We’re looking for legal residents (non US citizens) currently living in NYC to give a short testimony about how having the right to vote in local elections would empower them and their community. These testimonies will be used during a month-long social media and press campaign. Every day during this campaign we will tweet/post a Facebook entry with a new individual giving her/his version in support of this campaign for expanded democracy.
Context: NY City Council will be considering legislation this year to extend voting rights in municipal elections to all legal residents. This would restore rights that existed originally in NY State and in most states before they were taken away. Democracy is about representing the voice of all people whose lives are impacted by the decisions our legislators make. In NYC, there are currently 1 million of our neighbors who live here legally, pay taxes like the rest of us, send their kids to school, run businesses, and contribute in multiple ways to our communities — but they have no say in how our cities is run. That is not fair.
If you are interested in helping out, please email us