The University of Wisconsin chapter of the Millennial Action Project hosted a “Red and Blue Dialogue” Monday night to discuss bipartisan efforts behind financing higher education. UW alumnus Steven Olikara, who founded MAP to address the “worsening partisan divide” by engaging with the millennial generation, said the only way to solve student debt is through collaboration and bipartisanship.
Join folks from across the political spectrum will join on Thursday, Sept. 6, at The Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale, WI for our Across the Red & Blue Divide: Reforming Criminal Justice event.
As two young legislators from opposite parties and different parts of the country, we may not have much in common at first glance.But we both care deeply about government transparency and accountability, and are strong advocates for women’s leadership. That’s why we’re founding members of a new, bipartisan initiative called the Democracy Reform Task Force.
Steven Olikara was standing in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial when something odd occurred to him. "This is a man who lived to be 83 years old," he said. "But he wrote the Declaration of Independence when he was 33." By the time he died, the Declaration of Independence was still the most important product of his political career. It made Olikara realize that the idea that millennials are too young for politics in unfounded.
On July 1, Alabama will become the 45th state to allow ridesharing companies, like Uber and Lyft, to operate statewide. This bipartisan effort was led by Alabama Future Caucus member Representative David Faulkner, alongside state Senator Bobby Singleton, and signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey in March.
Congress and almost half the states have a caucus created for and by millennials. Last week, Virginia became the 22nd state with a bipartisan caucus of young lawmakers meant to focus on the issues most important to millennials. The Virginia Future Caucus, as it’s called, is inspired by the Millennial Action Project, a national bipartisan organization that encourages young people to get involved in politics and to build coalitions once they are elected to work on issues important to millennial voters.
Congress is too stagnant, divided and corrupted to do its job – and the American people are demanding reform. The left says “the system is rigged.” The right demands Washington “drain the swamp.” Both sides need to work together to demand change in our broken national political system that will benefit us all.
The Future Caucus, formed in partnership with the nonprofit Millennial Action Project, instead makes an explicitly generational pitch. As MAP founder Steven Olikara puts it, the caucus invites its 29 members to think of themselves as peers with a set of shared problems to solve, instead of the latest wave of foot soldiers in a decades-old battle for Washington.