Meet your Representatives Town Hall
On March 31st, 2019 we organized a “Meet Your Representatives Town Hall” at the LGBT Center in Greenwich Village. The goal of the event was to create a space in which our generation could interact with those who represent us in government.
The event began with a panel including City Council member Brad Lander, City Council member Helen Rosenthal, and State Senator Alessandra Biaggi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Christian Amato. Following the panel, the event included a networking period where attendees, organizations, and panelists mingled, formed connections, and held important conversations.
DAY OF ACTION FOR MAX ROSE
As part of our Take Back the House initiative, Coalition Z hosted a “Day of Action” for Congressman Max Rose, who was running against a Republican incumbent in New York’s 11th Congressional District. A week before the midterm elections, we went to Staten Island, NY for a day of phone banking and canvassing.
Student voter registration day
For the past three years, Coalition Z chapters have organized Voter Registration Drives at their school on the national Student Voter Registration Day. We believe that registering students is incredibly important, and it allows our generation to participate in electing candidates that align with our policy views. All of our drives have been incredibly successful!
Know Your TItle IX Rights with Jaslin Kaur of Know your IX
On May, 22 2019, the Hunter College High School chapter of Coalition Z hosted a Know Your Rights Assembly with Jaslin Kaur, the Policy and Advocacy Director of Know Your IX – a non-profit aimed at protecting Title IX. The Assembly was organized in response to a lack of education on Title IX in high schools, as the vast majority of students at Hunter did not know about the rights granted to them. The event featured a presentation by Jaslin followed by a Q&A session with questions crowdsourced from Hunter students.
Lobbying in Albany
In May 2017 and 2018, Coalition Z lobbied in Albany for less restrictive voting laws in New York State. New York State has some of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country because of laws that make it difficult for everyday New Yorkers to vote, so we met with our representatives to call on them to support reforms like early voting, pre-registration for 16 and 17-year olds, same day registration, and having federal and state primaries on the same day. We were even recognized on the floor of the State Assembly for our work.
We are excited to announce that many of the reforms we advocated for passed in January of 2019, but are looking forward to lobbying for more of our policy proposals!
Evening of action against gun violence
On March 14, 2018, Coalition Z organized an Evening of Action after the school walkouts in association with Mobilizing Marjory Stoneman Douglas Alumni. The goal of the event was to turn the energy of the walkouts into concrete policy change. During the event, attendees rotated through “action stations,” which helped them contact their elected representatives, lobby retailers to limit gun sales, demand that companies cut ties to the National Rifle Association, register to vote, start movement chapters at their schools, and more. Speakers included leaders from Mobilizing Marjory Stoneman Douglas Alumni (NYC), the March for Our Lives, and Moms Demand Action.