Artists Band Together has launched in support of nonpartisan voter registration organizations, ahead of the upcoming US election deadlines. In order to “Get Out the Vote,” the artists have created special bandana designs to be sold in two exclusive drops—the first launching yesterday, and the second on September 1. Including names like Marilyn Minter, Hank Willis Thomas, Juliana Huxtable, Alex Israel, Christine Sun Kim, and Xavier Schipani, the sale of the bandanas will donate all proceeds to the youth- and student-led voter registration groups Mijente, Rise, and Woke Vote.
“What unites artists and organizers is using our creativity to make the world a better place. That is why we are so proud to have the support of Artists Band Together as we build a movement of young people organizing to make sure everyone can exercise their right to vote in November,” said Max Lubin, Co-Founder & CEO of Rise.
All of the 15 participating artists have designed an original pattern that aims to raise awareness among youth and minority voters. The bandana was chosen for its traditional symbolism of unity.
“At Mijente we believe in uplifting young Latinx members of the community and helping to build their leadership capacity. Through our voter engagement work in the South we are building a network of young members who are content creators, digital storytellers, and organizers to better each young Latinx people,” said Marisa Franco, Mijente Executive Director.
Launched in partnership with eBay for Charity, the initiative chose the bandana for its symbolism throughout history as an emblem of activism, rebellion, and freedom.
“This generation is full of dreamers, storytellers, and truth seekers – we also need them to be voters. We are excited to stand with Mijente, Rise, and other groups to ensure as many young people as possible use their voice this November!” said DeJuana Thompson, Woke Vote Founder & Chief Believer.