In the last year we have experienced a new wave of student activism on high school and college campuses. March for Our Lives mobilized millions of people last month. April 20th , the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, will see a national walkout from schools in protest of government leaders’ inability to pass laws that protect us from gun violence. 2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of student protests that led to a nation-wide anti-war movement in the United States, demonstrations for greater democracy in Mexico, and a May revolt in France where large sectors of the working class went on strike.
With the failure of the ruling parties to address issues of social and economic inequality in our country, can student action catalyze fundamental, ongoing political change and transform relationships of power in our institutions? What are the major issues that have mobilized young people? What are the goals? What actions are they taking to initiate change? This panel of high school and college students will present work that is currently being done in their schools and communities. What support do they need, and want, so that the new wave of student activism isn’t as short lived as Occupy Wall Street?