JOSEPH CANNING | firstname.lastname@example.org
The heated 2016 presidential race—by far the election in the most contentious political climate in millennials’ memory—naturally left a bad taste in the mouths of a great deal of young Americans. Many progressive millennials felt a sense of political disenfranchisement and defeat following Donald Trump’s election on Tuesday, Nov. 8 of last year, and a group of committed, young students in Kenosha were inspired to seize initiative.
A new alternative
They call themselves the Kenosha Young Progressive Coalition (KYPC); a new organization that went public on March 3 was conceived by three Kenosha college students and one high school student after attending a Democratic party meeting, in which they were the only attendees under 40. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s defeat finally pushed the group to seek out District Seven board member Dayvin Hallmon and form KYPC as a political organization capable of effectively advocating for young Kenosha residents to their municipal government.
KYPC is a group that firmly believes in strengthening the representation and improving the quality of life for minority groups in Kenosha. They are giving a presentation to the Kenosha Unified School District on March 28 in an attempt to remove blanket punishments for bullies in Kenosha schools and have punishments change based on why the bullying occurred and its severity. Protecting the rights of LGBTQ students is also a priority, in light of the recent incident in which Tremper High School student Ashton Whitaker was prevented from using a bathroom consistent with his gender identity.
Encouraging the community
More generally, KYPC wishes to improve Kenosha by encouraging millennials to get involved in local politics and have their voices heard, as well as improving education about local government, all in the hopes of building a more united community capable of being an example to other communities in Wisconsin.
Group spokesman and UW-Parkside student Almir Ismani claimed that the biggest problem in Kenosha is the underrepresentation of millennials and saw “ignorance, misinformation, and the ability to say ‘that’s not my problem’” as the root cause for why young people’s wishes are too often ignored in Kenosha.
The organization holds meetings at Grace Lutheran Church on 60th street every Wednesday at 7:00 pm and meetings at Revision Art Gallery on Sheridan road every Thursday at the same time. Chris Schlosser, KYPC spokesman, urges students who are “open-minded and actively pursue change” to join the group and get their voices heard.
KYPC also encourages students enrolled in high school or middle school to join, learn about and get involved in Kenosha politics and inform KYPC on issues they experience in KUSD schools. Additional information, including a detailed mission statement, can be found on the group’s Facebook page.