Run for America

The focus and purpose of Run for America is to bring together Millennials to discuss, debate, and forge consensus in order to create change in our nation's politics and foster generational equity. Created by and for Millennials, Run for America brings youth voices to the policymaking table to fight for generational equity.

Constitution

History of Organization:

RFA-U W&L first started on the W&L campus in the 2013/2014 school year as a chapter of Common Sense Action. The group organized Book Banks, voter registration drives, and social events all for the purpose of promoting millennial participation in the political process.

Recently, after a merger of national organizations, Common Sense Action was rebranded as Run For America University. While the name is different, the goals are very much in line with what the original chapter sought to bring to Washington & Lee.

Mission:

The focus and purpose of Run for America is to bring together Millennials to discuss, debate, and forge consensus in order to create change in our nation's politics and foster generational equity. Created by and for Millennials, Run for America brings youth voices to the policymaking table to fight for generational equity.
What is Generational Equity? Generational Equity is the guarantee that the gateways of American opportunity are open as wide - if not wider - for young people as they were for their parents.
We believe in problem solving. Run for America believes strongly that any real answer to our nation's woes requires that every interest at the table do its part to bring about meaningful change. Without a willingness on the part of all involved to put every option on the table and consider each on its own merits, a workable solution for America's future will remain elusive.
We believe in our generation. We always hear how our generation has a short attention span, how we are disengaged, how unlike the Baby Boomers in their youth, we are apathetic. We reject that notion. We are launching Run for America because we believe in the capacity of this generation to actively influence and chart America's path forward.
We believe in bipartisanship. Run for America is not a group of moderates. We are proud partisans who have a strong commitment to our own values, whether they be liberal or conservative. However, we also recognize that our elected officials must find common ground with those who believe in different ideologies. We believe in bipartisanship not non-partisanship. Non-partisanship is an ideal. It means sacrificing your values and your affiliations. Bipartisanship can be a reality. It means coming to the table and allowing your values to guide your approach to problem solving.

Requirements for Membership:

The membership of RFA-U at W&L consists of the two Campus Representatives who organize the events that are run by the organization on campus. In order to become a Campus Rep, a prospective member must apply to the national organization at which point they will receive an offer letter if they are deemed qualified.

Benefits of the Organization:

Run for America will benefit the Washington and Lee community by bringing a political group that focuses on issues vital to our generation and bridging the partisan gap that often divides other political groups and efforts.

Run for America overlaps with other political groups, such as College Republicans and College Democrats, in that it addresses issues that are of a political nature. The mission, though, is unique and separate, because RFA draws on these other groups to create multi-partisan dialogue and focus on Millennial issues, not partisan debate or electioneering. RFA is likely to draw membership largely from these existing groups, but must exist as a separate organization to be functional and credible. Furthermore, it is not the goal of RFA to engage in political elections in the partisan manner of other groups, but solely to engage students to participate in civics.

Organization of Leadership/Officers:

Two campus representatives: The Senior Campus Representatives are responsible for hosting at least 1 debate, roundtable, or lecture and hosting a Campus Congress for the purpose of designing a Campus AGEnda. They are also responsible for registering 50 voters during the course of the semester. Additionally, they are responsible for writing one op-ed per semester, attending 3 Days of Action, and creating 5 Humans of America quotes and pictures. Senior Campus Representatives are expected to attend all meetings with the Regional Director and to submit timely weekly reporting.

To be chosen as a Senior Campus Representative, an individual must apply with and be selected by the national Run for America organization.