Students call for political change through Indivisible program

Lauren Serge | Staff Writer

In January 2017, a national organization localized, forming Cincinnati Indivisible.

The group established after the controversial 2016 election and it consists of high school students throughout Cincinnati, aiming to enforce change and voice opinions during a heated political climate.

After attending the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., Junior Madelyn Rayford joined the group and found it to be an educational platform where she could express her outlooks, enabling her to address politics in a manner she had not been exposed to in school.

Though the group consists of widely liberal individuals, Rayford said the purpose of the group is to address social injustices from governmental actions.

“Our focus has never been to destroy Trump; it’s how to help the people that have been brought down by his presidency,” Rayford said. “The group is more about standing up for people that aren’t being heard.”

Junior Myra Doerflein said she felt the group’s notion to represent people who have been silenced is a significant advancement toward equality.

“The group was stemmed from one person wanting to make a change, and now our voices of kindness are overshadowing the ones that are trying to push them back,” Doerflein said.

Through an effort to facilitate change, in April of last year, the group raised funds to create a commercial that aired on TV, urging Senator Portman to initiate a town hall meeting to openly discuss their ideas. Portman did not fulfill their request, but Doerflein said this does not minimize the success of the project.

“Even though not everything we do will change something, it’s about having the potential to,” Doerflein said. “If we managed to get the money to do that commercial, it shows that we can do so much more.”

These future plans for raising awareness are currently in effect through a new project the group has manufactured. The members are writing postcards to Portman detailing their wishes to help push the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. Junior Nika Umnov said such plans substantiate the capabilities the teenagers manifest.

“It’s really important for people our age to get educated about the state of our current government,” Umnov said. “The fact that we each have opinions, and that we aren’t neutral, is already a big step because otherwise, you’re awarding someone else with complete and total power. It’s important to have teenagers who have begun to realize that we’re the next generation of voices for our country.”