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September 25, 2018
March For Our Lives And 200 Mayors Lead Youth Voter Registration Efforts on National Voter Registration Day
“Mayors For Our Lives” Initiative to Reach and Engage Millions of Young People
PARKLAND, FL – Today, March For Our Lives rallied more than 200 mayors from across the country, who represent millions of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29, to register young voters in high schools and on public and private college campuses. This nonpartisan effort called Mayors For Our Lives is a collaboration with The U.S. Conference of Mayors and The African American Mayors Association. March For Our Lives students and mayors have been working with local leaders since the conclusion of their national Road to Change tour. On the tour, students engaged young people on the right to vote and reminded them that by participating in the electoral process they will have a say in how their communities and the nation is run.
“For too long, the young people of this country have not been heard,” said March For Our Lives Co-Founder, Delaney Tarr. “Today with the help of over 200 mayors, in cities big and small, we are changing that. All across America, young people are stepping up and raising their voices. We have already started to see this energy in elections in places like Florida, Georgia, and New York City. We have felt this energy since the march, and it continued this summer during our national bus tour. Most importantly, we know that our work today will help deliver that same energy in November and in future elections.”
The Mayors For Our Lives coalition has grown quickly from 50 members to over 200 nationwide. Today, the March For Our Lives student leaders will be in New York City with Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City School Chancellor Richard Carrenza to help lead voter registration in city public schools and elsewhere around the city.
“I am very proud of the work being done in New York City, my home. I am thankful we have had this opportunity to partner with these mayors, and I know that this effort will reach young people everywhere. Our cities and our country need young people to show up to the polls on Election Day and vote! Not only do they need to show up, they also need to bring everyone they know with them. We realize that if we want real change, then our young people must stand up and deliver the change that we want to see; no one can do this for us.” said Ramon Contreras of March For Our Lives, and Co-Founder of Youth over Guns.
Mayors on both sides of the aisle have pledged to make registration forms readily available to all eligible students, maintain goals for registration, participate in get out the vote campaigns, collaborate with other mayors, and empower their communities to have their youth voices be heard during elections. Participating cities and mayors have the potential to reach millions of young voters, as our country gets ready for crucial midterm elections.
“As mayors, we live among the people, as members of our own communities.Mayors are not just elected officials, but we are friends and family members to those we serve. And when the young people in our cities speak, we listen.”said U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin. “That’s why we are very proud to support Mayors For Our Lives, so that we can ensure that our young people have a voice and a real seat at the table when it comes to addressing our nation’s most critical challenges.”
“Earlier this year, we saw students from Washington, DC and communities across the country unite for common-sense gun reform,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C. and African American Mayors Association Trustee. “The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School bravely turned tragedy into action and continue to motivate and inspire Americans of all ages and backgrounds. Now, we are proud to work with student advocates to build upon and expand these efforts through Mayors for Our Lives. Together, we will register young people to vote, engage voters, and send a message to Congress that they can either do more to protect Americans from senseless gun violence or find a new job.”
The Mayors For Our Lives initiative is a response to the energy witnessed while on The March For Our Lives: Road to Change Bus Tour. The Road to Change Bus Tour spanned 100+ visits in 24 states across the country in over 60 days. Throughout the tour, March for Our Lives students connected with elected officials and constituents of all backgrounds and discussed a shared vision for the future and an active more engaged younger generation.
Since March 2018, March for Our Lives students and students from all across the United States have called for common-sense reforms that will save the lives of more than 3,000 young people each year, including: implementing universal, comprehensive background checks; creating a searchable database for gun owners; funding the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence so that reform policies are backed up by data; and banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic assault rifles.
For more information and a full list of mayors part of Mayors For Our Lives visit: marchforourlives.com/mayors-