March For Our Lives-initiator on how to create change
Are you in need of some inspiration or guidance on how to create change in your community? You are not alone! David Hogg, one of the initiators of March for our Lives (last year's winner of the International Children's Peace Prize) has some inspiring words to share with you. Read what he has to say on creating change below!
“There is no age restriction on fighting for justice and peace.”
Often when I'm at events young people ask me
”How do I get involved how do I create change in my own community?”
My answer is always:
- Step 1: Join your student newspaper or debate team and/or watch the news everyday. This does an essential thing: it gives you micro and macro knowledge of what's going on in your community and your country enabling you to understand the current issues you, your friends and other adults face. Realize that if you scare politicians or local politicians you're doing something right, because nobody gets things done quicker in politics than a scared politician.
- Step 2: Select one issue to work on addressing in your community and realize as much as you might want to take the lead on addressing multiple issues, that you probably can't.
- Step 3: Research both sides of an issue and data around it. Based on this information, come up with a clear and specific solution with set deadlines for politicians to sign onto. Probably one of the most important things that I’ve learned over the past year is that if politicians say they have a plan but it is not clear and specific, it doesn’t exist. Just like when Democrats said they cared about gun violence following Sandy Hook but did jack shit. Which leads me to my next point.
- Step 4: Attacking the sources of evil, aka Martin Luther King's 3rd principle of non-violence. Movements don’t ask for a seat at the table; they build their own. Once you have the clear and specific solutions put together, ask your politicians to pass it or work with you to pass it, If/When they refuse to do either (which almost always happens) organize against them, boycott the companies funding their campaigns, vote them out and if you have to run for office and implement your plan.
Source: David Hogg (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv769FIlEnl/ )
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