Over 400 Minnesotans gathered at the State Capitol and at Wells Fargo Place in downtown Saint Paul to raise their voices in opposition to the proposed photo ID amendment. The Democracy Day of Action took place following a week of growing momentum for the campaign to oppose the amendment, which is being led by TakeAction Minnesota and its progressive partners.
Attendees walked in silence around both legislative chambers, wearing hundred-dollar-bill stickers across their mouths, symbolizing the efforts by the top 1% to silence their voices. The silence eventually ended, as members of the 99% raised their voices against the photo ID amendment.
Superintendent Celester Webb of the Minnesota Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ spoke to the crowd and noted that for many Minnesotans, including himself, the ramifications of the amendment would be personal. “We know this would disproportionately affect those that are already disenfranchised,” Webb said.
“My mother is 84 years old, part of what has been called our greatest generation. She was born in Mississippi and does not have a birth certificate. If this passes, she would not be able to vote. I say no to this amendment—and say that we need to question the motivation behind it. “
Dan McGrath, Executive Director of TakeAction Minnesota told the crowd outside of the House chambers, “There are far too many here in this place who have been told by the 1% that voter ID is what we need. It is not. This is this people’s house and our voices, and votes, will not be silenced.”
Following the Capitol rally, attendees filled buses headed to Wells Fargo Place in downtown Saint Paul for a public action taking the pro-democracy message to the 1%. They walked to the downtown St. Paul branch of Wells Fargo in silence, carrying signs and again wearing the hundred-dollar-bill stickers.
A banner created by the Rogue Citizen Art Collective was lowered from the second level of the atrium, while hundreds stood silently in front of the bank branch.
Following several moments of silence, the crowd called on Wells Fargo to stop funding the agenda of the 1%.
To learn more about why the Voter ID amendment is wrong for Minnesota, visit Our Voices Count MN