Resist and Rebuild Summit – Action Opportunity

Dear Youth Lobby Activists: It has been three weeks since we gathered together at the VT Statehouse to share our voices and feel our power.  We are reaching out today to invite you to our next opportunity to gather, learn, and engage in our democracy. Do you see problems with the state of our current government, economy, environment, or communities? Do you want to be part of the solution? Come join fellow activists on May 20th at Montpelier High School for the Resist and Rebuild Summit!  This Summit will bring together many groups and students/ youth are invited to play a leadership role. Please visit CVCAN.org to RVSP… We want to help people take action on things that matter to them and we need your help!  We know how important it is to have youth represented for decisions around our future. Come network, see what else you can do, or volunteer at […]

More Information for Schools About the 2017 Youth Rally for the Planet!

  First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to organize a field trip at your school.  This is one of the most important challenges humanity has ever faced and every student who is able to attend will only increase the power of student voice on this issue!   Note: Please share this information with your students! Proposed Agenda for the Day (subject to minor changes) 9:00am-10:00am – Student Drop Off and March Staging Busses drop students off on the green of the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  There will be a number of activities for students to engage in, such as making signs for the march, face painting, and participating in the Maple Mosaic and Youth Voices art projects. 10:00am – 10:30am – March! Vermont youth and their allies will march in a parade to the Statehouse lawn. 10:15am – 11:30am  – Youth Speak Out!   Listen […]

The Youth Guide to Politics: Part Two – Lobbyists

Excerpted from http://www.thenation.com/article/youth-guide-politics-part-2-lobbying/ Lobbyists are powerful, influential and unelected folks who get Congress to do their bidding. What do youth need to know about these key players? Who are these people? If you read Part One of our Youth Guide to Politics you heard me drop “the L-word” because many organizations, companies, and unions have lobbyists and political action committees (PACs) and use them to get the laws they want passed. But Yukon High School American history and government teacher Ed Brown says he doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about lobbyists. “We don’t get into specifics,” he said. Instead they just “talk about what they do and their function, how they have to register. We talked a little about who they work for but in the broad sense–that they work for some ideology groups or organizations.” Brown said like anything they discuss in his 11th and 12th grade classes […]

The Youth Guide to Politics: Part One – Superdelegates

Excerpt from http://www.thenation.com/article/youth-guide-politics-superdelegates/ Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are battling it out down to the wire; only a few state Democratic primary contests remain. And because of that, the so-called superdelegates may very well be the deciding factor among the split primary electorate. So who and what are superdelegates, and how influential will they be? Superdelegates are everyone from party leaders like Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean to experienced elected officials and unelected Democratic party members. Regular delegates are elected to represent the popular vote from primary elections or caucuses in each state. So, if the people of North Carolina vote 60 percent for Barack Obama and 40 percent for Hillary Clinton, then 60 percent of the delegates will go to Obama and 40 percent will go to Clinton. But superdelegates get to choose whichever candidate they wish, regardless of how their states vote. Most, like Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey […]