Category Archives: US Millennials

Resistance School Free and Online

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.


Charles Blow on Youth Activism under Trump

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



“Girls and Sex” by Peggy Orenstein reports double standard

Peggy Orenstein has written about US girls for decades. She interviewed over 70 girls ages 15 to 20 for her book Girls and Sex (2017). Many told her they wanted to lose their virginity before going to college and often their first experience of intercourse in “hook-up culture” was alcohol-fueled with a boy who wasn’t a close friend. The girls said that being a slut and a prude are both negatives. However, incidence of teen intercourse is down while engaging in alternatives like oral sex has increased at younger ages. Many of the oral sex encounters are one-way in that the girl services the boy without reciprocation. Girls taught supposed to be sexy to please boys, without emphasis on their own pleasure. College women were likely to tell Orenstein they were satisfied if their partner was happy. Orenstein found that US fathers tend to not discuss sex with their daughters (except at “purity balls” where girls in white are escorted by their tux-wearing fathers as they pledge abstinence until marriage), while their mothers emphasize being safe, and responsible. In contrast Dutch mothers emphasize girls’ rights to assert their desires and limits in mutual sexual pleasure.

Radio Discussion of Resilience KZFR

Tune in this Thursday at 6, KZFR Chico, 90.1, livestreamed. Here’s a preview of our discussion of resilience:
1. Rochelle and Kathy: Young people today are criticized for lacking resilience or grit, being “fragile tea cups.” Is this a real problem? Please define resilience.
2. Amasha and PV student: Tell us about your most difficult challenges and how you overcame them.
3. Are schools doing what they can to assist students with non-academic challenges?
4. Katy, as a parent of three what do you do to help your kid cope with their challenges?
5. Do you think hardships have a cosmic purpose to help us grow or are they just bad luck?

The most powerful Millennial?

Jared Kushner, born in 1981, is an unusual historical example of a Millennial with great power in the national government and State Department, similar to dictator’s sons in autocratic countries. President Donald Trump put his multi-millionaire son-in-law in charge of Middle East peace as his senior advisor, gave him State Department tasks such as organizing the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping or visiting Iraq even before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and reorganizing the federal government as an efficient business. Called the Shadow Secretary of State, real estate magnate Kushner has a law degree and MBA, but no training in any of government areas except his Harvard undergraduate degree in government. A Democrat, he had no campaign experience before Trump’s run for the presidency. Kushner competes with advisor Stephen Bannon for influence with the president, supposedly planting anti-Bannon on TV shows watched by the president. Kushner opposed the Muslim travel ban, removing environmental regulation, and access to bathrooms for transgender students and favored more intervention in the Middle East. These conflicts led Bannon to complain to Kushner, “Here’s the reason there’s no middle ground. You’re a Democrat.” [i]Commentators note that Trump’s worst mistakes happen when Kushner is away or observing Jewish Sabbath and that Kushner is his most trusted advisor, but Trump had a rocky start as president.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, also born in 1981 like her husband, also has influence on her father with the title of “Special Assistant to the President.” She spoke out in a restrained way for women’s and family issues, saying she wants to be a force for good. Social media in China refers to her as a goddess and follows her self-help guides; business woman Li Moya, 31, reported, “A lot of people think Ivanka is the real president. We think she has the brains, not her father.”[ii]

[i] Maggie Haberman and Jeremy Peters, “In Battle for Trump’s Heart and Mind, It’s Bannon vs. Kushner,” New York Times, April 6, 2017

[ii] Javier Hernandez, “The ‘Goddess’ Yi Wan Ka: ivanka Trump is a Hit in China,” New York Times, April 5, 2017.