YP4 Alums Discuss Millennial Activism on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show

Posted February 24, 2015 by People For the American Way Foundation

Jamira Burley on Melissa Harris-Perry Show

Originally posted on the People For Blog. Image of Jamira Burley ’11 in the Melissa Harris-Perry Show interview.

On Sunday two alumni of PFAW Foundation’s Young People For (YP4) program, Jamira Burley [2011 Alum] and Poy Winichakul [2011 Alum, 2013 FLLA Alum, and YP4 Courts Matter Consultant], joined Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show to discuss activism among millennials. Both guests underscored the critical role young people have to play in today’s social and political movements.

“Right now there are not a lot of people who look like us in elected official positions, but we have so much potential,” said Winichakul. “I think we can take that leadership role. We can have a place to lead the country and share our perspective – to create policy.”

Later in the segment, Burley pointed out the extent to which young people are already engaged: “2012 actually marked the third election in a row where millennials came out more than 50 percent,” she said. “So people always say that we don’t vote, but we do. Numbers show it.”

What’s more, Burley said, young people are not only voting, they are staying engaged with leaders after they take office. “Not only are we electing people, we’re now putting precautions in place to hold them accountable,” she said. “And that means starting our own grassroots organizations, or calling them out on Twitter.”

Watch the full video here: