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 […]
“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