October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
BIYoC Civic Power Outages – Civic Influencers™ Town Hall
Civic Influencers is announcing a significant angel investor and major new corporate partnership in our data driven strategy. Together we will strengthen the whole youth voting community; center racial equity and justice in the advance of next month’s state elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and the 2022 midterm elections and build momentum to future state and presidential elections. Our increased investment allows Civic Influencers’s data analytics laser focused to combat voter suppression targeting young people on and off campuses. For the first time we will empower young people both on and off campus, bringing special attention to the Organizing, Advocacy and Learning needs of young people, particularly Black, Indigenous and Youth of Color (BIYoC) populations. Civic Influencers is also mobilizing a diverse group of funded 600+ youth Civic Influencers across the country.
Right now, lawmakers are taking steps to limit the access and opportunity for young people to exercise their voting rights. Currently, over 425 voting bills have been introduced in 49 states, 33 of which have already been signed into law. These laws often target BIYoC populations through gerrymandering predominantly Black colleges, banning polling sites and prohibiting voter registration on campuses and rejecting student IDs as voter IDs. The intent is to discourage BIYoC voters because of the role young people played in important elections in 2020 and in January 2021. How young people, particularly young people of color overcome these barriers will have a massive impact on the state elections this November and the 2022 midterm elections. Civic Influencers provides a solution. The organization/ network is working with campus leaders on data-driven campaigns to help young people hold onto their civic power and fully exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote.
They are fighting these efforts, using data-driven interventions and young people on the ground, to help young people hold onto their civic power and confront the horrifying movement of voter suppression bills across the US.