Causes That Could Lose If MN Voter Restriction Amendment Passes

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Click on Photo to Hear How Voter Restriction Amendment Passage Would Adversely Affect Food Policy and Labor Rights

Click on Photo to Hear How Voter Restriction Amendment Passage Would Adversely Affect Food Policy and Labor Rights

“You think you got problems now,” Congressman Keith Ellison warned nutrition and food policy advocates at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s “Food + Justice = Democracy” conference last week in Minneapolis. “I guarantee you that if they pass this (Voter Restriction Constitutional Amendment), food policy will look worse than it looks now. Cuts to nutrition programs will accelerate. Tax cuts to the wealthiest will expand. Food support, urban farming, anything they can do to redistribute money to the people who need it the least will accelerate.”

“I was telling people in labor, ‘You will absolutely see ‘Right to work’ (for less) introduced into the state legislation.'”

But Ellison also highlighted that popular support for the Voter Photo ID amendment on next month’s ballot has plummeted from 78 percent to 52 percent, according to mid-September poll by the Star Tribune.

“Some of us believed that if we continued to have conversations (about Voter Restriction), then those numbers wouldn’t sustain themselves, and we were right.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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