MASSACHUSETTS POLITICAL INTERVIEW SERIES
Massachusetts Coalition Z put together a series of interviews with local legislators about the role of young people in politics. They interviewed US Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Rep. Jack Lewis, Brookline Select Board Member Raul Fernandez, Rep. Kay Khan, and Rep. Tommy Vitolo; check out the interview series here.
BLACK LIVES MATTER: NEW YORK POLICY TOOLKIT AND NATIONAL ACTION TOOLKIT
Coalition Z supports the Black Lives Matter movement. We have partnered on protests on the East and West Coast and have launched toolkits for those who want to take action from home. Our first toolkit addresses the repeal of 50a in New York State, and can be found here. Our second, made in partnership with Teens Resist, is an all-encompassing Police Reform in New York legislative toolkit, which can be found here. Our third toolkit addresses National Black Lives Matter Legislation in Congress and can be found here. We have held emergency zoom phone banks for all three of these resources and continue to update them regularly.
BOOKCLUB AND READING LISTS
To build community and foster learning while at home in Quarantine, Coalition Z has launched a weekly bookclub and sends out weekly reading lists in our Newsletters. Our first book was Optimism Over Despair by Noam Chomsky and we are currently reading Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein. To join the bookclub, fill out this form. To receive our reading lists, sign up to get our newsletter.
SECURING ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION
Registering to vote should always be easy, but especially so in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Coalition Z has partnered with the Public Advocate’s Office, NYC Votes, and other youth-led political organizations like Yvote, Integrate NYC, and Next Gen Politics to lead to fight for Online Voter Registration in New York.
CAMPAIGN MATCHING INITIATIVE
Since 2016, Coalition Z has matched curious and eager young people with local and federal campaigns to volunteer or intern for. Coalition Z is able to match Generation Z with these political opportunities because of collaborations with campaigns including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign for Congress, Zohran Mamdani’s campaign for NY Assembly, and Andom Ghebreghiorgis’s campaign for Congress. If you are a campaign interested in getting involved, fill out this form.
As part of our pillar of youth engagement, Coalition Z facilitates a Youth Cabinet which consultes candidates and elected officials, researches and writes policy, and participates in political conversation with other organizations.
ADVOCATE FOR STRONG GUN LAWS
Coalition Z consistently put together resources for Generation Z to support gun control legislation when it was introduced. To ban bump-stocks, we released this list.
FIGHT TO PROTECT DREAMERS
When President Trump signed an executive order to remove the protections of nearly 800,000 DREAMers whose homes are the United States, we put together a list of actions to support the permanent protections of DREAMers. The list can be found here.
TURN #METOO INTO LEGISLATION
In light of the #MeToo Movement, we created a list of actions our Generation could take to support Me Too legislation in Congress. The resources can be found here.
PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY
When the Federal Communications Commission announced its plans to get rid of net neutrality rules, we launched into action to protect an open internet. The action list can be found here.
PLEDGE FOR OUR FUTURE
In response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the essential Paris Climate Agreement, Coalition Z launched Pledge for Our Future, demanding local and state leaders step up to uphold the United States’ climate commitments. We put together a Toolkit for Coalition Z members to reach out to their representatives and ask they sign the pledge. This can be found here.
STOP THE AHCA!
If the AHCA passed, Paul Ryan’s repeal and replace Obamacare bill, not only would millions of Americans loose healthcare but it would also cut protections for citizens with pre-existing conditions, billions from Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood’s budget. We compiled a list of actions to oppose this bill, which can be found here.
STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD
With the GOP’s introduction of the Obamacare repeal bill, which would significantly defund Planned Parenthood, we compiled resources for Gen Z to take action. Released on International Women’s Day, these resources can be found here.
VOTE NO ON DEVOS & GORSUCH
With Trump’s nomination of unqualified and homophobic of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education and Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice we launched action resources to call our senators. We called the Republican Senators most likely to vote no along with our own, using two seperate action alerts. The Devos Toolkit can be found here & and the Gorsuch one found here.