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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:02 PM

To sustain the momentum of Obama's re-election, we need to keep young Americans civically engaged

Making progressivism last

In order to sustain the momentum of Obama's re-election, we need to keep young Americans civically engaged

BY MONIKA JOHNSON, NEXT NEW DEAL

Young voters surprised pundits and Republicans again this year as we turned out in record numbers to vote, joining key constituencies including African Americans, Hispanics, and women to reelect President Obama. Composing 19 percent of the electorate, up from 18 percent in 2008 and 12 percent in 2004, young Americans demonstrated their importance to a growing progressive coalition.

Many question, however, whether our diverse and unprecedented coalition will be able to build on this foundation and sustain the power of our ideas and values throughout our lifetimes. Or, like the Reagan coalition after 1990, are we fated to fracture as a political force by 2016? Some suggest that the strong generational power of todayís 18-30-year-olds will become inconsequential as the hype dies down and we grow up. Our next steps are critical.

Young progressives are a distinct and large population that favors pragmatic problem-solving, opportunity for all, justice and equality, and governmentís promotion of such ideals. Identifying more strongly with values than with a political party, we are a significant portion of President Obamaís alliance. Yet given the diversity of the Obama coalition, someone must lead productive grassroots dialogue, finding a broader progressive voice. As members of the largest and most diverse generation in American history, young progressives are the best candidates for the job.

Rather than waiting 30 or 40 years to see how this pans out, letís write the story ourselves today. Young people are powerful influencers of elections, and weíve built a strong foundation on which to stand. But itís up to us to define citizenship for our generation and maintain a unified commitment to progressive values to solidify the political shift.

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http://www.salon.com/2012/11/24/making_progressivism_last/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:16 PM

1. Get high shcool seniors registered to vote for local school board elections

No better way to foster a lifelong interest in democracy than giving young people a say in something that directly affects them.

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:43 PM

2. Excellent. The future belongs to those who vote and care enough to stay involved.

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:45 PM

3. I agree.

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