Young people are the group who most disapprove of Trump, accord to the Pew Research Center and a Gallup Poll.[i] Harvard graduate students organized a free online “Resistance School” for students nationally. Beginning on April 5, the school includes videos and interactive readings, initially with four sessions, which quickly got thousands of sign-ups.[ii] The founders encourage groups to enroll rather than individuals. Three former Hillary Clinton staffers created an NGO called Flippable to identify districts most likely to flip to Democrats so thta donors can contribute to those campaigns.
[i] Charles Blow, “Resilience of the Resistance,” New York Times, April 24, 2017.
young people are particularly unhappy with Trump and turning against him. A Gallup poll released last week found that the percentage of respondents age 18-34 who believed Trump keeps his promises fell a whopping 22 points in the two months from early February to early April, from 56 percent to just 34 percent.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, young people aged 18-29 also give Trump his highest disapproval rating (63 percent) of any age group.
But these young people aren’t just stewing and complaining. They’re taking action.
As Time magazine reported earlier this month: “For more than 15,000 students across the country, Wednesday marked the first day of Resistance School — a program where the educational focus is mobilizing against President Donald Trump’s administration.”
As the magazine explained, the “school” was organized by “a group of Harvard graduate students” and offers “lessons on mobilizing activists and sustaining long-term resistance.”
Finally, and perhaps most importantly: money. Wired magazine reported this month that the resistance is “weaponizing data” with the emergence of a new nonprofit, crowdsourcing fund-raising tool called Flippable. It was founded by “three former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers” and pinpoints “which districts it believes are the most competitive for Democrats (the most ‘flippable’)” and allows donors to target those districts.
Resilience of the Resistance
Charles M. Blow APRIL 24, 2017
Student Justice Sambo from South Africa has a message for you.
” ……The Global Youth Peace Summit held in California and Kenya (Oct 2016) awakened a leader in me, and I knew from that moment that I have to take on a role and do something positive for the world. At a time when wars, conflicts, hate and segregation has become a norm for us all, someone has to stand up and speak the truth, and spread love and positivity. I took on that role and aspire to reach and touch many souls deeply. The Amala Foundation from Austin Texas made it all possible for me to exercise that role by giving me the space to flourish, they played a huge role through their guidance and mentoring me to be the person I am today.
The Amala Foundation is entrusting me and two others (Naomi from Kenya and Aline from Malawai) with this role, the role to take on the Global Youth Peace Summit to African Countries, and I need the help of the community to entrust me with their belief and support. In order to achieve all this, I need to raise funds to attend the California Global Youth Peace Summit in June of 2017 to learn to facilitate with Vanessa, the founder of the Amala Foundation, and also attend the Ojai International Council training in Southern California. I will also be visiting Chico, CA to spend some time with the community.
Every cent donated towards this will be appreciated and will help towards getting the Africa Global Youth Peace Summit a success.
Any donation by any currency will automatically be translated to the USD. Please click on the link below to learn more and to give your donation by May 15. “
Thank you so much,
Blog about global youth: https://globalyouthbook.wordpress.com/
Gayle Kimball’s photos of global youth and their homes: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.348956001796264.91437.160382763986923&type=1
Almost 100 video interviews with global youth: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGlobalyouth
Gayle Kimball’s books about global youth:
Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success: Beat Burnout (Equality Press, 2017) A $10 ebook that includes suggestions from students from around the world, available on Amazon, etc.
Global Youth Values Transforming Our Future (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, July 2017)
Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, June 2017) includes bibliography about global youth
In process available for your critique and additions:
Global Youth Activism: The Wave of Uprisings Since 2011
Brave: The Global Girls’ Revolution
Tactics and Goals for Changemaking
Interviews with 40 young activists (15 were female) after the Sisi coup from October 2013 to February 2014 reported that they coped with the trauma of the failure of the revolution by withdrawing from politics and numbing their feelings. Many of them suffered violence at the hands of the regime, including tear gas, torture, and sexual harassment of both sexes. Many had friends and family who were also injured or killed or who opposed their politics. Despite their trauma, mental health services were lacking. One of the interviewees explained that things got worse since the revolution and SCAF’s take over, plus the cost of living increased: “so all these people died for nothing and all these people will die for nothing. And this gets me like no hope.” Another young man said, “I don’t think that this country has any hope, has any, any, any hope, unless young people are in power. After the revolution those people were very resistant to the idea of change.” This giving up despite the fact that many young people criticized their parent generation for being apathetic.
Vivienne Mathies-Boon, “The Political is Personal: Trauma in Post-Revolutionary Egypt,” Working Paper.
Huge peaceful protests against corruption occurred in 2017, in the largest demonstrations since 2011 and 2012. Since the Kremlin controls the news media it ignored the protests. In a day of demonstrations in 99 cities on March 25, the demonstrators called them “strolls” to avoid the ban on unsanctioned gatherings. Many of the protesters were teens, as seen in videos posted on social media. They carried rubber duck toys or photos of them because of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny’s statement that the oligarchs even build houses for their ducks. Some demonstrators painted their faces green in reference to green dye thrown at Navalny earlier in the month by a pro-government activist. The charges of corruption featured Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s accumulation of yachts and mansions in a video. Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption organized the demonstrations to expose corruption, rather than attacking Putin directly, but some protesters yelled, “Putin is a thief.” Protesters tried to block he police van carrying Navalny away and chanted, “Russia without Putin” and “This is our city” and wave Russian flags, as shown on video.[i] Around 1,000 protesters were arrested in Moscow as police quickly moved in to halt the protests. Navalny planned to run against Putin in the 2018 presidential elections, so he was convicted of fraud charges in February to make him ineligible to run for office. The US State Department condemned the arrests.