5 ways to be politically engaged as a college student

It’s that time of the year again—back to school season. Whether you’ve started your new semester already or are starting soon, you might be searching for new ways to be engaged outside of the “virtual” classroom, both politically and civically. Here are five ways to be politically involved during college, even if your semester is virtual. 

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Advocating for the CROWN Act in Ohio

While this year IGNITE will nationally advocate for the CROWN act to pass Congress, Ohio is so excited to work on passing this piece of legislation at the state level.

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Meet the women nominated to Biden’s Cabinet

As Inauguration Day is just a day away, President Joe Biden has nominated all the members to his Cabinet. A record number of female members will hold positions in the Cabinet based on the nominations so far. President Biden has nominated a diverse White House team, reflecting one of the cornerstones of the American foundation—diversity and inclusion. Biden has announced five female nominees in his Cabinet and multiple female members in other cabinet-level positions, which sum up to be the highest number of female nominees in the president’s Cabinet historically.  

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The ABCs of Executive Office

As President-Elect Biden nominates people to numerous positions, you might be wondering what those positions even mean. With Inauguration Day fast approaching, you’ll probably be hearing more about Press Secretaries and Senior Advisors. Keep reading to learn more about what these White House positions and offices are responsible for. 

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A Call for Tampon Education: Support Georgia HB 54

As the 2021- 2022 Georgia legislative session begins, there still lacks a comprehensive reproductive education within our state’s public school system. Local advocates and state lawmakers such as Representative Debra Bazemore are prioritizing young menstruators’ health by calling for tampon education.

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The Black organizers who mobilized a record number of Georgia voters

Everyone’s attention has been on Georgia this past week as people awaited the results of the Senate runoff elections. During the 2020 election, Georgia became a key battleground state, with Gen Z voters and Black voters turning out to vote in record numbers. However, the record voter turnout during both the general election and special election wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the joint efforts of grassroots organizers, fundraisers and activists who reached out to hundreds of thousands of voters through phone banking, text banking, and canvassing amidst the global pandemic. 

From helping new voters who just turned 18 after the 2020 general election to register to encouraging voters to vote as early as possible, the following Black organizers played a remarkable role in helping to increase voter turnout in the state of Georgia:

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Local Politics 101: The Role of a Governor

Politics starts at the local level. In this series on our blog, we’re taking an in-depth look at local elected offices. As much as our lives are influenced by the legislators in Washington, our lives are significantly impacted by local elected officials, such as governors. Learn more about what a governor is, what a governor does, and how you can become one.

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The Importance of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

This year began with all eyes on the state of Georgia. Georgia’s Senate runoff election captivated the nation as two democratic candidates challenged Georgia’s long-standing Republican control of Senate seats. Rev. Raphael Warnock will make history as he becomes Georgia’s first Black senator and the first Black Democrat to represent a southern state in the Senate. Georgia has one of the largest populations of Black individuals in the country, yet like many states around the country, it severely lacks Black political representation. This lack of representation of people of color is a direct result of voter suppression. 

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The Senate must pass The CROWN Act to end hair discrimination

In 43 states, it is still not illegal to discriminate against a person in the workplace or in schools because of their hairstyle. This discrimination is a source of racial injustice with serious economic consequences for Black people, especially Black women. How do we end this? By passing The CROWN Act.

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National Trivia Day: Women in Politics

Today is National Trivia Day! How much do you know about women in politics throughout history? Test your knowledge with these questions below! 

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