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Abortion rights advocates to hold get-out-the-vote event in St. Paul on Saturday

By: - October 27, 2022 7:00 am

Chasity Brown. Courtesy photo.

Abortion rights advocates had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court’s June Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade would finally persuade voters that the Republican pledge to ban abortion was real and now possible in all 50 states. 

But polling suggests the electorate is less focused on abortion rights in recent weeks, and in the process moving toward Republicans, as is to be expected in a midterm year with a Democrat in the White House. 

Now Minnesota abortion rights advocates are trying to recapture their summer momentum, holding a concert and get-out-the-vote and fundraising event at the former Sears parking lot near the Capitol on Saturday. 

The “Rise for Roe” event will include music and comedy performances by various artists.

Minneapolis singer-songwriter Chastity Brown will headline, Bad Bad Hats — who got their start at Macalester College in St. Paul in 2013 — will also perform, among other artists and comedians.

The event’s organizers are hoping to create a fun atmosphere while informing people that abortion rights are at stake in November, contrary to what Republican candidates are saying. 

“Abortion is on the ballot, and people need to realize that,” said Tara Erickson, a former lobbyist and an event organizer. “We want people to be energized about this and to realize that women’s rights are on the ballot in Minnesota.”

The event will also host physicians —including OBGYNs — who will provide facts about abortion and combat misinformation surrounding the procedure. Organizers are also handing out voter guides and information about registering and voting. 

The event is free, though the organizers are encouraging a donation, all of which will go towards abortion providers or advocacy groups.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. More information can be found at the event website or on its Facebook page.

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Michelle Griffith
Michelle Griffith

Michelle Griffith covers Minnesota politics and policy for the Reformer, with a focus on marginalized communities. Most recently she was a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead in North Dakota where she covered state and local government and Indigenous issues.