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By WILL CARROLL

The Mirror reporter

Throughout history, we can look and see the power youth voices have had. Protesting against segregation and the Vietnam War. Great moments of social change, revolutions protests, riots, all had the youth at the forefront. But now it seems this voice has gone silent.

The most you may see of any large-scale student protest covered in media is for gun control and legislation. But these protests have failed to gain any large traction in the grand scheme, rather they’re flashes in the pan, popping up for the next situation to take place.

SPASH is no exception. During the March 14 walk out, only a small number actually attended the full walk out, with roughly the same number only walking out for the moment of silence. Even after the demonstration held in front of SPASH, barely any students really walked out, most just returned to class. Where’s the power in this? Have we really gotten to the point where our voices are only as powerful as those in charge will let it be?

Part of this limitation is the harsh stranglehold the school has on us. We can’t walk out without our parent’s permission, and if we do there are consequences, consequences that many don’t feel are worth the punishment. We’ve lost our mojo, and we gotta get it back.

Viva la révolution, viva la jeunes

We hold the future in our hands. Through our struggles, our choices, and our voices, we can create massive change in our schools, in our homes, and in our societies. We have the strength to create the world we want, the systems we want, to destroy systems and methods that bring people down.

We have the advantage over those who may be older, the fact that we have not yet been jaded by the status quo. We still have in us the revolutionary spirit of youth, the flames of change and liberation. This light that we still have among us shouldn’t be self-contained or only shared with limited groups. This energy should be passed along to everyone, shared and noticed.

The people united will never be divided

Often times in youth protesting and political activism we don’t see much organization. Organizations may exist, but their knack for setting up anything above a protest or two is waning. We need to be able to organize to create change.

When we organize with our friends and people we trust, we create a culture where we are no longer a singular force to be reckoned with, but rather a community, and when you stand as a community, you stand taller.

Through organizing, sharing ideas, and protesting what we see as unjust, we can shift from a culture of authority fearing and neutrality to a culture of change and seeking what’s right. Through time we’ll create a greater sphere of influence for the voice of the people and of the youth.

When we stand up, treat each other with respect, and put our voices into the world, there is nothing we can’t achieve.

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10 Responses to “We the youth have a voice of our own”

  1. Alyssa Schroeckenthaler on May 21st, 2018 12:17 PM

    This story is really powerful. I like how you mentioned other times in history where youths used the power of their voices. I agree though, I didn’t think the walkout was very effective either. Unfortunately, we still have lots of school shootings.

  2. Kacey Koch on May 21st, 2018 12:18 PM

    This is a very powerful article. Nicely written.

  3. hannah siegel on May 21st, 2018 12:21 PM

    I personally didn’t partake in the walk out, I was busy but from what I could see very few people actually participated like you said. I also saw many students just using it as an excuse to skip class… i thinks its a serious issue and it definitely wasn’t taken as one during the actual “event.”

  4. Tony Ludwig on May 21st, 2018 12:30 PM

    I agree with this. After Parkland, one may have thought that this was the time for social change. Rather, it was a flash in the pan as you said.

  5. Kara Battaglia on May 21st, 2018 12:38 PM

    I agree Will, we all need to come together and speak our voices! We have so much power but many have been holding it back. Great article, you went into a lot of detail and I love how all of your stories are always so passionate.

  6. Dylan Konicek on May 21st, 2018 12:39 PM

    This was a very interesting article to read, but engaging. I agree that people have lost their voice and that they should get it back.

  7. Manuel Lupercio on May 21st, 2018 12:53 PM

    I love this article a ton. Youth have little to no voice anymore which is sad to see. I really wish there would be more protests and fighting of un-rightful events amongst this generation but we just haven’t and its sad.

  8. Alina on May 22nd, 2018 11:48 AM

    You always raise serious topics which make us reason. And I appreciate it. Reading your article, I would say you would be a good revolutionist

  9. Alina on May 23rd, 2018 11:44 AM

    You always raise serious topics which make us reason. And I appreciate it. Reading your article, I would say you would be a good revolutionist)

  10. Aiden Price on September 5th, 2018 10:41 AM

    this is powerful and true. this is very well done

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