Meet Ben Lathrop: Motion Graphics Intern

  Ben Lathrop was inspired by his home city Erie PA to help inform young people of political processes. He has worked on a number of independent projects in a variety of media and has recently branched out to motion graphics. Ben has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Applied Media Arts Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Q&A What inspires you to get involved in the political process? I want to help combat political apathy, especially among younger voters. Too often do I hear the phrase, “I’m not going to vote because my one vote doesn’t matter.”  In all actuality, young voters are the most important group in politics. I feel they just need more information pertaining to what’s going on and how to make change happen. If I can help people understand what’s going on politically, even if I just make visual aids, then I believe I’m helping make a difference in society. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? There are quite a few people I’d like to talk with, one of them being Theodore Roosevelt. He knew how to get things done and didn’t let anything stop him from achieving his goals. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” He showed people that great things can happen, if only people are willing to work toward those goals. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” How do you recharge? I recharge after enjoying a good story. An engaging novel or movie is great for inspiration. Storytelling brings us all closer together, so I’m always on the...

5 Common Trans Myths We Need to Bust

Happy Pride Month, everyone! The month is almost over but before it ends, we wanted to dispel just a few myths surrounding trans people and the issues they face. Let’s begin! 1. Being transgender is about adhering to a strict binary. When one hears the term “transgender” they might think it means transitioning from one gender to another. However, that’s not necessarily the case. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, gender is a bit more flexible than that. In addition to identifying as a man or woman, people identify as both, neither or somewhere in between. Thinking about gender in more complex and nuanced ways will help bridge the gap in understanding trans identity. 2. Transgender people using their preferred bathroom will cause spikes in sexual assault cases. As “bathroom bills” continue to pop up around the U.S. in an attempt to lower sexual assault risks, much debate has been sparked around the idea that letting trans people use the bathroom of their choosing is dangerous. The argument that having protections in place for trans people who want to use their preferred bathroom will encourage sexual predators to use those protections to their own advantages. However, there appears to be no proof that anti-discrimination laws regarding gender identity has led to an increase in sexual assault cases in bathrooms. This CNN article debunking that argument actually states that trans people are more likely to be harassed in bathrooms, which brings us to the next myth. 3. Trans people don’t face violence and discrimination. Representation of trans people is still very sparse in our media today and there...

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...

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