Police chiefs council: Youth curfews don’t curb crime

Posted by on June 13th, 2017

Wearing a backward baseball cap and a sparse goatee, Luis Mercado practiced dunking and dissing his friends on a crowded basketball court in Woodlawn Park Monday night. It was shortly after 8 p.m., a time to savor in June when sticky air dissipates in a comfortable breeze. A guy wearing a doo-rag performed wheelies on […]

Teens Push to Lower the Voting Age

Posted by on January 17th, 2017

Should 16- and 17-year-olds be able to vote? That was a question San Francisco and Berkeley, California, residents considered as part of the 2016 general election. And on Nov. 8, Alex Koroknay-Palicz was watching. He’s president of the National Youth Rights Association, a national nonprofit that advocates for the civil rights of young people. Ultimately […]

Voters in Amherst, Granby, Pelham to consider allowing 19-year-olds to buy beer, wine

Posted by on November 4th, 2016

AMHERST — In the legislative district that will soon be represented by 22-year-old Solomon Goldstein-Rose, voters Tuesday are being asked whether they support legislation that would allow 19-year-olds to buy beer and wine. It’s a nonbinding ballot question only in the 3rd Hampshire District and is the only public policy question on any ballot in […]

Some voters in Western Mass. will vote on whether to lower drinking age

Posted by on November 2nd, 2016

Should the drinking age be 19? Voters in part of Hampshire County won’t just decide whether to legalize marijuana when they cast their ballots Tuesday: They’ll also vote on the drinking age. Ballot Question No. 6 in Hampshire County’s Third District — Amherst, Pelham, and about half of Granby — asks voters whether their representative […]

Measure Y1 could implement lower voting age for certain elections in Berkeley

Posted by on October 27th, 2016

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds may soon be allowed to vote in Berkeley, making the city one of just a few in the country to allow them to do so. Measure Y1, placed on the ballot by Berkeley City Council, would allow individuals 16 and older to vote for the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Directors […]

VIDEO: Should San Francisco Lower Its Voting Age?

Posted by on October 24th, 2016

They pay taxes. They have to abide by the same laws as everyone else. And many are old enough to work and get behind the wheel. But for teens under 18, the right to vote is still out of reach. And that’s not fair, say a number of youth rights groups, who for years have […]

Who Do Kids Want To Be President?

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

If you’re under 18, you still can’t vote (despite recent campaigns to change that) but America’s youth has spoken via Scholastic’s annual student vote campaign: If you could vote, youngsters, would you pick Hillary Clinton for president, or Donald Trump, or screw, it, why not Harambe? Clinton took 52 percent of the votes from about […]

How Teens Are Lobbying Voters On Issues That Matter To Them

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

Imagine if there were an issue on the ballot that only affected you, but you were barred from voting on it. Like, for a ridiculous example, if there was a vote in your American history class to ban students from taking snaps of the 19th-century presidents in your textbook and putting a smiling poop emoji […]

Nonbinding referendum in Amherst, Pelham, Granby calls for lowering drinking age

Posted by on October 17th, 2016

Arguing that adults should be able to consume alcohol, a Washington, D.C., resident is responsible for a nonbinding referendum question on the Nov. 8 ballot in three towns that encourages the state Legislature to reduce the drinking age from 21 to 19. “I’m for lowering it because I believe it’s age discrimination against adults,” said […]

NYRA Advocates for #16toVote on Al Jazeera

Posted by on April 9th, 2016

On April 7, NYRA-Hudson County chapter president, Mahsiah Imes and NYRA President Alex Koroknay-Palicz appeared on Al Jazeera America with host Erika Pinzi to discuss lowering the voting age. Both were joined by other high school students on both sides of the issue. The segment appeared on the final 7 pm news hour for Al […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.