by Marianne Schild
YWCA Correspondent at DNC
The last night of the Democratic National Convention, I got to spend a little time in one of the media boxes with journalist and political analyst Juan Williams.
I told him that for those of us in Generation Y the development of our political consciousness stems from wanting to elect officials, regardless of their party affiliation, to get a job done in a divisive political environment in which we are on rival teams. I asked him, if this divisiveness is all we have ever known as a generation, how can we combat this? Juan responded, “We must engage and fight it.” Fight the urge to make fun of the other side. Remember those are our politicians – we elected them, and they represent us. As we change, they change. Remember what President Clinton said Wednesday night: their purpose is to make policies. Elect them for their purpose to get things done, not because they are in your party.
I also asked Juan what he loves about YWCA. His response might surprise you – watch the video below!
Marianne Schild, YWCA correspondent at the DNC, is the donor relations manager at YWCA Central Carolinas.
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