New Book Highlights Youth Activism

Jessica Taft's timely new book questioning children's exclusion from political decision-making coincides with young people leading the charge on climate change

October 21, 2019


Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) associate professor Jessica Taft makes the case for taking children more seriously in the realms of work and activism. Her book could not have come at a more appropriate time, just before the youth climate strike that saw thousands of teenagers protesting in cities across the globe.

The Kids are in Charge: Activism and Power in Peru's Movement of Working Children is available now, and Taft has found a receptive audience for her ideas in several media outlets.


Jessica Taft and youth activism in local press:

Open Forum: How adults are unfairly dismissing the youth climate strike

Youth activism is on the rise

Santa Cruz Students Strike Over Climate Change

In Santa Cruz, activists of all ages are ready for Global Climate Strike