SHOW UP! Youth and Voting Rights
A Workshop on Civic Engagement

In partnership with Students for Justice a program of the Center for Common Ground, this day-long interactive workshop for students in grades 9 to 12 will teach youth about the history and challenges of voting rights and how to build teams to implement Get Out The Vote strategies – social media campaigns, postcards, phone calls, and texts – to contact some of the 16.5 million Americans who have been purged from the voter rolls, helping them re-establish their voter registration. Students will be provided with a healthy morning snack and lunch. Presenters include Sandra Radoff, Claire Ullman, Andrea Miller and Jay W. Walker. Students will be provided with a healthy morning snack and lunch.

WHEN SPRING 2023 DATES TBA Contact us if interested. 

WHERE The Peoples Forum, 320 West 37th St., New York, NY 10018

REGISTER contact Robert Croonquist

FEE $5.00 per student

COVID PROTOCOLS The People’s Forum policy requires that students show proof of vaccination or a rapid home test taken within 24 to 48 hours before the event.

Andrea Miller (She, Her) is a Board Member of the Center for Common Ground, Founding Board Member and Executive Director of People Demanding Action, Founding President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Virginia and a member of the Democracy and Governance working group of the Virginia Green New Deal. Andrea is an elections strategist who designs and administers digital phonebanks and texting programs. From 2013 to 2015 she led the Progressive Round Table on Capitol Hill bringing together members of Congress, activists and non-profit leaders. Her expertise is in voting rights, climate and the Equal Rights Amendment. She has successfully advocated for legislation on both the Federal and State level. In 2008 she was the Democratic nominee for the Virginia 4th Congressional district.

Sandra Radoff (She, Her) is a researcher and statistician who has her own business as a marketing and opinion research consultant. She has a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and recently went back to graduate school to indulge her passion by completing all the coursework towards a Masters Degree in political science. For the past several years, she has spent considerable time as an activist focusing on the environment and social justice. Being Co-Director of Students for Justice has brought the most meaningful pieces of her life together in one place. Sandra lives in New York City with her husband and has two grown children, a son and a daughter, both Millennials.

Claire Ullman (She, Her) is a political scientist who taught until recently at Barnard College and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and a BA from Harvard University. Before she went to graduate school, Claire helped found an emergency shelter for homeless women and children in Seattle as a VISTA volunteer and then stayed on as its development officer and then its Assistant Director. She served on the board of the Grand Street Settlement in New York City from 1995 to 2008. Finally, and perhaps most relevant to her current job as Co-Director of Students for Justice, Claire is the parent of three recent college graduates.

Jay W. Walker (He, Him) has been involved in activism surrounding LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS issues for over 20 years. In 1998, he helped form the October 19th Coalition which used direct action activism to raise awareness of hate crimes targeting LGBTQ communities. He also volunteered with GMHC’s NY Citizens AIDS Network legislative public policy initiative. A founding member of Gays Against Guns and Rise and Resist, and a co-founder of the Reclaim Pride Coalition and The Queer Liberation March, Jay has conceived, produced and co-produced numerous fundraising events, public awareness campaigns, rallies, marches, and direct action protests focusing on hate crimes, Gun Violence Prevention, HIV/AIDS, Anti-fascism and to protecting and restoring our democracy.

Michele Gilliam is the Deputy Political Director at the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE). Previously, she worked on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign as her National Deputy Political Director. Michele was formerly the Political and Legislative Director of the Transportation Workers Union Local 100. She’s a proud trade unionist and started her career in labor as an organizer for TWU Local 100, before having the opportunity to work for two presidential campaigns in 2016. She started in New Hampshire with Bernie 2016 as the state’s Constituency Director and traveled throughout the country, ending her tenure with his campaign as the New York Political Director. She went on to work for Hillary for America as the National Deputy Labor Campaigns Director. A native of Southeast Queens, New York, Michele is also a writer and has been volunteering with the New York Writers Coalition for over ten years. She dabbles in fiction but is currently working on a memoir, working title: A Madwoman in Her Most Incandescent Bloom. Her first play, Displaced, was read at the Castillo Theater in 2012.