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March On’s diverse portfolio of work reflects our adherence to intersectional, intergenerational and cross-cutting approaches.
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2022 was a record smashing year for MO/FC’s Youth Direct Action Fund (YDAF). In 2022, the Youth Direct Action Fund granted out over $800,000 across 208 approved applications. To put that in perspective, that represents nearly 500% growth from 2021, where YDAF granted out an approximate $130,000. As of September 2022, we have awarded over $1,000,000 in flexible funding grants to youth groups and grassroots organizers.
Climate change is not a problem of the future but of the present, and it is marginalized communities across the world that are feeling the brunt of its impact. Tokala is a photo/video series highlighting the intersectionality of climate and social justice centering BIPOC frontline youth organizers and the stories of the regions/communities they are fighting for. The intention of the series is two fold: to uplift frontliners in a powerful and optimistic light while simultaneously supporting their work via our Youth Direct Action Fund (YDAF). A flexible, for youth, by youth granting fund organizers can utilize for campaign support, direct actions, direct services, material requests and research projects. Our hope is that this project will not only provide awareness to the work that frontline organizers are doing but also encourage others to make use of the resources for similar work happening daily across the country.
On November 3rd and 17th, 2021 March On and Future Coalition participated in “No More Excuses: #VotingRightsNow,” a civil disobedience action at the White House to demand passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. Today’s effort is the fifth demonstration since August that March On and Future Coalition have joined to build pressure on President Biden and drive home the urgent need for federal voting rights legislation.
Fossil Free Future Day of Action
On October 29, 2021, Future Coalition coordinated the National Day of Action for a Fossil Free Future, consisting of around 40 direct actions across the United States. Roughly 1,500 activists attended the actions, with hundreds more participating via emails and calls to financial institution executives. Organizers primarily targeted local branches and headquarters of Chase – the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels – but demonstrations also took place at Federal Reserve, Wells Fargo, Citibank, and Liberty Mutual locations, as well as outside the home of a BlackRock board member.
March On For Voting Rights
Since January, 48 states have introduced 389 bills that amount to shameful, outright voter suppression, and many have already become law. These laws suppress voting methods that enrich our democracy and lead to high turnout. Racist, anti-democratic voter suppression laws amount to rigging the game. But in America, elections are not a game—and lives depend on their outcomes. That’s why we marched on August 28, 2021, on Washington, Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and 101 cities across America, and why we won’t stop until Congress passes federal voting rights protection for all.
Closed polling places. Broken machines. Long lines. An assault on mail-in ballots. Voter suppression efforts have reached dangerous new heights in 2020. Coupled with a global pandemic, they threaten our ability to have a free, fair and safe election in November. March On’s Voter Protection Corps needs you to stand on the front lines of democracy and combat voter suppression in communities vulnerable to disenfranchisement in 14 key states. As a part of the Corps, you’ll protect voters in a fight for individual rights, collective rights and the future of democracy.
Reed Award Digital Category – Finalist
The centerpiece digital ad from our Last Chance youth turnout campaign featured a driving dance track and vocals by pop-singer LPX. Utilizing classic social pressure tactics and turning the Republican playbook on it’s head — this ad ran in all key swing states everywhere from Hulu to Vevo to Snapchat.
#VoteWithUs Webby Nomination
March On And Future Coalition #votewithus campaign was nominated for Best Virtual & Remote Campaign, Public Service & Activism, in The 25th Annual Webby Awards. “Nominees like #VoteWithUs by March On and Future Coalition are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,500 entries we received this year.”
Pushing for Progress
March On hosted “Pushing for Progress: A Panel Series About Learning from 2020 and Planning for 2022,” a three-part series dedicated to what happened during the 2020 election cycle, what we can learn from it and how we can apply those lessons to 2022 and beyond.
Georgia Special Election
With control of the Senate in the balance, the #VoteWithUs bus tour covered more than 1,200 miles in 14 cities and helped Georgians register and vote while our mobile billboard battled disinformation. A drive-in concert in Atlanta featuring Grammy Award Winner Monica brought 3,200 voters—right next door to a polling place. A star-studded TikTok Textbank Virtual Vote Rally brought almost 600 people together to remind more than 350,000 voters to get to the polls. We sent more than 1 million text messages, registered more than 2,600 voters, and knocked on nearly 2,700 doors—and put 2 historic candidates in the Senate.
#VoteWithUs turned out young people, women, and communities of color—the New American Majority—and helped lead to both the largest early vote and the highest youth voter turnout in history. The #VoteWithUs bus tour traveled to eight different states, joining with local leaders and organizers to reach out to young voters and Black voters and encourage them to vote. On National Vote Early Day, March On led a nonpartisan coalition in hosting a massive #VoteWithUs virtual rally and 11 same-day, on-the-ground mobilizations. #VoteWithUs also included hundreds of local and virtual events inviting voters to drop off their mail-in ballots.
50 Miles More
March On and Future Coalition supported Black youth across Wisconsin in a 5-day march from Milwaukee to Madison to demand elected officials commit to anti-racism, condemn the use of tear gas and rubber bullets, provide funding for violence prevention, and hold special sessions on gun violence and policing in Wisconsin.
Earth Day Live
March On and Future Coalition organized a three-day, nonstop livestream commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and demanding climate action. The event–the largest online mass mobilization in history–featured celebrity appearances and high-profile speakers such as Stacey Abrams, Al Gore, Jane Fonda, Joaquin Phoenix, Shepard Fairey, Ai Weiwei and more.
Virginia Statewide Elections
Anchored on the campus of Norfolk State University during their homecoming weekend, this was a Get Out The Vote series of activities designed to encourage young people and newly registered and drop off voters in the surrounding area to vote. The four days of activities included: two free events (Homecoming Saturday and Election Day Tuesday) offering food, music, giveaways, community outreach and shuttle rides taking students to the polling location; door knocking; literature drops; radio advertising; and texting.
Climate Strike Coalition
Future Coalition has been coordinating the US Climate Strike Coalition, an intergenerational, youth-led coalition of over 500 climate and social justice organizations, since July 2019. The Coalition was created to provide space for collaboration between youth-led climate justice organizations and bridge the new wave of the youth climate justice movement with adult-led organizations and leaders who have been building the movement for the last many decades. Together, the coalition organized the September 20, 2019 climate strike in the US, the largest ever youth-led climate mobilization in our country. The coalition went on to coordinate the November 29 and December 6 strikes in 2019 as well as Earth Day Live, the three-day strike that went digital due to COVID-19.
I Am Juliana
Future Coalition launched the “I Am Juliana” campaign to put pressure on the courts to hold the government accountable for failure to protect their rights to life, liberty, property and equal protection when it comes to climate change. With FC coaching and resources, dozens of youth organized press conferences across the country to gain the public and the media’s attention.
March on the Polls
March on the Polls converted grassroots energy into political change in the 2018 midterm elections. A women-led coalition made voting a joyful expression of democratic participation and helped rally the largest turnout for a midterm election in American history. In November, Democrats won by the largest margins ever, including 116 women elected to Congress and 23 people of color as freshman members of the House.
Walk Out to Vote
Future Coalition mobilized students across America to walk out of school on election day and march to the polls to cheer each other on as those eligible cast their votes, contributing to record youth turnout. In Shorewood, Wisconsin, hometown of many Future Coalition founders, 91 percent of the population voted–the city’s highest turnout ever.