2020 Candidates Should Commit to a Youth Town Hall

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I know first-hand that young people have the power to reach the highest leaders in our country. When I was 8 years old, I wrote a letter to then President Obama about the Flint Water Crisis, asking him to come to my hometown and see directly how this water crisis was affecting young people like me. President Obama not only responded, he traveled to Flint and drew the eyes of the world on my town.

From the students at Parkland to those on the frontlines of the climate movement, to kids volunteering to fight homelessness to youth in my own hometown of Flint, Michigan speaking out about our water crisis, young people in America are fighting to make this country better and to create a better tomorrow.

That’s why I’m asking for your support in calling on all 2020 Presidential candidates to do what’s never been done before in an American election: to hold a “Youth Town Hall” to meet and get questions from young people in America. 

As young people, we have so much riding on the 2020 election. Whoever wins will create laws and policies that directly affect young people in America for years and years to come. And it’s time for these candidates to meet with and hear questions from young people like me.

Already several 2020 candidates have committed to a Youth Town Hall. Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennet, Seth Moulton, Joe Sestak, and Mike Gravel have all said they would participate. But there are still more than a dozen other candidates who have yet to respond, and I want them to hear directly from those who want to see the first “Presidential Candidate Youth Town Hall”. 

Young people have a voice, and they can make a difference. Right now we have a political system that is broken and dysfunctional. 

My generation can and will fix this, and I want the next potential President to hear directly from us via a Youth Town Hall. Will you support this effort, and help ensure the first-ever Presidential Candidate Youth Town Hall?