If there's a bridge for partisan divides, at least in the state of Iowa, it runs through renewable fuel sources. Or so that's the thinking of the Future Iowa Caucus, a bipartisan group of state legislators age 40 and younger who swung through Mason City as part of a broader tour to learn more about energy "success stories" in the area.
Layla Zaidane, COO of Millennial Action Project, which aims to bridge partisan divides by mobilizing young people into office, highlights AOC’s transparency in her communication, "Breaking down the barriers between who we’ve traditionally seen as holding the power and sharing that with the people who put her there, the voters and general public, is an inclusive way to build civic engagement.”
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.