Michigan Voices




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Voter Mobilization

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Michigan Voices is a left-leaning voter mobilization group that coordinates the efforts of other left-leaning activist groups in Michigan. The group is part of the nationwide coalition State Voices, which organizes state-based political advocacy groups. 1 It works with organizations such as the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. 2


Michigan Voices coordinates and supports the work of left-progressive Michigan-based political advocacy groups, including groups that focus on abortion, the environment, social issues, economics, voting, immigration, housing and education. It refers to these groups as “table partners.” 3

One of these organizations is the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, 4 a civil rights organization that focuses on criminal justice, education, voting, and other issues relating to black and other racial minorities. 5 Michigan Voices also works with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan — the state affiliate associated with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund — to further pro-abortion political action. 6 Another organization that is a Michigan Voices’ table partner is the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. It is a non-profit political advocacy organization that was established in 1959 as the Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. 7

Because Michigan Voices has gross receipts of less than $50,000 annually, it does not file a Form 990 with the IRS. 8


Sommer Foster is the co-executive director and chief operating officer of Michigan Voices. 9 She was elected to the Canton Township Board Trustees, worked for For Our Future Action Fund, was the director of policy and outreach at Equality Michigan, and was elected to the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees as vice-chair. She is the chair and founding member of the Beloved Community Plymouth Canton, a left-leaning group that works to mobilize political and civic engagement among ethnic and racial minorities. Foster also worked for U.S. Rep. David Curson (D-MI), state Rep. Dian Slavens (D-Canton Township), and interned for Obama for America. 10

Tameka Ramsey is the co-executive director and CEO of Michigan Voices. Tameka worked as the interim director of Michigan Voices before becoming co-director of the organization. Prior to Michigan Voices, Tameka co-founded left-progressive social policy organization Pontiac Policy Council. 11


  1. “Michigan.” Voices For Power. Accessed September 22, 2020.
  2. “TABLE PARTNERS.” Mivoices. Accessed September 17, 2021.
  3. “TABLE PARTNERS.” Mivoices. Accessed September 17, 2021.
  4. “TABLE PARTNERS.” Mivoices. Accessed September 17, 2021.
  5. “Advocacy — Detroit Branch NAACP.” Detroit Branch NAACP. Accessed September 17, 2021.
  6. “About Us | Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.” Plannedparenthoodmi. Accessed September 17, 2021.
  7. “ACLU of Michigan Foundation.” Charity Navigator – Your Guide To Intelligent Giving. Last modified August 2, 2021.
  8. Michigan Voices. Accessed September 28, 2021.,%20DETERMINATIONLETTERS,%20EPOSTCARD&orgTags=CHARITIES&orgTags=DETERMINATIONLETTERS&orgTags=EPOSTCARD
  9. “Michigan Voice: Doing the Work Mid-Year Newsletter.” Michigan Voice. Last modified October 2020.
  10. “Sommer Foster Joins Michigan Voices to Build BIPOC Political Power.” State Voices. Last modified October 22, 2020.
  11. “Michigan Voice: Doing the Work Mid-Year Newsletter.” Michigan Voice. Last modified October 2020.

Associated Organizations

  1. State Voices (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: August 1, 2018

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    Michigan Voices

    2727 2ND AVE STE 109
    DETROIT, MI 48201-2658