By Emma Jo Hirschy, Aviator Editor-in-Chief
With a new President in the Oval Office, it is safe to say that the United States will be faced with some major public policy changes which can affect many. Not everyone will agree with Mr. Trump’s decisions, nor do they have to; however, what they can do is make sure their voice is heard.
Mrs. Schneider, a political science teacher, encourages De Pere High School students to take interest in what is happening in the United States government.
“It is very important to have millennials politically active,” Schneider said. “I believe that people going into the workforce and into college are the ones that have the best sense of where they think the country should be headed in the future. It is extremely important for millennials to pay attention, as we have more information available to us now than ever. Being critical and being active is very important.”
In a recent survey sent out to all DPHS students, the Crimson Aviator found that the percentage of students who were politically active before 2016 increased significantly once the election year started.
In previous years before the election, 105 out of the 169 students who responded to the survey said that they would not have considered themselves politically active (62 percent overall). On the other hand, 129 of the 169 claimed to have been politically active during the election year (76 percent overall).
Now that the election is over, Schneider explained that there are still ways for millennials to have a voice.
“I think that the biggest thing that I would like to see kids do is to contact the Republicans of Brown County or the Democrats of Brown County if they are a partisan enthusiast,” she said. “Or they could get a lot of information at any political event, whether those are protests or attending meetings.”
Schneider also suggested getting involved in local politics by talking to politicians, at both a state and federal level.
“Make the phone call to our representatives, and that will really make sure that your voice is heard,” she said.
In the survey sent out to DPHS students, 51 percent of the students who responded to the survey vowed that they will continue being politically active following this election cycle.
But overall, Schneider recommended that for students who want to have their voices heard, they should just “make a phone call.”
If interested in contacting Wisconsin Federal politicians, here is the contact information for Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor; Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Senator; Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Senator, (202) 224-5323; or Mike Gallagher, Wisconsin 8 district Representative.
If interested in contacting Wisconsin Assembly members, here is the link to their email directory:
If interested in contacting Wisconsin State Senators, here is the link to their email directory.
If interested in contacting the De Pere mayor, here is his information.
If interested in contacting anyone from the four Aldermanic Districts in De Pere, here is their contact information.