should be able to exercise their right to vote,” said Allison Lane, president of Bartenders Against Racism. “We should celebrate voting, not suffer through it. We’ve got voter’s backs this year.”

BAR is calling on everyone to help by volunteering to “adopt” a polling location in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Montgomery and Prince Geroge’s counties to distribute water, snacks and other supplies to voters waiting in line. For those unable to volunteer in person, supporters are encouraged to donate supplies in support of this collective effort. BAR will be accepting donations of requested items: bottled water, sports drinks, sanitizer and individual packaged snacks on Friday, October 30 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Electric Cool-Aid, 512 Rhode Island Ave., NW. Tax-deductible contributions to BAR to help offset the costs of van rentals to transport supplies to polling sites can be made via PayPal.

To volunteer, visit BartendersAgainstRacism.com/HydrateTheVote or click here. For a list of specific  polling sites around the region that will be staffed with volunteers, email [email protected]. Follow on Instagram (@BartendersAgainstRacism) or visit www.bartendersagainstracism.com for updates and more information.

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BARTENDERS AGAINST RACISM: Fueled by the Black Lives Matter movement, BAR combats racism, including discrimination based on immigration status, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in the hospitality industry through solutions-oriented awareness and other educational and leadership development initiatives to build a sustainable, equitable, healthy, and thriving community for its professionals and patrons.”

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