Willie is an employee of the FATHER project, a Minneapolis organization that assists fathers in overcoming barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. He had some interesting thoughts on the upcoming state elections.
FP: “What are some concerns, concepts, or issues that you hope to see addressed in the upcoming state elections?”
W: “Well, certainly the state budget, especially regarding education. The two proposed amendments to the state constitution definetely worry me. Both proposed amendments seem designed to discriminate against people….”
FP: “What makes you feel that way?”
W: “Well, we as a country, from the founding fathers on forward, have placed a premium on progressing human rights, from ending human slavery, to expanding voting rights across race and gender, and so on and so forth. So to me, the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment is just a way to restrict segments of our voting population. The other proposed amendment, banning same-sex couples from marrying in the state of Minnesota, is another example.”
FP: “It sounds as if you have some deep opinions on the Minnesota election. Would you say you will be personally active in any aspect of the fall election cycle?
W: “I will be active, but I don’t know to what extent. I suppose it will be to what time and circumstances allow me.”
FP: “How about your friends and relatives?”
W: “Most of my friends and relatives will be active in some way.”
FP: “If you could say one thing to the many individuals running for various offices across Minnesota this fall, what would that be?”
W: “Represent the people. Not the corporations. That’s the other electoral issue, especially nationwide… corporations are not people.”
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