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“Is Gen Z Pro Life?” reclaims what it means to be “pro-life” by asserting that supporting life should mean championing the right to choose, advocating for vital gun violence prevention, and meaningfully enacting institutional change.
This video features Gen Z thought leaders who are all uniquely impacted by the complicated issues facing our generation. This project amplifies their voices as they call attention to the legislative inaction of our elected officials, ecosystems of violence, and cycles of oppression that continue to persist.
#GenZisProLiving and we are here to take back the narrative from those who claim to care about our lives while doing absolutely nothing to protect us.
This project is not just an opportunity to reclaim a phrase – it is also an invitation to take action wherever possible to build a world where Gen Z can live, survive, and thrive beyond the womb. We have compiled a list of actions you can take from supporting non-profit organizations to movements that empower our generation. We urge you to share this video, take action, and to keep these conversations going.
Right now, there is far too much at stake for any one of us to stay silent.
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We have compiled statistics, organizations, and actions by issue in order to further this fight. These issues impact all of us – and these organizations are conducting the leading work in advocacy, community, and liberation that will, inshAllah, enrich all of our communities.
To stay plugged-in to all these on-going discourses, TEXT RESIST to 50409. ResistBot connects individuals to their respective elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. Users can use this platform to stay up-to-date on legislative action, sign petitions, and send letters that make it directly to the offices of their elected officials, and mobilize around issues impacting their communities.
You can also visit www.vote.org to learn more about your upcoming election dates, deadlines, and rules. We certainly know how much is at stake on the ballot, especially as it pertains to our judicial system, so we hope that folks show up at the polls to vote out of office those who are willfully not protecting the interests of the people.
We know though that legislative action is just one of the many changemaking tools at our disposal. As such, we plan to keep marching, donating, protesting, posting, organizing, advocating, and showing up in all ways possible to find our respective places in these movements. We know how deeply our lives depend on each other – and that there are community organizers around all of us that are already doing the work that we can all support.
We also call upon companies to do better to do right by their communities. We should not have social media platforms that are better at policing femme bodies than they are guns. We should not have companies that continue to actively fund the oppression of marginalized communities. We unequivocally should not have “leaders” who fail to enact just, humane policies.
We also know that getting to a world where kids are protected requires cultural change as well. We live in a white supremacist, toxically masculine, violently militarized society–and we have to name that. We should not live in a country where boys are taught to measure their worth by their ability to hurt others, where guns are normalized as parts of family portraits, and where systemic injustice is accepted as par for the course. We can, and must, challenge ourselves, our families, and our communities to radically change.
If we care about young lives, we need to change in all the ways we know how. Now.
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The risk of homicide is three times higher in homes with guns (Source: New England Journal of Medicine)
Men who own handguns are eight times more likely to die of gun suicide. Women who own handguns are 35 times more likely to die of gun suicide. (Source: Stanford Medicine)
Suicide rates are four times higher among children and teens living in homes with guns. (Source: JAMA Pediatrics Journal)
States with more guns and looser gun laws have more mass shootings. (Source: The British Medical Journal)
In a domestic violence situation, women are five times more likely to be killed if a gun is in the home - even if it’s her gun. (Source: American Journal of Public Health)
Most gun owners do not store their guns safely. (Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
In communities with more guns, people are more likely to be killed or wounded by daily gun violence, mass shootings and shootings by police officers. (Source: Annals of Internal Medicine and Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science)
More guns do not lead to fewer crimes. (Source: Scientific American)
Nearly 70% of guns used in school shootings came from the home of the attacker or their relative (Source: US Secret Service and Department of Education)
March For Our Lives is a courageous youth-led movement dedicated to promoting civic engagement, education, and direct action by youth to eliminate the epidemic of gun violence.
Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. They empower youth to “know the signs” and unite all people who value the protection of children, we can take meaningful actions in schools, homes, and communities to prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life.
Project Unloaded is a non-partisan organization dedicated to establishing safe spaces for open conversations about guns. They strive to provide accurate information about gun safety to inspire the next generation to choose on their own terms not to own a gun.
