The Community Learning Partnership trains community college students to become the next generation of local leaders, with Community Change Studies courses including internships in over 12 colleges (75% of those enrolled are students of color).[i]
Interviews with 1,833 US young adults in February and March of 2017 in all 50 states found that majorities of all ethnic groups disapprove of President Trump.[i] Many question the legitimacy of his election, mistrusting the Russian intervention in the campaign. Their dislike leads a majority of them to oppose his policies online and express their views to public officials. Smaller percentages donated money and participated in a demonstration. A majority of people of color approved of protests against Trump, but only 47% of white respondents approved. The Millennials also dislike Vice-President Mike Pence. Their top concerns are about health care, education, racism and immigration, although white respondents don’t list racism in their top three issues: health care, the environment, and education.
[i] “GenForward: A survey of the Black Youth Project,” the APNORC Center for Public Affairs Research, March 2017.
The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey of almost 8,000 full-time employees in mostly large companies, likely well-educated, from 30 developed and emerging countries, found that their personal values were the main influence on making decisions at work (including 64% of senior managers), rather than making a profit for their employer or personally becoming rich or famous. However, in choosing an employer, pay and financial benefits are most important to the respondents, followed by opportunity for work-life balance. They prefer a creative and inclusive work culture over an authoritarian rules-based approach.
“The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey,” Deloitte, 2016.
Why do some young people demonstrate and protest and others stay away? A case study of 22 universities in 2010 found 22% of students took part in student protests against the UK government’s plan to triple university tuition fees, although two-thirds of the non-participants supported the protests. About 10% of students participated in demonstrations and 4% in occupations. Personal connections were the main influences; first, growing up with parents who often discussed politics and second, having activist friends. The majority (62%) of activists had previous experience being politically active before attending university. Students were more likely to visit occupations at their university if they had friends there and social science and humanities students had more activist friends than students in technical fields of study. Men were more involved than women who were less likely to discuss politics or to feel informed about politics. Researcher Alexander Hensby traced the legacy of the student protests as inspiring UK Uncut, the global Occupy Movement of 2011, and the Quebec student movement of 2012.
Alexander Hensby, “Exploring Participation and Non-Participation in the 2010/11 Student Protests Against Fees and Cuts,” Ph.D. dissertation University of Edinburgh, February 2014.
The Spring 2017 UN Conference on Women’s Rights should not include reps who are anti-human rights, anti-feminists.
That’s why I signed a petition to The United States Senate, which says:
“The State Department announced that representatives from infamous anti-LGBTQ hate group the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and from the far-right Heritage Foundation will represent the U.S. at a United Nations conference on women’s rights later this month. Pro-women’s rights reps should be substituted.
Contact https://usun.state.gov/contact and Congress members.
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The founder of HuffPost and Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington calls for a third feminist revolution to change the macho work culture “fueled by stress, sleep deprivation, and burnout.”[i] She states that only 40% of mothers go back to work full-time and women’s stress levels have gone up, indicating the need for the workplace revolution.
[i] Arianna Huffington, “The Third Women’s Revolution,” Thrive Global, March 8, 2017.
The first study of global young feminist organizing was conducted from 2014 to 2016, by The Young Feminist Fund (FRIDA) and AWID’s Young Feminist Activism Program. [i]Most of the 1,500 organizations are from Sub-Saharan Africa (41%), Latin America and Caribbean (25%), and Asia and Pacific (16%). The survey found that 91% the young feminist organizations struggle with funding as their main problem. Half of the organizations had incomes under $5,000 in 2014 and 46% had no paid staff. Few are funded by local and national governments. Only one-sixth of them have existed for more than 10 years and most are small. Examples of groups are a radio show run by young women in Nepal, Beyond Borders uses art to empower feminism in Armenia, CHOUF works for LBT women in Tunisia, and Salud Mujeres educates for access to abortion in Ecuador.
The young feminist groups often use majority rule (71%) and consensus (45%) organizing methods, but 38% report the leader of the organization makes decisions based on advice from the group and 23% rely on their board of directors (respondents listed more than one answer). Africans are more likely to rely on boards of directors and membership groups. The groups use innovative intersectional strategies, including “colorful and creative” “artivism” (art, theater, film, graffiti, social media, street mobilizations, school occupations, and so on) and street mobilization to assist their peers. The most common strategies for changemaking are advocacy and lobbying (71%), education and training (61%), and “awareness raising” (51%). More than half of the respondents said they often feel unsafe because of their work, faced with backlash against feminism and religious fundamentalism (54%) (especially in MENA and Asia-Pacific), opposition from governments (39%), police (38%), community authorities (36%), and organized crime (23%). Only 12% had difficulty working with older generations.
The activists’ goals are first to build knowledge and share information and second to build leadership and movements, rather than to provide services. They usually collaborate with other social movements and generations, but 47% are not officially registered. The four populations they focus on helping are like the organizers themsleves, in this order, grassroots women, women human rights defenders, students, and LGBTQI. Some of their issues are violence against women (55%, a problem across all regions), sexual and reproductive rights (52%), empowering women politically and economically (56%), and access to education (18%). Other concerns are climate justice, sex workers, LGBTQI, indigenous people, and disability rights. (Africans are most likely to mention AIDs.)
[i] “Brave, Creative and Resilient: The State of Young Feminist Organizing,” AWID, September 21, 2016
Know any young civil liberties superstars in high school?
The ACLU is now accepting applications for a week long advocacy training and leadership development seminar at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from July 29 – August 5, 2017.
The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors from across the United States to participate in an advanced, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive eight-day program, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society.