Today, on National Voter Registration Day, Eaux Claires Festival in partnership with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee is announcing For Wisconsin, a positive, action-based voting initiative with you/the people of Wisconsin. The people at Eaux Claires Festival are responding to a roaring impulse to take action, to get involved in this necessary final push for voting, joining neighbors together to make sure your voice is heard and your vote is counted. We are both leaning in to our creative community and out to you, the people of Wisconsin, to create impassioned moments together that emanate our genuine concern for the place we call home. Over the next few short weeks, For Wisconsin will be sharing images, songs, conversations, surprise moments, a crazy broken down and built back up van (!), secret “visits” – some online and some in person – each individual moment will be created For Wisconsin.
We chose that word ‘visit’ on purpose. As in shoot the breeze. Swap stories. This won’t be a one-way conversation. This isn’t about dropping in and telling you how to think. Or assuming we know what you think. Rather it’s about how to keep our neighbors in the conversation. How to visit together even if we can’t get together. How to lock in your vote EARLY. How to make sure your vote counts.
For Wisconsin has also announced the first in a series of “A Visit with Vernon” contests. The first event will take place in Eau Claire County. Competition instructions are now available on our website and social media platforms. The next location will be announced on Monday 28th September.
We will invite the public to nominate someone close to them who’s on the fence about voting and why we should select you and this person for this unique experience. The most compelling submission will be selected and both people (nominee and nominated) will be brought to a secret meeting with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, Big Red Machine – and co-founder of Eaux Claires Festival). Justin wants to visit about voting, not to debate, not to preach, just to visit. He might play a tune, or sing a song but mostly he just wants to talk thoughtfully about voting.
Visit eauxclaires.com for entry information.
“I try not to judge people,” Vernon says. “The temperature of our society has us divided. We all want different things, so that makes sense in one way, but in another, I feel we are unduly divided. We ALL need to listen more. And the best way we can communicate with each other on this largest scale is VOTE. The campaign I am participating in, For Wisconsin, is a non-partisan drive for voting and a plea to listen. That means ALL of us listening to ALL of us.