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Sunrise Movement + United We Dream Action Drive Calls to Young Voters in the Georgia Runoff


This weekend United We Dream Action (UWDA) and Sunrise Movement are joining forces to drive calls to a multiracial group of young voters in Georgia (ages 18-35) to get out the vote for Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in the runoff election.

The youth-led organizations are partnering together to remind young people of their electoral power and to ensure there are more champions in Congress who fight for the issues young people care about most -- a living wage, abortion justice, immigration rights, and climate change.

Michele Weindling, Electoral Director for Sunrise Movement, said:

"On November 8th, our generation showed up and shocked the world - defeating far-right candidates, electing progressives, and proving that young people are vital to winning elections. We are powerful because across race and class, young people know the stakes of the moment, and we demand change. That's why Sunrise Movement and United We Dream Action are working together to win the election in Georgia - to fight for the issues our generation care about from immigrant rights to climate justice. Young, Black and brown voters made the runoff possible, and now we're going to win it."

Juanita Monsalve, Senior Marketing and Creative Director for United We Dream Action, said:

"Young people showed up in the midterms and delivered victories for the entire country, holding the Senate, defeating fascists, and preventing a right-wing wave. We are a critical voting bloc and the Georgia runoff is another opportunity to show yet again that we can absolutely use our voting power to deliver. Georgia is a key state in expanding our majority in the halls of Congress and we are dedicated to ensuring we will have progressive leaders representing us in the next Congress."

Last month, Sunrise launched an organizing program to reach young Georgians and help them make a plan to vote through regular phone banks and texting. So far this year, Sunrise already reached over 3 million voters this way.

This comes after a huge youth surge in the midterm elections, with young people breaking the second highest youth turnout of any midterm in the last 30 years.

Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.