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Sheen to speak at We Day tomorrow

Martin Sheen may be a seasoned actor, but it’s his social activism that’s bringing him to Vancouver tomorrow to speak to local youth at We Day.

Martin Sheen may be a seasoned actor, but it’s his social activism that’s bringing him to Vancouver tomorrow to speak to local youth at We Day.

Metro Vancouver spoke to We Day co-founder Craig Kielburger about becoming an activist at any age.

What are some of the more prominent projects being led by children and youth?

“Young people are and have always been at the centre of some of the greatest movements.

“Gandhi often marched with kids at the front of his protests. The Soweto Uprising against South African apartheid was organized by students. At Tiananmen Square, it was young people who stood up for democracy.

“It’s hard to pick just one modern-day project because everyday I’m encouraged by what I see.

Young people came together following the Haiti earthquake to collect funds for help. They changed their Twitter locations to Tehran following Iran’s controversial elections. They continually speak out against human rights abuses around the world.

“Most importantly, they constantly disprove the idea that they are powerless to change the world. Defeating apathy is the first step.

“Young people are at the forefront of this movement.”

 
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