Wednesday, March 22, 2006




ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson is touring Southern cities this week to rally opposition to next month's mayoral election in New Orleans. Jackson says too many Hurricane Katrina victims scattered around the country will be unable to vote.

He is asking black churches, black colleges and other organizations in cities like Atlanta, Jackson, Mississippi, and Memphis to encourage their members to march on New Orleans on April first.

The election is set for April 22.

Jackson and other civil rights leaders have demanded that the election be postponed. But they have not said when they believe the balloting should be held.

Jackson said the march will be the most critical demonstration since the civil rights era.

New Orleans was about 70% black before Katrina, and some blacks fear they will lose political power if the elections go forward now, when less than half of the city's pre-Katrina population of 465,000 has returned.

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