Monday, February 13, 2012

Hundreds Protest Against Voter ID Proposal

More than 300 Minnesotans gathered at the state Capitol and at Wells Fargo Place in downtown St. Paul Thursday to raise their voices in opposition to the proposed photo ID amendment. The “Democracy Day of Action” took place following a week of growing momentum for the campaign to oppose the amendment, which is being led by TakeAction Minnesota and its progressive partners.

Attendees walked in somber silence around both legislative chambers, wearing $100-bill stickers across their mouths, symbolizing the efforts by the top 1% to silence their voices. The silence eventually ended, as members of the 99% raised their voices against the photo ID amendment.

Superintendent Celester Webb of the Minnesota Jurisdiction of the
Church of God in Christ spoke to the crowd. He noted that for many Minnesotans, including himself, the ramifications of the amendment would be personal.

“We know this would disproportionately affect those that are already disenfranchised,” Webb said. My mother is 84 years old, part of what has been called our greatest generation. She was born in
Mississippi and does not have a birth certificate. If this passes, she would not be able to vote. I say no to this amendment — and say that we need to question the motivation behind it.”

Dan McGrath, executive director of TakeAction
Minnesota, told the crowd outside of the House chambers, “There are far too many here in this place who have been told by the 1% that voter ID is what we need. It is not. This is this people’s house and our voices, and votes, will not be silenced.”

Following the Capitol rally, attendees filled buses headed to
Wells Fargo Place in downtown Saint Paul for a public action taking the pro-democracy message to the 1%. They walked into the office complex in silence, carrying signs and again wearing the $100-bill stickers. Following several moments of silence, the crowd called on Wells Fargo to stop funding the agenda of the 1%, chanting, “you can buy politicians, you can buy lobbyists, but you cannot buy our voice!”

> The article above was written by Michael Kuchta, and first appeared on the WorkDay Minnesota website.

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