Voting Rights Act: Past, Present and Future

100 years ago, a select and elite group of women earned the right to vote. At this time not all women were able to cast a ballot. People of color, especially women of color, weren’t allowed to vote until over 40 years after the 19th Amendment was passed. And it wasn’t until the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 that underrepresented groups finally saw a path to voting safely. 

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How to land your dream internship

Internships are a great way to advance your career path. The experiences you have in an internship can show you what you enjoy doing and you’ll learn so much along the way. But first, you have to find your dream internship. 

Finding your dream internship can seem like an overwhelming process. You have to know what type of internship you’re looking for, fill out the application properly so you can stand out in a sea of applicants and do rounds of interviews. Here are some tips to help you secure an internship that might just change your life.

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Resources for interning with an elected official

Interning with an elected official can show you the ins and outs of having a career in politics, help you build your network and open the door to future opportunities. Below are some resources for interning with an elected official, within Congress or within State Legislature. 

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Join the IGNITE the Vote Campus Challenge

Is your campus ready to IGNITE the Vote this year? In the spirit of friendly competition, we are hosting a national campus challenge to register and turn out as many college voters in November.

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Activism 101

As more issues capture national attention, you may be asking yourself how do you get involved? Many folks tend to think of protest as being a primary form of activism, but activism exists in so many different forms! Everyone has different strengths, so take on a form of activism that works best for you.

Don’t feel the need to compare yourself to someone else! You don’t need to be the next Greta Thunberg, Marley Davis, or Emma Gonzales to advocate for important issues! We all bring strengths to the table, and we definitely need everyone with different experiences to bring new ideas and opinions. Here are four ways you can become an activist today. 

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Campaigning during the final 100 days

The 2020 general election is just around the corner! There are so many positions at stake beyond the presidency, including House and Senate seats, city council, school boards and much more. Around America, candidates are pouring time and resources into their campaigns to earn your vote. Whether you’re a candidate on your first campaign or just curious about the 100 day countdown campaign hustle, here’s a look at key activities in the home stretch. 

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3 ways your vote is powerful

Your vote is your voice, so get out to vote and make your voice heard! 

When we think about voting, most of us probably think about voting for president. But there are so many more positions! When you look at your ballot on election day, you’ll see local candidates and proposed legislation with local impacts. Local elected officials make decisions that affect your everyday life in a way the president doesn’t. They make decisions about minimum wage, healthcare, police funding and much more. Voting is your chance to decide on the quality of life for you and your community. Seize this opportunity to take charge of your future. 

Here are three ways your vote can be used to make powerful changes in your community.

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What to do if you can't vote but want to make a difference

You may be unable to vote in the November election, but that doesn't mean you can't make a difference! IGNITE has five easy ways for you to get civically engaged and mobilize your peers to turn out the vote.

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4 ways to take action for 4th of July

Everyone has political power, and it’s time to flex it! This 4th of July, own your political power by taking action to make a difference in your community. Here are some ways you can get involved and shape the future for yourself and others.  

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Fellow Spotlight: Jeneisha Harris

Activist and organizer Jeneisha Harris is no stranger to being a leader in her community. During her time at the Equity Alliance, the founders of the organization recommended that she apply to the IGNITE Fellowship. Seeing it as a chance to develop her leadership skills and work with other young women, Jeneisha applied and became the first Nashville Fellow. The position quickly developed into a Tennessee Fellowship, as she mobilized women from across the state. “I was especially motivated by the lack of political engagement I saw in those cities and I wanted to be part of the process to help others get involved,” she shares. 

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