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Youth Power at the Vigil PDF Print E-mail
Here some of the various ways youth participated in the 2011 Vigil. Included are responses from the visioning board at the gates, activity in the caucus and next steps to take collectively and individually. Please use for your own reflection, political dialogue, and to engage others around you!
**photos by Eli Latimerlo and Amanda Jordan
Wordle: Youth Power
Visit http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/4566308/Youth_Power to see in detail

Visioning Board--Vigil 2011
What role do you think youth should play in the movement to shut the SOA and end militarization?
• Take my place when I am gone, 17 years attempting to close the SOA
• We should spread awareness and inspire people to care!
• Bringing creativity
• Combat fear
• Keep nagging politicians
• Nonviolent leadership
• Bring fresh energy, combat cynicism
• Raise healthy and well education children       
• La vida es bella
• Educate friends and family
• Radicalizing
• Spread the word
• Bring fierce spirit
• Attention listening actively
• Using creativity to inspire others
• New ideas to an old out dated problem
• Solidarity
•  No fear                                                                                         
• Social media and new creative ways to spread mm and Occupy SOA
• Ask president Obama to use executive order to close SOA (to save lives and cut military budget
• Humor
• Educate ourselves and those we surround ourselves
• That all maybe one
• We should talk to more youth to get them inspired as well—Education
• Make our generation the one that changes everything
• Youth need to take charge of revoluccion
• Build local economies
• Share the wisdom of Gene Sharp                                                                             
• Resurrect the green party! It’s time… our time
• Inspire
• Raise awareness to everyone
• Redefine ourselves
• Remember that people are more important than things
• Stand up, speak out, adelante companeros (anarchist symbol)
• Learn compassion, teach peace, change starts here
• Organized! And so respectful of all the work done in the past
• Respect your elders
• STORM THE GATES EVERYONE
• Start classes on the detrimental effect capitalism has on our society and the danger of neoliberalism/deregulation/free trade
• Talk and reach out to other youth
• Inform ALL
• Spread awareness
• Education shouldn’t require a price
• Stop domestic violence
• Raise class awareness then class war!
• Education makes all the different when compassion is present.
• Give voice to the peace tax
• Communication, energy, creating local communities and economies, traveling to build movements, alternative jobs
• Educate and congregate
• Voice of hope
• Bring hope through our energy and education to make progressive change
• Bond with the earth
• Resistencia
• Use my voice
• Dissent
• Corporations are not people
• To inspire others
• Spread the word
• Fight for the future you want to live in, shape the world
• Democracy is false without education! Spread awareness in your communities...schools, homes, churches, public transportation, juntos podemos
• Encourage friends and family to join the movement
• Wisdom from the younger generations perspective
• Educate ourselves…we cant stop what we don’t know
• Talk to all!
• Educate and dont stop talking.                                                                                  
• Use social media to educate/organize/build awareness.
• Keep asking questions
• Education and activism
• Educar paz y justicia
• No more, no mas
• Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.
• Be intentional about your interaction with others.
• Echa las ganas!
• Close the SOA, I’m serious. (3 year old)
• Reza para paz
• Get the word out and promote not only decolonization of countries but of the mind.
• Ask questions to encourage and promote new age thinking.
• The youth will lead the revolution into a world where our focus will be progress not destruction.
• Let us know our history! Repeal HB 2281 in AZ. Adam Lopez, paz.
• Occupy
• Encourage students to research about how their universities are tied to military corporations, publish a report, perhaps?
• Banks too big to fail, CEO’s to rich to jail, something is wrong…
• Ban military recruiters from campuses
• Lobbying!!!!!!
• To stand and act as competent intellectuals for peace, non-violence and justice. The youth change our world.
• Speak…your voice is our voice.
• Ask questions until they are answered and fight for the answer.
• Spread  awareness to older generation.
• Si se puede!
• If not us, who? If not now, when?
• “When people get sad, they mope around and do nothing. When people get angry, now that is when they bring about change” Anonymous
• Si puedo hoy
• Energy
• “Be the change you wish to see in the world, don’t be a bystander! Shut down the SOA” Janice Englefield.               
• You are the future, you must start now for a better future for your children. Be active now.
• Radio comunitaria.
• Fight for your right! A.H.B
• Start today
• Empower your fellow students to speak their minds and participate in government.
• Don’t give up, find community and social media.
• Be aware.
• Reach out more college interaction. Technically and personally. Facebook and college tours.
• Occupy isn’t victory. Occupy has been the history of this country…It begins small, look inside yourself and support familia and comunidad.
• Never forget those who were lost. Presente!
• VOTE. It’s your right. Use it to affect change.
• Passivity is injustice.
• Be anything but silent
• Educate students about important social issues, so that they get a true rounded education.
• Liberacion mental y spiritual
• Educate to liberate…occupy the minds of others.  Ronisha
• We need to be fighting student apathy on all issues of social justice. It is too easy to float thru four years of college without taking a stand for what is right.
• Kill your Television
• Organize your community
• A true awakening about the insidious affects of military industrial complex particularly on youth: Echoing Chile and elsewhere.
Activity—
Our body is our homes and the affects of militarization on our society and communities, but especially our bodies as women. Instructions:
Important for us to recognize what we are resisting and what we can use collectively to fight that. Framework of ideas and how the connect
OUTSIDE FORCE
• Machismo/patriarchy
• Racism
• Oppressive religious systems/dogmas/ways of thinking
• Imposed epistemology (sense of meaning)
• Violence/oppression creeping into everyday language
• Propaganda/pop culture/ glorification of militarism
• Cost of education
• Corporate media
• Ableism
• Laws criminializing undocumented people/private prisons
• White privilege
• Imperialistic capitalism
• Greed
• Culture of fear
• Ageism
• Cultural hegemony
• Uneducation/ignorance
• Consumerism
• Not listening
• Youth/class-targeted recruitment
• Homophobia
• Cynicism
• Maildistribution of resources
• Authoritiarian Education
• Co-opting
• Corporate education
• Cultures of fear (“the other”)
• Military recruiters in poor areas
• Patriarchy=militarismmyth of meritocracy                                                                    
• Labeling
• Militarization of police forces
• War profiteering
• Racism
• Tv advertising
• Arrogance
• Decographis supremacy
• Violence
• Hate speech
• SOA/ WHINSEC and others
• Hate speech
• Machine ideology
• Double speak
• Military co-op
• ROTC
• Colorblind (half out, half in)
• Government regulated media
• Anti-immigrant organization
• Rationalization/routinization of society
• Army recruiters
• Food monolpoly
• Prison
• Military industrial comples
• Labor as commondity
• Fear
• Apathy
• ignorance

