In times like these, we think of making the world better for the next generation of children. But this week, we’re humbled and inspired by how youth are making the world better for us. They’re organizing school walkouts, fighting boldly against deportation, and generally showing us how to take morally bankrupt politicians to task. Let’s support them in this week’s actions below. Also, let’s register to vote so we can make our views heard in elections this year, from wherever we are in the world.
Support youth activists taking action on gun violence: Since the tragic Parkland shooting this week, youth activists around the country have spoken out and organized around gun control. Cameron Kasky survived the violence this past Wednesday and wrote this moving op-ed for CNN. “Our politicians abandoned us by failing to keep guns out of schools,” Kasky writes, “But this time, my classmates and I are going to hold them to account.” Also, a badass 16-year old took on both President Trump and Marco Rubio on Twitter, showing us all how to take corruption to task.
Support the Student Walk-Out Students around the country are organizing a National Walkout on April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine Shootings. Sign a petition online to support them and share it with your friends and family. Women’s March has also organized a March 14 walkout; follow the dialogue at #NationalSchoolWalkout.
Hold your own representative accountable. Check to see how much money your representative takes from the NRA here. Use this info, and this call script, to call your Members of Congress and demand action.
Research youth activism in your own country of residence. Around the world, youth are among the most vulnerable and severely impacted by violence, poverty, and lack of health care. Yet, in many political systems, they’re unable to vote. Do some research about youth activism in your country of residence, and see if there is a local organization supporting the rights of children. Learn more about their work and how to support them.
Immigration Action. Last September, Trump heartlessly pulled DACA, a program which protected the 800,000 immigrants who came to the US as children (also known as Dreamers). Trump gave Congress until early March to pass a replacement program, and now, time is running out. According to United We Dream, with each day that passes, 122 young people lose DACA protection and are at risk for deportation.
Support Students Fighting Deportation: In Houston, Texas, 19-year-old Dennis had recently been accepted to two universities and planned to study computer science. On January 30th, bullies made fun of Dennis for being undocumented, and threatened him, throwing bottles. After defending himself, Dennis was sent to jail, and now is in custody at ICE and at risk for being deported to Honduras, where he may face violence and poverty. Watch and share this video of a student walkout, and sign this petition to support Dennis.
Call your representative and demand that they take action for Dreamers before time runs out, using this script from 5calls.
Get registered! If you’re a US-American abroad, one of the most important things you can do to make a difference this year is get registered now to vote in November, even if you think you’re already registered. Don’t put this off; it can take a while and you don’t want to miss deadlines.
Register at VoteFromAbroad.Org. Our friends at Democrats Abroad have set up a handy, non-partisan resource for US citizens abroad to get registered in their home States. We know, it seems early for November 2018 elections: but some States have deadlines as soon as March, and some are already holding primaries! Go register yourself now. In the coming weeks, we’ll have actions about registering your friends abroad too. Get registered now so you can help others later!
Get to know your home district candidates: Spend some time doing some research on your local candidates. Is there an upcoming Primary race? When? Check to see if your favorite candidate appears on Run for Something or Emily’s List, two organizations supporting progressive candidates.
Get to know the national landscape: Check out Swing Left to see which districts are up for grabs in next election. Have family or friends in a swing district? Send them the link!
**Thank you for your progressive action !**
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