MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 19, 2012) — A video message released yesterday shares a strong multiracial, multicultural message in opposition to the proposed voter ID amendment to the state constitution that will appear on ballots on November 6.
The video (http://bit.ly/UbJITw) was released by Voices for Voting Rights, a group of organizations representing communities of color and the American Indian community that have come together in a campaign to oppose the amendment. This initiative of multiracial, multicultural organizations is focused on building community power, voice, and access at the polling booth and beyond.
The members of Voices for Voting Rights include: African American Leadership Forum, Be the Vote Coalition 2012, CAPI, Centro Campesino, Color the Vote, Community Action of Minneapolis, Lao Family Community, Main Street Project, Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota, Organizing Apprenticeship Project, Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, and Somali Action Alliance.
The video is the latest in a series that features perspectives from the Latino, Somali, Hmong, African American, and American Indian communities. Made in collaboration with Line Break Media, the videos tell the stories of multiple communities in Minnesota and their relationship to voting rights and democratic participation, from the struggle to be included to the power of creating change. This last video brings these voices together for a multiracial and multicultural statement of shared commitment to protecting voting rights.
“Voting rights history is both the history of democracy and it’s the history of exclusion – the bar that’s not reached, the people who aren’t let in the door,” said Hana Worku, Campaign Coordinator for the Voices for Voting Rights campaign at Organizing Apprenticeship Project.
The release of the Voices for Voting Rights video follows a Red Carpet Celebration event last week where the five community specific videos were shown on the screen at the Parkway Theater. The video includes scenes from the Red Carpet event.
“It was amazing to see people of color leading an event of this magnitude. It doesn’t happen often. We are usually invited to participate or attend, but are not included at the table to be part of strategically planning from the beginning,” said Chaka Mkali, Master of Ceremonies for the Red Carpet Celebration.
“To me, the collective power of communities of color is something very beautiful because it includes our collective visions and collective struggles,” said video participant Ernesto Velez, Executive Director of Centro Campesino in Owatonna.
For more information and to see all the videos in the series: www.voicesforvotingrights.org.