Youth activists plan Election Day walkout to get students to vote

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More than 25 youth-led activist groups have joined together to launch a campaign encouraging students across the country to walk out of their classrooms to vote on Election Day.

The collective of organizations – which includes March For Our Lives, National School Walkout and 50 Miles More – initiated the effort as part of their what they’re calling the Future Coalition.

David Hogg, the Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor who is also an organizer for March For Our Lives, said the Election Day effort is “about working together for a better future.”

{mosads}“On November 6th, the voice of young people in this country will be heard loud and clear when we cast our ballots together,” Hogg said in a statement. “You will hear us marching to the polls, and you will see the impact we have when we cast our ballots. And we’ll make this impact because we’re not afraid to work together to make it happen.”

The national network consists of youth-led activist groups looking to “share resources, ideas, and, most importantly, a commitment to making the future a more just, safe place for everyone,” the coalition said in a news release.

The group is sponsored by March On, which describes itself as a “political organization comprised of women-led political activist groups that grew out of the women’s marches of January 21, 2017.”

“Last spring, youth across the country discovered their voices by walking out of class,” Lane Murdock, founder of National School Walkout, said in a statement. “But this time we’re not just walking away from something, we are walking to something. All our voices together at the polls will make an impact like we’ve never seen.”

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