A NEW GENERATION OF ACTIVISM

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GENERATION ACTIVISM


 BUILDING POLITICAL MOMENTUM

This current generation is statistically the most politically involved in years (2017 Millennial Impact Report). They harness an energy that invokes revolution. 55% of Americans can eligibly vote, and 65% of millennials do (Pew Research Center). Their age demographic will have the largest generation of eligible voters by 2020. 71% believe that voting is a form of activism.

The millennial social justice trifecta are civil rights, employment and healthcare access/reform. Youth are fed up with the global paradigm. They live in Detroit. They live in the Pacific Islands. They're from the indigenous Americas.

Thousands, millions band together and organize to change our planet. Social media is the conduit (Pew Research Center). Their fierce ideology spawns a new political era with more potential. Younger leaders emerge every day to resist senseless violence, structural racism and imperialism worldwide.


WHO ARE THE LEADERS?

These inspiring individuals envision a better future for all of us. Nature teaches them to respect life and defend it.

Emma Gonzalez advocates passionately against America's violence epidemic. It took the lives of 17 fellow students at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. Trump's gun repeal, ineffective gun reform and Congress members' NRA donations decided that. She exposed disgusting hypocrisy in government. Gonzalez told an entire country the truth.


Emma Gonzalez, Ft. Lauderdale anti-gun rally

And a nation overwhelmingly responded to her. Musicians, non-profit leaders, the old and young empathize with her struggle.

"Emma Gonzalez is a fierce leader for her generation and our country. To take this moment of pain and grief and channel it into building political power to make her state and our country safer is heroic," says Carolyn DeWitt, Rock the Vote's executive director. (Billboard)

The 1990's-founded organization has boosted the campaign #MarchForOurLives across social media. DeWitt addresses their support directly. "In this moment, we want to follow their lead and be ready to back their efforts however we can."

500,000 organizers are allegedly descending on Washington, D.C. March 24th (Washington Post). Their mobilization crowd-funded $3.7 million in half a week (CNN). That amount will fund demonstrations, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victims' families. An additional campaign was also established that's raised $2 million.

"These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard," Oprah praises Emma and her fellow student activists. She's donated $500,000 alongside other celebrities like Amal and George Clooney (Variety).

Gonzalez is no light-footed youth advocate. "If they don’t turn around right now and state their open support for this movement, they are going to be left behind. You are either with us or against us."

Zoey Luna doesn't let age or transphobia daunt her. Since Raising Zoey, Luna has frequently headed #TransLivesMatter marches and spoken out against LGBTQ-related violence.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a vital voice in climate justice and indigenous rights at 16 years old. He works with Earth Guardians as a youth ambassador/hip-hop artist. The genre's socially conscious, citizen-journalism style is always relevant.

 

The UN, EDM concert crowds, and lawmakers have heard his message. Martinez has written guidebooks and traveled the world to educate on movement-building and environmentalism. Boulder is fracking-free now, thanks to him.

And he's laid groundwork for 30 Earth Guardian groups internationally. Xiuhtezcatl's Aztec ancestry emboldens him to preserve our planet and cultural tradition. He vocalizes how crucial these times really are.

Grace Dolan-Sandrino advocates for LGBTQ youth and formed two social justice coalitions: Youth Blackout DC, and Gender and Orientation Alliance. She was an White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans ambassador.

Ahed Tamimi opposed IDF forces when they tried to attack Palestinian children from her house. Janna is the world's youngest journalist, Tamimi's 12-year-old cousin (x). She broke down the aftermath of Ahed's arrest.

Malala Yousafzai famously advocates in her home country, Pakistan, for girls' education and rights. A Taliban bullet hit her in 2012. But she survived to change schooling internationally.

 
World Economic Forum, Jan. 25 with Miriam Elder

"This is a second life, and it is given to me for something greater than what I was before." Her fund has donated $8.4 million in five years. Malala Day is one to remember. South Asia looks to her for young female role models. What will her future hold?

"As our politicians are doing nothing for us, nothing for peace, nothing for education, I want to become prime minister of my country." (The Guardian, from 'I Am Malala')


JAILING YOUTH ACTIVISTS

Younger political prisoners grow in number. Ahed Tamimi's imprisoned in Palestinian jail at 16.

Egyptian youth activist Ahmed Maher was just released last year after his 2011 leadership role in the Arab Spring.

It did not stop them from boldly rising up in the war on freedom, gender, health and the environment.


YOUTH ACTIVIST LINKS

Get involved in your state's political scene. Youth in resistance will lead the way. Visit our protest calendar for a political events list.

US/Canada

Advocates for Youth
Alliance for Youth Action
Black Youth Project 100
Campaign for Youth Justice
CampusActivism.org
CASA
Connexions
Democracy Matters
DoSomething.org
Empathy Alliance
Earth Guardians
Fair Vote
GLSEN
Get Yr Rights
Global Kids
HeadCount
Hip Hop Caucus
Indivisible
March for Our Lives
Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
MoveOn.org
New American Leaders Project
Power Shift Network
Project Mobilize
Respect My Vote
Rise to Run
School Girls Unite
The Trevor Project
United We Dream
U.S. Students Association
Young Invincibles
Youth Activism Project
Youth Coalition
YP4

Worldwide

Care2
M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan)
Plan International
Youth for Change