Rise Up Weekend

2021 National Civic Leadership Training Summit
June 25-27, 2021
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Young voters, especially youth of color, turned out in record numbers for the 2020 Election. In fact, a historic high of 55% of young people turned out to vote in 2020, an increase of 9% from 2016. Since then, young people’s enthusiasm has been met with an alarming rise in voter suppression bills aimed at restricting our freedom to vote. As of April 2021, 361 restrictive voting bills have been introduced in 47 states. 

These bills take aim at restricting early and absentee voting, enacting stricter voter ID laws, and making voter registration harder. With 70% of youth voting early or by mail in the 2020 Election, these bills target young voters with surgical precision. In this 50th anniversary year of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 and prohibits age discrimination in voting, this will not stand. Its promise clearly remains unfilled. 

That’s why we must rise up! At Rise Up Weekend, we’re rising up against the alarming increase in voter suppression bills, and we’re rising up in support of each other, an inclusive democracy, and expanding voting rights for all Americans. When we organize our campuses and communities and vote in every election every time, we lead our democracy and nation forward.

2021 Schedule

FRI, 6/25

Time Session
12 - 5 PM ET The Unfulfilled Promise of the Youth Vote (Sessions Open to Public)
12:00 PM ET Welcome: Ready to Rise Up Speakers: Alexandria Harris and Andre Henry
12:05 PM ET State of Voting Rights Today Speaker: Ari Berman
12:20 PM ET The Unfulfilled Promise Speaker: Allison Rank
12:40 PM ET Inspirational Message Speaker: Governor Phil Murphy
12:42 PM ET The Road Ahead Speaker: Alexandria Harris
12:47 PM ET Inspirational Message Speaker: Jay Ellis
1:00 PM ET Equitable, Accessible Democracy & Voting Rights Speaker: Rachel Campbell and Marc Elias
1:25 PM ET Two Bills to Change the Future Speakers: Nancy Abudu, Evan Malbrough, and Congressman John Sarbanes, featuring remarks from Senator Amy Klobuchar
1:50 PM ET The Power of Youth Speakers: Brandon Daye, Tamia Fowlkes, Wambui Gatheru, Anusha Natarajan, and Christina Williams, featuring remarks from Jamira Burley
2:40 PM ET Inspirational Message Speaker: John Leguizamo
2:41 PM ET What's in Your Toolbox? Speakers: Alicia Garza and Shaniqua McClendon, featuring remarks from Mo Banks
3:25 PM ET Inspirational Message Speaker: Tina Tchen
3:27 PM ET From Street Movements to Action at the Ballot Box Speakers: Jon Grinspan, Alexandria Harris, and Congressman Mondaire Jones
4:00 PM ET Living the Legacy Speakers: Jeffrey Clemmons, Dave Dennis, Danny Glover, and Máxima Guerrero, featuring remarks from Julián Castro and Rosie Castro
4:35 PM ET Closing Remarks
4:40 PM ET Social Hour

SAT, 6/26

Time Session
12 - 5 PM ET From Movement to Action (Sessions Open to Andrew Goodman Network)
12:00 PM ET Day Two Kickoff
12:08 PM ET Speed Networking
12:20 PM ET Building Momentum for an Advocacy Movement Speakers: Aklima Khondoker and Angie Vuong
12:40 PM ET Introduction to AGF's Alumni Association Speakers: MacKenzie Bills and Ivan Wei
12:50 PM ET Campus Action Planning
3:30 PM ET Run For Something Speaker: Ross Morales Rocketto
3:45 PM ET Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Sessions Speakers: Laura Bowser and Sabrina Lynch
4:40 PM ET Fulfilling the Promise Call to Action Speaker: Alexandria Harris
4:55 PM ET Thanks for Rising Up!

2021 Speakers

The star-studded Rise Up Weekend will not only inspire but provide participants with meaningful lessons from celebrities and activists who have demonstrated leadership building skills.

Nancy Abudu

Nancy Abudu

Deputy Legal Director for the Voting Rights Practice Group, Southern Poverty Law Center
@SPLCenter

MO BANKS

MO BANKS

Digital Marketing Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

JARVIS BENSON

JARVIS BENSON

Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Ari Berman

Ari Berman

Author and Senior Reporter, Mother Jones

Alan Bond

Alan Bond

Andrew Goodman Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Laura Bowser

Laura Bowser

Founder, Vaud Consulting

Jamira Burley

Jamira Burley

Founder, I Am Here To

Rachel Campbell

Rachel Campbell

Alumna, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Julián Castro

Julián Castro

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Maria del Rosario “Rosie” Castro

Maria del Rosario “Rosie” Castro

Activist and Educator

Jeffrey Clemmons

Jeffrey Clemmons

Vote Everywhere Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Brandon Daye

Brandon Daye

Vote Everywhere Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
@thebrandondaye

David J. Dennis, Sr.

