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Friends,

It’s that time of the year again. Yep. We’re recruiting leaders for our fall internship. Now’s the time to nominate that young person in your life who’s hungry for justice and ready to work on local and state-level grassroots campaigns.

We’re kicking off our internship with a major operation on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday September 22nd. Wait, before you apply or nominate someone, I want to tell you a story.

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Once upon a time, in a beautiful city by a magical lake, lived a rock-star board of directors…

…and the baddest field organizers in town.

We asked ourselves, “what can we do about this low voter turnout among millennials?” Together we formed Chicago Votes.

We recruited the freshest talent from campuses as near as Malcolm X College and as far away as Miami. We named them DemocracyCorps Fellows.

We connected them with over 20 leading expert organizers, thinkers and professionals in the city (like the youngest alderman in Chicago City Council, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa) who taught fellows to understand government, policy and how to change the law.

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We registered 1,000 young people to vote in 6 days, canvassing events like Wicker Park Fest and Lollapalooza.

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We collected 2500 petition cards for data transparency on Stop and Frisk, and demanded City Council take action to reduce racial profiling during a press conference with We Charge Genocide.

Fellows shared their newfound knowledge with other young people…

…and hosted a forum on police accountability.

We amplified the voice of millennials in government…

…and made democracy FUN.

Don’t you want to be like these bosses?

If you know someone in your community who is ready to take their skills to the next level, nominate them to become a fall intern with Chicago Votes.

We know you believe in our work. Show us some love by making a contribution to Chicago Votes or becoming a BOSS monthly giver. Building a thriving democracy is hard work. With your support, we can keep winning.

We’re Chicago Votes. By young people. For all people.

Love,

Christian, Corina, Dejaun, Jen & Rudy.

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