We’ve got some exciting news: the Feminist Majority Foundation has joined with Advocates for Youth and Planned Parenthood Generation to launch Youth ShowOUT, a collaborative effort to help young voters like you make an impact this November! The campaign will engage and mobilize young people across the country in dialogue and action around the issues that are at stake in the upcoming elections.
Young people have the power to sway elections. In 2012, 80 electoral votes depended on millenial voters, and young people elected Barack Obama president in 2008. Non-presidential elections, however, like this one, are just as important. We’re calling this campaign Youth ShowOUT because this November, young people across the country need to do more than just turn out to vote – they need to ShowOUT and make an impact! Let’s take charge of our power. Let’s educate our friends, register voters and participate in voter pledge drives, and volunteer!
There’s a lot at stake in November, especially for women. Birth control and abortion access, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and even ERA ratification will be on ballots across the nation. We know that young people, women, and people of color are disproportionately impacted by these issues, but often those voters have to overcome extraneous obstacles in order to play a part in the political process. That’s why it’s important that we all work together to increase awareness around the election of how voters can be heard at the polls, and it’s why we need to ShowOUT when elections roll around!
There will be a lot more to come in regards to Youth Show OUT, so follow us on Twitter and check in to the blog to stay posted! In the meantime, you can register and pledge to vote, sign up to become a Youth ShowOUT leader on your campus, and tweet about the campaign with #ShowOUT to be a part of the action!