INSIDE
• Faith
• Finding similarities and common ground
• Positive peace heros and roles models
• Connection
• Peace education in our school system
• Workshops
• Communication/networking/documentaries
• Dialogue
• Cultural exchange
• Technology
• Community
• Education
• Open and respectful dialogue                                                                                                                
• Individuality
• Compassion
• Love
• Hope
• Autonomy (half in, half out)
• Solidarity
• Empathy
• Idealistic/realistic thinking
• Cross cultural experiences
• Perserverance
• Unity
• Imagination
• creativity
Next Steps? What do we want to do collectively?
  • Dialogue/spreading the word..creatively
  • Talk to youth in language they can understand
  • What approach we take
  • Re-juvinating movement
  • Open minded to new ideas and create new ideas
  • Creativity
  • Educate positively
  • Creating new movements
  • Revamp website
  • Corporations tied with militarization
  • Gathering
  • Bringing awareness outside the world, not just LA
  • Target young (middle school and high school)…start education early
  • Larger struggle across BORDERS
  • Educate, mobilize, take action
  • Don’t be discouraged by #’s
  • Not creating polarization, not anti but FOR
  • Share success stories (facebook)
  • Share in depth info
  • Ask first/tell later
  • Direct action
  • Physical representation of problem
  • Lobbying
  • Facebook group
  • Mobilize
  • WHINSEC vs. SOA
  • Local action in schools and communities
  • Complicity
  • How to give support to ppl to bring more people
  • Flash mob die-in
  • FIGHT to get coca-cola OUT
  • Objective media outlets
  • Contact / connection with other groups
                                            
 

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