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Mandatory paid time off from work to go vote. Expanded voting hours. Online voter registration. These are just a few of the changes people in New York can expect in upcoming elections. Thanks to a recently approved Board of Elections proposal pushing these key democracy reforms, it will be easier than ever for people across the state to register to vote and make their voices heard in elections. #PeopleLikeUs need to hold public servants in all states accountable for passing these kinds of changes to transform our democracy so everyone has the right and ability to make their voices heard on Election Day!

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“Without her treatment, it’s like a death sentence.” These are the words of Karla Bueso, a mother who came with her husband and daughter to the United States 16 years ago at the invitation of doctors who were studying her daughter’s rare genetic illness. But despite being allowed to stay in the US for nearly two decades, the Trump administration announced that Karla, her family, and others like them who have been allowed to stay in the country for humanitarian reasons, must leave voluntarily or risk deportation. This change in policy shows a shocking lack of compassion, even for this administration, and will cost people their lives. As a community of New Americans and allies, we must stand against this administration’s heartless decisions and put an end to Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Despite repeated calls from security experts and lawmakers, our electoral system remains as vulnerable as ever to interference. Due to political inaction, the 2020 election remains at risk from both domestic and foreign influencers like we saw in the 2016 election. #PeopleLikeUs are the ones who should decide the outcome of our elections — no one else. That’s why we must take a stand today and demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bring election security measures to a vote and protect our democracy! Sign our petition now to ensure your voice is heard and our elections remain fair, safe, and secure.

Did you hear the news? Earlier this week, we were thrilled to announce that Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran, and NAL alumna and New York Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz are our 2019 New American Hero Award recipients! We’ll be celebrating their work to create a democracy that represents and works for all of us on Thursday, November 14th in Washington, DC. The only thing that could make it better is having you there with us. Make sure you register today and take advantage of our early bird ticket price — this is definitely an event you don’t want to miss!

Once you register, be sure to also use the link on the confirmation page to get a discounted rate to attend our annual Power and Policy Conference on November 15th in Washington, DC. We’ll be bringing together some of the best and brightest elected officials, community activists, policy leaders, and NAL alumni from across the country at this convening to discuss the future our movement to create a more inclusive democracy. Make sure you reserve your spot at these two events today!

Although we can’t all be members of The Squad, we can support the next wave of Boss Ladies — badass women running campaigns and changing the face of political leadership. And starting in September, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in partnership with IGNITE through our new training series. These immersive one-day events are focused on preparing young women of color to serve as campaign staff on races across the country. We’ll be kicking off our first training on September 28th in Seattle, so be sure to learn more and keep an eye out for future opportunities for you or someone you know to participate.