Many nonprofits participated in Get out the Vote this year, and they’re sharing why voting is important to them on video.
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) launched their very first civic engagement program, adding voter education to their long list of community services. The program, which started earlier this year, provides educational outreach services to Minneapolis residents who may not know about the voting process, or why it’s important.
“I think as CLUES, it’s our responsibility and it’s our obligation to advocate for our community members,” said Joel Martinez, who runs the new program. “Not just in direct services … but also equip leadership within our community members.”
Recently, the program took to the streets around Franklin and Chicago, Martinez said, teaching community members how to vote, and even how they can get involved if they can’t vote yet. Even if some community members can’t vote for legal reasons, he said, they can still get involved and make a difference in their community.
Erika Meza with CLUES came to the United States with her family in 1989 from Mexico City, but because she’s not a U.S. citizen yet, she still has never voted. Check out her video and see what voting means to her below.
Coverage of the 2014 elections is funded in part by a grant from The Minneapolis Foundation.