Justin Bieber Calls on President Trump to ‘Let Those Kids Out of Cages,’ While Thanking Him for Helping A$AP Rocky by Josiah Bates, TIME, July 20, 2019
Justin Bieber has weighed in on the border crises and A$AP Rocky’s Swedish incarceration with one tweet.
Feeling like I’m breathing my last breath
Feeling like I’m walking my last steps
Look at all of these tears I’ve wept
Look at all the promises that I’ve kept
I put my all into your hands
Here’s my soul to keep
I let you in with all that I can
You’re not hard to reach
And you bless me with the best gift
That I’ve ever known
You give me purpose
Yeah, you’ve given me purpose
Thinking my journey’s come to an endPurpose, Justin Bieber
Sending out a farewell to my friends, for inner peace
Ask you to forgive me for my sins, oh would you please?
I’m more than grateful for the time we spent, my spirit’s at ease
I put my heart into your hands
Learn the lessons you teach
No matter when, wherever I am
You’re not hard to reach
This is just one of many examples of youth speaking out and engaging in justice work and activism. Others include the Sunrise Movement demanding a Green New Deal and the student school climate strikes.
I try to avoid writing too much about Democrats and Republicans. This being Iowa, there are nearly daily presidential candidate events. Political pundits warn of some Democrats moving too far to the left, fearing that will drive away moderate voters and could lead to Republican re-election for the presidency.
Many think the election of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., was a fluke. I think they were elected because they represent their constituents’ needs instead of corporations. And because of youth engaged with their campaigns.
I believe the real danger for the Democratic party is to ignore youth. Because this generation has “woken up” to the existential threat of climate catastrophe, and will reject anyone who accepts fossil fuel money and who does not support a Green New Deal. Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez has enraged the young people by refusing to hold a Democratic presidential debate focused solely on climate change. In response members of the Sunrise Movement camped out in front of DNC headquarter in Washington, DC, for 60 hours. Perez will now allow a vote of the membership regarding a climate only debate.
These youth will not accept a candidate that doesn’t make climate change their top priority. And you might call it ageism, but they see older people as those who failed to address climate change when they could have. Joe Biden has been at the top of the polls, although fading lately. But I don’t believe he has a chance because of his record on fossil fuels and saying these youth are pushing too far to the left.
I hope those of us who agree with the youth can join campaigns for politicians who make addressing climate change their top priority, and who aren’t old white guys. For the sake of winning the election and more importantly, for our future.
Together, we will change this country and this world, sure as the sun rises each morning.
Photos by Rezadad Mohammadi and Jeff Kisling. Parental permission granted for photos of children