It is essential that students remember the power of their votes and voices when it comes to promoting change.
On any given day, the walkways of Main Campus are filled with petitioners and picketers, informing, protesting or supporting their cause. On Sept. 16, a rally was held on Main Campus to support Troy Davis. College and youth are often associated with activism. The Temple News will always support students who act in behalf of their beliefs and to work to make a difference for the better.
Demonstrations, be they traditional or nontraditional, are historically common at Temple and nationwide. But its commonness should not be associated with its efficiency. The Temple News is thrilled to see students with such regularity addressing the problems that plague society. However demonstrations, as powerful as they can sometimes be, are not enough.
Activism is essential to a progressing society, which will always need people unwilling to accept the status quo. But activism should go beyond flashy protests and gatherings at every stage of the process. Students need to remember the power of their votes and their voices. Vote. Write your congressmen and women. Call congressman. Continue to hold demonstrations and rallies, to petition and inform other students and other citizens of what it is you find unjust or in need of change. At the end of the day, if you’re unhappy with something about the world around you, it is your responsibility to do something about it.
The Temple News supports those students and community members involved in making a positive change in their community and their world. The Temple News will cover these efforts, be they one-time events, political, national or local, and we will always encourage students to get involved in the community at Temple, nationally and worldwide to make a difference.