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Tenant Organizing and Elections: Getting Out the Renter Vote

June 17 - Session 5

Tenant Organizing and Elections: Getting Out the Renter Vote

This webinar featured a roundtable of resident leaders from the Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council (MHRC), the citywide association representing more than 5,000 residents in 42 public housing highrises. Five MHRC resident leaders spoke on the panel: Shirley Brown, Gloria Coles, Mattie Henderson, Mary McGovern, and Tamir Mohamud. The saved chat can be found here and the transcript can be found here. The webinar recording and slideshow can be found below. 

Resident leaders discussed ways to build trust and overcome skepticism about participating in the political process, provide residents the resources and information they need to vote, ensure that new residents are registered when they move into their buildings, and hold candidates accountable to their campaign promises. The panelists encouraged tenant leaders to highlight the concrete changes that voting can make in their communities, call attention to the history of the movement for voting rights, and meet people where they are at to bring them into the democratic process. The panelists also emphasized the importance of making your voice heard beyond the election by following up and advocating with newly elected officials.

The webinar concluded with information about the Poor People’s Campaign’s upcoming “Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly & Moral March on Washington, DC, and to the Polls” (Saturday, June 29) and ways to get involved with Our Homes, Our Votes beyond the webinar series.

The following resources were shared on the call:

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