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Positively Milwaukee: Rap songs became a tool to reach young voters during election season

Posted at 8:52 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 09:52:10-05

MILWAUKEE — Music as a message. Rap songs became a tool to reach young voters this election season.

Artist "Mudy" was one of the artists chosen to help target young voters with her music.

"It was really nice to be able to exude my passions in this way. "Hopefully, that sits well with someone else and inspires them to do what it inspired me to do which is get active."

November 3rd may be over, but the beat goes on for increasing political involvement. Wisconsin Conservation Voices will push to help underserved communities be heard. The group's overall mission is to protect the beautiful natural resources of Wisconsin, air, land, water, even public health. But all begins at the ballot box,

Richard Diaz is the Director of voter registration for Wisconsin Conservation Voices. He says one goal is to keep the enthusiasm alive.

"Conveniently, it is a presidential election year, but what I like to do is use the same kind of engagement tactics for local races...creating those trusted messengers that have people involved year-round in elections. Local races shape federal politics-- so get involved in school board races, call your aldermen, call your County Executive. Build relationships with these folks and build relationships with your neighbors and friends and family to get out to vote in all elections," Diaz said.

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Northwestern Mutual gave financial backing for the music project targeting young voters.

Diaz explains, "It's an innovative approach getting more people involved in the decisions that affect all of our lives. What I would like to see is people from all backgrounds from all walks of life work together on issues. No matter if you're Democrat or Republican."

Rap artist Mudy exclaims, '"It's very essential that we stay active and stay involved and stay informed and continue to pass down our knowledge, so it doesn't stop here. This isn't even the peak of it, we're just climbing. I want to make sure that people know, we still have a ways to go."

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