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Bite-Size Bulletin: A Year Of Youth Activism

23 December 2019

Your weekly Bite-Size Bulletin is here with all the goss on some of the most talked-about news that dropped this past week.

Malala Yousafzai on the rise of youth activism 

The story of Malala Yousafzai is incredible! If you haven’t picked up her book I Am Malala, it’s a must-read! After standing up for women’s education by blogging for the BBC, she was shot by the Taliban and miraculously survived to become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at the age of 17. Malala is such an inspiring activist and in a recent interview with Teen Vogue, she talked about the amazing rise of youth activism in the last decade. Millions of young people all around the world have come together to fight for what they believe in, from climate change, women’s rights, LGBTQAI rights and so much more. She believes that there is great power in the voices of young people as they are the ones that will make a change in the world. 

Donald Trump has been impeached 

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Probably one of the best things to come out of 2019 is that Trump has been impeached, however, this doesn’t mean that he is no longer President. Let us break it down for you. It all started when it was alleged that he called the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky to offer aid in exchange for an investigation into his rival Joe Biden. Last Thursday, The House Of Representatives, mostly filled by Democrats voted in favour of impeachment. So what does this mean and what are the next steps? 

  • The trial will now move to the Senate which is controlled by mostly Republicans, 53 to be exact. So, to get Trump impeached they would have to vote against their own leader and this seems highly unlikely. 
  • If Trump is convicted, he will have to leave office but if he isn’t then he will be acquitted and remain the President until the next election where hopefully he will finally be forced to leave the White House. 
  • The impeachment trial in the Senate will most likely be held early next year. Fingers crossed a miracle will happen! 

Who is Gloria Steinem? 

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off”. Who recognises that quote? You might recognise it as the opening lyrics to N.E.R.D’s song Lemon but it originally came from the iconic feminist and activist Gloria Steinem. Emma Watson is a massive fan of Gloria and even conducted an in-conversation interview with her which is a must-watch! Gloria’s new book, titled with that iconic quote is a collection of her other quotes, essays and short stories which would make the perfect last-minute Christmas gift for any woman in your life, from your mum, sister or best friend. She is a legendary figure in feminist history and we have a lot to thank her for so get reading! 

Words by Tamara Bose