Meet The Panelists For Our Community Forum On August 6

Friday, August 3, 2012

With less than 100 days until the election, Congressman Keith Ellison is holding a community forum so Minnesotans can get the facts about the photo ID amendment's dangerous consequences and learn how they can take action to defeat it.

The community forum is taking place on Monday, August 6 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, which is located at 4330 S Cedar Lake Road in St. Louis Park. Click here to sign up.

We have a limited number of seats left so RSVP right now to make sure you can join Congressman Ellison for this important event.

After you've signed up, take a moment to read more about our panelists:

Representative Steve Simon

Representative Steve Simon was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 2004. He currently serves as Assistant Minority Leader and is running for re-election to represent House District 46B (formerly 44A) which includes the cities of St. Louis Park and Hopkins.

Rep. Simon has also served our state as a Minnesota Assistant Attorney General. He is an attorney in private practice, representing individuals and businesses and has been named a “Rising Star” four times by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

Rep. Simon has always been a strong voice for working families in our state. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

 

Dr. Josie Johnson

Dr. Josie Johnson has played an active role in the civil rights movement since her teenage years, when she and her father gathered signatures on an anti-poll tax petition in her hometown of Houston, TX.

In the early 1960s, Dr. Johnson lobbied professionally for passage of bills concerning such issues as fair housing and employment opportunities. In 1964, she traveled from Minneapolis to Mississippi with an integrated group of women to witness and report on the Civil Rights struggle there.

Dr. Johnson is well known as a champion for equality and civil rights for all. She earned a B.A. in Sociology at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and an M.A. and Ed.D at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Source: African American Registry

Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He studies Political Science and is graduating after the upcoming Fall semester.

Earlier this year, Alex testified before the Minnesota House of Representatives Government Operations and Elections Committee in opposition to photo ID. He also facilitated training workshops to defeat the amendment and spoke out against photo ID in a radio ad.

Before his time at the University of Minnesota, Alex spent three years in the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout. He was deployed to Baghdad from December 2007 to February 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He cites witnessing the 2009 Iraqi Provincial Elections in Baghdad as a transformative experience in his understanding of the importance of democracy and voting rights as essential freedoms, here and abroad.

Mai Thor

Mai Thor has been advocating for voting rights in the disability community for many years.

She got her start at the Minnesota Disability Law Center doing outreach and organizing throughout the state. Mai helped educate people with disabilities about their voting rights to make sure elections and polling places were accessible for all voters.

Mai currently works on Congressman Keith Ellison’s re-election campaign as a community organizer. She holds a Master' Degree from Metropolitan State University in Nonprofit and Public Administration.

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