Breakfast at Parc is Only the Beginning
On January 20th, 50 millennials gathered with one of Philadelphia's most prominent leaders, Governor Ed Rendell, to have breakfast and discuss the impact Philadelphia's 300,000 registered millennials voters could make on state and local politics. The spirited discussion that followed, at Parc Restaurant, one of Philadelphia's iconic restaurants, touched on a wide array of critically important topics. They included public education, the importance of compromise in politics, and a more uniquely Philly conversation piece — the Eagles' new head coach.
What underlined the entire discussion is the critical role that millennials can play in ushering in a new, more productive, and less partisan political era. With 300,000+ registered millennials, the largest of any demographic in the city, millennial voters can be the disruptive force in this year's elections. As evidenced by recent millennial outcry over Council President Clarke's attempt to ban students from renting in the Rittenhouse area and Councilman Squilla's plan to regulate the local music scene, millennials can make a difference when we act with purpose and passion.
The question is, will we?
Will we care about public schools, job growth in Philadelphia, social justice, income inequality, or taxes? All of these issues are at stake this year and collectively we can shape the answers to those vexing problems if we get involved. Join a campaign, donate to a political organization (ahem!, donate to Philly Set Go here), or write an op-ed. There are hundreds of ways to get involved in and become engaged with the political process. Need pointers? Email us!
On April 26th and November 8th we will go to the polls to elect state legislators, U.S Congresspeople, a U.S. Senator, an Attorney General, and a President. We need you to vote. You need you to vote. Otherwise, you are entrusting your future to someone else. Or as Governor Rendell reminded us during our recent fundraiser, if you don't vote you should hold your complaints. (Need to register? Your deadline to register prior to the primary is March 28th. Register here.)
As a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer recently, and so pithily, wrote, "In 2016, in Philadelphia, millennials are not a constituency you mess with." Let's make sure we show the city that's the case, not only in our organized furor over councilmanic activity but also at the ballot box.
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