Day of Unity hoping to spur education and change in the community

Day of Unity hoping to spur education and change in the community

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - As we get closer to selecting the next president of the United States, there is a push to get people educated and registered ahead of that big election.

Multiple agencies including police and the North Florence Concerned Citizens are hosting that rally this weekend.

This rally is all about community empowerment.

There will be a voter's registration tent set up so that new voters can get registered and also get all the information they need on their individual voting precincts.

If you know that you will have a conflict that will stop you from voting on election day, you can even get signed up for absentee voting.

Leaders are taking this a step further and are also going to be educating folks about who their individual city and county council members are and also the functions of those governing bodies.

"If you have not registered to vote please... please.... please register to vote. Whether you are with Trump or against him, register to vote and let you voice be heard," said Lashonda Nesmith, member of the North Florence Concerned Citizens.

In addition to voter registration, food, music and entertainment will be at the event.

Florence Police will be doing mock scenarios, showing you the dos and don'ts of a traffic stop.

Officers will even be breaking down why sometimes innocent people are questioned randomly on the streets.

In the light of recent shooting's involving police officers and the citizens that community meeting will also be about building stronger community relations.

If you head out, you'll be able to have a Q and A segment with Florence Police.

"A lot of people don't understand that on the other end the police just got a call saying there is suspicious activity or something has happened around an area ….and they see you. You haven't done anything but they don't know so now they are asking... hey what your name…. is where you are supposed to be," Smith said.

Police will teach people what to do in those situations as well.

Organizers say they want everyone to know that during a traffic stop or an encounter with an officer that is not the time to argue your case.

It's happening on Saturday at the Lola Jones Park on Oakland Avenue from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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