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Call to action: Art piece in Benson helps citizens speak out

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 19:46:20-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Speaking out for the issues you believe in can sometimes feel difficult, but BFF Omaha has created an art piece in Benson to remind citizens that at the press of a few buttons, they can let their voices be heard.

The "Call to Action" phone booth is located on 62nd St outside the BFF headquarters.

The phone does not actually work, but the piece serves as both a reminder and a resource guide.

"But then we thought we would take it a step further and do like a civics 101 lesson. So you can learn about how our government works and who does what so you know who to contact with what issues you have," said Annie Butler, President of BFF Omaha.

There's a guide for the legislative process and some information about bills that will be coming up in Nebraska soon. Additionally, there’s a script on what you can say to some of those representatives when you do call them on the phone.

There's also information about the census, an overview of the James Scurlock case and a guide to knowing your rights while protesting. This information can be taken home or found online using the QR codes around the booth.

"I think for the younger generation, it is super intimidating. They feel like no one is listening to them so what does it matter. So we kind of just wanted to have the resources here for you. You can use them or also just use it as a reminder to do something and make your voice be heard," said Butler.

While the phone is not operational, BFF said they are looking for a sponsor to help design a system that will help those without a phone to use the booth to make calls to representatives.

And you may be seeing more of these booths pop up in other cities.

"I guess Raleigh, North Carolina, someone reached out to us to help them make it. I don't know how that will work, but we'd love to help,” said Butler.