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The Body Shop Mobilizes Young People to Vote in 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections 

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  • As part of its global Be Seen. Be Heard. campaign, The Body Shop is removing barriers for first-time voters in the U.S. through education and access.
  • $1 from each sale of the brand’s new ‘Flex Your Power’ pack will benefit civics education organization Generation Citizen.
  • To help spread the word, The Body Shop is rallying Be Heard ambassadors across North America.

NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ — This International Youth Day, The Body Shop U.S. announces bold action to drive youth voter engagement and registration across the country, ahead of the midterm elections this November.

Starting today, visitors to The Body Shop’s U.S. stores and website can learn about the importance of voting in this year’s elections, check their current registration status and register to vote through the brand’s virtual voting hub, made possible by Impactree and TurboVote.

Flex Your Power Pack available in retail stores nationwide August 12, 2022.

This effort is an extension of Be Seen. Be Heard, the global campaign from The Body Shop and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth focused on amplifying youth perspectives and representation in public life in more than 75 countries. The campaign was launched at the UN headquarters in May in conjunction with the extensive joint report Be Seen Be Heard: Understanding young people’s political participation, which demonstrated a significant appetite for sweeping political reform from youth around across the United States and around the globe.

Young voters in the U.S. typically participate in elections at rates of 20 to 30 percent lower than older voters and routinely face structural barriers to doing so, including complicated rules about absentee voting, state-by-state ambiguities and lack of civic education.

“The Body Shop believes that youth need a seat at the table where important decisions are being made, especially rulings that directly affect them,” said Hilary Lloyd, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Responsibility for The Body Shop North America. “Over the last few years, we have been deeply inspired by how young people have flexed their political voice through direct protesting, lobbying their representatives and advocating for causes online. Now, we’re proud to help amplify their voices at the ballot box.”

The Body Shop U.S. is partnering with Generation Citizen, a national nonpartisan organization that equips and inspires young people to exercise their civic power, to educate and motivate young people to engage in the democratic process in this year’s midterm elections and beyond.

The retailer also is launching a ‘Flex Your Power Pack’ made up of its skincare and body care products to encourage young activists to practice self-care and give them the confidence they need make their voice heard. The pack includes travel-size versions of the brand’s bestsellers including Ginger Shampoo, Tea Tree Oil, Hemp Hand Cream and Shea Body Butter. For every pack sold, The Body Shop will donate $1 up to $25,000 to Generation Citizen to support the organization’s vital work in civics education.

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“We’re excited to partner with The Body Shop to ensure that the most diverse generation in American history can make their voice heard and exercise the most fundamental American right, which is the right to vote,” said Elizabeth Clay Roy, CEO of Generation Citizen. “Through this campaign, we hope to not only provide young people with the tools to engage in our democracy, but also to help them feel eager and empowered to do so.”

To spread the word about Be Seen. Be Heard, The Body Shop is rallying ‘Be Heard’ ambassadors across North America who prove to their communities that you are never too young to make a difference. The list of changemakers involved include reproductive rights activist Deja Foxx, equity and climate justice organizer Larissa Crawford, sustainability and low-impact lifestyle champion Karishma Porwal, education equity advocate Marley Dias and UNICEF ambassador and actress Saara Chaudry.

Additionally, from August 12-14, 2022, The Body Shop will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the Women’s Convention Event in Houston, Texas, hosted by Women’s March. The conference will act as a place for women and allies to engage on issues of civic participation and bring thousands of activists together to works towards social change as it relates to reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ+ rights, environmental justice, racial justice and more. The Body Shop will be in the Social Justice City, an exhibition hall packed with feminist vendors, community groups, interactive art spaces and more. Visitors to the booth can learn more about the campaign, register to vote and check their voter registration.

For more information about The Body Shop’s Be Seen. Be Heard. campaign, please visit: https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-us/about-us/activism/be-seen-be-heard/a/a00072

ABOUT THE BODY SHOP

As a B Corp business, The Body Shop is committed to ambitious social and environmental targets. Earlier this year, it established a Youth Collective to help amplify youth voices within its own business. The Body Shop Youth Collective is formed of 10-12 people from inside and outside the business, all aged under 30. They will advise The Body Shop Executive Leadership Team with the views and voices of young people.

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The Body Shop invests heavily in activism and has a dedicated activism team, focused on research and tactics, operating around the world. Long before activism was an industry buzzword, The Body Shop has pushed for change where other brands saw risks. It has mobilized its global collective and campaigned for over 20 years on issues such as the rights of indigenous peoples, animal rights, sex trafficking and the burning of the Amazon rainforest.

For more information follow @thebodyshopnorthamerica on Instagram or visit, thebodyshop.com.

ABOUT GENERATION CITIZEN

Generation Citizen (GC) works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens. For more information follow @generationcitizen on Instagram or visit, generationcitizen.org.

