She Wants You To Vote!

Naomi Wadler is an activist on the rise. The preteen made a moving speech a few days ago that encouraged all adults to get out and vote.

“There has never been a more important time for women, for girls like me, to stand up and be heard,” Naomi told attendees at the 2018 Leadership Luncheon last week. “Vickie Jones and Maurice Stallard were murdered in a Kroger’s last week simply because they were Black Americans.”


“Eleven people were slaughtered this weekend because of their religious beliefs. 1000s of poor, desperate brown people are being villainized because of their desire for a better life. And, these are the stories on the front pages.”

Naomi Wadler is not yet old enough to vote, but she did something besides just talking to encourage those who could to make their voices heard on the ballot this Tuesday (November 6). “Truly, tell everyone you know that if some 12-year-old girl can shave her head and dye it orange, the least they can do is go and vote,” Wadler exclaimed. “You know how much bleach hurts your scalp? If you can’t do it because it is SO important, do it for that pile of curls sitting on the Haircuttery floor.”

Wadler further empowered guests by saying, “Young women have always been at the forefront of every important movement in our history. Harriet Tubman was 27 when she escaped slavery, Claudette Colvin was 17 when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus (9 months before Rosa Parks), and Ruby Bridges was 6 years old when she bravely faced down racism day after day for the right to get an education.”

You can learn more about Naomi Wadler and her fight for equality and gun control here. Stay tuned for more young activist news!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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