By Ella G. My dad opened a pretty cool envelope on the kitchen counter this morning. It was a letter from the Maryland State House, and it listed all the accomplishments of the legislative session that ran between January 10th and April 9th. In only three months, the Maryland legislature passed comprehensive gun reform, includingContinue reading Shifting the Paradigm: A Teen’s Lobbying Experience
Once again we are witnessing a Youthquake…the unique influence of young advocates on their peers, parents, policymakers, the press and the public at large. DACA Dreamers, Black Lives Matter, Earth Guardians and most recently the #NeverAgain students refuse to be intimidated. These activists are shaming and motivating those in positions of power. We are notContinue reading A Seismic Shift for Systemic Change
“We need mood detectors, not metal detectors.” In memory of 15-year-old George Carter, Co-founder of Rethinking Schools – New Orleans Before the latest horrific school shooting, Counselors Not Cops and Restorative Justice represent key demands advocated by student activists. In contrast to conflict resolution efforts, pro-active building circles are designed to knit together the schoolContinue reading Safer Schools . . . Listen to Students
The City Council of Greenbelt, Maryland listened and acted on its Youth Advisory Committee’s recommendation to extend voting rights to those 16 and older. January 8, 2018 was an icy night in this city of 24,000 located about 12 miles from Washington, DC. Three councilmembers were not present. Would the vote be delayed? Ema andContinue reading Another City Lowers the Voting Age to 16!