People marching during the Oakland teacher strike. | Still from "City Rising: Youth & Democracy"

S3 E1: City Rising - Youth & Democracy (Preview)

“City Rising: Youth & Democracy” explores how youth leaders, allies and organizations challenge institutional and systemic issues through civic engagement. Faced with the effects of underfunded public services, a lack of representation, mass deportations and overcriminalization, young people organize their communities to make lasting change in pursuit of a more just and equitable future.  

Hear from sociologists, economists and experts including Dr. Veronica Terríquez (Associate Professor Sociology Department at the University of California Santa Cruz), Dr. Manuel Pastor (Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California), California State Senator Holly Mitchell and Dr. Ben Kirshner (Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Education). See how young organizers like Zofia Trexler and Raymart Catacutan in Fresno; Jae Hill from the organization Youth Together in Oakland; Joshua Ham from Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition in South Los Angeles; Claudia Pérez from Resilience OC in Santa Ana; Inés García from 99Rootz in Merced; and Jay Franco from Youth Forward are working to shape the future.

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City Rising: Youth & Democracy

“City Rising: Youth & Democracy” follows the stories of youth leaders, allies and organizations as they challenge institutional and systemic issues through civic engagement. This third season of the “City Rising” series will demystify the role and work of youth organizations in California, demonstrating how young people are organizing their communities to participate in public policy and make lasting change in pursuit of a more just and equitable future for themselves and the world they live in.