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ReadUP is a campus common read program. Each year a book is chosen for the LSC-UP community to read and participate in related events.

The Book

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Jamie Margolin is a Colombian-American organizer, activist, author, public speaker, and Film & TV student (2024). When she was 15, she co-founded the international youth climate justice movement called Zero Hour that led the official "Youth Climate Marches" in Washington, DC, and 25+ cities around the world during the summer of 2018. Jamie is also a plaintiff on the Our Children's Trust Youth v. Gov Washington state lawsuit, Aji P. vs. State of Washington, suing the state of Washington for denying her generation their constitutional rights to a livable environment by worsening the climate crisis.

Events: Youth to Power

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  • Sept. 8, 2021: Writing Op-Eds with Dr. Darrell Lovell
  • Sept. 10, 2021: Book Discussion: Finding Your Why
  • Sept. 14, 2021: You've Got Writes to Be Reflective
  • Sept. 17, 2021: Constitution Day: Historical Activism
  • Oct. 6, 2021: You've Got Writes to Choose a Topic
  • Oct. 8, 2021: Book Discussion: Finding Your Voice
  • Oct. 21, 2021: Film Screening: Amend: The Fight for America
  • Nov. 1, 2021: Deadline to submit essays to the essay contest
  • Nov. 19, 2021: Book Discussion: Finding Your Worth
  • Feb. 15, 2022: Author Visit & Book Signing
  • March 1, 2022: Film Screening: Amend, episodes 2, 3, 4
  • March 31, 2022: Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning
  • April 13, 2022: deadline to submit activist art for display
  • April 28, 2022: Student Showcase: Art as Activism

Activists in Action

Getting Active

Beyond the Book: Themes and Practices

“...the culture has to change first before the laws change. ... Art influences society by changing opinions, instilling values, and translating experiences across space and time. Art is a way of taking up space and reclaiming narratives that are never told otherwise.” (Margolin 70-71) 
“Using your voice as a writer can be the most accessible way of getting your story out into the world" (Margolin 23).

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"... all they did was bring forward the ugliness of the violence that Black people in America face every day. They did not disrupt the peace; they just brought to the public's attention that there was never any peace to begin with.” (Margolin 97) 

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“It is critical to ground yourself in what you're fighting for before jumping in headfirst and to continue to keep yourself grounded throughout the whole journey. Having a clear reason and intention for what you are doing helps lead you in the right direction." (Margolin 1)
Oftentimes, our voices are not heard on the news, and many of us are under voting age, so our needs are not heard through the political system." (Margolin 24)
Every single action you take going forward needs to serve your why. That's how you're going to be successful. That's how you're going to stick with it in the long run and make that change you have been striving for" (Margolin 2).
"There is (usually) no such thing as 'not having' time. We all, when you boil it down, have time. Whether we prioritize it and what we put that time to is up to us" (Margolin 152).



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