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politics & activism

Malavika is a political organizer passionate about mobilizing women, youth, and people of color around progressive issues.

Currently, she serves as Founder & Executive Director of Homegirl Project, a national youth-led organization that empowers girls and non-binary youth of color as political changemakers through mentorship, training, and community-building. You can learn more about our work here.

She is passionate about gun violence prevention, leading grassroots and national campaigns through March For Our Lives and Giffords, where she serves as a 2019 Courage Fellow. Additionally, sheworks on youth and POC empowerment through Women's March. Here are her recent campaigns.

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"Dear Mom & Dad."

Poetry Campaign

With youth poets Saida Dahir and Sam Getachew, Malavika co-wrote and performed "Dear Mom and Dad," a video poetry campaign amplifying the impacts of gun violence on immigrants and communities of color.

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Intern for Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy

Congressional Internship

Malavika interned for Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, the first AAPI representative from Florida. She served constituents from her hometown by advocating for them in the national legislative process and participating in the inner workings of Congress.

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2019 Women's March

Women's March Youth EMPOWER

As one of 10 members of the 2019 National Women's March Youth Cohort, Malavika helped organize the 2019 Youth Wave gathering in Washington D.C. to amplify youth voices, build community, and bring inspiring speakers and activities to youth marchers. She also scored press coverage with VICE and Washington Post.

 

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2018 Midterm Campaigns

Stephanie Murphy For Congress

Malavika interned at the 2018 midterm battle station for the Central Florida Democrats, leading youth voter outreach efforts to re-elect Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy. She led canvassing, phone-banking, text-banking, and fundraising initiatives with other interns and volunteers.

 

Slam Gun Violence!

Gun Violence Summit

Malavika co-organized Slam Gun Violence!, a slam poetry and speaking event meant to build community and platform for youth activists of color in the Bay Area. The event, hosted in San Francisco in October 2019, featured 15 youth speakers and was organized in partnership between Giffords and Homegirl Project.

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Mental Health Advocacy

March For Our Lives Orlando

In March 2019 Malavika led an effort to pass a resolution for increased mental health provisions in the Seminole County School Board. She researched and wrote a bill with key policies and authored a student assessment of current mental health landscape. She organized local gun-safety activists and students to lobby the school board. See press coverage here.

 

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Voter Registration Season

March For Our Lives

It's incredibly important that youth turn up to the polls, so Malavika organized a voter registration drive with the help of 35 passionate volunteers, where they registered over 150 eligible teens at Seminole High School. Read press coverage here.

 

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SHS Walkout

#NationalSchoolWalkouts

Malavika led 400 of her peers to walk out of school in solidarity with students across the country who are impacted by gun violence. During the walkout, they signed over 400 letters to Senator Marco Rubio and State Senator Jason Brodeur demanding specific policy reform. You can see her speech here and read her work for HuffPost here.

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2019 Giffords Fellow

Lobbying & Advocacy

Malavika serves as one of 14 national youth activists in the Giffords Courage Fellowship, founded by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. I'm building skills in grassroots organizing and public policy from leaders in the gun violence movement, while lobbying Congress and advocating locally on the importance of gun reform.

 

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2019 Youth Week of Action

Women's March Youth EMPOWER

Malavika helped coordinate a national movement in March 2019 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of 2018 Walkouts. She led the national Agenda Committee to create a framework and toolkit  for youth activists to lead art projects, town halls, and climate strikes. Learn more here.

 

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Blue Wave Speaker

Seminole Democrats

Malavika was a keynote speaker at the 2018 SemDems "Blue Wave" gala alongside Senator Bill Nelson and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, performing slam poetry about gun violence. She represented youth in the political sphere and advocated for the future of the Democratic party. She also addressed at the Seminole County School Board.