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Young and Mighty Youth-Centered March Coming to Sunnyside This Weekend

via Young and Mighty March on Facebook

Oct. 15, 2018 By Laura Hanrahan

New York City’s youngest residents will have an opportunity to make their voices heard at a neighborhood march this weekend.

The Young and Mighty March, set for Oct. 21, will allow children of all ages to walk through the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside to raise awareness for any and every issue of importance to them.

The march will start at Lou Lodati Park and go through Skillman and 43rd Avenues before wrapping back up at the park for a celebration.

The idea for the march came to co-founders Nancy Kleaver and Kate Marks, both mothers themselves, when they began talking about their experiences going to protests and the variety of themes the events addressed, and whether it was appropriate to bring children to them.

“A lot of the issues the marches are talking about are scary to a 6-year-old,” Kleaver said.

With the help of Paddy Johnson, another of the march’s organizers, the framework for The Young and Mighty March soon began to take shape, beginning by asking several children in their lives what they would do to make the world a better place.

The answers, Kleaver said, were wide-ranging.

“We had answers like ‘save the coral reef’ to ‘stop pushing to make guns that shoot candy’, or ‘more girl presidents’,” she said.

With that, coupled with the upcoming November midterm elections, the organizers are adamant in making sure that kids can have an opportunity to be heard.

“We need a little inspiration,” Kleaver said. “We need to hear from the next generation who our votes are going to affect more than anybody.”

The organizers hope that the march will become an annual event that will continually provide a platform for children to voice what they care about.

To prepare for the event, a poster-making workshop will be held on Saturday at Sunnyside Community Services and P.S 361Q, led by teachers from Children’s Museum of the Arts. For more information, visit www.paradenyc.org.

The Young and Mighty March, hosted by PARADE, the public art programming arm of non-profit Art F City, will take place on Oct. 21 at Lou Lodati Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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BigJim

Why are you arguing with yourself ? On every post you use multiple aliases, now your on different sides of your own argument.You are messed up.




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John

If you call that a hobby you need to get out more. At least have a real cause to protest and you did mention BLM -do you class their violence as acceptable?




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facts machine

The most violent group that was recently in NYC was the far-right Trump-loving Proud Boys. Your “WHATABOUT BLM?!” is already outdated.




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John

Antifa usually attack first and then get beaten back. The Proud Boys were very diverse compared to the all-white antifa terrorists.




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false

You can watch the video for yourself, it’s on this site. All the Proud Boys arrested for their unprovoked attacks were white men. What a shocker!

Antifa are a very diverse crowd, that’s what the right criticized them for! Well that and being anti-fascist.




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Juana Juana

Antifa is a very violent group that smashes windows and threatens people. They are diverse in their “hatred” of law and order. There is nothing anti-Fascist about them. They have assaulted law abiding citizens and suppressed free speech on campus. Are you a member? They are considered a terrorist group by the FBI.




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Juana Juana

Antifa broke a window once!

Just ignore all those Republicans mailing pipe bombs to librals that Trump vilified BTW.




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typcal liberal BS, sick of it

honduran caravan of 4,000, just like this march, definitely a stunt funded by the left. the left are sick demented indiviuals who must be stopped.
#walkaway from this nonsense




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false

That lie was already completely debunked immediately. Do you have any evidence or reason at all to believe it, or do you just blindly believe everything daddy Trump tells you to?




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Annab

Where do people get the idea youth activism is a new thing? Kids marched for civil rights (and had hoses and dogs turned on them). They launched welcome committees all around New York for the children who fled Hitler, and again for Vietnamese refugees. When I was a kid we marched against Apartheid and against the government placing nuclear warheads in New York Harbor. People who say “let kids be kids,” – this IS letting kids be kids. Kids can’t vote, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a voice!




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makes sense

Well Trump did say he “loves the poorly educated” so your toddler is probably as smart as the average Trumpeter anyway




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Anonymous

Everyone knows that Trump voters are all 85 or older so involving kids is clearly a libral conspiracy. If young educated people actually got involved in politics there wouldn’t be enough Trump voters!




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Blacks for trumps, yeah we exist

im 42 and black, trumps economy has brought my people the lowest unemployment in decades, I will proudly vote republican this time, this guys actually did something, not like Obama




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facts machine

Agreed, Trump loves to take credit for the progress that Obama made. Black unemployment began declining during the Obama administration and has been falling steadily for the past several years, from a 17% high down to 7% under Obama.

As Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA.) points out, the real issue in the black community is underemployment, not just unemployment.

“Black unemployment has been on the decline since 2011, and it’s declined in other years more than in Trump’s one year,” Richmond said. “But what he doesn’t talk about is African-American underemployment. He doesn’t talk about the fact that black unemployment is twice that of white unemployment. He doesn’t talk about wage gaps between the two races, wealth disparities, income disparities…and you will see that it is a very basic and adolescent way to look at African American communities.”

You’re OK with Trump referring to NFL players protesting racial injustice during the national anthem as “sons of bitches” and blaming “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist protest turned deadly, right?




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BigJim has no argument, again

I’m not shocked you were COMPLETELY unable to refute the fact that unemployment dropped mostly due to Obama’s policies, and the racist things Trump has said.




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LIC Neighbor

I’m taking my kid to PS 361Q and putting a poster “Down with JVB and the Corrupt CB2” free speech, free country.




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The right using kids as tools again

why can’t these parent’s let kids be kids they are unbelievable




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maga again

Trump was kind enough to lock up immigrant children in concentration camps for their protection.

Now the looney left wants to provide a platform for children to voice what they care about?! Outrageous!




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Juana Juana

Wrong! The kids were accompanied by adults who had been using them. Now the left wants to exploit “kids” even more.




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Asha

Hi! I’m a kid with different opinions than my parents, and I’ll be at the march voicing those opinions. Age has nothing to do with that. Additionally, is the word “kids” in quotation marks for a reason?




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A.Bundy

kids dont use chase banks. businesses do. its the easiest bank to do ACH and wire transfers. many banks are a nightmare in this regard. nobody should be carrying cash. all places but food trucks accept card payments and you can deposit checks from any smartphone or check scanner.




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GEORGE Kelly

lets stop using Children for Political Showmanship! !!Women have,and will always make more gains then their male counterparts in this country. .Look at College graduation rates,and women soaring past men in many industries.Rightfully So.. .Today’s women don’t need Children to attain anything.Motherhood us Natural,not Supernatural,.
Also,being a mother is not a Monumental feat and to Curry Favor just because you had Children is so Cliché
and so Old… WHERE ARE THE HUSBANDS?? ARE THEY MARGINALIZED..??Save the Reefs???You and your Activist even
friends evedently aren’t Poor or in Reality..Worry about the poor neighbor,the sexual trafficking of woman on Roosevelt Have.. The forcing out of poor whites,blacks and Hispanics while youGentrify every poor neighborhood in the entire city..USING KIDS WITH YOUR OPINION BASED SOCIAL JUSTICE NONSENSE IS A PROFOUND DISSERVICE TO THESE SAME CHILDREN …I DON’T NEED TO HEAR FROM INFLUENCED CHILDREN OF ANY NEXT GENERATION. .THEY ARE KIDS,NOT PROPS ..EDUCATE THEM TO BE TOLERANTLY POLITE OF ALL VIEWS FOR CHRIST SAKES,GET THEN BE KIDS..LET THEM PLAY.LET THEM JUST GROW UP WITHOUT POLITICAL NONSENSE. .THEY ARE DEAR LITTLE KIDS BEING USED FOR YOUR SHORTFALLS. .SO SFOLLOW TYPICAL TO PARADE KIDS FOR YOUR LEFTIST P.C CORRECT INITIATIVES. MY KIDS WILL LEARN OPINIONS WHEN THEY GROW UP..DO YOU THINK THEY ARE ASTUTE ENOUGH TO TELL ME OR YOU ANYTHING ABOUT THIS WORLD ??JUST LEAVE THE LITTLE KIDS OUT IF NASTY ADULT POLITICS




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Georgie Porgie

Georgie boy, cut back on the caps. As you are so ill informed, as usual, I’ll explain the piece on coral reef importance to you. While they only cover .0025% of the oceanic floor, they generate half of Earth’s oxygen and absorb nearly one-third of the carbon dioxide generated from burning fossil fuels. Coral reefs are responsible for producing 17 percent of all globally consumed protein. They also help to protect our shores from storm surge. I’m going to guess you are on the north side of 50, so while it may not matter to you what earth is like in the future it does to them. Where did they get such info? Science class. Sure, let kids be kids…part of that is going to school and learning about the world around them, and it is a scary place for many of them in 2018….




