If we have any hope of pulling this country back from the brink, we need to work alongside BIPOC youth activists who are putting their lives on the line to protect their communities.
We tell young people this basic tenet of democracy in elementary school. We urge them to vote no matter what. And vote they did, turning out in record numbers on election day and in the weeks before. In spite of the pandemic, the barriers to voting in many communities, even voter intimidation at the polls, they registered friends and made sure family members could get their ballots in.
Now we must honor their work and count their votes.
So many of our communities have been put in danger by this reckless, cruel administration and Congress. There are wounds that can never be healed, and each day we reckon with all that has been lost. I know it can be hard to find a glimmer of hope. But young people led the fight against this nomination.And now they are regrouping, strategizing, and finding a way forward.
"The fight in court is just one piece of the puzzle. No matter what next steps we choose to take, we will continue fighting hand in hand with student survivors to pass the best policies possible in states, school districts, and on college campuses. We refuse to stop fighting until the cost of education no longer includes sexual violence."
"White supremacy isn't up for debate. It should be easy for everyone, especially policymakers, to condemn hate groups, to dissociate from hate groups, and to affirm their support for efforts to end all forms of racism. More than that, we all need to keep taking steps toward justice and liberation for young people of color in our communities and in our country."
Today, as young people navigate a pandemic, state violence while exercising their right to protest, and increased attacks on their bodily autonomy, the President has announced Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the highest court of the land. A nomination that the administration and their minions have sworn to do everything in their power to push through with under 40 days left until the Presidential election, a frightening speed that our democracy has never before seen.