IGNITE is growing! We're thrilled to introduce you to our new team member, Amanda Conlee (she/her/hers). Stepping into the role of Chief Operations Officer, Amanda brings 12 years of experience managing the internal operations, administration, and financial aspects of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. We sat down with Amanda to get to know more about what motivates her.
As of late May 2021, fourteen states have enacted 22 new laws making it harder to vote. Most of the new laws make it harder to vote absentee and by mail, after a record number of Americans voted by mail in November. Overall, since the November 2020 election, the Brennan Center has identified at least 389 bills introduced in 48 states that include provisions that would restrict voting access. We must pass the For the People Act to protect and expand voting rights.
Jacelyn Matthews has over 10 years of experience working in the fields of program development, mental health, and social services.
“I have wanted to run for Congress since I was fifteen years old,” Allie Curtis says. “I would talk about this in high school and people would look at me like I had three heads.”
Zunera Ahmed was supposed to be a doctor. At least that’s what she thought when she enrolled in Brooklyn College as a pre-med student, eager to pursue a career helping others. Since age one, when her family emigrated from Pakistan, Zunera had spent her life in Brooklyn—and she knew she wanted to find a way to give back to her community.
June is #PrideMonth! Check out these LGBTQ+ resources, books and organizations:
The Equality Act is a landmark piece of legislation that would expand federal civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, jury service, and federally funded programs, such as those for health and education, as well as public places and spaces. (Source: Center for American Progress)
IGNITE women share what it means to be AAPI women and the importance of political representation.
Tell the California legislature to end period poverty statewide. Pass The Menstrual Equity for All Act (AB367), which would require all schools and government agencies to stock at least half their bathrooms with free menstrual products.
Jocelyn Yow was not always a political person. In fact, throughout much of her childhood in the Bay Area and Malaysia, politics didn’t interest her at all. She has a theory: as a young child, Jocelyn didn’t see women or people of color in office, so she assumed that political leadership wasn’t for people like her.