Keep marching, students

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Young people must lead the way into the future.

There has been a surge of students participating in marches across the United States, and students at the Alamo Colleges are wasting no time taking a stand and raising their voices.

This college’s men’s basketball team, along with other students, participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. March alongside the coach in honor of the late civil rights activist.

Last month, students and staff participated in the Women’s International March to advocate for women’s rights and marched in memory of Cesár Chávez and the farmworker movement.

This week, students, faculty and staff will participate in the fourth annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes at this college hosted by the empowerment center 11 a.m.-noon April 11 in the mall. Marchers will don high-heeled shoes to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault and gender violence.

Students are practicing their right to freedom of expression and excercising their civic duty. They should be applauded and encouraged.

The First Amendment is these students’ tool, and they are using it to chip away at the oppressive forces that have for too long kept youth in silence.

Even as students rallied for gun control under the cry of “march for our lives,” some school administrators threatened disciplinary action for walkouts.

The political climate has become ever-divided. This century is one of rapid change, and if students are going to have a say in the direction of that change, they need to make their voices heard.

Demonstrating students are not a new concept. During the 1960s and ’70s, there was an upheaval of protests against the Vietnam War, sexism, racism, homophobia and a slew of other oppressive forces.

Students must continue to stand in solidarity with those who share a vision of the future. It is when people stand together with a unified objective that their collective message is heard.

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