Posts filed under ‘Power Vote’
Southern Energy Network joins with group of organizations in condemning Florida voter suppression bill
Students working with the Southern Energy Network registered over 2,000 young voters in Florida in 2010 – and our ability to register voters in future FL elections is under attack. SB 2086, due to be voted on today in the Florida State Senate, would limit student voting in a number of ways, including:
- Preventing students from being able to change their address at the polls;
- Reducing the early voting period; and,
- Introducing new and difficult regulations for any group working to register voters.
This bill will have a direct impact on our ability to register voters in Florida in the 2012 elections and into the future, as well as our ability to effectively turn out students to vote. This in an unacceptable and dramatic attack on the ability of young people to vote.
UPDATE: The Florida Senate passed the bill 25-13. The bill will now go back to the House, which passed a different version.
As a part of our strategy to fight the three proposed coal-fired power plants in Georgia, the Southern Energy Network and Georgia Youth for Energy Solutions (GA YES!), are putting the pressure on 2010 political candidates.
Last Thursday, June 24, we showed up at the Georgia Water Coalition’s Gubernatorial Forum on Water and the Environment ready to ask candidates hard-hitting questions about the future of renewable energy and green jobs in Georgia. With 12 existing coal-fired power plants, one of which is the single largest point source of CO2 in the US, and 3 new plants proposed, these water-intensive power plants are of huge concern to our drought-ridden state.
We told candidates Dubose Porter, Carl Camon, and General David Poythress that young voters will not stand for new coal in the state of Georgia and that we’re demanding clean, safe, renewable energy that will bring real green jobs to our state. And we got a pretty good response!
To back up our statements, we spend this past Saturday at a booth talking to folks at AthFest – a 3-day music and arts festival that takes place every summer in downtown Athens, Georgia. We gathered almost 50 new petition signatures from Georgia voters, telling gubernatorial candidates that they’ll be voting for candidates who:
- Oppose the construction of Plant Washington and support clean energy solutions such as wind and solar, NOT coal and nuclear.
- Support statewide energy efficiency programs that will cut our carbon emissions and make Georgia a leader in global warming solutions
- Invest in education to create clean energy tech jobs
E-mail all the gubernatorial candidates and let them know that you’ll also be voting on the issues, and don’t forget to vote in the Georgia primaries on July 20! If you can, copy us on your emails – use firstname.lastname@example.org. Jenna is our Georgia Organizer, working with GA YES to fight the proposed coal plants.
General David Poythress (Info@poythressforgovernor.com)
Randal Mangham (email@example.com)
Dubose Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carl Camon (email@example.com)
Bill Bolton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Roy Barnes (email@example.com)
Thurbert Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nathan Deal (email@example.com)
Karen Handel (info@KarenHandel.com)
Eric Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Oxendine (email@example.com)
Ray McBerry (McBerryCampaign@GeorgiaFirst.org)
Ray Boyd (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Al Bartell (http://www.albartell.com/contactme.htm)
John Monds (http://www.votemonds.com/contact.html)
Written by Kelsea Norris, student at the University of Georgia in Athens
I haven’t had much of an appetite lately… With the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, confirmed reports of bio-diversities continued global decline, and another delay in adoption of a National Climate Policy, my stomaches been in knots. Fortunately, I’ve been able to keep myself from sulking, and have found some inspiration through a critical political moment.
The North Carolina Primary Election kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday May 4th). Turnout for mid-term primaries is historically low, with young people being in the lowest turnout percentage. Regardless, with everything going on in the world, I feel compelled to do my part to flip that trend in 2010! I realized more than ever that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for and we will be the ones to define this decade.. Therefore it is up to us what the future looks like.
Polls are open from 7:30a.m – 6:30p.m. To find your polling place CLICK HERE
Here are 4 reasons you need to cast your vote this mid-term election
- Almost every ecosystem and resource on the planet is in a state of decline
- We’ve got to change the political tides and we need the strongest leadership to do that
- Your voice counts and now is not the time to be silent.
- Turnout in Mid-term elections is low, that means, as young people, we can have a HUGE impact!!
- Because they are just as important, if not more so, as Presidential Elections.
Please share this Facebook link with your networks to get others to vote this Mid-term Election.
Vote and Voter Early!
by Russell Anderson, NC Campus Organizer for Southern Energy Network
Despite the day’s light rains, thousands of people are standing patiently in line to vote around Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina. Last night in Chapel Hill, more than 1500 door hangers got distributed to students and community members reminding them to use their civil liberties today and Get Out the Power Vote. UNC Asheville continues to Get Out the Power Vote by flyering the dorms with hundreds of Power VOTE door hangers and by partnering with other campus groups to direct people to the polls.
At NC State University, Energy Action Coalition Staff and the BioTour.org crew are talking with students
about the importance of voting and offering free, waste vegetable oil powered bus rides to the polling stations around campus. At UNC Chapel Hill, get out the vote coordinators have hired bicycle rickshaws to offer students climate friendly rides. It’s a similar story across the state and around the country. So many people are helping because so many of us realize how important this election is, how important it is for our voices to be heard and that now is the time to deliver a strong message to our representative’s that we are the force that will usher in a better way of doing things. We will not be silenced.
The power that our vote will have this election is going to be monumental! Don’t let a little rain stop you! We all need to do our parts today and every day to hold decision makers accountable for making sure the world is a better place.
Remember, a little rain never hurt anybody! Get out there and Power Vote!