• july fire mag

Youth on Black Lives

Cardboards with the words “Black Lives Matter” surface through city streets. It’s simply not a trend. It’s a battle to demand justice for black lives. The fight to end police brutality and overall oppression against black people is very much a reality. Younger generations have taken matters into their hands to make it known that as long as there’s no justice, there will be no peace. The organization of protests and petitions have been prevalent in spreading awareness. From being teargassed to shot by rubber bullets, protestors are seeking to alter the unfair system. The movements for change are often started by millennials or gen Z. For example, a large number of protestors in my town, Santa Rosa, California, are mainly people in their teens and twenties. Not only are people protesting on streets, but on social media as well. The app Yubo, recently held a poll that resulted in 90% of participants supporting Black Lives Matter. 1 The Yubo app has primarily users of the ages 13 to 25. Many black teens have spoken about their feelings towards the situation and how we can all support black lives. Posting on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Tik Tok has been a useful tactic to spread important information on Black Lives Matter. This is a result of many media

outlets releasing false information on protests and the movement itself. Sharing petitions and links for donations have created an uprise of communal involvement. Emailing and calling local reps, demanding an end to police brutality has also been crucial. Artists and creators are using their skills to help towards funds, businesses, victims, etc. An example is our very own magazine member, Nico, who has been selling personalized drawings with all proceeds going towards the Austin Bail Fund. Starting conversations on the topic is a step in the right direction. Saying political opinions is something that many adolescents are not holding back on. Recent tweets and memes about calling out racist people have been surfacing all over Twitter. Some may not even share the same views as their family, but still choose to use their voices in order to be heard. As young people, some don’t want to 1 Dominic- Madori Davis, “THE ACTION GENERATION: How Gen Z really feels about race, equality, and its role in the

historic George Floyd protests, based on a survey of 39,000 young Americans”, (Business Insider, June 10 2020,, listen to what we have to say. They will preach about how “we don’t understand”. But it’s vital to know that we are the future. We seek change and won’t back down until we’ve received it.

Petitions Links:

Justice for George Floyd -

Justice for Breonna Taylor -

Justice for Shukri Abdi -

Justice for Tete -

Reopen Kendrick Johnson’s Case -

Justice for Alejandro Vargas Martinez -

Free Siyanda -

Justice for Tamir Rice:

Reopen Sandra Bland’s Case:

Reopen Christian Taylor’s Case:

Justice for Julian Cole:

Justice for Robert Fuller:

Free Albert N. Wilson:

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery:

Justice for Cameron Green:

Justice for Amiya Braxton:

Fire Jared Campbell:

Fire Broward County Police Officers:

George Floyd Act:

Justice for Rashad Cunningham:

Justice for Darren Rainey:

Let The Grand Jury Decide:

Donation Links:

Black Lives Matter:

George Floyd Memorial Fund:

I Run With Maud:

In Memory of Tony Mcdade:

Gianna Floyd (George Floyd’s Daughter):


Justice for Breonna Taylor:

Justice for David McAtee:

For James Scurlock’s Family:

The Bail Project:

Campaign Zero:

Minnesota Freedom Fund:

Fund Black Trans Women and NB People in MN:


The Bail Project:

Atlanta Black Owned Businesses Relief:

Raided Black Owned Businesses:

Somali Owned Businesses:

Reclaim The Block:

Color of Change:

More ways to help and information (petitions, funds, resources, etc):