I’ll add this info to my book-in-progress about how to be a changemaker. I’d like to add your experiences and observations.
The Obama Foundation reports:
On Saturday, October 14, 150 young adults gathered at the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side of Chicago to learn how to make concrete, positive change in their communities.
They came from all across the Chicago area. They ranged from age 18 to 24. They showed up fired up and ready to go. They left with a deeper understanding of themselves, their communities, and how to make change at a local level.
So how do you learn how to tackle the work of real community change over the course of one day?
First, you learn how to tell your own story.
Next, you come to better understand the issues at play in your community, and how you’re connected to them in a real, personal way.
Then you learn how to create an action plan to tackle an issue that matters to you.
Finally, you meet community organizations who are already making change on a local level.
Our participants were joined by 25 peer advisors — young folks who have taken on active leadership roles in their communities — and three knowledge partners who helped design the curriculum for the day:
Mikva Challenge — A civic education group that puts together local programming to help high schoolers become more civically engaged.
Facing History and Ourselves — An organization that helps us come to understand the bigger systems and history at play when tackling a given issue, so that we can be as strategic and effective as possible when taking action to change it.
Narrative 4 — A personal storytelling organization that helps people tell their stories, both to deal with trauma and take strategic action moving forward.
The lawsuit, filed by Our Children’s Trust in 2015, relies on a novel legal strategy that has yielded victories for climate activists seeking sweeping policy change in other countries. The federal government, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, and the fossil fuel industry have repeatedly sought to have the case dismissed. But federal judges have so far upheld the plaintiffs’ right to a hearing, which means the case could come to trial as early as November.
“What I am interested in is just developing a whole new generation of talent,” Obama told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in an interview on Morning EditionThere are such incredible young people who not only worked on my campaign, but I’ve seen in advocacy groups,” Obama said. “I’ve seen passionate about issues like climate change, or conservation, criminal justice reform. You know, campaigns to — for a livable wage, or health insurance. And making sure that whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up. That’s something that I think I can do well, I think Michelle can do well.
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“We are Power Shift” is a grassroots online community acting as a clearing house for the youth climate movement. It provides a “State Networks Toolkit” for those who want to organize regionally.[i] Youth activists interviewed by Kristin Moe at a conference for young environmental and social activists often had “a radically holistic view of environmental justice that differentiates them from past generations of activists.”[ii] They see the environment connected to labor, race, class, immigration and education, the common activist theme of intersectionality. Her article in Yes! Magazine features activists as young as 11 working on local environmental problems such as mining, fracking (Kids Against Fracking was founded by Emma Bray, 14), and the Keystone XL pipeline. Teenagers in Colorado are involved in Our Children’s Trust where young people from all the US states are plaintiffs in a class action suit against their state governments for failing to protect the atmosphere under Public Trust Doctrine.[iii] It’s derived from English Common Law that defines water as a public resource.
[ii] Kristin Moe, “Meet the New Climate Heroes,” Yes! Magazine, October 25, 2013.