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The overturning of Roe V. Wade is heartbreaking, devastating, and dangerous. Like millions of Americans, Gen-Z for Change finds it absolutely unacceptable that people are being stripped of a basic human right — control over their own body.
We knew this decision was coming, not only from the leaked draft opinion, but also from the decades-long concentrated effort from the right to fill the Supreme Court with anti-choice justices, largely appointed by Republican Presidents who lost the popular vote.
Let’s be clear: Abortion is healthcare. Healthcare is a human right. And abortions have always and will always continue to happen — the Supreme Court taking away this right will only ensure that they will not always be done safely. This decision is hateful and an act of systemic violence. It will disproportionately impact already marginalized communities including but not limited to BIPOC, people with low incomes, people living in rural areas, LGBTQIA+, disabled people, and immigrants.
All of this comes at a time when there’s already a coordinated attack on these communities by conservative politicians and legislatures. The right’s refusal to support basic human rights and actual life-saving resources such as healthcare, living wages, workers rights, the environment, gun control, immigrant safety, affordable housing, education, welfare programs, social programs, parental leave, affordable care, and more, exposes the true motives behind this ruling — control and oppression.
It’s okay to be furious. It’s okay to be heartbroken. Whatever you are feeling, you are not alone. We must channel this energy to mobilize and take action. It’s important to directly support those who need it most by supporting funds that provide the direct services, support, and resources people need most at this time. Gen-Z for Change has set up an abortion fund that splits all donations evenly among 50 local abortion funds across the United States in communities where trigger laws are in place.
The time is now. This is no longer a theory or prediction. We will not stop fighting, we will not stop organizing, we will not stop protesting until every single individual in this country is empowered, protected, and given CHOICE.
After the leaked Supreme Court opinion overturning decades of judicial precedent on the Constitutional right to abortion, youth-led organizations Blue Future, Generation Ratify, Gen-Z for Change, March For Our Lives, Path to Progress, Sunrise Movement, and Voters of Tomorrow plan to mobilize our generation outside of the Supreme Court on Thursday, May 5th at 5 pm, as well as across the country in the coming weeks and at the ballot box this November. The groups issued the following joint statement:
“Young people are appalled and horrified by the leaked Supreme Court decision to strip all people who can become pregnant of their basic right to choose. 5 unelected judges are sending us back to an era when a fetus had more rights than the human carrying the pregnancy. The Supreme Court is neglecting its duty to stand independent of the political system and has abandoned its duty to fairly read and interpret the Constitution. Instead, SCOTUS has become a fully political actor taking part in a coordinated attack against our nation’s youth.”
“To be clear, this Supreme Court does not represent Gen Z or the future we imagine for our country. We are entering an era where our parents had more reproductive rights than us, and where our grandparents recount stories about a time when abortions didn’t stop but were far more dangerous. Decades of progress are being erased by a conservative majority on the Supreme Court appointed by two presidents who lost the popular vote and confirmed by a simple majority in the Senate that represents less than half of the country. Our generation will not stop fighting for reproductive rights.”
“This decision is regressive and indicates a desperate need for Supreme Court reform. The Senate must immediately act to (1) codify Roe v. Wade into law by passing S. 1975, the Women’s Health Protection Act, and (2) remove the deadline on the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by passing S.J. Resolution 1, clearing the way for the Constitution to explicitly prohibit sex-based discrimination. Once published in the Constitution, the ERA will provide a strong legal defense against attacks on abortion access. The House has already passed both measures — the Senate must act immediately and send both to President Biden’s desk. We do not have time to waste.”
“Young people will continue our efforts to organize in support of human rights, youth rights, and reproductive rights for those in our schools and our country. Gen Z is the generation of choice and we will not be silent.”
With the reversal of this nearly 50-year precedent, abortion will soon be outlawed in 19 states, impacting nearly 36 million women – nearly half of all women of reproductive age (18-49) in the United States – and all people who can become pregnant in these states will lose abortion access. This rollback of rights is both unprecedented and unpopular with young Americans, with 80% of young voters supporting abortion rights.
On Saturday night, SNL performed a sketch based on Thursday’s Washington Post article about the details of a White House briefing that Gen-Z for Change was invited to and participated in.
This sketch was objectively hilarious. All of us at Gen-Z for Change truly understand the comedy behind senior White House officials answering questions about the ongoing war in Ukraine from people whose platforms are based on what many once considered a dancing app. However, this moment is an opportunity to explain more about our group, our efforts, and our significance.
Gen-Z for Change is a coalition of over 500 creators on TikTok that aim to leverage the power of the internet to educate and mobilize our generation to make change. As for our influence, we have a collective following of over half a billion people, reaching more Americans every day than CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News combined. Our reach is undeniable, and we take a lot of responsibility in using our platform to deliver accurate information, dispel widespread misinformation, and make tangible differences in our communities.
In just one year, Gen-Z for Change:
- Took down the Texas pro-life Whistleblower website with hundreds of thousands of fake tips
- Took down Virginia’s anti-Critical Race Theory tipline with over 100,000 false emails from 90+ countries.
- Successfully prevented several Starbucks locations from hiring scabs. Our website changeisbrewing.org allowed people to automatically submit a false application every 5 minutes to a Starbucks location that was firing pro-union workers, submitting over 20,000 applications in total.
- Generated over 45,000 petition signatures against Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill alongside a coalition of incredible grassroots activists and organizers.