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Asha

Hi George, as a kid who feels like adults rarely listen to us, I have to say this comment stung. Do you really think we don’t have opinions of our own?




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Adult

You can have opinions and are free to express them to any who will listen. But adult know children, by definition, lack experience. That renders their opinions immaterial in terms of providing real world solutions. It is good practice to voice your opinion, but know that adults have far more information and experience and literally know better than you do.




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Annab

American kids have experience with gun violence. Each day 8 are shot and killed, 39 are shot and injured. Each year 17,000 kids will be shot. They don’t lack experience. there. Where were the adults with “real world” solutions when they were gunned down in Sandy Hook and Parkland? 15 million kids have experience of hunger, 24 million have experience with poverty. Where are the adults with the “real world solutions” for that? Oh, and the “real world” solutions for climate change so the kids have a livable planet when they grow up? Thanks for chiming in “adult” but the kids have TONS of experience and it’s time we listen to them.




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Asha

Actually a group of super cool young people will be leading it! Why don’t you come by and see?




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good one

Ironically the actual children commenting on this post have more mature responses than Gerryatric




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Anonymous

why can’t these parent’s let kids be kids they are unbelievable — and I am sure Mr. JVB is all for this too. And who is supplying all these posters?




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Tommy O

This is a good start to get the young started in the righteous path to equality and justice. Hope to see some Black Lives Matter, immigrant rights, andMoslem refugee right banners.




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Ty

There were some amazing signs made by kids at the sign making workshops and at home. They did indeed cover BLM and immigration issues.




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Juana Juana

Hey, Ty: next time can my grandchild carry a #bluelivesmatter sign or a pro second amendment sign? No, I did not think so. As usual, Far Leftists were using children as props. Can my grand kid carry a pro life sign?




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Annab

Of course Juana. Many kids were carrying pro-life signs. Pro life of the planet. Pro life of students not getting shot in schools. Pro lives of children at the border being safe from being torn from their parents. The whole march was VERY pro-Life!!




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lets make are kids do stupid stuff

what happened to letting kids be kids. I use to play on a sunday afternoon when i was six.




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BR

A sad example of what this country is becoming.
Yes- why can’t kids just be left to be kids
Above photo makes these kids look like a bunch of radicals.




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Asha

What does “let kids be kids” mean? Let us get shot in our schools? Let us be separated from our parents? Let us watch the climate worsen around us? This is a genuine question, because I am a kid being a kid and for me, that involves being aware of what’s going on in the world I live in.




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Ty

Asha, being an honorary member of Love Hallie and an organizer of this event, I can tell all those disrespecting you and your belief system that they have no right to do so.
“Don’t you have chores”? Really? I’m sorry that short sightedness was thrown your way.
I’m very proud of you and what you did today.




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American Gal

This just shows how gentrified and overrun with hipster Sunnyside is now. Instead of letting children act like children these parents will indoctrinating these children with their own social agendas. How about next year we just let the kids dress up in costumes and have a Halloween parade?




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Bbb

Sorry, you’re looking for the “Old and Clueless” parade. You’re in the wrong neighborhood.




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Ty

Like what a John?
Knitting?
Local Geranium Pruning Club for Women?
Baking?
I think THIS is a wonderful hobby. Well done Nancy and Kate!




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Juana juana

Commie cadre of kids
Aren’t you the trivia guy who makes nasty comments about republicans during the matches ? Yes that’s you




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Adult

For the same reason we don’t do math homework, been there done that. No disrespect, this is America, speak up. Your contemporaries may learn something and you are getting excellent practice for your adult life. But only indulgent parents will be interested in this exercise. Hope it goes well.




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Roberto

The gentrification peeps are now so bored they are going to have kids protest anything. Something wrong with this.




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Asha

If they didn’t have kids like me, this parade wouldn’t be happening at all. This is about us, not them. Please don’t disrespect young people in this way. This march is intended to be about spreading positive messages, and hateful comments only make it harder.




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Juana Juana

They’re asking children asking what they would do to make the world a better place?! Those libral monsters!




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Juana juana

I’m the real Juana Juana
These two women are indoctrinating their kids
These kids should be doing homework or having fun




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