Introducting Shift: In

As a civic engagement organization, a lot of times we get the question: what exactly is civic engagement? Is it voting? Is it being on a board? Is it lobbying? Is it sharing something on Facebook? We believe it’s a mix of all of that, and more. So in order to expand access and lower the barrier of entry to civic engagement, we’d like to introduce our new video series: Shift: In Our goal is to shift the civic process in as many news feeds and timelines as possible, so young people can quickly understand how it relates to them, where they can can get engaged, and how. The series will feature a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, campus news, legislative updates, and a few surprises as well. In this episode, we cover House Bill 51, House Bill 37, and also interview Jordan Johnson, a young leader in Augusta, about his role in the Richmond County school system and how to get involved on the local level. **** Help us keep this going by donating here: https://georgiashift.com/contribute/ Find your state representative: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ Like the orgs featured in this episode: Students Against House Bill 51 GALEO.org Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta Music: OBESØN – Runnin’ (https://soundcloud.com/obeson/runnin) Dan Farber – Take Me High (https://soundcloud.com/dan_farber/take-me-high) What So Not X George Maple ft. Rome Fortune – Buried (https://soundcloud.com/whatsonot/buried)...

Intern Q&A: Meagan Landis

  Meagan Landis’ upbringing in the Washington DC area  inspired her to become involved in the political process from an early age. She has volunteered for a number of nonprofits and political campaigns to promote grassroots activism and push for a more progressive political agenda. Meagan has a bachelor’s in social science from the University of Maryland University College and is currently a graduate student at the Pennsylvania State University School of Public Affairs. Q&A What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I grew up in the Washington DC area and being so close to the epicenter of the political process I learned from an early age to take my rights and responsibilities as a citizen seriously and never take them for granted. The culture of the area is that is a norm and expectation for citizens to be involved in the political process, as it is the only way to ensure a strong democracy. My grandparents, who were instrumental in raising me, also reinforced the importance of being involved in the political process. They were of the generation who experienced the Great Depression and World War II and witnessed the people of the nation get together and get involved in unprecedented ways to make truly great changes. That left an indelible impression on them and one that they passed on to me. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? There are many historical figures I would love to meet and among them would be Franklin D. Roosevelt. President Roosevelt understood the importance of public service values and recognized that...
Georgia Shift wins 3rd Place in Everyday Democracy’s Young Leaders Grant Competition

Georgia Shift wins 3rd Place in Everyday Democracy’s Young Leaders Grant Competition

                          Last weekend, we were honored to receive a third place award at Everyday Democracy’s national convening for our work with young people across the state. We were one of finalists for the young leaders scholarship and grant competition. It was an incredible opportunity to join young leaders from across the country and learn how they are creating change in their own communities. Each day of the event taught and inspired us more to fight harder for equity for all in my in the work we do. We made critical connections with leaders working on similar issues as can’t wait to collaborate with them in 2017 and beyond. We want to thank the board, staff, and volunteers of Every Day Democracy for allowing us to attend this invaluable...

Session for post-election dialogue, healing set

[From the Augusta Chronicle] Organizers hope a Saturday forum will facilitate healing among residents who reacted strongly to the Nov. 8 presidential election. “Since the election there’s been a lot of raw emotions. The idea is to get people out of their own bubbles and to start talking with each other,” said organizer Ian Bridgeforth of Georgia Shift, Inc. The moderated forum won’t be a “rant session” and aspires to bring together people of different political philosophies. None will be excluded, he said. “The process of reconciliation starts with dialogue, listening and understanding,” Bridgeforth said. Primary organizer Anthony Page said that after the election, “some cheered, while others jeered. Some cried, while others celebrated,” but regardless, the election revealed “a deep divide within our country.” The moderated forum will include speakers and a seven-member panel and encourage audience comments and questions. Speakers include Bridgeforth, whose company focuses on getting millennials involved in political discourse and Joseph Willard, who is completing a graduate thesis on black radicals and the Cuban revolution. Panelists will include Jesse Willard, founder of the Augusta advocacy group I Breathe, I Rise; Davidson magnet school senior Deja Green, a performing artist whose group Divine Intelligence, will also perform; Elsa Bustamante, founder of the Hispanic Business Alliance of the CSRA and Brad Owens, known in the community as outspoken on issues related to gun rights, downtown Augusta and the local film-making industry. Owens called himself a rare conservative Democrat in a party that “left white male conservatives behind” during the election. He hopes the session will help the party regroup after the stunning loss. The forum will...

Georgia Shift Featured on WRGC 88.3FM

[Originally posted on WRGC] In this edition of Georgia College Connections, we talk with Ian Bridgeforth, the Founder and CEO of Georgia Shift, a recently-minted, non-profit organization. Bridgeforth addresses the organization’s goal of giving young Georgians a platform from which to get involved in the civic life of their communities at the local, state, national and international levels. Thish...

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