- Captured 150,000 signatures in 48 hours for a petition to help an Afghan family targeted by the Taliban get humanitarian parole. Because of our efforts, in April 2021, the petition to help the family was finally approved.
And we do not intend on stopping with tiplines and false applications. We will be leading the efforts in inspiring our generation to vote, unionize, and organize everywhere and in large numbers.
Today, Gen-Z for Change is officially relaunching! This is a moment to officially introduce ourselves as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, reflect on our past wins, and share our mission and vision for the future.
Gen-Z for Change is a coalition of over 500 content creators who leverage the power of the internet to educate and mobilize our generation to create change. Originally founded as TikTok For Biden in October of 2020, our creator coalition and their network helped defeat Donald Trump, ultimately capturing over 324MM views on our content. But after the election, we knew there was so much more to do.
Over the last year, Gen-Z for Change has been responsible for several actions and initiatives that have created tangible change in our communities:
- In partnership with Made to Save, we coordinated with mainstream creators to encourage youth to get vaccinated and fight misinformation regarding vaccines, ultimately capturing 12.7MM views.
- Captured nearly 150K signatures in 48 hours on a petition to help an Afghan family targeted by the Taliban get humanitarian parole, in partnership with IRAP. Because of our efforts, in April 2021, the petition to help the family was finally approved.
- In collaboration with Climate Power, coordinated with mainstream creators to discuss the importance of climate legislation.
- Took down two tip lines (Texas pro-life whistleblower and Virginia anti-CRT) w/ 130K+ emails submitted.
- Successfully prevented several Starbucks locations from hiring scabs. Our website changeisbrewing.org has allowed our community to submit 88K fake applications to a Starbucks location that was firing pro-union workers.
- Generated over 48,000 petition signatures against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill alongside a coalition of incredible grassroots activists and organizers.
We are a reminder that Gen-Z is more energized than ever to organize and demand the change they want to see…and we’re just getting started. Gen-Z for Change has every intention to continue utilizing our collective following and digital tactics to power the broader progressive movement.
There are more tip lines to take down, unions to support, and elections to vote in and win. So, if you’re a long-time follower or just getting to know us, stick around because there’s a lot to look forward to!
Today, I led a planned and preapproved rally at Flagler Palm Coast High School in my home state of Florida in opposition to the homophobic and discriminatory legislation being pushed by Governor DeSantis and the Florida State Legislature. Over 500 students from my school joined thousands of other concerned youth statewide to demonstrate their constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom to protest. Students waved pride flags and stood together, showing the politicians peddling bigotry that we will not be silenced. We made our plea to those actively targeting us, the same people who pledged to protect and empower all Floridians.
Although the school administration had initially approved the rally and expressed support for students’ civil liberties, their demeanor and tone drastically shifted as the rally progressed. Administrators began confiscating pride flags and attempted to remove them from campus. As the leader of the rally and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I encouraged my fellow students not to give in to the school’s unconstitutional seizure of our pride flags, but instead to continue demonstrating our pride in a peaceful manner. After the rally, I was informed that I had been indefinitely suspended. School administrators allowed me to collect my things and then escorted me off-campus.
I am proud of who I am and I am proud of all of those protesting these regressive bills. We must let our politicians know that no matter how hard they try, they cannot suppress our identities or silence our voices. Gen-Z will not stand idly by as our rights are stripped from us. It is now up to you to decide which side of history you will be on, the side that empowers us or the side that seeks to erase us.
On Thursday, March 3rd, Gen-Z for Change Political Strategy Associate Jack Petocz was suspended from Flagler Palm Coast High School after leading a pre-approved rally in opposition to the homophobic and discriminatory legislation being pushed by Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans. Jack and other students across Florida were peacefully demonstrating their freedom of speech, expression, and right to protest when the FPC admin began to unconstitutionally confiscate the pride flags of students attending the FPC rally. This is just one example of the discrimination that LGBTQ+ youth are facing, and it will only increase if Florida H.B 1557, or the “Don’t Say Gay Bill”, becomes law.
These brave students protested together to highlight that they are united as a community and that they will stand up to oppressive and discriminatory legislation in the state of Florida. Now, we would like to continue in our constitutional right to protest. Gen-Z for Change, along with Equality Florida and Voters of Tomorrow, will be leading a protest at the Florida State Capital on Monday, March 7th from 10 AM-12 PM, to make it clear to the Florida legislature that this kind of discriminatory and homophobic legislation will not be tolerated.
In addition to the protest, we are formally requesting a meeting with Governor Ron DeSantis to discuss his reasoning for supporting the bill, and give him a first-hand encounter with the very students and young people who this legislation seeks to oppress. We are also requesting a meeting with State Senator Wilton Simpson to inform him of how breaking from the extreme right-wing republicans within the Florida legislature, and voting in opposition of this bill would be protecting countless young lives and identities in the state of Florida.
We sincerely hope that both Governor DeSantis and Senator Simpson will uphold the oath of office they have both sworn, and protect the constitutional rights of Florida youth, as well as listen to the constituents they have sworn to represent.
We welcome students, parents, and community members from across the State of Florida and beyond to join us at the capital to protest this bill and utilize our constitutional freedoms to make our voices heard. We are proud of Jack and every LGBTQ+ youth who has taken action, and we will continue to support the LGBTQ+ Community with Pride–because unlike those who seek to erase our identities; We are proud of who we are and we are not afraid to say gay.