Democracy Day

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Abra Lisowski

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Democracy Day

On Thursday, Jan. 25, City Hall hosted its fifth annual Democracy Day public hearing. During this event, members of the community came out to show support for various causes, and speak on issues they felt were prevalent in the community. Many different issues were brought up at this event, including the loophole in the 13th Amendment which equates the prison system to modern-day slavery, climate change, gerrymandering (the redrawing of electoral constituencies to benefit one party over another), and many more.

Of the community members who attended Democracy Day, many were Heights High students. Anthony Bifulco, a teacher at Heights High, encouraged students to attend this event by offering extra credit. “It’s important for young people to learn to be citizens, engage in the political process, and exercise their rights as citizens,” he said. One sophomore who attended, Emma Hubbard, also stressed the importance of young people attending such events and participating in democracy. “Young people can learn how their representatives are chosen, and how to change the world they live in for the better.”

Many speakers at this year’s Democracy Day focused on the issue of corporate involvement in the political process. “Corporate power is, in a myriad of ways, working against the interest of average people,” explained Bifulco. He stressed that there are many ways to organize against corporate power; this year’s Democracy Day was just one way to do so. As young people, it is important to learn to navigate the political world sooner rather than later and to become active participants in our democracy.

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