We made it to the San Francisco for "We The Voters!" The San Francisco Film Society hosted a screening of 10-20 short films meant to inspire young people to vote when they are of age, think about politics critically, and find ways to civically engage no matter how old they are.
The films spanned many topics - some were somewhat biased, some were more neutral. They covered issues like lobbying, interpretations of the intentions of the founding fathers for the Constitution, the experience of running to become a State Representative as a minority, the history of voting rights for African Americans, the difficulties of becoming a citizen as an immigrant and more.
At the theater earlier, a woman spoke to the room in support of Prop F which, if passed, would allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote on San Francisco city measures. It wasn't particularly surprising that an event aimed at involving youth in the voting process would explicitly support this measure, but we took some time at the end of the day to explore the pros AND the cons of this proposition. In our discussion, we talked about how valuable it would be for kids to learn how to vote with the help of their parents and teachers before they are released into the big bad and overwhelming world of college or jobs. On the other hand, do we really want kids having a substantial say in issues that don't yet affect them (especially taxes or other financial matters)? I encourage you to talk about this issue with your kids at home. Ready... Go!