I must believe that people are fundamentally good
  1. I am a librarian at a middle school and I talk to my students a lot about current events
    Because I want them to feel like their opinions are valuable and because I am curious to know what they think
  2. The vast majority of my students are worried about Trump winning the election
    Many of them are the children of immigrants or are immigrants themselves. They see Trump as someone who questions and threatens their very existence. They fear for their families, neighbors, and friends
  3. They ask me who I am voting for
    And I tell them. I tell them because I want to be honest with them. I tell them because I know what it's like to have an adult tell you "to wait until you're old enough to vote"
  4. In San Francisco there is a proposition that wants to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in local elections
    My students ask why that isn't already a law everywhere. I cannot give them a good answer
  5. We must not disenfranchise our youth
    We must empower them and arm them with the tools needed to make an informed decision
  6. I am hopeful that we will all make the right decision
    Because our children are watching