Teen Vogue Summit: Recap and Call to Action!
Imagine walking into a space where you can be unapologetically you. The synergy and just pure passion of the teen vogue editors, activists, social influencers and change makers were amazing. The scene created a clear picture and that was, that we as individuals who care about our communities must protect it!
I can go on and on about how I was star struck at some moments and loved all the Instagramable back drops, decorated bags, and politically charged regalia. (Which was amazing). But that wasn't what this summit meant to me. The Summit meant giving my community the resources they need and deserve.
With the midterm elections around the corner (November precisely) we need our voices and concerns heard. The midterm election refers to a type of election where the people can elect their representatives in the middle of the term of the executive or of another set of members.This blog I want to be a resource. I'm in no way an expert in politics and you probably won't catch me being a political analyst on Rachel Maddow's show or in the press room of the White House. However, the time for sitting around and being a bystander to injustice I will not be a part of. But, I will be an informed citizen/ voter.
Rashad Robinson, the Executive Director of Color Of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization, said it best at the summit.
"Vote for Power! If your vote didn't matter they wouldn't try to suppress it". - Rashad Robinson
4 Easy Ways to vote in this year's midterm election
1. Register to Vote
In order to vote you need to be registered head to vote.org to register. If you can't vote in person you can view more information on absentee ballets, find your polling place, and set up reminders for future elections.
2. What's on the Ballot
In addition, to the people you are trying to vote to represent The next midterm election is due in 2018. Federal offices that are up for election during the midterms are members of the United States Congress, including all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and the full terms for 33 or 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. Knowing what legislation is on the ballot is important. To view a sample of your state's ballot head to ballotpedia.org . This resource will show you who will be on the ballot and if you click "Elections" and go to "Sample Ballot Lookup" and you can see
3. Where to Vote
Knowing your polling place can help you arrive on time and map out your journey or ride to your polling place. To find out your polling place you can also visit vote.org .
4. Go Vote
Once you know the date, you're registered, and have done your research on the ballot, go exercise your right to vote.
If you would like more resources to become an activist use these tools.
Text 'Vote' to 44939 to fight voter suppression with LetAmericaVote
Text 'Woke' to 225568 to fight injustice with Color of Change, that designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
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