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Be the Change You Want to See: Join #BarackTalk

Posted January 24, 2012 | 01/24/12 02:11 PM ET

Tuned out. Impatient. Apathetic.

When the mainstream media describes the millennial generation, they still use these adjectives. From Bill Maher to Jim Stossel, America's talking heads seem convinced that the nation's youngest voters have given up on shaping their own futures. With respect to these leaders of the Media...

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2011: The Year of the Activist

50 Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 12/20/11 08:00 AM ET

In 2008, community activists struggled to be heard as the noise from the presidential race convinced voters that the fate of our nation lay in a battle between two juggernauts, and that non-partisan organizing, once the back-bone of our democracy, had become superfluous.

Fast forward four years, and everything...

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League of Young Voters Education Fund Teams Up With Hip-Hop Producer Hi-Tek to Spark Social Change

Posted October 26, 2011 | 10/26/11 09:23 AM ET

The first time I traveled to Cincinnati, I thought it was the most effed up city I had ever seen.

In 2005, my friend, Gavin Leonard, invited me and my colleagues at the League to conduct a civic engagement training at a fledgling youth arts center that he co-founded in...

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Why We Must Occupy With Purpose and Intention

Posted October 18, 2011 | 10/18/11 05:04 PM ET

This past weekend, I, along with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, took to the streets in solidarity with the rapidly growing Occupy Wall Street Movement. In less than a month, what started as a flash mob in New York's financial district has become a world-wide movement dominating...

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An Open Letter to President Obama: You Brought Down the Boogie Man, Now Bring Back the Hope!

Posted May 4, 2011 | 05/04/11 07:21 PM ET

Congratulations Mr. President, you've had an amazing week. Not only did you silence the haters by producing your long-form birth certificate (and kudos on roasting Donald Trump like a bag of Planters peanuts), but you also took out the world's most wanted criminal. During the campaign, your detractors questioned if...

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Confessions of a Young Organizer: Why the Democrats Lost the Midterm Elections

Posted November 5, 2010 | 11/05/10 07:16 PM ET

Five weeks ago, I walked into Wisconsin's Organizing for America office and offered to go on sabbatical from the League of Young Voters to volunteer full-time for the campaign. I knew that I could help develop strategies to get "Obama voters" involved in the process this fall.

This was...

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Will Black Youth, the "Most Connected" Generation Ever, Vote in 2010?

Posted October 29, 2010 | 10/29/10 05:45 PM ET

For young voters, November 2, 2010, like every election, is about our future. Even the 2008 presidential election. Yes, Barack Obama was a compelling candidate, but people turned out in record numbers because they believed that he had a plan for their future. This election is about the same...

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