Operation Black Vote by Saatchi & Saatchi
Operation Black Vote Campaign By Saatchi & Saatchi
New campaign aims to encourage voter registration by ethnic minorities
16 April 2021
A new 60 second film and social media campaign urges underrepresented communities and ethnic minorities to register to vote by 19th April. Operation Black Vote (OBV) has released a hard-hitting awareness campaign, created by Saatchi & Saatchi, as part of an urgent appeal to encourage underrepresented communities to register to vote.
In the UK, the 6th May sees the first major vote since George Floyd’s murder nearly one year ago. However, ethnic minorities still show worryingly low levels of registration compared to the national average. Black and Asian and ethnic minority non-voter registration is at 24 percent, compared to 6 percent in white communities.
If people aren’t registered by Monday 19th April, they will not be able to vote.
The campaign focuses on the importance of registering to vote and delivers a stark message. By not exercising a power to vote, the 200,000 people that attended mass rallies, the 135 arrests, and the on-going campaign to tackle racial injustice, can be seen as ‘all for nothing’.
Lord Woolley, the founder and director of OBV, is actively pushing for greater voter registration in the under-represented community. As part of his ongoing activity in this space, Saatchi & Saatchi developed the “All for nothing” campaign to drive awareness and help support the movement. The campaign is urging underrepresented people, not just Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, but also young people too, not to underestimate the power of their vote to help create real change.
Saatchi & Saatchi is also building conversations and awareness through Clubhouse, and across various podcasts.
Lord Woolley said about the campaign: “Voting absolutely makes a difference. Look no further than what occurred last November in the US. The voters voted for an end to racial division, and for racial equality for all communities. We’ve seen people here protest for change. The most radical political act you can do, is to register to vote, use your voice, and vote.
“The crucial way we can create the change we desperately want to see, is through voting. It is a small individual action, that can have a huge collective impact.”
The aim of the campaign is to showcase how elections have the potential to impact everything - from healthcare to law enforcement to social services to education. All of these issues can be transformed, for better or worse, through political power.
Sarah Jenkins, managing director at Saatchi & Saatchi said: “We cannot let last year’s progress stall, nor underestimate how small but consistent and collective actions, like voting, have the power to transform society. The agency was already on its diversity journey but since the killing of George Floyd we’ve had eight months of accelerated education, engagement and brutally honest conversations as we looked at how we could be better anti-racists in a changing world. Our industry has the power to create change on a societal level. The revolution has many lanes. The only wrong thing to do, is to do nothing.”
Guillermo Vega, CCO at Saatchi & Saatchi, added: “It’s been so important that we have again been able to point our energy and creativity at such an important topic. Operation Black Vote is at the heart of galvanising an underrepresented community to take action and use their voices through voting and we are proud to support them in any way we can. As an industry we have a lot to do when it comes to diversity, but there is nothing stopping us all putting our collective creative minds to addressing this issue, and creating the change we need to see in society.”
Saatchi & Saatchi partnered with Prodigious on the production of the campaign.
OBV is a not for profit, non-party political organisation focussed on voter registration and getting the vote out, political mentoring and nurturing leadership. Its foundations are based on the four pillars of education, participation, representation and equality promotion.
OBV Founder: Lord Woolley
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi London
Global President, Saatchi & Saatchi: Magnus Djaba
Managing Director: Sarah Jenkins
Account Lead: Rania Kouros
CCO: Guillermo Vega
ECD: Dan Treichel
Creative Directors: Jon Farley, Alex Lucas
Creatives: Emily Downing, Olivia Weston
CSO: Richard Huntington
Planning Partner: Rui Ferreira
Designers: Kerry Roper, Emmet O’Shea
Agency producers: Rebecca Williams, Adam Walker, Hedda Asmussen
Production company: Prodigious
Post producers: Jesús Rubio & Jon Murray
Film editor: Javid Durrani
Picture Researcher: Marc Swadel
Colour grade: Matty Lee-Redman
AFX artists: Oliver Durant, Lizzy Rowlatt
Flame artists: Paul Dixon, Jack Kennedy
Audio mix: Josh Campbell at Factory
Music by Philip Kay at KOM (Kay-Oskwarek Music)
Music supervision: James Radford
VO: Osy Ikhile c/o London Voice Boutique
Public Relations: MSL
MSL CEO: Chris McCafferty
MSL Managing Director: Jo Grierson
MSL Creative: Kim Allain