Dear whoever finds this letter,
The Youth Time International Movement recently held its 5th Annual Youth Global Forum where over 112 youths from over 42 different countries have participated in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The international nongovernment organization traces its roots from the first Rhodes Youth Forum where the president of Youth Time, Julia Kinash, was also present.
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I’ve been invited recently to the fifth annual Youth Global Forum in Amsterdam as a journalist.
In the Virtual Museum, I chose two objects from chapter 29, Malcolm X and Thurgood Marshall. I select these objects because there were active in the same decade and help to give blacks civil rights. They were both significant figures of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and had different views of blacks in the US. Marshal, and Malcolm X were the most influential figures in the public rights movement from 1960 to 1965. Malcolm X's view was to separate blacks from the population to have better rights, and Marshall used the law system to help blacks achieve to have the same reason as whites. They had different views, but they worked towards freedom for blacks. Malcolm X and Marshall are essential for history in the civil rights movement because of the use of motivation and action that made sense in a certain period in US history.
Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg has been awarded Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2019 award. At a mere sixteen years of age, she is the youngest recipient ever.
The World Meteorological Organization issued its annual state of the global climate report this week and it was not good news. “Things are getting worse,” said Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization. “It’s more urgent than ever to proceed with mitigation. The only solution is to get rid of fossil fuels in power production, industry and transportation,” he said.
I am white. I was 16 when I became a member of the ANC Youth League. My friend Tanya and I joined, meeting in the basement of a church in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. Of course the ANC was banned in those days, so we were told to say we were attending church youth group meetings. I became the president of a group called Pupils United For Peace And Awareness and managed to get Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica (now South African’s National Anthem) inserted into our school hymn books, which prompted a visit from the security police to our headmaster Mr Louw. When the ANC was unbanned I became a card-carrying member. I jostled outside City Hall with the celebratory masses when Mandela was released.
Red-Winged Black Bird Wilderness Peoples is my Dream 501c3.
Recently the Extinction Rebellion hasn’t been afraid to disrupt the established order of things, which can be disrupting for quite a few people as commuters in London discovered in mid-April, when the climate change protest group planted a big pink boat right into the middle of Oxford Circus, grinding the area to a halt. However, despite the reasonable aggravation of having their days disrupted, everyone should consider the bigger picture and blame the powers that be, rather than the protesters, for the disruption caused. After all, the protesters wouldn’t be there is the climate wasn’t in a state of freefall, a situation that the UK government is choosing to ignore in favour of Brexit. And to those people who ask why Extinction Rebellion aren’t protesting peacefully, the answer simply is this: Many have already, but nothing’s happened. And history shows that is that doesn’t work, then direct action is the way to go. So here’s a quick history lesson.