Youth-led 99% Campaign Call to Action for forthcoming UK elections
Theresa May has given the green light for early elections on the 8th June calling the nation to shape the future of the Brexit negotiation. “This is an one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees on its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin”, she said.
But what about the role of the young people in these elections?
According to a YouGov polling, 75% of the 18-24 year-olds voted to remain in the European Union and an impressive 65% didn’t turn up to vote. Much ink has been spilled to determine what would have happened if the majority of young people had exercised, their right on the 23rd June 2016 but views are divisive and inconclusive.
The 99% Campaign as a youth-led movement that aims to make society more inclusive, fair and responsive to young people’s views and realities urges young people to materialise their “one-off” opportunity to have their voices heard and shape their very own future and the country’s future regardless of Brexit by REGISTERING TO VOTE AND VOTING in their forthcoming elections.
Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute, the charity that hosts the campaign said: “Voting lies at the heart of democracy. Young voter turnout levels are important in assessing the legitimacy and health of this country’s democracy. With the future of education, employment and welfare policies being at stake, political engagement is not optional! Voting is a public good and democracies can only deemed to be legitimate when citizens have an active role in the decision-making. I encourage all young people to get engaged with the 99% Campaign and register to vote”.
Representatives from the Youth Advisory Board that manages the 99 Campaign said: “While it is true that young people are often accused of being politically disengaged, indifferent and sceptical about the importance of voting or worse apathetic, the youth-led ethos of the 99% Campaign believes in the power of young people to shape a democracy and a future that reflects their very own needs and realities.”
If you have not registered to vote go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . Deadline for registration 22nd May 2017.
With the elections fast approaching, the young people of the 99% Campaign developed the 99% Campaign Manifesto, a compilation of views, thoughts and learnings from their active involvement in the IARS International Institute’s peer research and educational programmes engaging with hundreds of marginalised young people across the UK and beyond. We don’t claim that this is representative of the views of all young people but we what we present here is an insight of evidence produced by in-depth youth-led research and analysis and highlight the main concerns of young people about their future and future of their peers.
Call to action:
We ask for
- Young people to contribute to this manifesto by sending their stories, views and thoughts about their expectations post-Brexit. Blogs, videos, photography projects can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Schools and colleges to consider their very own priorities for their local areas and send us their views and thoughts email@example.com
- All parties to take into account and incorporate these ideas to their own manifestos!
- Public authorities, Youth organizations, young people, employers and members of the public to sign the 99% Campaign Pledge, an initiative that celebrates youth potential and promotes youth contributions to the society. Read the principles of the pledge and sign the pledge here http://www.99percentcampaign.org/the-99-percent-campaign/the-99-campaign-pledge/
Sign the 99% Campaign Young People’s Manifesto