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Republicans do Not Want You To Vote, let alone do they want our Youths to Vote!

Our buddy Harry Dunn is throwing his hat in the ring for Congress in Maryland’s Third District, and we’re rallying behind him. We’re reaching out to you to lend your support by considering splitting a donation between Harry’s campaign and Leaders We Deserve. Here’s a message straight from Harry:

“Hey there! I’m Harry Dunn, and I’m excited to announce that I’m running for Congress in Maryland’s Third District. I’ve seen firsthand the challenges facing our community, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work to make a difference. But I can’t do it alone. I need your support to help get our message out there and fight for the issues that matter most. Will you join me in this journey? Every dollar counts, and your donation will go a long way towards building a brighter future for all of us. Thank you for your support!”

Now, let’s talk about some of the crucial issues that are near and dear to young people’s hearts and minds.

We want to make sure your voices and priorities are reflected in our work, so our team put together a quick survey to get your thoughts on where we should be focusing our efforts.

Our leaders in government need to step up and give more attention to:

  1. Climate Change: The future of our planet is at stake, and we need bold action to address the climate crisis and transition to renewable energy sources.
  2. Student Loan Debt: Young people are burdened with staggering amounts of student loan debt, hindering their ability to pursue their dreams and achieve financial stability.
  3. Gun Violence: We must prioritize common-sense gun reform measures to prevent senseless tragedies and keep our communities safe.
  4. Rising Cost of Living: Affordability is a major concern for young people, from housing to healthcare to everyday essentials. Our leaders need to address the rising cost of living and ensure economic security for all.
  5. K-12 Education Issues: Our education system is in need of reform, from addressing disparities in funding to supporting teachers and providing quality education for all students.
  6. Access to Reproductive Care Including Abortion: Women’s reproductive rights are under attack, and it’s essential to protect access to reproductive care, including abortion, and ensure bodily autonomy for all individuals.
  7. Strengthening Democracy: We must safeguard our democracy by protecting voting rights, combating voter suppression, and promoting transparency and accountability in government.

These are just a few of the pressing issues that demand attention from our leaders in government. By addressing these concerns and taking meaningful action, we can build a brighter future for young people and create a more just and equitable society for all.

As the political landscape continues to evolve, one concerning trend has emerged: Republican voter suppression efforts that could potentially alienate young Republican voters. While voter suppression tactics have historically been associated with disenfranchising marginalized communities, recent efforts by some Republican lawmakers to restrict voting access could inadvertently alienate a significant portion of their own base – young Republican voters.

Young voters, regardless of their political affiliation, are increasingly vocal about their desire for accessible and inclusive voting processes. They value fairness, transparency, and equal opportunity in the democratic process. However, recent Republican-led initiatives aimed at imposing restrictive voter ID laws, limiting early voting opportunities, and purging voter rolls have raised concerns among young Republicans.

These voter suppression efforts not only contradict the principles of democracy but also risk alienating young Republican voters who prioritize fairness and inclusivity in the electoral process. By implementing restrictive voting measures, Republican lawmakers run the risk of sending a message to young voters that their voices and concerns are not valued or respected within the party.

Moreover, as young Republicans continue to engage in discussions around social justice, equity, and civil rights, they may find themselves at odds with voter suppression efforts that disproportionately impact marginalized communities. Many young Republicans believe in expanding access to the ballot box and ensuring that all eligible voters have the opportunity to participate in elections, regardless of their background or political affiliation.

Furthermore, alienating young Republican voters through voter suppression efforts could have long-term consequences for the party. As the electorate becomes increasingly diverse and politically engaged, young voters represent a crucial demographic that could shape the future of the Republican Party. By prioritizing voter suppression tactics over inclusive and accessible voting policies, Republican lawmakers risk alienating a generation of potential supporters and undermining the party’s long-term viability.

Republican voter suppression efforts could inadvertently alienate young Republican voters who value fairness, transparency, and equal access to the democratic process. By prioritizing restrictive voting measures over inclusive and accessible voting policies, Republican lawmakers risk undermining the party’s appeal to a crucial demographic and alienating a generation of potential supporters. It is essential for the Republican Party to prioritize policies that expand, rather than restrict, access to the ballot box in order to remain relevant and competitive in an increasingly diverse and politically engaged electorate.

Republicans are acutely aware of the challenges they face in attracting and retaining the support of young voters. This demographic has proven to be increasingly pivotal in shaping the political landscape, and Republicans have recognized the need to adapt their strategies accordingly. Their acknowledgment of this issue is evident in their concerted efforts to enact restrictive voting laws, which are often targeted at suppressing the participation of young and minority voters. Moreover, proposals to raise the voting age are indicative of their broader attempts to curtail the influence of younger demographics in the electoral process.

