Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Play

Groups representing young people in Montana hope to stop a slate of election laws from going into effect before a June primary; Texas falls short on steps to prevent the next winter power outage.

Play

Democrats get voting rights legislation to Senate floor; Sec. of State Antony Blinken heads to Ukraine; a federal appeals court passes along a challenge to Texas' abortion ban.

Play

New website profiles missing and murdered Native Americans; more support for young, rural Minnesotans who've traded sex for food, shelter, drugs or alcohol; more communities step up to solve "period poverty;" and find your local gardener - Jan. 29 is National Seed Swap Day.

"Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport"

Play

Tuesday, November 8, 2016   

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Election Day has finally arrived, and a national children's leader is urging Ohio's youngest voters to get to the polls today. Children's Defense Fund founder, president and national civil rights leader Marian Wright Edelman, has made stops in Ohio and other states over the past several weeks to encourage Millennials to cast a ballot.

Edelman explained many people died for the right to vote, and she believes anyone standing on the sidelines is not doing their civic duty.

"Democracy is not a spectator sport," she said. "Ohio Millennials, get out here and do your job and say 'thank you' to your ancestors, and move on and build that next path to the future for all of us and to an America who can be a beacon for the world."

According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials are those born from 1981 and on, and constitute about one-third of Americans eligible to vote. But data from the National Census Bureau shows that only half of Millennials eligible to vote cast a ballot in the 2008 election.

Edelman said young voters also need to act on behalf of those who do not yet have a voice: children. She contends a new agenda is needed in the next presidential administration that focuses on investments in children. And she said that includes ending the cradle-to-prison pipeline.

"Ohio children are being caught up in the juvenile justice and therefore criminal justice system too often," she added. "And we've got children sitting in adult jails here. We've got children who are more likely to go to prison as they are to go to good public schools and graduate from high schools."

Edelman also believes policies that end child poverty, improve education and create jobs are among those that will improve the lives of the next generation and the future of the country.


get more stories like this via email

According to the state, 4 million California students owe a total of $147 billion in student debt. A new state program aims to help new students reduce that debt through public service. (Pathdoc/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The State of California is launching a new program that will pay college students $10,000 to volunteer doing public service work for a year. …


Environment

A coalition of more than 100 local elected officials is pleading for action on the Public Lands Act, a bill that would add protections for more than …

Social Issues

It's been nearly a year since North Dakota began collecting racial data on people accused of committing crimes - a process that paves the way for a re…


In a September report from the Pew Research Center, about 40% of parents said they've become less strict about managing their kids' screen time since the pandemic began. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Excessive screen time can cause a host of negative side effects in kids, but as some Indiana schools go virtual because of the omicron variant…

Social Issues

South Dakota is seeing another round of below-freezing temperatures. As folks bundle up, Salvation Army chapters hope they'll consider donating …

Access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) funds varies greatly by county in Colorado. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Colorado and other states are hoarding more than $6 billion intended for struggling families, according to new analysis. In 2020, Colorado denied …

Social Issues

As many Granite Staters struggle to pay ever-increasing rent prices, the New Hampshire court system is offering mediation for landlords and their …

Social Issues

Not enough has been done to prevent another catastrophic power-grid failure such as the one in Texas last February, according to AARP Texas, which …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021