No To Voter ID With Silence and Cheers

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Vote No against Voter Photo ID

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More than 300 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.

Attendees walked in somber 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 said his 84 year-old mother would not be allowed to vote because she was born in Mississippi and never had a birth certificate. He said, “It would almost be like putting her back into Jim Crow South.”


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 into the office complex in silence, carrying signs and again wearing the hundred-dollar-bill stickers.

Following several moments of silence, the crowd called on Wells Fargo to stop funding the agenda of the 1%, chanting, “you can buy politicians, you can buy lobbyists, but you cannot buy our voice!


As the demonstrators poured out into the street in front of Wells Fargo, two women were interviewed who voiced support of the amendment, “Because it seems like a good idea.”

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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