Voter mobilization is not easy in Metcalfe Park, a Black neighborhood in Milwaukee scarred by poverty, racism, disenfranchisement, and neglect.

“I don’t believe in voting,” one young Black woman told Melody McCurtis, who’s been going door-to-door to get out the vote. “The higher-ups, they’re going to pick the president. Our votes don’t count.”

McCurtis and her mother, Danell Cross, are community organizers with Metcalfe Park Community Bridges. Their tireless efforts to mobilize neighbors to overcome skepticism and other barriers to voting are captured in a new short film, “Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising.” The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a former initiative of the Institute for Policy Studies that is now independent, was among the film’s producers.

Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project and co-edits at the Institute for Policy Studies. Margot Rathke is an IPS Next Leader.

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