Category Archives: US

Model local government programs

https://youtu.be/Z0mveXd43xU

or go to YouTube and search “Gayle Kimball”

Two candidates and two professors discuss what city and state governments can do for their constitutents. Sonia Aery is a candidate for California State Assembly and Scott Huber is running for Chico City Council. LaDona Knigge is a Geography Professor and Craig Scarpelli is a Political Science Professor at California State University Chico. On September 13 we discussed model programs and priorities for government action, including housing and the environment.

“Resist! Goals and Tactics for Changemakers” provides more models and tactics; available for $10 on Amazon and other ebook platforms.

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US Youth Voter Registration up Since Never Again

“A new TargetSmart analysis of voter registration data in the 39 states with available data show that registration rates for voters aged 18-29 have significantly increased in key battleground states over the last seven months, presaging the increased impact youth voters may have on the upcoming midterm and presidential elections.

Using February 14, 2018, as a reference point ­­– the date on which the Parkland shooting happened, which spurred a youth-led movement to register young voters across the country — TargetSmart’s analysis found that the share of youth registrants nationwide has increased by 2.16 percent, a potentially impactful surge in youth enrollment. With more than a dozen states’ primaries still left and months until voter registration deadlines, the findings are an early quantitative sign that youth turnout is on the rise in this year’s midterm elections.

The state-by-state analysis shows that younger voters are poised to have an outsized impact in key battleground races. Pennsylvania – which has November elections for U.S. Senator, Governor, and many critical House races – saw youth voter registration surge by over 16 points after February 14, jumping from 45.2 percent to 61.4 percent of new registrants.

Other states with critical elections that may decide control of the U.S. Senate and House also showed large increases in youth registration, including Arizona (+8.2 point increase), Florida (+8), Virginia (+10.5), Indiana (+9.9), and New York (+10.7).

This spike in voter registration activity comes on the heels of the grassroots movement to address gun violence issues.

A recent poll by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, conducted in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., found that 64 percent of 18-29 year-olds favor common sense gun reforms.

TargetSmart’s analysis reviewed voter registration data in 40 states across the country, where the official voter rolls have been updated since February 14. In each state we calculated the share of new registrants age 29 or younger in the period before the Parkland shooting to the share in the same time period after the shooting. Because states release voter file updates on varied schedules, the time period varies from state to state, but the period for analysis within each state included a symmetrical period before and after February 14.”

https://targetsmart.com/analysis-after-parkland-shooting-youth-voter-registration-surges/

Teens organize Zero Hour environmental activist group

Zero Hour was organized in 2018 by teenagers led by Jamie Margolin, age 16, who lives in Washington.[i] She was inspired by the Women’s March of 2017 and by the Disney film Finding Nemo to be like the fish called Dory and just keep on without guidance about how to raise money and mobilize people. However, her group assembled a large coalition of support groups including the Sierra Club and 350.org. She said she has always thought of her future in “ifs” as in “if climate change hasn’t destroyed this…” Her tactic is to publicize the stories of people most affected by environmental problems such as the members of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation or the Marshall Islands. Like the Never Again student leaders in Florida, she is confident, predicting, “We’re going to change history.” Also like the Florida students, the team of organizers think of themselves as a family and don’t count on adults to take corrective action.

[i] http://thisiszerohour.org/who-we-are/

Young Black Women Running for Office

Road to Change Gun Control by Never Again Students

June 15: March For Our Lives: Road to Change. Starting in a Peace March in Chicago, the students bused to 20 states and 75 cities to “get young people educated, registered, and motivated to vote.” They pointed out that more than four million teens turned 18 in 2018 and Jaclyn Corin said in email, “We know there is no better way to bring about change than voting.” They described their effort as “a youth-led movement on a mission to elect morally-just leaders.” (The simultaneous Poor People’s Campaign also emphasizes the morality issue.) Tactically savvy, they partnered with Rock The Vote, Headcount, NAACP and Mi Familia Vota, They encouraged students to form intersectional activist clubs in their schools based on relationship building. They sponsored a petition that got hundreds of thousands of signatures, created merchandize to buy, and reached out to partner with gun violence prevention organizations.[i] “Price tags” calculated the amount of money that politicians accepted from the NRA, state by state, to be printed out and displayed. The campaign’s specific goals are to create “a searchable database for gun owners; funding the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence so that reform policies are backed up by data; and banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic assault rifles.”

[i] https://marchforourlives.com/sign/

https://marchforourlives.com/local-action/