#WeVoteNext captures a moment when thousands of Americans gathered peacefully in the nation’s capital to “March for Our Lives” and demand an end to gun-related violence in America and investment in healthy communities and schools. Simultaneously, thousands of young people—primarily students of color—did the same in communities across the country, from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, recognizing that the issues and policies around gun violence impacts communities of color is distinct ways. Young people are demanding change.
#WeVoteNext was captured through the eye and cameras of young people. It is a visual testament of those marchers’ efforts and a timely reminder of the historic power of youth voice—and of the role young people have played throughout history to not just participate in massive social change, but to lead it.
Everyone shares the responsibility and opportunity to heed the words, match the energy, and fulfill the commitment of America’s newest generations.
#WeVoteNext is a Shared Story collaboration directed by Manauvaskar Kublall and edited by Nenman Walbe
- Gun Violence Doesn’t Break for Summer. Neither Do These Student Activists
Across the country, students have continued organizing and advocating for change since March for Our Lives. That work doesn’t let up for summer break, as this news profile of a student group in Maryland shows.
- Arming Teachers And Expelling Students Is Not The Answer To School Shootings, And It’s Dangerous
Arming teachers is often among the proposed solutions that are frequently trumpeted in the wake of school violence. Linda Darling-Hammond of the Learning Policy Institute unpacks the research showing how this would be ineffective at best and counterproductive, if not dangerous, at worst.
- Building Transformative Youth Leadership: Data on the Impacts of Youth Organizing
Youth leadership opportunities plant the seeds for lifelong civic engagement. This report from the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing documents the impact youth organizing has on students, their communities, and our democracy.
Keywords: Youth, Youth voice, Community organizing, Vote, Civic engagement, March for Our Lives, Gun violence
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