• Every Voice Matters: Detroit Raises the profile of Obama 2012 while Registering Voters

    Detroit- As part of Detroit’s Voter Registration National Day of Action, over 20 volunteers helped Metro Detroit’s Regional Field Director Lacy Dawson talk with people and register voters at the Juneteenth Celebration.

    1Juneteenth sign-ups

    Detroiter Register to Vote

    Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. As a result, it was extremely significant to be doing voter registrations at the Celebration to help make sure that all Detroit voters will be registered to participate in next year’s election.

    2Tameka Smith Im In

    Tameka S. Signs-In at Detroit Registration Event

    Aside from the prominently displayed information table, what made outreach to attendees so successful was the work of the volunteers who took a clipboard full of voter registration forms out to the residents of the surrounding neighborhood.

    3Tameka Smith

    A volunteer at this event, Tameka S. was actively involved in the 2008 campaign, and has remained politically active through the UAW’s Community Action Program (CAP). Before helping with the Voter registration work of the day, Tameka signed her “I’m In” card.

    Tameka said she is “In” for President Obama in 2012 because of the President’s engagement with regular people of humble backgrounds. For Tameka, the President “understands everyday working people and is working for our interests… He’s putting power back into the people’s hands.”

    4Family signing VRforms

    If you want to join other volunteers like Tameka, check out these opportunities to get involved in your community.

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