UDHR Campaign 2013 Week Seven: Political Participation

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November 18-22, 2013

Week seven of the #UDHR Campaign takes a closer look at how grassroots organizations are defending political participation against nefarious policies aimed at disenfranchising voters, promoting voter education for underrepresented groups and battling the effects of the war on drugs on communities of color. Check out the organizations below to learn more.

The League of Women Voters has worked to foster civic engagement and enhance access to vote since they were founded in 1920. Over time their work has evolved from efforts to gain and foster women’s suffrage to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, minorities, the elderly and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote. 

Coalition for the People's Agenda has put into place a Citizenship Education program with students and adults alike. This program is designed to empower the overall electorate and is made available to anyone desirous of making a positive difference for the future. Their Voter Registration program emphasizes education throughout the state and is comprised of campaigns, town hall meetings and evaluation sheets to help mobilize voters across the state of Georgia.

Chicago Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression (CAARP) works to stop police crimes, including murder, torture and racial profiling through a strategy of building a movement for enacting into law elected Civilian Police Accountability Councils with power to hire, fire, and initiate prosecution of police officers who commit crimes, as well as set rules, practices and procedures for the police and hold them accountable for work to reduced crime.

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum is the only national, multi-issue Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women's organization in the country. NAPAWF's mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for API women and girls. For Asian American women, immigration reform is a top issue. Contrary to the traditional narrative, the face of immigration is becoming more and more female and more and more Asian. Of the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., 1.3 million are Asian, and nearly 5.4 million are women.

The League of Young Voters Education empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level – with a focus on non-college youth and youth from low-income communities and communities of color.  The League makes political engagement relevant by meeting young people where they are, working on issues that affect their lives, and providing them with tools, training, and support to become serious catalysts for change in their communities.