By Dylan Deprey
Don’t Blow It Milwaukee. It’s a bold statement, with a simple message, “You better vote!”
Ray Nitti, local rapper and artist, along with Dr. Biko Baker created the social media campaign as a launch pad for other talent, creators, activists and influencers in the city. He said while they interacted with their fan base and followers online, “Don’t Blow It Milwaukee” was an easy, in-your-face reminder to vote.
“This could be a historic moment for Milwaukee County and the races that we have people running in,” Ray Nitti said.
Along with the Presidential primary, Milwaukee’s Mayoral and County Executive races are just a few of the city and county battles on the ballot.
He said that people needed to check out candidates and the local elections because for those that wanted their voice heard, the clock was ticking.
(Check out your sample ballot at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot)
“We could really have a legit influence in the next decade of what the political landscape could look like for the City of Milwaukee,” Ray Nitti said.
Like the rest of the world, Don’t Blow It Milwaukee has adapted its message to dealing during the Coronavirus. He applauded those that were hunkering down and taking recommended precautions during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“The community has a responsibility for two things: 1) To not panic because if we all do what we’re supposed to, this too shall pass, and 2) when it passes, we need to continue on with everything. There’s people that want to change Milwaukee, and there’s some that want it to stay the same, so we cannot blow it, and deal with this adversity that we’re going through,” Ray Nitti said.
While there has been uncertainty and anxiety during mid-election season pandemic, “Don’t Blow It Milwaukee” has been a reminder to be a kind person while doing one’s civic duty.
“Stay strong, lean on each other while practicing social distancing, and take a deep breath and just apply for an absentee ballot,” he said. “We have an opportunity to change the layout of what Milwaukee can be for the next decade and possibly beyond.”
The date for an Absentee Ballot has been extended until March 30th. Visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee for more information.