Young people are no strangers to fear, from age-old fears such as failing or disappointing their loved ones, to fears unique to our current historical moment. We asked our reporters to think about their deepest fears and share them.
This act of sharing is meant to do two things. The naming of the fears shows us what we are working against and the sharing of fears shows us that we are not alone.
As you read our reporter’s greatest fears, think about the way that naming and sharing your fears can be useful in your own life… (X)
As President Obama’s time in the White House comes to a close, the nation is looking back at what kind of legacy he will leave. Below, the reporters of The kNOw share what they think stands out most about our 44th President and his time in office… (X)
To create change we first have to imagine solutions to the problems we face in our everyday lives.
Their imagined world inspired the reporters at The kNOw to dream up what their own perfect world would look like. This is what they saw… (X)
Recently there has been an increased dialogue surrounding the demonstrations, protests and other events happening in Standing Rock, North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux and numerous other tribes and allies have come together to protest the North Dakota Access Pipeline or DAPL.
Through chants and protests – as well as tweets and the #NoDAPL hashtag – people are making their concerns about the partially completed pipeline known.
Indigenous peoples in the region state that the current trajectory of the pipeline disturbs sacred sites and threatens to pollute the drinking water of the people living there.
Protesters are facing stiff resistance from law enforcement and private security hired by Dakota Access, LCC and Energy Transfer, the companies building the pipeline who claim that the protestors are trespassing.
As the situation becomes increasingly tense, recordings and claims of protesters being mistreated and abused continue to arise. The topic continues to demand more attention from the public at the national and sometimes global level and many have already pledged solidarity with the protestors.
This is what the reporters of The kNOw Youth Media had to say about the DAPL… (X)
On October 6th, a 2005 recording of Donald Trump boasting in vulgar terms about women was released. In what has come to be called “The Trump Tapes,” the Republican Presidential nominee describes forcing himself on women and grabbing them by the vagina – all of which he says he got away with because he was a “star.” Since the release of the tapes, and the subsequent apology video in which Trump dismisses his words as “locker room talk,” women all over the world have taken to Twitter to share their own stories of survival and abuse and to call out Trump’s comments for promoting rape culture.
Read below for The kNOw’s reactions to The Trump Tapes and their aftermath… (X)
On Thursday, June 16, the California State Assembly approved a bill that will end the luxury tax currently placed on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. This bill was first introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) at the beginning of this year.
In a press release from January, Assemblywoman Garcia said, “This is not insignificant to women, especially poor women on a tight budget who struggle to pay for basic necessities like a box of tampons or pads every month for their adult life.” In California alone, people with periods pay more than $20 million annually on taxes for tampons and sanitary napkins.
Even President Obama spoke out about the unfair tax on such necessities, telling lifestyle vlogger Ingrid Nilsen, “I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items. I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.”
To put it into perspective: Wisconsin does not tax Viagra, New York does not tax Rogaine and Indianna does not tax barbecued sunflower seeds. But all three states tax feminine hygiene products.
Because so few states have addressed this gender biased tax disparity, the The kNOw weighed in on why they support California’s decision to remove the luxury tax… (X)
On Thursday, April 26th, Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a coalition of community organizations and residents, launched their #InvestInYouth campaign. This campaign, which kicked off with a community Town Hall event held at the Mosqueda Center, focuses on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and how the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) is spending the money this funding has granted them.
The extra funding provided by LCFF is to be used to increase outcomes for three student groups: English Learner students, foster students and students coming from low income families. Based on community input and research, BHC has the following three requests:
1. The 2015–2016 LCAP will direct 2.5 million of LCFF funding to new family engagement approaches.
2. There will be at least one full-time FUSD staff (Community Connector) working with parents in each high school using family development approach by 2015–2016.
3. Update the Fresno Unified School District’s English Learner Master Plan in the 2015–2016 school year.
Beyond their suggestions to the district, #InvestInYouth is also asking the community to use their voices to show FUSD that they too believe in investing in Fresno’s youth. In that spirit, we asked the youth reporters of The kNOw how they believed the LCFF money should be spent to invest in their educations and this is what they had to say… (X)
Last month Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the minimum wage in California would be steadily increasing over the next 5 years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2022. In the aftermath of the announcement, youth reporters from The kNOw discussed the implications of the raise, especially for Fresno and the Central Valley. Scroll down to read the reactions from the young people… (X)
On November 4th, Californians will cast their votes on Proposition 47. The prop, also called The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, would reclassify six non-violent crimes currently charged as felonies — including drug possession and shoplifting — as misdemeanors. Those currently serving time in prison for these felonies would have their sentences adjusted retroactively, resulting in early releases. Any money saved as a result of reducing the state prison population would be used to fund mental health and drug rehabilitation services, and education programs for at-risk young people.
The kNOw Youth Media and We’Ced Youth Media asked young people in Merced and in Fresno, California: When is incarceration a just punishment? And how should society deal with non-violent offenses and petty crimes? (X)
Student Body President at Fresno State, Pedro Ramirez, recently revealed that he is an undocumented citizen who has been living in the United States since he was three years old. Although many people have expressed support, including Fresno State President John Welty, others have spoken out against him. In this piece, youth writers from The kNOw share their views on immigration, on Pedro, and on the power of cultural diversity in America… (X)
Editor’s Note: We asked young people all across the Bay Area and the Central Valley if they were voting, what issues they think are the most crucial and who they would vote for. YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and The kNOw are all youth media projects of Pacific News Service. Street Soldiers Radio is a weekly radio program heard by more than 300,000 listeners… (X)