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80% of young voting-age Americans (18-29) support access to choice (Gallup 2020)
Abortions are one of the safest medical procedures performed today. It’s 99 percent safe, according to the Centers for Disease Control. (ACLU)
90% of US counties are without a single abortion provider. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
Black and Indigenous women in the U.S. are roughly three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
Nearly 500 laws restricting abortion access have been passed by U.S. states since 2011. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
The average cost of a year’s supply of birth control pills is the equivalent of 51 hours of work for a woman making the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. (Guttmacher Institute)
The average cost of birth control pills for uninsured women over a year ($370) is 68 percent of their annual out-of-pocket expenditures for health care services. (Women's out-of-pocket expenditures and dispensing patterns for oral contraceptive pills, Liang, Grossman, and Phillips 2011)
Plan C is an information campaign, started by a small but mighty team of veteran public health advocates, researchers, social justice activists and digital strategists. Plan C transforms access to abortion in the US by normalizing the self-directed option of abortion pills by mail.
Sister Song’s mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights.
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During the 2015–2016 school year, Black students represented only 15% of total US student enrollment, but they made up 35% of students suspended once, 44% of students suspended more than once, and 36% of students expelled. (US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights)
African-Americans have a median wealth of $13,460. Whites have a median wealth of $142,180. (Forbes)
Racism costs the US almost $2 trillion each year. This comes in the form of bias against workers, wage discrimination, hiring discrimination, discrimination based on price, services discrimination, discrete usage discrimination and capital investment discrimination. (W.K. Kellogg Foundation)
From 2013 to 2017, white patients in the US received better quality health care than about 34% of Hispanic patients, 40% of Black patients, and 40% of Native American patients. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.)
There are typically around 6,000 hate crimes every year – with about 60% of them racially motivated or related to ethnicity/national origin bias. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
In the US, Black individuals are twice as likely to be unemployed than white individuals. Once employed, Black individuals earn nearly 25% less than their white counterparts. (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab)
Black Americans and white Americans use drugs at similar rates, but Black Americans are 6 times more likely to be arrested for it. (NAACP. “Criminal Justice Fact Sheet.”)
Racial Equity and Education Equity nonprofit organization offering services to public schools, higher education institutions, and other nonprofits. They host learning labs, district-specific summits, student councils, and an annual summit. YLSC also works with educators and administrators to create systemic change on campuses and in communities.
Collective of Young Black women are leading non-violent protests in NYC. Freedom March NYC is a protest group organized by two Black Columbia University alumnae Chelsea Miller and Nialah Edari.
Abolitionist and anti-racist coalition that promotes justice and liberation through knowledge/resources that eliminate police brutality and mass incarceration by eight key steps to abolishing the prison-industrial complex
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80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation. ("Gay & Lesbian Youth " National Dropout Prevention Center)
While non-LGBTQIA+ students struggle most with school classes, exams, and work, their LGBTQIA+ peers say the biggest problem they face is unaccepting families. (Human Rights Campaign)
The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which restricted lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in the military from openly serving, was lifted in 2011. People who are transgender are not permitted to serve openly yet. (United States Department of Defense)
January 25, 2021 - President Joe Biden signs an executive order repealing the 2019 Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military. (CNN)
11.5% of all Gen Z adults in the U.S. say they are bisexual, with about 2% each identifying as gay, lesbian or transgender. (Gallup)
Roughly 21% of Generation Z Americans who have reached adulthood -- those born between 1997 and 2003 -- identify as LGBTQIA+. (Gallup)
n 2015, nearly one in five hate crimes committed in the US was due to sexual orientation, and another 2% of crimes were committed because of gender identity. (FBI)
16 states across the country do not include gender or sexual identity under their hate crime laws, another 13 states only cover sexual orientation, and four states have no hate crime laws at all. (Movement Advancement Project)
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development reported in 2013 that same sex couples experience unfavorable treatment in renting homes online, and there are still 28 states where housing discrimination is legal. (Global Citizen)
“The National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition is the only social justice organization led by black trans people advocating to end poverty, discrimination in all forms and its human inequities faced in health, employment, housing and education that are rooted in systemic racism, to improve the lived experience of transgender people.”