ABOUT IMPACTREE

Impactree is a purpose-driven engagement platform that empowers organizations to build and measure meaningful impact, making it easy to engage communities and drive collective action on key social and environmental causes. Impactree’s user-friendly platform and tech-enabled solutions unlock the power of purpose so people and organizations can discover, share, and support meaningful action that drives positive change in the world. For more information, visit impactree.com or contact [email protected].

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Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator. He is also the editor, producer and administrator of TNC Network.

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Kent Chamber of Commerce’s Trailblazing CEO Zenovia Harris Receives The Larry Gossett 2023 Service Award

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KENT, Wash. /PRNewswire/ — The excitement continues for Zenovia Harris, who took home the Larry Gossett 2023 Service Award. As a recipient of the award, Zenovia was recognized as an individual who has made a significant contribution in the area of racial equity, social justice, and human rights. The award was given by King County in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, whose theme this year was “Truth, Light, and Hope.”

Kent Chamber of Commerce’s Trailblazing CEO Zenovia Harris Receives The Larry Gossett 2023 Service Award

The award was well-deserved for Seattle-area leader Zenovia Harris. As the only black CEO in the state of Washington, Zenovia strives to ensure economic equality remains a crucial factor for healthy communities. In 2019, Zenovia became the CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce, playing an instrumental role in leading the Kent Chamber in its equity work. This comes naturally for Zenovia, who also leads other Chambers throughout King County, including the Renton Chamber, Kirkland Chamber, and Seattle Southside Chamber.

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Zenovia Harris | 2023 Larry Gossett Service Award (vimeo.com) 

Through Zenovia’s leadership, she has diversified Board Member participation and introduced a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. To support both her own and other local chambers, Zenovia instituted equity talks, which are open to both chamber members and larger communities. By performing internal evaluations to understand where the challenges and needs are in order to meet equity goals, Zenovia’s presence as an innovative and caring leader remains steadfast.

Zenovia appeared nothing but honored and grateful upon receiving the Larry Gossett 2023 Service Award, stating “I am grateful for my tenacity to fight for others and my opportunity to sit at tables that were not designed for me but being savvy enough to extract pertinent and critical information to delineate what options are available for CBO’s, micro-businesses, home-based, and small businesses.”

About The Kent Chamber of Commerce:

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The Kent Chamber of Commerce actively works to support businesses in the area by being the voice and ears of the community, bringing the business community together in a dynamic and profitable way. As the premier organization in South King County, The Kent Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to ensure a healthy, vibrant business community for all.

Support The Kent Chamber of Commerce’s work by becoming a member today: https://info.kentchamber.com/member/newmemberapp/

SOURCE The Kent Chamber of Commerce

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 16

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. Born in 1929, King’s actual birthday is January 15 (which in 1929 fell on a Tuesday). The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21.

King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. (wikipedia)

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APS BRINGS VOLUNTEER POWER TO SUPPORT VEGGIES-FOR-VETERANS

APS BRINGS VOLUNTEER POWER TO SUPPORT DIANA GREGORY OUTREACH SERVICES VEGGIES-FOR-VETERANS FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENT.

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December 6, 2022: Employee volunteers from the Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) partnered with Gregory’s Fresh Market, a local nonprofit focused on providing healthy food options for area seniors and veterans, to support the Veggies-for-Veterans food distribution drive back in early December. The drive was also co-sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Peddler’s Son Produce. APS volunteers helped assemble and distribute 700 bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to veterans.

Jeff Guldner, CEO of APS, who is also a veteran, was part of the team of APS volunteers.

“I served as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, and I’m pleased to participate in the food distribution event,” said Goulder. “I couldn’t be prouder of our APS employees for demonstrating the power of volunteerism in putting energy behind Veggies-for-Veterans and improving the quality of life for veterans in need.”

Diana Gregory, CEO of Gregory’s Fresh Market, coordinates sponsors, volunteers and produce vendors to provide thousands of pounds of produce to area seniors and veterans.

“Nearly 25 percent of veterans have diabetes and many more show signs of pre-diabetes,” said Gregory. “Fresh fruits and vegetables are an essential part of any healthy diet. A goal of the program is to help educate veterans about diabetes and the role a healthy diet plays in preventing or controlling diabetes. We are thankful to APS for their help in supporting the cause.”

Held five times a year at the Carl T. Haydens’ VA Medical Center, 650 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix, Veggies-for-Veterans brings together community partners to offer healthy food choices for veterans. The goal of the mobile-market event is to help teach veterans how to shop healthy and to encourage them to have healthy choices in their diet.

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Gregory’s Fresh Market is a division of Diana Gregory Outreach Services, whose mission is to enrich lives through healthy eating. They provide access to fresh produce for low-income seniors, veterans and vulnerable individuals experiencing health disparities. Their services are focused on holistic health, nutrition and fitness through on-site farmers’ markets and educational programs.

Source: Diana Gregory

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