Michigan student activists take on voter registration, gun violence

Michigan student activists take on voter registration, gun violence

In the wake of the Feb. 14 school shootings in Parkland, Fla., students in Michigan and across the country have risen up to take action in various ways. Wochit Buy Photo Jaden Stovall won’t turn 18 in time to vote during November’s general election. But he still feels strongly that getting young people registered is an important part of inspiring them to rise up and become active. "I hope to change the turnout when it comes to voting," said Stovall, 17, a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Too many young people shun voting, he said. "That’s one thing we could change.” Change is on the minds these days of a lot of young people — in Michigan and beyond — who have turned to voter registration drives, rallies, political forums and other means of activism in an effort to ensure their voices are being heard. Stovall, for instance, is part of a new metro Detroit group — Detroit Area Youth Uniting Michigan — that is planning a voter registration drive. The group has already held a youth summit and organized a rally to fight against gun violence. More: ‘My heart is heavy for Detroit’: City rallies against gun violence "I hope to change the turnout when it comes to voting," said Jaden Stovall, 17, a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Too many young people shun voting, he said. "That’s one thing we could change." (Photo: Kathleen Galligan, Detroit Free Press) "Young people need […]

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