Our Generation Our Choice

In almost one year, the citizens of the United States of America will come together to elect the next president. But it is not easy to live in, let alone lead, a nation in this age.  Racial injustice remains as terrible and insidious as ever before, undocumented immigrants live in constant fear of deportation, all while our environment is collapsing around us. These issues need immediate attention, but how will the new president address them? Will they address these issues equitably? Will they address them at all? 

Last Monday, November 9, young people from all over the country gathered in Washington D.C. to make sure these issues will be addressed adequately.  Our Generation Our Choice organized a millennial march to protest racism, immigration, and climate justice.

C.A.R.E., Colby’s fossil fuel divestment group, sent Ester Topolarova ’16 and myself to participate in this movement. We joined innumerable student groups campaigning for fossil fuel and prison divestment in Washington D.C.

Why did these students travel so far? Because they care.  They care about the American political system, and they care enough to remind these politicians of how important these issues are. Most importantly though, they care about these social movements’ futures. People fighting for racial equality, immigration reform, and a sustainable environment; it’s not easy. What’s more, each movement faces its own fierce opposition from the government and corporate organizations.

Our Generation Our Choice’s true goal is to bring these movements together. Showing the world that these three movements are truly one.  Who is most affected by environmental disasters?  Minority communities and undocumented immigrants. Why will immigrants soon flee their home countries? Environmental disasters such as rising sea levels will chase people out. Solving just one of these injustices is no longer enough. Yet when the government fails to address this united issue equitably, when our communities are under attack, what choice do we have?

STAND UP, FIGHT BACK.

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