On April 20, millions of students across the nation walked out of their classrooms to demand safer schools and communities. And YVote and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) partners were right there with them.
Representing communities from across Southern/Northern California and the Central Valley, YVote/MIV partner organizations mounted a movement to make their voices heard in the streets and in the voting booth on issues that matter to them.
Together, these courageous young leaders:
We are excited to stand with them as they continue to advance their political power from the streets to the polls in 2018 and beyond.
The tragedy in Parkland has also renewed a national conversation about school safety with many people calling for even further “toughening” of our school safety plans.
We know what that means for young people and families of color. After the Columbine massacre almost two decades ago, we saw a major push for zero tolerance in schools, militarization of our campuses and criminalization of our students. These actions not only failed to keep guns out of schools but fell most heavily on young people and communities of color.
This moment provides a pivotal opportunity for youth leaders, organizers, and advocates to frame the debate around violence in our schools and communities to ensure that the same solutions that followed Columbine are not replicated.
To do this we must act swiftly and lead the conversation about genuine school safety and lift up the voices of young people of color and communities that are most deeply impacted.
We offer the following ways to talk about gun violence and school safety to uplift racial justice: Messaging_ Gun & School Safety
Leaders in the New Majority Fellowship have been working hard all year leading campaigns in their communities to mobilize young, immigrant and refugee voters. Members of the inaugural class have been running voter registration drives at high school and college campuses, running nightly phone banks to get engage voters and texting young voters about issues that matter to them.
Early this month, they gathered for food and fellowship with local community officials. This diverse group of up and coming electoral organizers participated in a panel discussion with local officials including Lian Chien, Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action; Monica Garcia, LAUSD Board Member and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Councilmember, 8th District. They shared details about their path to service and insights on how young people can work to bring about wide scale change in California.
We’re excited to watch this group of ambitious young organizers harness their collective power in the days and months ahead as they strive to #BuildACali4All.
Organizers from over 20 YVote member organizations gathered in full force to celebrate major milestones achieved in 2017.
Over the past year, this diverse group of leaders members engaged and mobilized thousands of young people in more than 160 high school and community events across California. Together, these young, audacious leaders registered more than 18,000 voters; ignited more than 19,000 millennials to declare their intent to support policy reforms on issues from ranging from health care to taxes; and gauged more than 1,200 youths voters about their attitudes and opinions on the issues that impact communities of color in every corner of California.
Emboldened by shared purpose and responsibility, this fiery group of young leaders also developed an ambitious plan to mobilize and move young voters to the polls in 2018. We celebrate the strength and unity of these audacious organizers and their commitment to build a California that works for all of its citizens.
Over the last two months, YVote members have registered over 9,000 new and young voters in communities across California.
At high schools, on college campuses and in neighborhoods, young people have been registering thousands of young voters from Torrence to San Diego, Fresno to the Inland Empire, Richmond to Compton, Long Beach to San Jose, Los Angeles to Oakland. We want to give a big shout out to our YVote partners who are building the power of young voters to color for a safe and just
We are excited to announce the launch of our “New Majority Fellowship” — a new statewide program training the next generation of progressive community leaders in electoral organizing.
The New Majority Fellowship, a joint project with Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, is a 17-month internship program that trains young people in electoral organizing to build power and create lasting change in their communities. Fellows receive hands-on experience running electoral campaigns to engage and mobilize their peers on issues that they care about.
In August, Yvote and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote brought together over 70 organizers from 30 organizations across California for two 3-day Electoral Organizing Trainings. The boot camps trained young people color, immigrants and refugee organizers in how to run voter engagement campaigns in their communities to build power and transform the electoral landscape in California. You can see picture from the bootcamp on our Facebook page.