Riverland Native Voter Project

Mission

The Riverland Native Voter Project increases BIPOC political engagement in

Iowa and Nebraska through Indigenous leadership and a decolonial lens. 

Summary

Riverland Native Voter Project is Great Plains Action Society’s political engagement program that uplifts Indigenous ideologies to promote BIPOC perspectives on colonial-capitalism, the climate and white supremacy. Our goal is to increase BIPOC voter turnout in Iowa and Nebraska through culturally relevant campaigns and events that inspire involvement. We also strive to examine and discuss the many reasons why BIPOC folx do not want to vote or engage in this colonial system to better understand the distrust of a government that has disenfranchised our communities for hundreds of years. 

 

Our platform is geared toward frontline efforts led by BIPOC folx who have long fought for their land and lives against colonial-capitalist greed. These movements have the ability to inspire political engagement, get the frontlines to the polls and pass the legislation that is fought for in BIPOC communities.

Disrupt. Vote. Disrupt. T-Shirts

We have handed out hundreds of t-shirts at many of our voter information booth events and rallies we attend. If you would like one and in live in Sioux City, Iowa City or Des Moines, email contact@greatplainsaction.org to cordinate pickup.

OUR GOTV PROJECTS

PPE Voter Kits for In-Person Voting

We put together hundreds of kits and gave them away at our voter info booths and events we attend. The kits contain a mask, sanitizer, boxed water, poncho, notebook, KIND bar, pen, pencil, stickers and an ACLU Iowa Voting Rights Pamphlet that are held in a personalized Great Plains Action Society drawstring backpack that says "Infiltrate the System. Vote."

Voter Information Booths

Our voter information booths have become a regular feature at events in Sioux City, Des Moines and Iowa City. We have felon voting rights info, Iowa voting info, paper registration, a QR code for safe online registration, t-shirts and PPE voter kits and much more.

Voting Issue Yard Signs

Our yard and window signs on climate and racism are in yards and windows across Iowa City and Des Moines. #yourvotematters

Riverland Native Voter Zines

Riverland Native Voter zines offer voter education and encourage BIPOC voter registration.

Riverland Native Voter Zine Issue #1

Riverland Native Voter Webinar Interview Series

A series of webinars and interviews focused on BIPOC voter engagement in Iowa, Nebraska and the midwest.

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History

Iowa is a strategic political state because it is host to the first contest of the presidential primaries. It’s why, when given the opportunity to encourage BIPOC voting in this state we saw a great opportunity to empower our people’s voice. However, we believe in abolishing border imperialism and so instead of focusing on the colonial settler imposed state of Iowa we decided to base our voting initiative on an Ioway made map that depicts their own history between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. 

Partners

We have partnered with Vote Mob to amplify our efforts in BIPOC communities where voices are often left out of the conversation. With Vote Mob we have conducted interviews, published zines, provided voter guides, and organized registration events. Not to mention, some cool swag to offer as we approach the upcoming 2020 Presidential elections.

 

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