Building the next generation network of sovereign system-impacted voters
Sacred Generations was proud to publish the very first voter guide designed to educate and heal Native California. We asked every candidate on the ballot to publicly share their knowledge and solidarity with sovereign tribal communities. In two weeks, #SacredVote attracted more than 1K voters and more than half reported to be first time voters. In addition, 100% of voters said they were more knowledgeable about Native voting rights, prepared to make an informed vote and empowered in the voting process. More than 100 local, statewide, federal and judicial candidates participated in our questionnaire! Shout out to voters that casted informed ballots in the Yurok, Hupa, Maidu, Miwok, Yokuts, Pomo, Ohlone, Chumash, Tataviam, and Cahuilla territories!
As the very first voter guide designed to educate and heal voters in Native California, Sacred Vote created a ground-breaking advocacy tool for civic leadership movement building engaging a generation of system-impacted fathers who are traditionally absent at the polls. A three year old daughter witnesses her formerly incarcerated father build power at the polls during a historical election. A sacred vote to restore land and people.
"As State Superintendent my number one priority will be to ensure all students in California obtain a high quality education. This means working and building stronger relationships with tribal communities in Native California to provide the funding and resources to make this vision a reality. I recognize and support the sovereignty of the 109 federally recognized California tribes. The Federal Government must ensure the rights promised to federally recognized tribes and streamline the process for unrecognized tribes to become recognized. One of the biggest challenges to achieving more restorative justice is the importance we have given to prisons in this state. Since 1980, we’ve built 1 UC and 23 prisons. We have to shift our state budget away from incarceration and towards education. I will continue supporting programs that keep our children in school and out of prison. We won’t break the school-to-prison pipeline until we put our money where our mouth is. At the state level, we must continue to strengthen our cap and trade system, eliminate fracking, and be the nation’s representative in the Paris Agreement. I will be a consistent advocate for legislation that accomplishes these goals. I am concerned that California’s educational system has not kept up with the needs of Native American students and the impact of climate change." -Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
We're excited about the long-term impact of our voter guide as a movement building advocacy tool in the years ahead. Stay tuned for more groundbreaking campaign announcements in the months ahead! Sacred Generations was proud to be part of a historical election for tribal communities with a deep commitment to continue creating innovative voter education resources to build a sovereign civic leadership legacy in Native California and beyond. Register a loved one to vote in a few minutes below!