Over a million of immigrant neighbors are not allowed to participate in the decision-making process that most affects their daily lives. In support for the restoration of voting rights for immigrants in New York City, Queens Community Housing produced a series of testimonial videos as part of their work with NY Coalition to Expand Voting Rights (NYCEVR). These stories bring forth New Yorkers who believe that when everyone can participate in the voting process, democracy will be better served and everyone will benefit.
NYCEVR is working to bring more New Yorkers into the local democratic process by restoring municipal voting rights for all documented residents in New York City. Legislation on the issue of municipal voting rights for legal residents was introduced to the New York City Council in November 2010, and their work now is to do community education around the city as momentum builds. These testimonials seek to inform viewers about the issue of non-citizen voting and start a conversation about the state of our democracy.
Individual testimonials are available on their Youtube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/ivotenyc.
For more information on NYCEVR, visit http://www.ivotenyc.org.