Barron's passionate launch of the Freedom Party

Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 5:31 p.m.

"The party must run a candidate for governor and receive 50,000 votes," said Weusi. "The Freedom Party now has to gather the required 15,000 signatures from July 6 to August 17 to get the party's candidates on the ballot."

No problem, said folks in the audience with infectious enthusiasm.

"Sunday was exhilarating," Barron told the AmNews. "It almost felt like we were down South. It reminded me of a Fannie Lou Hamer meeting, with 300 people packed in a room with the big fans going. The spirit of Viola Plummer was marvelous; she kept us moving. You can't compete with the energy of 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now,' and James Brown's 'I'm Black and I'm Proud.' It was magnificent, and we are making history.

"As we marched out of the church, down the block to Sistas' Place coffee shop, people on the street were excited, and we were anxious and excited to get ready for the petition drive that begins on July 6. People can come to Sistas' Place (459 Jefferson Avenue, on the corner of Nostrand Avenue in Bed-Stuy) on Monday, July 5 to pick up the petitions, and begin petitioning on July 6. Here we go!!"

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