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Stay Restless: A Community Gathering on the Voting Rights Act 50 Years Later

August 7, 2015

In honor of the 50th anniversary, Secretary Simon and his Council to Celebrate the Voting Rights Act hosted an event yesterday in North Minneapolis to highlight the current struggle to expand voter rights and reduce barriers for all eligible Minnesotans.

The event, which was kicked off by Congressman Keith Ellison, included a panel discussion on voting rights, powerful performances by artists on today’s struggles to reduce barriers and expand access to voting, reflections from the audience interpreted through improvisational theater from The Theater of Public Policy, and a call to action to vote and to be engaged in community efforts.

A special thanks to Mai Thor, disability advocate; Sarah Walker, voter rights restoration advocate; Natasha Moore, student at the University of Minnesota; and Stephanie Cobenais, Band Member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, for a great panel discussion!



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