David J. Dennis, Sr.

Civil Rights Activist

Marc Elias

Marc Elias

Chair, Perkins Coie Political Law Group
Founder, Democracy Docket

The Forms

The Forms

Band

Tamia Fowlkes

Tamia Fowlkes

Vote Everywhere Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
@Tamia18

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza

Principal at Black Futures Lab, Author of "The Purpose of Power," & Co-Founder of The Black Lives Matter Global Network
@ChasingGarza

WAMBUI GATHERU

WAMBUI GATHERU

Interim Director of Programs, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

DANNY GLOVER

DANNY GLOVER

Actor, Director, Political Activist, and AGF Advisory Board Member

Jon Grinspan

Jon Grinspan

Curator of Political History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
@amhistorymuseum

Máxima Guerrero

Máxima Guerrero

Migrant and Human Rights Activist

ALEXANDRIA HARRIS, ESQ.

ALEXANDRIA HARRIS, ESQ.

President, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Andre Henry

Andre Henry

Musician

Congressman Mondaire Jones

Congressman Mondaire Jones

U.S. Representative of New York's 17th Congressional District

Aklima Khondoker

Aklima Khondoker

Chief Legal Officer, New Georgia Project

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator from Minnesota

La Toria Lane

La Toria Lane

Vote Everywhere Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo

Actor

Evan Malbrough

Evan Malbrough

Andrew Goodman Puffin Democracy Fellow and Founder of The Georgia Youth Poll Worker Project

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

U.S. Representative of New York's 18th Congressional District

Shaniqua McClendon

Shaniqua McClendon

Political Director, Crooked Media

CECELIA MCDERMOTT

CECELIA MCDERMOTT

Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Desmond Meade

Desmond Meade

President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
@desmondmeade44

Ross Morales Rocketto

Ross Morales Rocketto

Co-Founder, Run for Something

Governor Phil Murphy

Governor Phil Murphy

Governor of New Jersey

Anusha Natarajan

Anusha Natarajan

Vote Everywhere Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
@anusha.natarajan716

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

CHRISTINA POLLONAIS, ESQ.

CHRISTINA POLLONAIS, ESQ.

Senior Program Manager - Growth and Impact Strategist, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man

Band

VALENCIA RICHARDSON, ESQ.

VALENCIA RICHARDSON, ESQ.

Vice Chair of the Board, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Congressman John Sarbanes

Congressman John Sarbanes

U.S. Representative of Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER

Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

CAROLINE SMITH

CAROLINE SMITH

Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

NICOLE TAYLOR

NICOLE TAYLOR

Senior Program Manager - Partnership Strategist, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen

President and Chief Executive Officer, TIME’S UP

Angeline Vuong

Angeline Vuong

Vote Everywhere Campus Champion, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

James White

James White

Running Back, New England Patriots

Christina Williams

Christina Williams

Vote Everywhere Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
@thepeoples.politician

2021 Ambassadors

Meet our inspiring Andrew Goodman Ambassadors! These stellar student activists are developing their leadership skills through our programs, including Rise Up Weekend.

Jeffrey Clemmons

Jeffrey Clemmons

Vote Everywhere Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Sadia Saba

Sadia Saba

Vote Everywhere Ambassador, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

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2021 Partners

Rise Up Weekend was a collaboration between The Andrew Goodman Foundation and a collective of organizations committed to increasing student voter turnout.

Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project

Every Vote Counts

Every Vote Counts

Scholars Strategy Network

Scholars Strategy Network

2021 Supporters

Thank you to our Rise Up Weekend partners for their financial and/or in-kind support.

Bark Media

Bark Media

Bombas

Bombas

Film Movement

Film Movement

Manageroo

Manageroo

Patagonia

Patagonia

Puffin Foundation

Puffin Foundation

Incubating a New Generation of Leaders at the Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit

On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Right Act, The Andrew Goodman Foundation hosted its first Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit. Every year, we bring together Andrew Goodman Ambassadors from participating campuses for several days of intensive training. Through hands-on projects, lectures, and leadership development activities, Andrew Goodman Ambassadors learn the fundamentals of impact-oriented campus organizing and voter engagement. The Summit is offered exclusively to Andrew Goodman Ambassadors, with preference given to Andrew Goodman Team Leaders. For more information, contact your school’s Program Manager.