I’m a 17-year-old who lives and breathes politics. I can’t get enough of it
Bernie Sanders spoke outside Oakland City Hall in downtown Oakland to an audience of nearly 20,000 supporters on Memorial Day. Youth Radio reporter Desmond Meagley attended the rally to document the event and speak to Sanders supporters.
I can’t get enough of politics. But as a minor, I’m not allowed to vote. And until recently, I accepted…
For the first time, there are as many Millenials as there are baby boomers– so young people are in a position to make a real difference in this election. How should political candidates engage effectively with young voters? What would be your words of advice to the front-runners who want so badly to appeal to youth?
After I learned my dad doesn’t vote, I was upset. I used to picture my dad’s love for his country like Rocky — lasting until the very end, no matter the challenge.
This fall, I went to cover a Bernie Sanders rally… The event had to be moved to a bigger space, because so many people RSVP’d to see Bernie live.
Some people are calling 2016 the ‘most important election of our lifetimes’, and it’s easy to see why. Technology is providing venues for new voices to have their say on issues that will have a global impact; the emotions of both the right and the left run high as the country prepares to decide what direction its leadership will take; all while more and more social-media-savvy millennials are reaching voting age.
Growing up, my understanding of politics can be summed up in two words: Republican and Democrat. But now that I’m 18, I don’t identify with any political party. My own political involvement mostly happens in front of a computer screen.
There’s one thing about California elections that everyone can agree on: the ballot is confusing with all those props and measures. Sometimes intentionally so! How are first-time voters supposed to be confident about how they vote? Youth Radio Interactive created an app that preps young voters for the polls this midterm season.