A smart, wonderful, well-intentional teacher captured the essence of what most adults believe.
“We want to make youth feel like they are part of the process.”
Feel is not enough. Gestures of shared decision-making are not enough.
Instead, authentic engagement should be: “Youth are part of the process.”
One way to walk the talk is for adults to support youth-led campaigns in San Francisco and Berkeley to extend voting rights to 16 and 17-year-olds. Please share these links with anyone you know who lives in these cities.
> Urge them to vote for…
Proposition F (San Francisco)
Learn more: http://vote16sf.org
Measure Y1 (Berkeley)
Learn more: http://www.vote16berkeley.com
> Phone bank regardless where you live:
> Watch compelling testimony by young people: http://youthactivismproject.org/2016/05/09/exciting-election-news-november-vote-to-extend-suffrage/
> Read this convincing commentary by youth historian Anthony Bernier and sociologist Mike Males: