Michelle Obama’s new push to get young people voting | The Resistance Now
Former first ladys When We All Vote drive aims to register and rally young voters, while Al Sharpton plans sleepover on the streets of New York
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Michelle Obama touts voting drive
The former first lady launched a new initiative to get young people voting When We All Vote back in July and this week Michelle Obama announced a week of action in September to register and rally young voters.
Volunteers from the non-partisan When We All Vote and Obama herself will travel across the country to gee up potential voters before the midterms, Obama said. USA Today reported that flagship events will be held in 12 cities including New York, Miami and Chicago.
Obama announced the drive in a video on Monday the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act being signed into law.
Sometimes its easy to forget all the work it took to get this law passed. All the organizing and marching. All the volunteers who registered voters. All the folks who, even if they knew theyd be turned away at the polls, stood up time and again for their right to vote, Obama says in the video.
Today, we want to honor their legacy and continue their work to ensure that every eligible American casts their vote.
NFL protests II
Trump has been back at it again this week, lashing out at NFL players for demonstrating during the national anthem.
Players from several teams protested during the first round of pre-season games, drawing Trumps ire. The president seemed to question whether some of the players understood what they were protesting for. Last weekend he attacked the intelligence of LeBron James in a late-night Twitter rant.
The NFL players are at it again, Trump wrote on Friday. Taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their outrage at something that most of them are unable to define.
Sleepover protests planned by Al Sharpton
A group of activists aligned with the Rev Al Sharptons National Action Network are planning to protest violence in communities of color by spending 10 nights sleeping on the streets of New York City.
Leaders from the National Action Network, which was founded by Sharpton in 1991 to promote equal rights regardless of race, religion, ethnicity and more, will travel around the citys five boroughs between 6 and 15 August.