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Honoring MLK in the Mitten

Our volunteers didn’t rest on MLK Day – instead, they took to their communities registering people to vote and phone banking in grocery stores, on the street and in OFA offices all across the state.

We asked many of our volunteers why they joined us Monday.

Barnabus M., Ann Arbor

“Given the disparity between the 99% and the 1%, I feel it’s imperative for me to do everything I can to re-elect the smartest president in my 76 years.”

Ellen, Kalamazoo

“Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – the President has been fighting for equal rights for all in Washington through established prosecution against hate crimes, the repeal of DADT and passage of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. That’s why I’m out here today.”

Christina F., Grand Rapids

“I came because I wanted to honor MLK and because there are a lot of folks who don’t know the power of their own rights. Registering people to vote empowers my neighbors to have a voice.”

Cathy Williams, Grand Rapids

“As an independent voter, I believe everyone should have the opportunity to cast a ballot and have a say in our political process. I want to encourage people and let them know that voting is a responsibility. I have voted ever since I was 21 and now I’m 80! I believe President Obama should have the chance to continue proving who he is with a second term…a fantastic leader!”

In case you missed all the action Monday, we’ve still got plenty coming up. Did you hear about our State of the Union Watch Parties that our volunteers are holding all across the state? Find an event near you, and stay tuned for more updates here as we draw closer to the President’s address.

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