Posts from ‘#Vote16BC’

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Representation matters: LGBTQ+ youth deserve the right to vote

06.25.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary |  Katia Bannister

The “queerest generation yet” could change the face of justice and rights for the LGBTQ+ community As a sixteen year-old in the year 2020, I am honestly and rightly terrified of what the future holds for me. In my lifetime I will live out the consequences of inaction on climate change and long-term government debt. […]

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We Face So Many Crises. Let Youth Lead, Serve and Vote

06.24.20 | #Vote16BC, Climate, General, Op-Ed |  Seth Klein

Friday, June 26, at noon PDT, join Dogwood and Seth Klein for a free webinar preview of his new book “A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency”. RSVP here. They’ve proven their power, determination and ability to mobilize. Hand over the reins. Originally printed in The Tyee. As the world confronts the global […]

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I’m a Black Burnaby student. School officers make me feel unsafe.

06.11.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary, Op-Ed |  Guest Writer

Guest blog written by Haleluya Hailu, Summit Youth Empowerment Program alum and Vote16 team member. Originally printed in The Burnaby Now.   Re: Liaison programs keep gangs away from Burnaby schools, NOW letters I have to start off and say I am a bit biased. I am black. That’s it. I’ve grown up in Burnaby, […]

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The right to decide my own future

05.20.20 | #Vote16BC, Actions, Commentary, General, Organizing |  Guest Writer

Why I joined the #Vote16BC campaign to lower the voting age in B.C. Guest blog by Jenny Tindall, Vote16BC campaigner My name is Jenny Tindall. I am a 16-year-old living in Vancouver, B.C. Growing up, my family has always encouraged me to use my voice and fight for what I believe in. When I was […]

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The case for lowering the voting age in B.C.

05.20.20 | #Vote16BC, Actions, Commentary, General |  Katia Bannister

It’s no wonder the campaign is picking up momentum in B.C. and around the world. Originally published on the blog Sowing Seeds of Change. My name is Katia Bannister. I am an organizer with Dogwood’s #Vote16BC campaign. The goal of the campaign is to lower the voting age to 16 years old in British Columbia. […]

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Greta Thunberg can’t vote. The rich and powerful like it that way.

09.26.19 | #Vote16BC, News |  Kai Nagata

16-year-olds could boost turnout, revive democracy and keep climate top of the political agenda. A century ago, the people in power came up with some truly ridiculous reasons why women shouldn’t vote. Women’s brains were insufficiently developed, anti-suffragists argued. They lacked life experience outside the home. They would simply vote the way their husbands voted. […]

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Who gets to lead?

09.12.19 | #Vote16BC, Campaigns |  Guest Writer

B.C. youth leaders get ready for the fight of their lives “Greta Thunberg is clearly mentally unstable,” tweeted Maxime Bernier, former cabinet minister and leader of the far-right People’s Party of Canada. “Not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression and lethargy, and she lives in a constant state of fear.” Just days earlier, a […]

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Why I want the right to vote

04.25.19 | #Vote16BC, Climate |  Guest Writer

Guest blog post by Nahira Gerster-Sim My name is Nahira and I was adopted from China. Because of the one child policy, my biological parents felt they were not able to raise me. My adoptive parents brought me to Canada when I was two years old. As a young child, I was always puzzled by […]

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