Activism: Making an Impact

Activism has always been a huge part of who I am. From an early age, my parents immersed me in political culture by taking me to rallies and introducing me to a number of social justice issues. My mother passed on her love of politics to me. Below is a photo of me at around 3-years-old with a John Kerry poster during his presidential campaign in 2004. 

 

Later, my parents took me to a number of rallies and political events for a variety of issues such as anti-genetically modified foods, pro-funding for public schools, and a speaker event of Barack Obama on his campaign trail in 2008.

In 2018, my friend and I founded a club called Youth of Today for Issues of Today in order to give students a space to voice their thoughts on social justice issues. Following the Parkland school shooting later that year the club shifted to talk about gun violence. We organized a panel for my high school peers, offering education on gun violence and the opportunity to understand the importance of their upcoming vote. The panelists from Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety offered students their expertise. Below is a photo of us with the panelists following the successful event. 

Later that year we continued with our activism against gun violence, going with a group of nearly 200 Bay Area students to lobby for gun violence measures in Sacramento, California’s state capitol.

In the fall of 2019, I visited Washington DC for the first time with a group of students from my high school. We went to meet with our local Congressperson to lobby for her continued support for immigration bills, as well as measures to decrease the consistently rising housing costs in our local community in Oakland, CA.

Since moving to Washington, DC I have made it one of my goals to attend the rallies for the issues I am most passionate about. Aligning closely with my passion for equal rights, I attended a rally outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in support of LQBTQ+ rights following the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Bostock v. Clayton County case.

Following my activism in accord with women’s rights, I attended the National Period Day rally on October 19, 2019, outside of the Capitol building which encouraged legislators to remove existing taxes on women’s bodies, specifically regarding feminine hygiene products. 

   

In the past, I went to my local Women’s March in Oakland, CA. This year, I had the opportunity to go to the Washington, DC Women’s March. Experiencing such a passionate group of people I felt hopeful for the next wave of activists.

While my Freshman year in Washington, D.C. was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I attended protests in the San Francisco Bay Area upon returning to my hometown.

I look forward to continuing my work as an activist as I find more areas that I am passionate about. There is so much activist culture in Washington, DC that I am excited to continue to learn about.