Democracy Never Sleeps – Week of Action

The NC Campus Voting Coalition is hosting a Week of Action to encourage NC colleges and universities to remember that “Democracy Never Sleeps” even beyond the presidential and midterm election cycles.  Let’s continue to build on the incredible momentum from 2020. Visit the links below to learn more and sign-up.

Use the hashtags #itsnotover and #nosleepnc throughout the week.

MONDAY, APRIL 12

Social Media Blitz

We invite everyone to use the hashtags #itsnotover and #nosleepnc throughout the day to share what you are doing to continue to strengthen democracy. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 13

Equality NC
Lift Our Voices: Supporting Trans Athletes in NC (workshop)

1:00  p.m. -2:00 p.m.
This virtual workshop reveals the details of bills  introduced in NCGA and 30 states relating to sports and athletics and the impacts these bills have on transgender youth in school. The Equality NC team will share actions you can take to speak up and ways to support young athletes in middle, high school and college. This workshop is open to all. 

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtf-uuqjsrHNfuQcDcTUIlT5UmE6FBtqKC 

North Carolina Campus Compact
Supporting Free Speech for All on Campus (virtual presentation and conversation) 

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

This presentation will draw on the nuanced history of free speech to present a vision of ‘free speech for all’, a belief in both upholding free speech and ensuring that people from all backgrounds have opportunities to speak, be heard, and be respected.

Speaker: Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D., director of free expression and education at PEN America,

Learn more and register:  https://www.nccampuscompact.org/event/supporting-free-speech-for-all-on-campus/

NCPIRG Campus Action
Creating A Vote Culture (workshop)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

This is a workshop and training to share best practices on how to organize campuses to institutionalize voting efforts and create a culture of youth voting and civic engagement. The training is open to student leaders, campus faculty, and administrators. We hope that all who join, will come away with the start of a campaign plan to make voting easier on their campus. Hope to see you there!

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/aSVgSDhxhkVcLP4n6

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14

NCPIRG Campus Action
Letter to the Editor Writing Workshop

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

NCPIRG Interns will host a letter to the editor writing workshop event. In this workshop, students can join to learn what an LTE is and how to write one and then work on writing a letter to the editor to their local or campus newspaper during the workshop.  Our goal of the event is to bring media attention to local voting issues and awareness of the upcoming local elections to remind fellow students and community members that Democracy Never Sleeps! 

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/aSVgSDhxhkVcLP4n6

Campus Election Engagement Project
CEEP Fellows in Action

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Fellows will be discussing the voter engagement projects that they are working on in 2021.  Tori Joy from Appalachian State University and Abigail Florek from UNC Asheville will be discussing everything from post-election student surveys to building a coalition on their campuses.  

Click here to attend this event:  https://zoom.us/j/95895438128

You Can Vote
Civic Trivia Night

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

How much do you know about voting and staying civically involved? Do you want a chance to win multiple prizes? Join us for a chance to learn more about our voting system and how to stay involved post election. Hope to see you there!
Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/3d6lx5F

 THURSDAY, APRIL 15

Common Cause NC
Our Voices Matter: NC Youth Town Hall

6:30  p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Join the North Carolina HBCU Student Action Alliance for an interactive town hall with lawmakers and activists. Participants will be able to learn from and engage with panelists around a host of topics related to pro-democracy work. The panel will be moderated by two students: Ashley King, Bennett College and Jazmyne Abney, North Carolina Central University.

Panelists:

  • Dawn Blagrove – Executive Director, Emancipate NC
  • Kristie Puckett-William – NC ACLU
  • Rep. Zack Hawkins – North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Sen. Kirk deViere
  • Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/ourvoicesmatter2021

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

Campus Election Engagement Project
CEEP Fellows in Action

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Fellows will be discussing the voter engagement projects that they are working on in 2021.  Aigné Taylor from North Carolina A&T State University and Tavin Felton-Stackhouse from Winston-Salem State University will be discussing everything from creating First-Year student voter engagement programming to getting college students excited about upcoming local elections. 

Click here to attend this event: https://zoom.us/j/96031366608

NCPIRG Campus Action
Petition Blitz

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

NCPIRG’s interns will round out the week with a relational organizing block to collect student petitions calling on campuses or school systems to take steps towards making voting easier for students on campus. We will use these petitions to lobby campus administrators around actions like hosting on campus polling sites, increasing campus voter registration initiatives (ex providing registration in move-in or at orientation), increasing campus communications around voting, and more. Join us to collect support on your campus! 

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/aSVgSDhxhkVcLP4n6

Other Opportunities

These faculty opportunities, while not directly connect to the Week of Action, are very much aligned.

Faculty Network (FacNet) for Student Voting Rights
Retreat
April 14 – 21, 2021

FacNet is hosting our first retreat! We will offer resources to help faculty implement voter engagement efforts on their campus, and we will refine our mission statement, vision, & goals.
Register:
http://tinyurl.com/FacNetRetreat
View Schedule:
http://facultyforvotingrights.org/programming

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)
Webinar series for faculty and staff
April 13 at 12 p.m. EST

Reducing Political Tension in the Classroom

We will discuss what ground rules are in a classroom and how to implement them, how to set up an environment for fostering civic dialogue in the classroom, the differences between partisanship and nonpartisanship in a classroom setting, and share resources. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/CEEPWebinar.