June 2018 News from IGNITE

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“Descended into Madness”: Our Mass Incarceration System and How Young People are Going to Fix It

This op-ed piece was first published by the ACLU of Washington as part of their 2018 Youth Essay Contest. The author, IGNITE participant Gracie Anderson, was one of the 2018 winners and gave us permission to republish it here. 

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Political parity in 2018: Have we set ourselves up for disappointment?

It’s only been 18 months since the historic 2016 election yet the seismic cultural and political changes around women’s issues have never been bigger and frankly more surprising: two historic women’s marches; young women leading national activism against gun violence; #MeToo and the toppling of an ever-growing cast of prominent men across myriad industries and sectors. And my personal favorite: more women running for office than ever before. At IGNITE we are thrilled about this wave of female candidates, but I’m worried that the narrative about women and political power in 2018 may set us up for some serious disappointment if we don’t win big at the federal level.

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Ask me anything: IGNITE Fellowship 411

Are you a politically ambitious young woman who is ready to deepen your expertise, expand your networks and activate other young women to step into leadership? If so, the IGNITE fellowship is for you! Our 2017-2018 fellows answer your questions about the fellowship program in this "Ask me anything" article. 

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Alumni News: May 2018

I'm super energized by this political moment, and I hope you are too! That's why this summer I'm channeling my energy into making sure our voices are heard.

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April 2018 News from IGNITE

A note from IGNITE's Founder & President:

If I were 18, I’d be ten times more enraged by “politics as usual” than I already am. Our elected officials are failing future generations through inaction.

Enough is enough. At IGNITE we have long known investing in young women is essential. We must harness their activism and empower them to run.

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Alumni Op-Ed: Stop Criminalizing the Homeless

As the weather gets colder, many in Dallas look forward to creating warm winter memories. While we decide whether to sit by the fire drinking cider or snuggle under blankets with a good book, the more than 1,200 homeless youth in Dallas face far less jovial choices. Their daily decisions may include: picking between breaking into abandoned buildings and risking legal consequences or sleeping on the streets and putting their physical safety at risk, deciding to use the DART with no ticket and facing a fine or missing the job interview they have lined up, and going without food for another night or engaging in survival sex.

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Alumni News: March 2018

A note from the Alumni Network Manager: In 2013, I interned with IGNITE as an undergraduate at SMU and began to understand the positive impact I could make in my community as a civic leader. Thanks to IGNITE’s training, I now serve on my city’s Library Board and Charter Review Commission, serve as an elected precinct chair in Dallas County and plan to run for office in 2020.

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Young women are going to save America

I am in awe of the heroes who have emerged from the Parkland massacre. While our country is literally crippled by partisan stasis - unable to do anything but offer empty prayers and platitudes - young people like Emma Gonzalez have emerged as the leaders this country needs, impatient and demanding policy action.

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IGNITE women rebuild communities

unnamed.jpgBeing civically engaged means much more than serving in elected office. At IGNITE, it means rolling up your sleeves to tackle pressing community issues.

For Veterans Day 2017, IGNITE college students and staff volunteered in Houston to help families rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. IGNITE teamed up with Good Samaritan, an organization at the heart of disaster relief. Good Samaritan provided the tools, guidance, and coordination. We just had to bring gloves, goggles, masks, lunch and plenty of elbow grease.

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