CEEP initiative to help students speak out in the time of COVID

Posted by Campus Election Engagement Project on April 14, 2020

As you know, students’ lives have been upended as COVID-19 has closed campuses and workplaces. The decisions of elected leaders leading the response at every level underscore the importance of student voting in elections.  But as the Wisconsin elections just taught us, both students and other citizens now risk having to choose between public health and participating in democracy.

CEEP is therefore asking students to speak out to safeguard our elections and to voice their beliefs to elected leaders on COVID responses like the economic stimulus bills. We’ve created a COVID-19 Student Voting Initiative, which we’d appreciate your promoting in whatever ways you can. So please pass it on to your campus contacts and any other organizations that might be interested. 

We view the letter  as a first step for students to get involved,  so have also described ways students can speak out on other key issues related to the virus, like how governmental responses should address the loss of the already precarious jobs that students depend on. So we hope you’ll pass on these approaches as well.

This is a time that’s testing all of us profoundly. But we believe America’s students will rise to the occasion if we facilitate opportunities, and that their stories are critical for elected officials to hear. We hope you’ll join us in this task.

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