2017-02-17 / Letters

Millennial proud of her generation

As a 23-year-old who voted in her second election since turning 18, I can honestly say I have never been more proud of my generation.

Regardless of what side you are on or what your political beliefs are, the ability to share your opinions, beliefs or stance on issues in a positive and constructive way is something to be proud of.

In an election that has completely shifted our nation, at least for now, I am proud to say I know liberal millennials who are able to say how they feel in a constructive and positive way. I am proud of them for thinking, speaking and actually going out to vote. I am proud of them for sharing their beliefs and opposition to the current status of many things in a positive way.

I am not endorsing 20-somethings who take to burning flags and breaking windows in the name of politics; that is not OK. I am saying that I am proud of those who have gone to peaceful protests or marches and shared what they believe in and are fighting for what they believe is right.

I was sick the day of the Women’s March, but if I had not spent my whole day in bed, I would have been there.

Personally, I danced and marched for Bernie Sanders over the summer and I voted left the entire time. I would gladly march for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, or any civil right for anyone anywhere. And in a time where those rights may feel challenged or slightly taken away, I am proud and thankful to have the freedom to use my voice and know people who are using theirs.

Whether you agree or disagree with the stance of our current politics, people are thinking and getting involved. I am thankful for that progress. We are just getting started.

Samantha Lieb
Simi Valley

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