Do you know someone who’s on the fence about voting? Someone who hasn’t registered to vote, and maybe won’t? Justin Vernon would like to visit with them. Not to debate, not to preach, just to visit. Justin might play a tune, or sing a song, but mostly he just wants to talk thoughtfully about why voting matters.
We need you to nominate someone you know — someone not sure they’re going to vote — to have this talk with Justin. The visit will take place privately, at a secret location in the winner’s home county. It will be filmed for broadcast later. And if the person you nominate is chosen? You get to come along.
We’re excited to share this opportunity for residents in Milwaukee county this week, with additional county-based opportunities coming up over the next three weeks.
“I was partway through writing this song about growing up in VT when the recent surge of BLM protests happened and I realized it might be some kind of white nostalgia song, a ‘cliche on the radio’. I saw this video where Janaya Future Khan talked about how a lot of white folks have the lived experience of growing up essentially un-policed, and that was definitely my experience. A lot of freedom to make mistakes under the eyes of loving adults, even ones in uniform. VT and WI both have a lot of rural white counties, and I guess this song is me wrestling with the fact that my own experience growing up was so real to me, but it was not shared by a lot of Black kids who were not given second or even first chances. Let’s vote for a world in which every kid is treated as ‘one of our own’.”