Young Voters To Host #BarackTalk State of the Union Discussion


With President Barack Obama’s second term already underway, young voters are ensuring their voices are heard through a medium they know best: social media.

In #BarackTalk, an interactive State of the Union viewing party and online discussion, young voters and seasoned veterans will come together to weigh in on Obama’s address and forge connections to help advance policy agenda this year. Important topics will include climate change, gun violence, voter suppression and youth entrepreneurship.

Featured panelists for #BarackTalk include Goldie Taylor (MSNBC), Michael Brune (Executive Director, Sierra Club), Reverend Yearwood (Executive Director, Hip Hop Caucus), Rob “Biko” Baker (Executive Director, League of Young Voters), Monique Gamble (University of DC), Jasiri X (One Hood Media), Carmen Berkeley (Executive Director, Generational Alliance), Shamar Robbins (Green For All), Jared Ball (author, I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto), Malik Rhasaan (Occupy The Hood), Janee Bolden (Bossip), Austin Thompson (SEIU), Liz Ryan (Executive Director, Campaign for Youth Justice), Jessica Sandoval, Eddie Ferrer (COO, DC Lawyers for Youth), Michael Kemp (juvenile justice activist) and other leading pundits.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the discussion will take place in the heart of the nation’s capital at legendary cultural space, Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009) and broadcast live via Ustream at Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #BarackTalk.

See the schedule of events below.

10-12 a.m.: #MorningStatus: Weekly political livestream with Biko Baker

1-3 p.m.: Talking Points: Monthly political livestream with Carmen Berkeley

3-4 p.m.: Jasiri X performance + Live Google Hangout with special guests

5-6 p.m.: Education panel with United States Student Associate + Opportunity Nation

6-7 p.m.: Juvenile Justice panel with Campaign for Youth justice

7-8 p.m.: Climate Change panel with Sierra Student Coalition + Energy Action Coalition

8-9 p.m.: Immigration panel with Leadership Conference + Voto Latino

9-9:30 p.m.: State of the Union Watch Party + #BarackTalk Tweet-up

9:30-11 p.m.: Reaction Panel with special guests

Watch on UStream below.