Voting opens in all U.S. states tomorrow morning, and the presidency, Congress, our courts, and our state houses are all on the line. But in North Carolina, where voters have been casting ballots since October 20, the election has already begun. Changing demographics, recently revoked Voter ID laws, and a robust organizing community have made

The conversation on Millennial participation in this election has become stuck in a rut. As the Washington Post noted a few weeks ago, many of the go-to methods for outreach to young voters are perceived as lacking authenticity and substance. Gimmicks drive eyeballs but not hearts and minds. Yet while our generation is disenchanted with

Yesterday, in Reno, Nevada, Hillary Clinton gave one of the most straightforward critiques of Donald Trump’s rhetoric that we’ve seen from her campaign. In doing so, she connected Trump to a right-wing fringe that is poisoning our political discourse: No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have

Franklin Roosevelt famously decreed in 1933 that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Given the rhetoric and ideology championed in this election, consider me afraid. Last Thursday night, the presidential nominee of one of our country’s major parties stood before millions of Americans and used fear as a tool to gain

The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile sparked a high level of political action and calls for justice across the country. Yet all over social media, I saw folks questioning the respectability of protesters, arguing that they should be arrested for breaking the rules. This kind of talk always happens when the most marginalized

Joelle Gamble on the importance of addressing policy proposals in the second GOP debate: From our survey, we know that young people have a set of policy priorities they want candidates to cover in an economic debate. Young people are concerned about economic inequality and the ever-increasing role of the financial sector in our economy.

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Joelle Gamble argues that the momentum behind Senator Sanders’ candidacy highlights a need for more bottom up forms for citizens to influence the political process. This “new power” politics is a rejection of the top-down, king-making mentality that has become symbolic of current American politics. In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Jeremy Hiemans and

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Roosevelt’s Director of its national network Joelle Gamble wrote in The Hill: Young people today are growing increasingly distrustful of institutions, including political parties. According to data from the Pew Research Center, Americans aged 18 to 33 are significantly more likely to identify as political independents than other generations. We still see the potential for government to provide

In 2015, at a time when innovative ideas are needed in politics more than ever, Roosevelters are organizing their peers to take their ideas to their elected officials – online and offline. By connecting our ideas to decision makers and power-players, we are creating a groundswell of real policy change. We’re taking our ideas to the place