If anyone wants to know why Prop. 30 is so important, all you have to do is talk to young people like Di’Jahnay Stewart.
The 18-year-old student at Dewey Academy is looking to finish high school so that she can attend college. But tuition hikes could unfortunately stifle that dream for her. She is also passionate about her community and knows that if there are any more school cuts in Oakland, more kids will be in the streets instead of in the classroom.
That is why she decided to get involved with OCO’s civic engagement campaign this election.
She’s been doing phone banking, she’s been getting her peers excited about the election, and last weekend she joined a team in West Oakland that canvassed neighborhood looking for supporters for Prop. 30.
She’s especially passionate about Prop. 30 because she knows that young people of color like her will be affected the most if it doesn’t pass.
“It’s going to affect us because we’re the ones who are going to be without the schools, and it’s going to mess up the kids because we need the schools,” Di’Jahnay said. “Without an education, we don’t have anything.”
This election, OCO has made a strong push to get 15,000 new and infrequent voters to the polls. Many of those voters are young African Americans, Latinos and Asians—people just like Di’Jahnay.
That is why she is making her voice known loud and clear, especially to her peers.
“I tell everybody, ‘If you don’t vote yes on Prop. 30, we’re going to lose a lot of schools. And when we lose schools, we’re going to have a bunch of kids out on the streets causing harm or getting in harm’s way. So if y’all don’t want a whole bunch of kids out on the streets, you might want to vote, Yeah,'” she said.