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Voter engagement, 2020 census will be discussed at Newtown Florist Club event
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Marchers cross the Summit Street intersection with EE Butler Parkway Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, as they make their way through Gainesville during the annual Newtown Florist Club Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday march. - photo by Scott Rogers

Gainesville’s Newtown Florist Club is hosting a dinner and conversation Thursday, March 7, to address multiracial coalition building.

It’s part of the civil rights group’s theme this year to encourage Gainesville and Hall County residents to “stand up, speak out, be active and participate in community life.”

Voter engagement and the 2020 census

What: Meeting on multiracial community coalition building

When: 5:30-6 p.m. dinner, 6-8 p.m. discussion, Thursday, March 7

Where: Fair Street Neighborhood Center, 715 Fair St., Gainesville

More info: Newtown Florist Club, 770-718-1343 or

The public is invited to a discussion on voter engagement activities and preparations for the 2020 census, and the Florist Club is sponsoring the event in partnership with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and Georgia Mountain Unitarian Universalist Church Faith in Action.

This meeting comes on the heels of a Florist Club event on Monday, March 4, with members of the Gainesville Police Department about increased patrols along Park Hill Drive following a string of crimes in the area this year, including the shooting of a prominent businessman outside a CVS Pharmacy and an armed robbery at a Texaco gas station.

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