Rize Up

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About Rize Up

Rize Up was created by Josh Cole, street photographer and film-maker and Jane Powell, founder of the men’s mental health charity, CALM. It’s supported by a collective of people who know that anything is possible. We’re an alliance of people – some from the world of politics of all shades and none. We’re NOT here to campaign for any party. In fact, we’re doing this because we think politics isn’t working for young people. For more information go to http://rizeup.org/. You can sign up to vote here https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - all you need is your National Insurance number.

About The Digital Newsroom

The Rize Up Digital Newsroom is a simple and useful resource for you to keep track of all the latest news stories. High resolution images and complete press releases are available to download from here, and you can connect with our various social media profiles easily. Suggestions for improvements are welcome.

Contact Details

Liana Maher and Dana Leigh
Manifest London

Rize Up

“THEY DON’T WANT US TO VOTE” : Rize Up reprises its mission to get young people to speak up in election

Voter registration campaign that drove almost 1m under 25s register to vote in last election, returns bigger and better than ever

Rize Up, the independent voter registration campaign aimed at marginalised young people in the UK, is stepping up its mission to get those least likely to vote to have their say in the upcoming election on December 12th, 2019.

With the stakes higher than ever before, Rize Up believes the 22.7 million people who didn’t vote in the 2017 election could change everything if they were to register to vote by 26th November and take a stand to change the future. With the number of non-voters in 2017 almost doubling that of the leading party (13.6 million votes for the Conservatives), it is this untapped sector of the population that could hold the key to major societal reform.

Following its inaugural campaign in 2017 which broke all records and drove a further one million young people to register to vote, Rize Up returns this week with the ambition to reach even more people and empower them to cast their vote. By focusing on the potential impact, rather than the duty of voting, the moment empowered swathes of politically disillusioned and disengaged under 25-year-olds to claim the vote that politicians didn’t expect or want them to use. Its powerful message of ‘represent to be represented’ resonated with millions who believe the electorate should be more representative of young people.

Joined in 2017 by countless artists, many of them first-time voters themselves – including Rudimental, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Big Narstie, Maverick Sabre, Emeli Sande, Lily Allen, Doc Brown and more, the latest campaign seeks to surpass their previous success. ‘They don’t want us to vote’ was the unlikely rallying cry of one of the first Rize Up social media posts, quickly establishing a tone that differentiated it from any previous voter registration campaign.

2019 kicks off with a bang

Rize Up officially kicked off its 2019 pre-election campaign on Thursday with a high octane event that set the intention for the movement’s biggest campaign to date. Hosted at London’s Lush Studios, the event was attended by high-profile public figures including, Maverik Sabre and Professor Green who proudly stand as campaign partners and will continue to be an integral driving force behind the movement alongside other artists like Lady Leshuur and Rudimental.

Following 2017’s success, high street retailer, Lush, will once again set up polling stations within every one of its 90 UK stores allowing anyone – including homeless people – to cast their vote.

Additional British and Global brands including leading UK musical festival Boomtown and Ben & Jerry’s will be lending their support, while official beer partner Drygate Brewing Co prepares to launch the official beer  #RIZEUPUK, to raise both support and profits for the cause. The campaign is also supported by advocacy groups like Hope Not Hate, Voice 4 Change England and Operation Black Vote.

Find out more at rizeup.org or help donate via https://www.gofundme.com/f/rize-up-voter-registration

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This is our House: Youth vote campaigners and artists storm Parliament Square with guerrilla gig to drive registrations ahead of voter deadline

Rize Up hosts gig with Lady Leshurr, Jammer, Vic Santoro and Rudimental to drive marginalised youths to register to vote ahead of November 26th deadline Rize Up, the independent voter registration campaign aimed at marginalised young people in the UK, hosted an audacious guerrilla gig on Parliament Square today/yesterday to drive more young people to […]

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Youth voters flock to register in record numbers as Rize Up ‘proves’ a new approach to voter registration campaigning is working.

Almost 1m under 25s have registered to vote in the forthcoming election, following campaigns that focus on the impact, rather than the responsibility, of voting. Rize Up, the independent registration campaign for the forgotten generation, believes a new approach that ‘empowers rather than brow-beats’ young people has had a significant impact on the record number […]

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