By Elizabeth Gabriel

As election season approaches, minority groups may feel discouraged to go to the polls. KLCC’s Elizabeth Gabriel sat down with LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, to discuss the importance of community members using their right to vote.

Starting the “Get Out the Vote” Bus Tour

Question: Can you talk about the “Get Out the Vote” bus tour and your efforts to increase the black vote?

Brown: Okay. So, you know, we are really a power building organization. We don’t say that we’re a voting organization. We’re a power building organization and what I mean by that is, many of the communities that we work with—they have really over the years—they’ve lost power. Some of them have lost control of their school board, their county commission. There’re all kinds of problems or issues in their community, and they should be engaged in that process. In the shaping of the policy that impacts them. And one way to do that is to get people engaged politically. To really use the power of the vote, so that people can actually get representative government and people that represent their interests in place.

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