Youth Leaders in the News
Baring and Draheim so lack confidence that they will inherit a healthy planet that they are suing the United States government for failing to adequately protect the Earth from the effects of climate change.
January 3, 2017 (Chicago, IL) — As part of a national and statewide movement, the Women’s March on Washington – Illinois Youth Chapter will join thousands of other people in Washington D.C. on January 21st, the day after the inauguration of President-elect Trump, to stand in solidarity against the hateful rhetoric of this past election cycle.
Close to 100 students and youth were arrested on Parliament Hill today for their participation in what organizers describe as “the largest act of youth-led climate civil disobedience in Canadian history.”
"I came to Ottawa today to risk arrest, and ultimately to be arrested,” Gabriel D’Astous, a recent UBC graduate, explained to Ricochet by phone. “I want to send a message to the prime minister that he must have a climate policy which respects not only climate science, but Indigenous rights, and that means rejecting the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”
Full Article: https://ricochet.media/en/1485/99-arrests-in-ottawa-as-students-confront-trudeau-over-pipelines
As teachers and students return to classrooms this fall, together we have to try to make sense of a tumultuous presidential campaign and a summer of racial violence that have forcefully surfaced the racism that plagues our nation.
Elementary and middle school students have grown up with an African American as president of the United States. This is a historic milestone. But these same students have also grown up in a nation that’s increasingly unequal, a country where police killed more Black people in 2015 than were lynched during the worst year of Jim Crow.
Every student deserves the excellent school experience that most American adults enjoyed.
As a former student of a Chicago suburban school district who has taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 13 years, I've seen firsthand the inequitable school system our nation has set up for our children. Illinois, in particular, has the highest funding gap in our nation in terms of how much we fund our wealthy students versus our poorest students.
PHOENIX - Fifteen-year-old Riley Ortega, who is Navajo and Hopi, left Flagstaff on Friday and will run for one week to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in a show of support for protestors standing their ground against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
University students are making history in Paraguay in what is being dubbed La Primavera Estudiantil, or Student Spring. Over the last weeks, students and their allies mobilized one of the largest protest movements in the country’s history, demanding democratic reforms to the governance statutes of Paraguay’s largest public university, the National University of Asunción (UNA). Should they succeed, it would arguably mark the first time in the country’s modern history that major national reforms result from social movement pressure. Student protesters’ success in mobilizing mass support and sympathy both reveals important changes in Paraguayan politics and has potential to transform the country further still.
SOUTH SHORE — Eva Lewis delivered a compelling message about empowering black girls at Millennium Park during a July rally, and now she will tell it to the world. The 17-year-old South Shore resident will appear at the United Nations International Day of the Girl event Tuesday in New York.