Leadership and Civic Engagement

Voter Participation with Charleston Activist Network

by Nancy Jones on Oct 30, 2018

On September 21, 2018, WREN sat down with Tamika Gadsden, founder of the Charleston Activist Network (CAN), to discuss advocacy for marginalized populations, the voting system, and how to hold your candidates and representatives accountable.

Charleston Activist Network is a non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization based out of Charleston that grew out of the Charleston Sister March. CAN focuses on lifting up the voices of the most marginalized, particularly black, brown, and LGBTQ people, in the Charleston Tri-County area, with initiatives such as their Mic’d Up podcast, which interviews a diverse host of people, and their biggest project, a voter registration effort in the black and latinx communities, called the Soul to Sol Salon Project.

The fascinating and wide-ranging video can be found in its entirety here:

We are LIVE with Tamika Gadsden of the Charleston Activist Network to discuss how every vote counts! We'll be talking #VoterRegistrationDay, her Soul to Sol Salon Project, our upcoming panel on the need for women's voices, and more. Tune in with us and comment with a ✔️ emoji if you're watching and/or registered to vote! #FacebookLiveFriday

Posted by Women's Rights and Empowerment Network- WREN on Friday, September 21, 2018


Here are some of the important points Tamika made in her discussion:

We’ll finish with a reminder about what you can do to help change the political landscape for the better: have the tough conversations. Welcome nuance and people who challenge you, because that means you are both thinking critically about your own opinions.

Thanks for engaging with us in this conversation! You can follow along with more of the great work Charleston Activist Network is doing on Twitter and Facebook, and with WREN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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