Millennial Votes Matter
The Transformative Justice Coalition’s Memphis Millennial Votes Matter #MLK50 Living Legacy Training
#MLK50 Living Legacy Training
The Transformer, April 13, 2018
As part of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King, TJC, in partnership with New Sardis Baptist Church, located at 7739 E Holmes Rd, Memphis, TN 38125, TJC held its 3rd Millennial Votes Matter Training in Memphis, Tennessee from April 2nd to April 3rd. This training focused on how those in attendance could be living legacies.
The Memphis Millennial Votes Matter #MLK50 Living Legacy Training was a non-partisan training event to prepare 17-35-year old’s from Tennessee and surrounding states, to serve as Voting Rights Ambassadors to directly serve vulnerable communities and voters by enhancing their ability to participate in the 2018 Mid-Term Elections and 2020 Presidential Elections. This Training used TJC’s proven and successful specially designed Train-the-Trainer Voting Rights Immersion Program which taught fundamentals of voting rights and developed skills for conducting voter registration, voter education, voter assistance for obtaining ID’s, voter mobilization, voter turnout, the history of voting in America, civics, special barriers those with disabilities and other vulnerable communities face, and voter protection.
In 2016, the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) trained 33 Millennials at Morgan State University and in 2017, trained 22 Millennials in Washington, DC. These Millennials have been amazing post-training. Several have created their own community-based organizations, conducted voter forums, and registered hundreds of voters particularly in Virginia prior to the November 7, 2017 elections and in Alabama prior to the December 12th US Senate Election.
The Memphis Millennial Votes Matter Training trained those in attendance to register thousands of voters, conduct voter education forums, teach voters to navigate barriers, assist in obtaining voter IDs, help voters to the polls, and protect voters who encounter problems voting. Our Memphis class, as we refer to as our future Voting Rights Ambassadors, consisted of not just of people ages 17-35, but also people from all generations, including 16-year-olds; an 8-year old who attended with her father on the 2nd day; and, those that were from the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations. All in attendance eagerly asked questions, took notes, and were delighted with the many resources they received. Among the resources were Tennessee voter ID palm cards donated by Vote Riders.
One of the resources we provided was to a nationwide audience via Facebook, where almost every panel was livestreamed onto TJC’s Facebook page. The informative 2-day training included not only resources, but very instructional and interactive sessions, which included: a roundtable that featured Millennial leaders and veteran voices, such as the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.; and, more.
Our aim was to train and educate people to be living legacies to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was taken from us too early. TJC believes is achieved its goal by giving people the resources they need to become living legacies.
Our next training will be in conjunction with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition during their Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. If you are interested in attending or know someone who should attend, please register for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Annual Conference by clicking the button below, and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your intent to attend or send someone to the Training, contact information, and why you or someone you know wants to become a Voting Rights Ambassador, and we will follow up with you.
The Millennial Votes Matter Convening was a SUCCESS!
Inspiration, Education, and Dedication
Reporting by: Caitlyn Cobb
This past weekend, the Transformative Justice Coalition, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, flew in 30 young leaders and activists including African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, and persons with disabilities, who were themselves remarkable in the breadth of their local, state, and national activism. They were flown into Baltimore from 15 states to attend the Millennial Votes Matter Convening. They shared amazing learning among themselves. The informal and highly interactive programming helped to prepare the attendees for voting rights challenges from now until 2020. Voter registration, voter education, GOTV, election protection, and accountability were the main subjects of this convening. The Convening also covered reapportionment and redistricting, voter suppression, voter purging, and recent court voting rights’ victories. The 2020 Census was largely highlighted, as well as what the Census meant and why it mattered.
Throughout the training, current issues such as the Flint water crisis, African-Americans being killed by police, and felon disenfranchisement were discussed. Renowned civil rights attorney Junius Williams also gave a riveting speech about his time with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and student organizing in the South and in Selma. There were panels of millennials that covered many issues including vulnerable communities, particularly people with disabilities. Another highlight was the interactive media training conducted by Hands Up United leaders T-Dubb-O and Rika Tyler. Everyone left the training with more knowledge and skills that they had beforehand. Many stated that they were going to train others and share their learning.
The Transformer cannot begin to list all the activities, panels, discussions, posts, comments, tweets, live-streams, and everything else that went on in the entirety of the conference. You’re better off taking it straight from the attendee’s mouths and looking at the Facebook and Twitter highlights and pictures below. Facebook has said that #MVM2016 was and continues to be a popular search and that over 1,000 people are talking about this Convening. While The Transformer would love to take you on a complete journey of each experience, the tweets, the topics, the speakers, and everything else- this newsletter just can’t do the Millennial attendee’s own voices justice. Below are links to the Transformative Justice Coalition’s Facebook and Twitter, which caught a lot of the moments from the conference, and below that are some pictures and highlights taken from various social media accounts. For a more in-depth breakdown of the two-day event, look down the timelines of the Transformative Justice Coalition’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. The Transformative Justice Coalition will post updates for the next Millennial Votes Matter Convening and will be continuously posting more videos and testimonials. Also, be sure to simply search #MVM2016 to get directly to all the tweets concerning this conference.
All Livestream, videos, and live-tweet highlights are on our Transformative Justice Coalition Facebook and Twitter
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