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Trick or treat for democracy

By awoodall
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 5:16 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl.

“This Halloween: Trick-or-Vote for Democracy:” Young and old dressed in costumes will be knocking on doors in Oakland as part of the nation’s largest non-partisan get-out-the-vote canvass.
WHEN: October 31. The event starts at 4:30pm at East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Boulevard in Oakland.  DOORKNOCKING will go from 5:00-7:00pm.  Youth and volunteers will be passing out voter guides on Propositions 4, 6, 8 and 9.  SPOOKY HALLOWEEN PARTY will go from 7:00-9:00pm at East Side Arts Alliance to debrief the experience and celebrate.

Costumed youth and volunteers will do Halloween a bit differently this year—knocking for democracy instead of candy.  While ghouls and goblins roam the streets, volunteers in cities and campuses throughout the country will distribute voter guides and vote reminders in what will be the nation’s largest non-partisan get-out-the-vote canvass.  For the first time in Oakland, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice and the East Side Arts Alliance are preparing residents to participate in the national Trick or Vote event.  According to ACRJ Youth Organizer, Amanda Wake, “When we first started educating about issues like Proposition 4, 6, 8 and 9, many youth asked what they could do to inform others of these dangerous propositions.  Trick or Vote is the perfect opportunity.”  ACRJ High School Youth Leader, Celia Yu agrees, “Even though I can’t vote this year, I still want to talk with my neighbors about the issues I care about, especially Proposition 4.  Plus, my friends and I were planning to go trick-or-treating anyways, so this seems like the perfect mix of everything we want to do.”  East Side Staff Member Susanne Takehara adds, “Eastside Arts Alliance has been a center of the community for years and we are excited to play a role in bringing together community members this Halloween and mobilize for this historic election.” About Trick or Vote: Created in 2004, Trick or Vote is going nationwide this year with an expected 5,000 volunteers to knock on over 100,000 doors. “What’s the one day of the year we culturally are ready for a knock on the door?” explains Trick or Vote National Coordinator, Alex Aronson. “Halloween conveniently falls a few days before the election every year. You may be too old to trick-or-treat, but you’re never too old to trick-or-vote.”

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