In regard to the tragic events of September 11, I would like to take this opportunity to point out a very positive outcome. All across the country, young people have been coming together to aid the relief effort in a huge way. By donating blood, money and food to victims on the east coast, young people are showing that we are not an apathetic generation. College students are voicing their opinions about war with a loud voice as well. Demonstrations and vigils on many campuses have proven that young people do indeed care about critical issues such as national safety, U.S. foreign policy and most importantly peace.
Many youth organizations are helping to facilitate and amplify the perspective of young people. One organization that should be commended in particular is the California Youth Vote coalition, which is pushing for politicians to include the voices of 18-24 years old in a way like never before. Youth Vote is asking that next year’s Governors race include youth debates in which young people can have the opportunity to address politicians and make them hear our concerns.
Currently, politicians are doing a great job of excluding the voices of young people with regards to the terrorist attacks. We, as the leaders of tomorrow and the citizens that will have to endure the consequences of what politicians decide, must be allowed to be a part of the debate.