Youth Voter Action Effort
Following the terrible high school massacre in February 2018, the survivors from Parkland, Florida organized a nationwide voter action movement for gun violence prevention. In Fremont, a high school student, Mike Dunkle and his mother Julie, set about to register local youth to vote for their future in time for the 2018 mid-term elections. The Parkland Initiative is now called the Youth Voter Movement (YVM), aiming expand youth voter registration and turnout. Only about 8% of 18-year-olds vote. YVM contacts student leaders and educators on high school campuses to organize voter information and registration events. In collaboration with the school’s Social Science faculty, YVM student and adult volunteers and the League of Women Voters conduct comprehensive voter registration events for juniors and seniors. In the Fremont/Union City /Newark area, over 3000 high school students registered to vote during six weeks of drives spanning the 2018-19 school years.
Mission Peak UU Congregation has supported YVM with Share the Plate collections. Our members Valerie Stewart and Kathi Bayne are part of the registration events. Adult Volunteers can sign up at youthvotermovement.org.
Currently scheduled registration events in 2020:
Monday, January 27 08:00 Irvington High, Fremont
Tuesday, January 28 08:00 American High, Fremont
Wednesday, January 29 08:00 Washington High, Fremont
Friday, January 31 08:00 Mission High, Fremont
Tuesday, February 4 08:00 Robertson High, Fremont
Friday, February 7 08:00 James Logan High, Union City
YVM is scheduling events at local high schools and colleges to register and activate new voters for the Primary Election on March 3, 2020.
A Get Out the Vote action and march is planned for Sunday, March 1, 2020 in Downtown Fremont.