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Saturday, October 13 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Youth Activism

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In the wake of February’s tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, student Emma Gonzalez “called BS” on the notion that “us kids don't know what we're talking about.” And certainly young people have increasingly taken up her call, assuming leadership roles and speaking out about issues affecting their lives. In this session, we’ll hear from Parkland journalism teacher Melissa Falkowski, whose student journalists’ passionate and inspiring reporting has been collected in We Say #NeverAgain. Boston Globe journalist Jenn Abelson will speak about I Have the Right To, the book she co-wrote with Chessy Prout, whose story of seeking justice in the wake of high school sexual assault has helped many fellow survivors find courage to speak out. For young people looking for a road map on how to get involved in their own communities, Eric David Dawson of the organization Peace First--along with young Peace First activist Amanda Matos--will talk about how to transform communities one step at a time. Finally, Alexandra Styron will use examples from her new book Steal This Country to talk about how young people can transform anger into action. Guiding their conversation is DiDi Delgado, an organizer of Cambridge Black Lives Matter and head of operations for the Society of Urban Poetry. You’ll walk out of this session fired up and ready to change the world.

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DiDi Delgado

DiDi Delgado is consistently on the front lines blazing pathways, creating channels, and fostering connections in support of the most marginalized. She is an award winning poet, author, activist, and freelance journalist. She is currently Head of Operations at SOUP (The Society Of... Read More →

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Jenn Abelson

Jenn Abelson is an award-winning investigative journalist for the Boston Globe. A graduate of Cornell, she joined the staff of the Globe in 2001. She has uncovered and reported on several major cases of fraud and abuse, such as sexual assault at prep schools in New England, sexual... Read More →
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Eric David Dawson

Eric David Dawson is the CEO and cofounder of Peace First, a nonprofit that teaches young people to become peacemakers. The organization started as a student-run program at Harvard, and Dawson has been part of it since the beginning. He started his career running a summer camp in... Read More →
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Amanda Matos

Growing up in a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, Amanda Matos became aware of the injustices that women of color face in the United States. Early on in life, she witnessed the racism and sexism her own family experienced which motivated her to take action. Matos started WomanHOOD... Read More →
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Alexandra Styron

Alexandra Styron is the author of Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything, a guidebook for teens on how to resist and rebuild in contemporary America, inspired by Abbie Hoffman’s seminal Steal This Book. Steal This Country was preceded... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA