AJ, San Francisco:
I think the most effective form of protest is making our voices heard at a government building through a walk out and different forms of speeches and signs and many people gathering together.
Natasha, San Francisco:
I have found a good way of protesting, from media campaigns and letter writing and walking out and marching to talking with legislators and elected representatives. And what I found really important is doing it all together and hitting whatever issue it is with info. Tackling from many different points that we can. Especially within the system we are set up in. It is important to do it both within the system and without.
I believe that an effective form of protest is speaking to politicians and making the voice of the populace heard so that they can better understand how to govern us. At a recent public hearing by the EPA regarding the repeal of the clean power plan, myself, my peers and my friends spoke out to politicians and the Trump Administration. We planned to protest outside of San Francisco Public Library, where it was being held, and we did. However, it was a mere ten students and was not as effective as envisioned, but we got our point across. Once inside the hearing we all spoke on behalf of the planet urging the Trump administration to not repeal the clean power plan. We felt it was our responsibility to vocalize our disapproval of the decisions made in Washington. This repeal will affect all of us, but it will primarily affect my generation, the youth of today, and the inhabitants of this planet for decades to come. It’s made it personal and extremely important that we make our voices heard to these politicians. I hope we’re able to make a ripple in the River of Life, in the small way we shape the way we as a leading global nation treat the Earth we live on.
Max, San Francisco:
Being a student, the most effective form of protest is student walk out. Often times adults tend to underestimate the power of youth. But ever since our new president was elected and especially in the last couple of weeks, the youth and students of the US are becoming politically active. We’ve made our voices heard and rightfully so, as we’re the future of the country. One hundred thousand students leave their classes for a single cause those in power would be foolish not to listen. Whether it be gun control, the environment, or movements such as Black Lives Matter, students choosing change over education is the most effective way of change that I can mention.
Grace, San Francisco:
I believe the best way to protest is to do what one can do to interrupt what is normal. This might mean your typical march or street protest, which is going to interrupt the day to day lives of people around causing them to rethink whatever it is you are trying to draw attention to. This might mean flooding the phones and mailboxes of your representatives in a way that they might not be used to seeing to show how much they care and the multitude of people who care about what it is that you’re protesting about. Whatever it is that requires a little more effort and requires you to go out of your way to show that whatever it is that your protesting that matters to you. That is what I have found to be the most effective way of to protest.
Chava, San Francisco:
Protesting is a form of resistance to take action and refuse to comply. Protesting is in my blood. I’ve tried many types of protesting. Marched, walked out, called in, written letters, signed petitions, spoken at hearings, and lobbied. I truly believe the most effective form of protest is hitting the issue at all angles. Each form of protest resistance offers something different. Marching shows a united front across all generations, it shows your allies. Walking out gives students the ability to voice their opinions. It shows politicians that the youth are not with them. Calling in, signing petitions, writing letters all gets documented. Speaking at hearings gives you a platform to speak in front of people who need to hear you, and that also gets recorded. Lobbying is extremely direct, it puts a face to an opinion. You are able to interact and ask questions to your politicians all of these combined make for the most effective protest.
Helen, San Francisco:
I think the most effective method of protest is in the speeches by the people and in the country that has been most affected by gun violence. Yesterday I went to City Hall and heard so many great speeches and I think the most impactful ones were by people my age. They talked about their experiences with gun violence and how it has affected them. And while their stories were sad, I think it really emphasized how big of an issue this really is and how we really do need to change now. The unique thing about student speakers is that they don’t care about losing some election or funding from the NRA. You can just say what everyone knows is the truth. I really do believe that we’ll be the ones to change the future of America.