Indivisible MN03 and Moms Demand Action teamed up with the Parkland students on their summer tour to get out the youth vote, hosting a town hall at Osseo Senior HIgh. The message was clear- make sure to REV– Register to vote, Educate yourself on the candidates’ positions and Vote!
Members of the panel included local students, Parkland students, a student from Milwaukee and Chicago and a rep from Black Lives Matter- St Paul. Coming on the heels of another shooting by police, a moment of silence was held for Thurman J. Blevins. Conversations focused on both mass shootings and ongoing gun violence and the ramifications of both. This always led back to the need for commonsense gun violence prevention legislation, such as universal background checks and red flag laws, and the need to elect legislators both locally and nationally that will take action on these! Many elected officials and candidates were present to hear these important voices.
1.Sign up young people that you know to register to vote. 17 year olds can register if they will be 18 by election day.
2. Really listen to their concerns about safety and gun violence. They often don’t feel heard. Help them find opportunities to have their voices amplified.
3. Provide opportunities for them to get educated about the candidates. Go to events with them and their friends. Encourage them to ask questions. Help them volunteer with campaigns. Let them know how important their voices are right now and that their votes matter!