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A call to action from a future first-time voter

Hillary Clinton said that we must give Donald Trump the opportunity to lead. The people spoke, and though I don’t agree with what they said, I know she’s right. While this is an opportunity for Trump to lead our nation, this is also an opportunity for America’s youth to act.

The election left me feeling voiceless, but my voice, even at 16, is now more important than ever. While Trump’s actions may affect me, my voice is far more powerful when it is used to defend the marginalized, the targeted, and those left unacknowledged. This is their home too, and we must stand with them in solidarity.

I am scared of the hatred that I have witnessed in recent weeks, but above all I am motivated to initiate change. I won’t hide in fear of what is to come. Instead, I will make my voice heard and dictate my own future. I will do everything in my power to heal our divided country.

This is not the time for complacency. This is the time to act. And courage, in the words of Nelson Mandela, is “not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

I’m ready for the challenge.

Bring it on, Donald.

Olivia Weiss