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HONORING WITH ACTION
In the historic presidential election of 2020, won by Joseph R. Biden Jr it is estimated that youth voter turnout exceeded 53%, making it the highest youth voter turnout in US history. The impact of the youth vote- especially overwhelming support for Biden in BIPOC communities – was decisive in defeating Trump in key races across the country. The threat of voter suppression has gained momentum with legislation looming that could set a dangerous precedent for voting rights. It is essential that we support the momentum of youth civic engagement as we head toward the 2022 Midterm elections and beyond.
With the upcoming release of the award-winning documentary, Us Kids in theatres and on digital platforms on May 14, 2021 (via Greenwich Entertainment and Cargo Releasing), Us Kids will launch a social media campaign tied to a series of virtual screening events and calls-to-action. With the resurgence of recent mass shootings (Atlanta, Boulder), we are working on an exciting social media campaign involving both collective digital art mosaic and music to bring together partner organizations and intergenerational allies (including Us Kids collaborators Emma Gonzalez, Cher and special guests) to call for gun violence prevention, youth voter engagement, and alliance with the youth movement in support of their quest for moral leadership in America. Us Kids chronicles the birth of the movement as a group of teenage activists pull off the largest youth protest in American history, set out across the country and build an inclusive and unprecedented global youth movement that addresses gun violence prevention, racial justice, a growing public health crisis and shocking a political system into change.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND REFORM
Given President Biden’s historic April 8th 2021 announcement of new executive actions on gun reform and a call for an assault weapons ban, we are poised to utilize Us Kids as a powerful tool to support gun violence prevention. With two historic background check bills that have passed the House, gun sales rocketing, domestic violence and teen suicide on the rise and civil unrest continuing to threaten our democracy, gun reform is more paramount than ever. Despite what may have appeared as a lull in mass shootings during the COVID pandemic, 2020 was in fact the deadliest gun violence year in decades, and sadly there is no reason to believe 2021 will differ.
Us Kids will continue to work alongside the youth movement and GVP partners to amplify their work and promote policy reform with a particular call-to-action around local grassroots engagement and empowering local communities to enact gun violence prevention policy.
HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE SCREENING TOUR
61 years after the birth of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the historic sit-ins that marked the Civil Rights Movement, Us Kids will partner with Good Docs to launch a College/University and High School screening tour beginning with Historical Black Colleges and Universities. With an interactive presentation platform and accompanying curriculum focusing on issues of government accountability, inclusive youth civic engagement looking forward to the 2022 midterms and beyond and giving voice to the pressing issues that concern our youth and the generations to come. These screenings will replicate the success of our 2020 national screening tour with student activist leaders and Us Kids subjects and filmmakers participating.
BRIDGE BUILDING DIALOGUES AMONG YOUTH
During the screening tours we will sponsor town hall-style discussions with youth on both sides of the ideological fence – and everywhere in between – to build dialogue, encouraging students to initiate groups/clubs/alliances to address the gun issue and the opportunity to work together for positive outcomes.