Monday, October 17, 2016

Grown up, the Obamacare Kid transitions to a new civil rights movement


Summary: At the age of seven when Marcelas Owens’; now known as Marci, mother died without insurance, she expressed her feelings into activism through rallies and three years later was known as the “Obamacare Kid” in a popular photo of her next to President Obama after he signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Before the ACT was in place, many health insurance plans didn’t cover any medical treatment related to gender transition. Now Owens is creating a new identify for herself and advocating for others in the LGBT community by challenging the bathroom and graduation policies at the high school she attended. She is also part of a Seattle Times video project on race, called “Under Our Skin,” and wants to build a business around a project she’s created called SWXVE, where transgender people and others can create music and “build their own power.”

Connection to History:
People have always stood up for change.When the British set forth the Sugar Act in 1764, the colonists protest caused the British to cancel the Act in 1776. 

Questions:
Why is important for the youth to voice their opinions on issues significant to them?
Where and how can young people get their voices heard?
Do personal experiences influence one’s views on an issue?

8 comments:

  1. In present day, it is important for the youth to voice there opinions because they are the future of the united states.

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  2. I agree with Jason, I think it's important for the youth to voice their opinions because they're the new generation and whatever happens to the U.S. now will end up affecting us the most. You can voice your opinion anywhere, and yes I do believe personal experiences influence one's views on certain issues.

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    1. I agree that it's really important for the youth to voice their opinions because we will be impacted in the future. It's really important to be aware of current and press for change for the future. However, it is hard to get our voices heard everywhere because of the prejudice older people have against young people's views

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  3. I agree with Jason because kids are the future of this country and their ideas should be heard

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  4. I agree that it is important for the youth to voice their opinions because the youths are the next generation of the world, and they will shape the future of themselves as they will grow up in a society in which they need to be supported by to provide maximum and equal opportunities.

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  5. Kids are the future of the country and we can help speak our word and influence others

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  6. I think the youth should voice their opinions because the youth is the future. If we don't then, the issues will remain the same. We can voice our opinions on social media or hold rallies at school. I also believe that personal experiences can influence's one views.

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  7. I think the youth should voice their opinions because the youth is the future. If we don't then, the issues will remain the same. We can voice our opinions on social media or hold rallies at school. I also believe that personal experiences can influence's one views.

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