Explainer

What is #DearNextPresident?

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#DearNextPresident is a video series, hashtag campaign, and user-generated social project built around the idea that everyone—especially young voters—should have a voice in telling America’s next president about their most pressing concern or issue going into the next four years.

To start the project we visited a number of locations across the country—from New York to Los Angeles and Miami to Boulder—and asked students, workers, adventurers, tourists, and more to complete the phrase “Dear Next President….” We’ve collected some of our favorite responses in the super cut below.

And by talking to hundreds of young people we’ve been able to discern which issues are most on our minds: student debt, the environment, cost of college, and reproductive rights are just a few at the top of the list.

But the goal of this project is to be big and broad and personal. We hope to inspire you (and your family, friends, schoolmates, and coworkers) to record a short personal message and share it via any social platform with the hashtag #DearNextPresident. We’ll reshare some of our favorites on Fusion’s social accounts, and we’ll collect those videos together, too, to show the power of all our voices speaking together.

So please post, and share, and tell us—and the next President of the United States—what matters most to you. The time is now.