- You have the right to be heard and the power to vote during the election
- Your vote matters because you are important and so are the needs of your family and friends
- You can support solutions to the problems you see affecting your community
- You can make sure your elected officials represent you
- You can impact the direction of the entire country
Spring 2021 Get Out the Vote Events and Resources
Who's on Your Ballot?
Did you know there's an election in Philadelphia every six months? Are you prepared for Philadelphia's primary election on May 18? Watch this informative session with Committee of Seventy and City Commissioner Omar Sabir to learn who's on your ballot and why this election is important.
- Omar Sabir, Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
- David Thornburg, President and CEO, Committee of Seventy
- Moderated by Mikecia Witherspoon, Government Relations Officer
Virtual Watch Parties
The time for all Watch Party dates is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (Passcode: Vote)
Join the #CCPVotes team for a Lunch and Learn series, where we will virtually get together and watch Will Smith’s new Netflix series “Amend,” while we chat live over Zoom. Watch party dates and links to participate: April 1, join us on Zoom; April 5, join us on Zoom; April 12, join us on Zoom; April 14, join us on Zoom; and April 21 join us on Zoom.
“Philly D.A.” — PBS Docuseries featuring Larry Krasner
April 21 | 6 to 7 p.m.
Join the #CCPVotes team for a screening of this new series.
#CCPVotes Tabling on Campus
April 26, April 28 and May 3 | 1 to 3 p.m.
Join the #CCPVotes team to register to vote on campus in front of the West Building.
Virtual Voter Registration Office Hours
April 30 | 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Meet with a member of our #CCPVotes team online to get registered to vote.
Voter Engagement Podcast
Listen to the new podcast from the Student Voting Network, hosted by the College’s very own Benjamin Nixon, former Campus Vote Project Democracy mentor.
What You Can Do
Register to Vote
- Students, register to vote at StudentVote.org
- Not a student or live outside of PA, get started here.
- Find your polling place
- Have you voted on the new voting machines? Check out this video.
- Find your legislator
Get Out the VOTE and Hashtag #CCPVOTES
Octavius Catto's Journey to Voting Equity: Then and Now
Learn about Catto’s most infamous legacy—the right to vote for all people. He was an educator and activist that was assassinated on Election Day 1871 as he urged government officials to protect the newly gained right for Black men to vote. Moderated by Dr. Aubria Nance, Associate Director of the Catto Scholarship, speakers included Dr. Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia; Dr. April Voltz, Executive Director, Catto Scholarship; Amy Cohen, Education Director, History Making Productions; and Otis Hackney, Chief Education Officer, City of Philadelphia.
A Beginner's Guide on How to Get Involved in Politics
April 6 | 1:30 p.m. | Join us on Zoom (Passcode: Vote)
The upcoming election on May 18 is local and has us thinking about how we can get involved in local politics ourselves. This session is a panel presentation on how you can begin getting involved in your government. Learn more about how others have started their journey and what opportunities there are to get involved in your city.
- Mia Velez, Philadelphia Youth Commission
- Julian Domanico, Millennial Advisory Committee
- Marc Meola, Assistant Professor, Library and Committee Person
- Claire Galpern, One PA
- Ahmad Mitchell, #CCPVotes Student Fellow and Co-moderator
- Heather Sizemore, #CCPVotes Student Fellow and Co-moderator
How to Have Civil Discourse about Our Past, Present and Future
April 12 | 11:00 a.m. | Join us on Zoom (Passcode: Vote)
In this session, faculty and students learn how to have civil discourse in the classroom. Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, founder of the Civics Beyond the Classroom workshop series, will teach us how to engage in conversation about the state of our country. Judge Rufe will go over the practice of respectful dialogue to enhance the understanding of an issue. Participants will be informed of the distinction between partisanship and nonpartisanship. Finally, resources will be shared to help faculty and students practice these conversations. Students and faculty will then have the opportunity to break out into groups to practice the rules and conversation of civil discourse.
- Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of PA
- Rachael Houston, Faculty Resources Coordinator, Campus Election Engagement Project
- Liz Canapary, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
- Ahmad Mitchell, Campus Vote Project Democracy Mentor
- Moderated by Michelle Lopez, Manager, Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership