Dallas Youth Commission issues call to action to local youth
The City of Dallas Youth Commission is encouraging all youth across the city to stand up against hate and seek ways to make an immediate change in their communities. These call to actions are meant to force honest conversations about racial injustice in the Dallas community, encourage learning and self-reflection.
“To address the deeply rooted racism that continues to pervade our society, we must do more than talk. There is an urgent need to act” said Dallas Youth Commissioner Ashley Shan. “If we truly want to put an end to hate, we must stand up against hate.”
To empower local youth to make a difference in their community, the Youth Commission has issued five ways to get involved.
- Protest. The Youth Commission stands with all who exercise their first amendment right to engage peacefully. Participation in peaceful protests are encouraged for the relentless pursuit of social and racial justice. In that relentless pursuit, it’s imperative that local businesses are not damaged.
- Educate yourself. Before change happens, it’s important that youth understand the issues facing our society. Youth are encouraged to share what they have learned on social media channels to help spread the message.
- Use your voice. The Youth Commission encourages Dallas youth to sign petitions that support movements fighting against racial injustice. You can also use your voice to challenge those in your community who perpetuate hate. Do not let them get away with making racist remarks.
- Youth are encouraged to urge friends and family members to vote and help elect leaders who will fight for righteousness, justice and equality.
- Donate. If youth have the means to do so, the Youth Commission encourages youth to donate to organizations and causes that seek to fight injustice.
In addition to five call to actions, the Youth Commission will host a Chalk the Plaza Summer event for youth from July 25 through August 15 to advocate for social justice and positive change. Students can register to chalk their personal messages to the community on City Hall Plaza. Registration closes July 18.
The Youth Commission is governed by a fifteen-member board consisting of high school students (grade 9 through 12) who aim to serve their community while gaining the tools necessary to become effective and dedicated leaders in the future.
Written by Anastasia Reed