youth activism

Daniel Katz, University of Michigan

  

On the October 15th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with three winners of this year's David Brower Youth Awards, which recognize young people for their achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Today's youth have grown up under an environmental crisis, so where are they finding hope and solutions? What are the issues driving young activists today, and what can we learn from them? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Chaz Hubbard/Youth Radio

In 2008, 18- to 29-year-olds voted in record numbers. Turnout this election was expected to be way down among that age group – a voting bloc known as the Millennials – but their numbers were on par with four years ago. Mitt Romney received 37 percent support from young people, about 7 points higher than John McCain, and Barack Obama clinched 60 percent of the youth vote this time around.

Felicia Sullivan is a researcher at CIRCLE, the premier polling organization tracking youth and politics. She was pleasantly surprised as the polling numbers started coming in.

The city of Richmond is notorious for its high crime rate and industrial pollution. And the Iron Triangle neighborhood – which is bordered on three sides by train tracks – just might be the city’s most dangerous neighborhood. But inside the Triangle, activist Tania Pulido is cultivating community and social consciousness through the Berryland Community Garden. Pulido is one of the winners of the 2011 David Brower Youth Awards, and she joined KALW’s Holly Kernan in studio to talk about how she got started with the garden, and her social activism.