Our Voices

Turn Out (Vote NO!) – FACE THE VOTE (FTV) video

The first video of this series premiered at the Voices for Voting Rights Red Carpet Event.

Face the Vote

Face The Vote (FTV) is part of a very large community reaction to the Voter Suppression (Voter ID) bill.  The concept behind FTV is simple: The Twin Cities Hip Hop community has decided to put a face on the voters affected by the suppression bill.

Face the Vote brings something critical and creative to the table this election season. It’s more than the talking points, the facts, the billboards, the smoke and mirrors, and the 30 second soundbites.  It’s local changemakers and culturemakers in our community connecting their voices to a key issue on the ballot this November 6th.  The message is clear: this amendment affects you, its about your life, and you’re the one who’s gonna have to do something about it and VOTE NO.

Support this grassroots project and all the artists that are part of it.  While you are at it, check out some of the behind the scenes pictures as well.

Featuring (click each link for more information):
MaLLy
The Lioness
Danami
Toki Wright
Maria Isa
Kaleem
B Dot Croc
Nazeem
Muja Messiah
Felix
I Self Devine
Master Mind
Jamecia Bennett

Credits:

  • Video produced and directed by: Adam J Dunn
  • Songs recorded by: Bishop
  • Tracks mastered by: A. Greenwald
  • Executive Produced by: Bobby Jo Champion & Nick Muhammad
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American Indian Voices for Voting Rights

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Save the Date: Thursday, October 11th, 6:30pm, Parkway Theater

VOICES FOR VOTING RIGHTS

A Red Carpet Event and Film Screening.

 

For Immediate Release                                                    October 8, 2012

Communities of Color Come Together as Voices for Voting Rights

on October 11 to Oppose Voter ID

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) – A group of organizations representing communities of color and the American Indian community have come together in a campaign to oppose the proposed voter ID amendment. Calling their effort Voices for Voting Rights, the group will host a Red Carpet Celebration on October 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Parkway Theater where they will share a series of videos that have recently been released. The five videos feature stories from the following communities: Latino, Somali, Hmong, African American, and American Indian.

All videos are available for viewing at www.voicesforvotingrights.org. The American Indian community video will be released on October 10.

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. This initiative of multiracial, multicultural organizations is focused on building community power, voice, and access at the polling booth and beyond.

“Voting NO on this amendment is about ensuring that our political process in Minnesota is inclusive and accountable. That is why we are bringing together our voices, our values, and communities for an event that reflects our shared call to action this November,” said Hana Worku, Campaign Coordinator for the Voices for Voting Rights campaign at OAP.

The video series, made in collaboration with Line Break Media, tell the stories of multiple communities in Minnesota and their relationship to voting rights and democratic participation. A compilation video that features multiracial and multicultural perspectives will be released in the week following the event.

“We believe it is important to make these stories come to life and hold up the historical struggles and victories that different communities have faced in attaining access to democratic and political power,” said Vina Kay, Director of Research and Policy at OAP.

The Red Carpet Celebration will honor all of the participants in the videos, who will be welcomed at the red carpet entrance to the locally-owned South Minneapolis theater. The event will feature live performances, perspectives of multiple communities, and a chance to see the videos on the big screen. The gathering also offers an opportunity for communities of color and the American Indian community to mobilize their shared voices in opposition to the proposed amendment. These communities, organizers noted, make up 17 percent of the state population, and represent a growing percentage of voting Minnesotans.

For more information: www.voicesforvotingrights.org

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