However, despite these measures, Republicans are beginning to recognize the undeniable reality that young people are motivated to engage in the political process when inspired to do so. This realization has prompted a shift in tactics, as evidenced by the collaboration between ALEC Action and Run GenZ to support young conservative candidates vying for political office. This strategic alliance reflects a recognition within the Republican Party of the importance of cultivating a new generation of leaders who can appeal to younger voters.

While it is tempting to attribute the Republican Party’s struggle to connect with young voters solely to demographics – namely, the dominance of older, out-of-touch white males within the party – the issue runs deeper. It is rooted in substantive policy differences that have emerged between the GOP platform and the priorities of today’s youth.

Today’s young people have come of age in a tumultuous era characterized by frequent mass shootings, including tragic incidents that have unfolded in our schools. The prevalence of gun violence has instilled a sense of urgency among young voters, who are demanding meaningful action to address this pressing issue. However, Republicans have consistently opposed measures aimed at restricting access to firearms and have obstructed efforts to implement common-sense gun safety laws. This misalignment between the Republican Party’s stance on gun control and the views of young voters underscores a fundamental barrier to attracting their support.

Similarly, the Republican Party’s denial of the scientific consensus on climate change is another significant point of contention for young voters. As a generation that will bear the brunt of the consequences of environmental degradation, young people are acutely aware of the urgent need for bold action to address climate change. However, Republicans have remained steadfast in their refusal to acknowledge the reality of climate change, opting instead to prioritize the interests of powerful fossil fuel industries over the long-term sustainability of the planet.

Furthermore, the Republican Party’s stance on social issues such as reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality represents a stark departure from the values held by many young voters. Today’s youth are overwhelmingly supportive of reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights, yet Republicans have actively pursued policies that undermine these fundamental rights and freedoms. From draconian abortion bans to efforts to roll back LGBTQ protections, the Republican Party’s agenda stands in direct opposition to the values and priorities of young people.

In contrast to the Republican Party’s approach, organizations like Leaders We Deserve are working tirelessly to elect young leaders who will champion the priorities of young people and advocate for progressive policies. As a grassroots organization that eschews corporate funding, Leaders We Deserve relies on the support of individuals who share their vision for a more inclusive and equitable future. By empowering young leaders who are committed to addressing the pressing issues facing our generation, organizations like Leaders We Deserve are helping to build a brighter and more promising future for all.

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Republican Governors in 15 States Reject Federal Food Assistance for Low-Income Families

In a move that has sparked controversy and raised concerns about the welfare of low-income families, Republican governors in 15 states have opted to reject federal food assistance programs aimed at supporting children in need. This decision, which comes amid ongoing debates over government assistance and social welfare policies, has drawn criticism from advocacy groups and lawmakers alike.

The federal food assistance programs in question, such as the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are vital lifelines for families struggling to put food on the table, particularly during times of economic hardship and crisis. These initiatives provide crucial support to children from low-income households, ensuring they have access to nutritious meals both at home and in school.

However, the decision by Republican governors to turn down these federal funds has left many families in a precarious situation, exacerbating food insecurity and placing additional strain on already stretched resources. By rejecting these programs, these states are effectively denying assistance to vulnerable children who rely on them for their basic nutritional needs.

Critics argue that the refusal to accept federal food assistance reflects a callous disregard for the well-being of low-income families and underscores broader ideological differences regarding the role of government in addressing poverty and social inequality. Furthermore, they contend that such actions disproportionately impact marginalized communities, exacerbating existing disparities in access to food and exacerbating cycles of poverty.

Proponents of the governors’ decision, however, argue that it is rooted in concerns over government spending and the purported need to reduce reliance on federal aid programs. They assert that state-level solutions and private-sector initiatives are more effective means of addressing poverty and hunger, despite evidence suggesting otherwise.

Regardless of the rationale behind these decisions, the consequences are clear: vulnerable children are left without vital food assistance, placing their health, well-being, and academic success at risk. Moreover, the refusal to accept federal funds deprives states of much-needed resources that could alleviate the burden on local communities and support economic recovery efforts.

As the debate over federal food assistance continues to unfold, it is imperative to prioritize the needs of low-income families and ensure that every child has access to nutritious meals. Advocates and concerned citizens must continue to push for policies that promote food security and address the root causes of poverty, while holding elected officials accountable for their decisions that impact the most vulnerable members of society.

In rejecting federal food assistance for children in low-income families, Republican governors in 15 states have made a choice with far-reaching consequences.

It is incumbent upon all stakeholders to advocate for policies that prioritize the well-being of our most vulnerable populations and uphold the fundamental right of every child to access adequate nutrition.

Let us be clear: no child should ever go hungry, whether school is in session or not. And this decision is a perfect example of why we need to elect more young people to serve in state government and beyond.

No compassionate person who can actually remember relying on school for their meals would ever reject this funding — and that’s a perspective that’s clearly lacking in too many states.

We’re working to change that by electing young people like Nadarius Clark, Averie Bishop, and folks like them who will have actual compassion for the communities they serve to Congress and state legislatures across the country, but we’re counting on your grassroots support to do it.