Harnessing the power of cultural expression. Bringing energy to the polls, right. Organizing around civic engagement. These are goals Cesar Cardenas, the lead on coalition and issues for the Hip Hop Caucus and Respect My Vote, is striving towards. He doesn’t just encourage all ages to participate in the democratic process, but helps them understand how the “dots connect” and why everyone should be engaged.
Cardenas joins co-hosts Natalie Mebane and Jonah Gottlieb on this episode of Our Future Now to discuss how art, activism and, yes, hip hop, are all interconnected and sources of power. He breaks down his own journey, which led to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Hip Hop Caucus and how the Respect My Vote campaign is mobilizing voters and activists.
Respect My Vote Episode Action Items
This week we’re shining our spotlight on Beth Doglio. Learn more about her work as an elected official in the state of Washington.
Learn more about elections in your area at https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page
Apply for your absentee ballot here: http://www.vote4ourfuture.org/votebymail.html
If you’re interested in getting involved with the National Children’s Campaign visit: tinyurl.com/teamncc
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The Our Future Now Collaboration
Our Future Now, a National Children’s Campaign Podcast is co-hosted by Jonah Gottlieb and Natalie Mebane. Gottlieb and Mebane are also co-founders of NCC. Gottlieb, a high school senior from Petaluma, California, is also the captain of One Planet Living and the co-founder and president of Global Awareness. Mebane is the Associate Director of US Policy for 350, an international movement looking to end the use of fossil fuels while promoting renewable energy.
Our Future Now is a collaboration between Parentology, the National Children’s Campaign and Goal 17 Media.
The National Children’s Campaign (NCC) is a national nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices of America’s 74 million children and youth, making sure our nation’s political leaders prioritize issues –health, education, climate and environment, child welfare, gun violence, child immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and youth civic engagement — that matter to those who are too young to vote. You can read more about today’s episode on the NCC blog here.
Goal 17 Media is a media network producing podcasts, videos and documentaries that inspire individuals and contribute to the common good.