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7 Ways to Be an Effective 21st-Century Political Activist

September 13, 2016
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7 Ways to Be an Effective 21st-Century Political Activist
Erin Schrode believes that politicians don't cast votes based on the number of signatures on a petition. Instead, she thinks they listen to the constituents that they connect with in more intimate environments. Courtesy of Erin Shrode
Millennial Erin Schrode started a nonprofit at age 13 and ran for elected office as a 25-year-old. Here, she shares her secrets to making an impact.

Earlier this year, Erin Schrode, a 25-year-old Californian, ran to be America’s youngest female Congresswoman. The New York University graduate and founder of the environmental nonprofit, Turning Green, waged an underdog fight against fellow Democratic incumbent, Jared Huffman. The opponents were in agreement about the issues facing the state’s liberal North Coast (which stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the forested Oregon border), but Schrode argued it was time for young people to take the reins in Washington. Although she came in a distant third in the June primary, Schrode brought a youthful energy to staid Congressional politics and believes she switched up the dynamics of the race.

NationSwell spoke to her recently while she was on a visit to New York City about the lessons she’s learned about political organizing in the era of hashtag activism.


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