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Millennials in the on-deck circle!

For Millennials, taking the reigns of power means they must become involved in the political process; first, they must vote Millennials are a class of individuals that reached young adulthood around the year 2000, ranging in

For Millennials, taking the reigns of power means they must become involved in the political process; first, they must vote

Millennials are a class of individuals that reached young adulthood around the year 2000, ranging in age from 1-35. Leaders of the next generation, the eldest Millennials, those in the 25-35 age range are awakening to their responsibilities as functioning members of society – completing higher education, holding down full-time jobs, raising families, taking part in the nation’s political and electoral process.

Millennials on the younger end, 18-24, have yet to figure out their electoral responsibilities as upstanding adults. Because many in this age range haven’t quite determined what they want to do in life, still connected by the umbilical cord to parental care and nurturing at home, they remain in a quandary.

When 18 to 24-year-olds make comments like, “The issues don’t affect me,” they have a grave misunderstanding of politics, law, judicial, and executive power.

If this group understood the next president will appoint several U.S. Supreme Court Justices who have the power to change the course of the country for decades when these same 18 to 24-year age groupers will be in their late-30s to early 40s two decades from now – they would know decisions by the executive and judicial branch impact them, considerably.

The election on Nov. 8, 2016, will absolutely affect Millennials. The power of the vote is theirs and they have a responsibility to cast that vote, recognizing their stake in this election and empowerment through politics.

Nothing underscores this truth more conclusively than the “Black Lives Matter” movement, a social construct carried forth by Millennials, many in the 18-24 age range. They realize on a fundamental level they must give energy to the cause, but they must also realize that physical action – protesting, marching, burning, and looting may bring attention to a cause, but will not bring about real change; that only occurs through government policy on a local, state, and federal level.

It begins with elevating key individuals to public office who can write strategic new laws for change based on the needs of a constituent base. These key office holders include the director of the local water board to local city governance, to state lawmakers, congress, and the senate, governors, all the way to U.S. president.

The vote is where change really happens because those elected to public office impact all of us.

That includes Millennials.

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Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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