02/19/2010 § 3 Comments
yesterday i was proud to witness a mass mobilization of youth who were calling to restore youth job funding at the state level. there were a legit 600-700+ people, which makes this the largest boston youth demo since united youth and youth workers “Don’t Wait ‘Till We’re Dead” jobs rally at city hall in summer ’07.
it was amazing to see young people leading this huge action, articulating clear demands and educating one another on how to build political power. there was a march, a rally outside, speaking program inside the state house, and legislative office visits. huge admiration for these sophisticated teen organizers and their supportive youth workers who speak truth from experience to power.
the proposed state budget reduces youth jobs funding to $6 million, a disastrous decline from highs of $18 million in 2007.
globe piece on the demo.