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Buncombe County (N.C.) School Board Campaign Speeches

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Buncombe County (N.C.) School Board Campaign Speeches

These speeches were delivered between April 3 and August 3, 2006, in an effort to add a student adviser to the Buncombe County Board of Education. Buncombe County Board of Education - April 3, 2006 Dear School Board Members: As a student, I believe that ...

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Defiance

I like to assume that educators chose their line of work not because they enjoy wielding arbitrary power over children or because education is an easier major than theoretical physics, but because deep in their hearts they are idealists. And so I wonder how they ...

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Bathrooms, Hygiene & Inequality

"I just don't know how to go to the bathroom in the free world!" Ray Durem, who allowed his "negro child" to use a white restroom in Texas Bathrooms, Hygiene & Inequality a closer look at the problem of unclean restrooms at Lee A number ...

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A Revolution By A New Generation

Our Generation Should Revolt We've failed to examine or challenge America's most pervasive and destructive prejudice: adultism - the oppression of children. Like white supremacists and male chauvinists, adultist bigots discriminate against a group of people because they see us as stupid, dirty, violent, drug-abusing, ...

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A Youth Liberation Movement Is Taking Shape

Imagine building a global "liberation" movement that transforms the typical life experiences of young people throughout the world from one of passivity to one of confidence and capability. Now imagine what a difference such a movement would make to the strength and creativity of the ...

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Another Modest Proposal

FOR preventing the teenagers in the United States from being a burden to parents or country; and for making teens beneficial to the public 1997 The Tragedy OH what a dire sight indeed for adults who walk through the halls of America's high schools. The ...

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Parents and Parenting

I am not a trained psychologist, but I am a very observant person, who has been placed in a situation with much to observe. So please take my words to heart for I believe they are more truthful than any explanation to date. Much conflict ...

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Youth Rights Poetry

11 Days Ago If someone put a pillow over your face, you’d fight back too Pillows are soft And you’re using one to protect me But what you’ve actually done is erected a tiny, invisible prison, one that I haven’t elected But there is no ...

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Three Types of Youth Liberation: Youth Equality, Youth Power, Youth Culture

In this essay, I'm going to talk a bit about three different philosophies of Youth Liberation, problems that are likely to arise between them, and how each is basically responding to a different (and important) aspect of adultism. I. THREE FLAVORS OF YOUTH LIBERATION There ...

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Stay in School if You Want to Drive

Want to drive? Stay in school A bipartisan bill moving through the Legislature would deliver what backers say is tough love to keep kids in school by barring young high school dropouts from getting driver's licenses. "Driving is not a right, it's a privilege, and ...

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Avi Hein – 20th Anniversary Reflection

Growing up outside of Washington, DC, politics is life. But, as a 15 year old, volunteering isn’t the same as voting. It was the second half...

BY Avi Hein
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Alex Jonlin – 20th Anniversary Reflection

As a ten-year-old kid in Seattle, I was already interested in politics. My friends and I marched around the playground protesting the Iraq War, and I...

BY Alex Jonlin
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Scott Davidson – 20th Anniversary Reflection

Former board member (2003-2007) and president, Scott Davidson reflects on his time with NYRA and the people he got to know during his time being active...

BY Scott Davidson
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Jackie Ferro – 20th Anniversary Reflection

I first got involved with NYRA in 2009, when I was in 8th grade. I had formed a small coalition with some fellow middle schoolers called...

BY Jackie Ferro
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NYRA-Fairfax Secures Voting Age Endorsements

Thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Fairfax County NYRA chapter, the Fairfax County Democratic Party and grassroots organizations Virginia Democracy Forward and Virginia Civic...

BY Brian Conner
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NYRA Mourns Passing of John Taylor Gatto

Renowned critic of compulsory schooling, John Taylor Gatto passed away this week at the age of 82.  A teacher for 30 years, he achieved notoriety after...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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Stefan Muller – 20th Anniversary Reflection

I joined NYRA in 2003 after reading about it in a news article about the voting age. This wasn’t my first introduction to youth rights—I’ve believed...

BY Stefan Muller
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NYRA Launches New Website!

After months of hard work by NYRA's team of volunteers, we are pleased to finally unveil our brand new look! With a new logo, a new...

BY NYRA
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Bill introduced in U.S. House to lower the voting age to sixteen

Last week, U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) introduced a resolution proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would lower the voting age to sixteen throughout...

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Support the New YouthRights.org!

NYRA's current website was redesigned in 2011 and while it looked great for the time, it is now dated in both style and function. The current...

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Portland Student Rights Union joins NYRA to address Student Rights

Members of Portland Student Rights Union - A NYRA Chapter We originally started the Portland Student Rights Union (SRU) in October 2017 to protest the administration...

BY Portland Student Rights Union
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Scott Davidson – 20th Anniversary Reflection

Former board member (2003-2007) and president, Scott Davidson reflects on his time with NYRA and the people he got to know during his time being active...

BY Scott Davidson
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Schwarzenegger v Gamers – Help Us Fight Back

Arnold is trying to take away your games. Don't let him. California passed a law that would ban the sale of all "violent" video games to...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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Activists in Massachusetts Make Progress in Lowering the Voting Age

In Massachusetts, two best friends made headway in the push to lower the voting age. Aaron Nelson and Max Carr passed articles in their hometowns of...

BY NYRA
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Over 70 people testify in favor of lowering the voting age in Washington D.C.

On Wednesday, NYRA members attended a public hearing before the Washington, D.C. City Council to support the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018. If passed, this...

BY NYRA
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Alex Jonlin – 20th Anniversary Reflection

As a ten-year-old kid in Seattle, I was already interested in politics. My friends and I marched around the playground protesting the Iraq War, and I...

BY Alex Jonlin
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Speaking out against curfew laws in Fort Worth, TX

NYRA Chapter leader Bryce Hall spoke out against extending the juvenile curfew law in his home town of Fort Worth, Texas last Tuesday. He and other...

BY NYRA
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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, And Drags When You’re Young

When I talk to people about lowering the voting age to 16 or lowering the drinking age to 18 they often say “Why the rush? Two...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
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