What is Amplifying Voices?
Our newest initiative is all about amplifying today’s critical voices that are leading us toward a more equitable, sustainable and accessible world.
Currently, our efforts are focused on the US election, with its global implications. We are translating election materials for the most difficult states to vote in. Here is why we are doing this. We would very much appreciate your help!
Three Ways to Get Involved
1. Help translate and review videos
The first six states (below) are considered the most difficult to vote in during a pandemic. We need help with translation and/or review – click a state to get started (hint: first log into Amara, then click the ‘Add/Edit Subtitles’ button):
Additional videos available for translation:
Please note that the following non-English languages are prevalently spoken in these states, and are thus especially critical: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Serbo-Croatian, Tagalog, and Russian.
Check out these simple subtitling guidelines to create quality subtitles through collaboration, readability, and an audience-first focus.
2. Share translated videos within your language community.
Help us get this message out to ensure we amplify its impact! Below is a message for social media, email, and/or any other appropriate outlet:
- 🗳️ Voting in Mississippi, Missouri, or S. Carolina, Connecticut, Tennessee, or Texas (or know someone who is)? 🗳️ These states are considered the hardest to vote in, which is why we are translating information about voting. Please share this link!❤️ https://bit.ly/2Gw9v9G
3. Volunteer: Help us reach local voters!
Help us reach local voters whose first language is not English (by connecting with regional cultural organizations). Read on to find out how you can help!
Do you have:
- A belief that all voices should be equal, whether or not they speak the predominant local language?
- The ability to volunteer 8-10 hours per week, until Nov 3rd?
- Motivation, drive, and good personal organization skills?
- Do you have strong ties to any of the communities that speak the critical languages below*? (this last item is not required, but is a plus)
If yes, please apply and help Amplify Voices:
*Critical languages: The following languages are where we will focus most of our efforts in local outreach: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Serbo-Croatian, Tagalog, and Russian.
Updated: Oct 23 to add link to “How to Vote in Georgia”