A collective of Black and Latino Queer and Trans folks that promote radical trans visibility through artisic offerings and the horizontal movement of resources within the trans community in NYC and globally.
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The official poverty rate in 2020 was 11.4 percent, up 1.0 percentage point from 10.5 percent in 2019. This is the first increase in poverty after five consecutive annual declines (US Census Bureau)
In 2018, 10.6% of men, and 12.9% of women lived in Poverty USA. Along the same lines, the poverty rate for married couples in 2018 was only 4.7% - but the poverty rate for single-parent families with no wife present was 12.7%, and for single-parent families with no husband present was 24.9%. (Poverty USA)
The highest poverty rate by race is found among Native Americans (25.4%), with Blacks (20.8%) having the second highest poverty rate, and Hispanics (of any race) having the third highest poverty rate (17.6%). Whites had a poverty rate of 10.1%, while Asians had a poverty rate at 10.1%. (US Census Bureau)
Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. It is also a leading cause of disability worldwide. (National Alliance on Mental Health)
46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14. (National Library of Medicine)
5 percent of Gen Z members said that mass shootings are a significant source of stress. (The Harris Poll)
This generation is also significantly more likely (27 percent) than other generations, including millennials (15 percent) and Gen Xers (13 percent), to report their mental health as fair or poor. (American Phycology Association)
58% percent of Gen Z reported two or more unmet social needs, compared with 16% of people from older generations. These perceived unmet social needs, including income, employment, education, food, housing, transportation, social support, and safety, are associated with higher self-reported rates of behavioral-health conditions. (McKinsey&Company)
GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice, dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives. GLIDE is on the forefront of addressing some of society’s most pressing issues, including poverty, housing and homelessness, and racial and social justice.
Gen-Z for Change is a nonprofit organization leveraging social media to promote civil discourse and political action among our generation. Partnering with influencers, activists, and celebrities, we produce multimedia content on a variety of topics including COVID-19, climate change, systemic inequity, foreign policy, voting rights, and LGBTQIA+ issues. in systemic racism, to improve the lived experience of transgender people.
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Thank you so much to everyone that supported the creation of this intentional project. As a purpose-driven community, we lead with equity and try to find new and creative ways to continuously amplify the voices of young diverse people.
Unfortunately, traumatic events continue to define so much of the Gen Z experience. We live in cycles of violence that span across generations, and it is our responsibility to ensure that this does not continue. It cannot continue. This video was a disruptive way to highlight the importance of what it actually looks like to show up for young lives through resources, policies, and progressive thought.
We unequivocally want to live in a “pro-life” world — one that centers diverse voices at every juncture, implements policies that actually serve marginalized communities, and dares to ruffle feathers in pursuit of better. We hope to humanize sensationalized conversations and create systemic change through knowledge as a resource through their stories.
Our goal is to leverage our positions as Gen-Z leaders with access to educate, equip and activate our global community and prepare them to realize transformative social change through knowledge and action.
Huge shoutout to all of the cast members that harnessed their vulnerability and used it to empower us through storytelling. You are the change you are waiting for. Avantika, Amanda, Chelsea, Claudia, Jaclyn, Mia, Nza-Ari, Sara, Sis, Victoria, Winter, and Ziad, it is an honor to be in community with you all.
Also, a special thank you to the team at Gen Z for Change, The Conversationalist, and DBA for providing us with studio space, equipment, thought partnership, and so much more! We could not have done this without you – and without the many mentors, collaborators, and organizers that helped to bring this to life.
Lastly, thank you so so so so so much to the JUV team for the selfless work and dedication to this project and your communities. We worked so hard to make sure we lead with our hearts and *really* advocated for the things we care the most about. You are all brilliant, incisive, creative beings that have so much to offer.
Tori Romo, your production abilities are second to none. Stephanie, Kennedy, Jamie, Anson, Olivia, Shannon, Winona, Rachel, and Shaina: you are the dream team. In a world of chaos and destruction, may you always find a new reason to smile. I love you times a million.
I am eternally grateful for all of the people that contributed to this project and for everyone that will watch this and be motivated to act.
"I am because you are."
Yours in Humanity,
Associate Director of Social Impact