An estimated 500 high school students in Racine, Wis., will join a citywide effort urging voters to take to the polls on Election Day.
Youth Empowered in the Struggle-YES, the student arm of Voces de la Frontera, is organizing the event, which will include participation from Horlick, Case, Park and Walden high schools.
Students on Nov. 6 will be wearing bright T-shirts that state, “Your Vote is Your Voice.” They’ll cover the city in vans driven by parents, teachers and other community volunteers, according to a news release. The students will be going from door to door to talk with voters and also offer rides to the polls.
YES leader and Racine high school student Bryanna Scott said, “Our message is simple: When you vote, consider our future. As a 17-year-old student at Horlick High School, the reason why I participate in the get out the vote every election is because voting not only gives us a voice, but it makes us all equal. Since I am underage and I can’t vote, I have taken the liberty to exercise my first amendment right of freedom of speech, to go encourage others who can vote to go and cast a vote for me.”
People’s Books/People’s Books Cooperative is celebrating its anniversary and holding a moving party this week.
The event, set for 5 p.m. on June 21, will feature food, refreshments, a raffle, a silent auction, music and a program with Christine Neumann-Ortiz, founder and executive director of the Milwaukee-based Voces de la Frontera.
The event will take place at The Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St., Milwaukee.
The co-op is relocating to 804 E. Center St.
A blog post from the co-op says the first stage of the move took place over the weekend and “if all goes according to plan” the co-op “should re-open at the Center Street location early July. Once we are open on Center, we will remain open for business.”