What Young People Think About Politics || Spoken Word


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Versified Life invited spoken word artists to discuss, explore and share poetry about the relationship between young people and politics in the wake of the 2015 …

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  1. If one young person stands in any Election if a youth agenda and all the other young people vote for him/her, surely they will win, I can make that happen in Enfield in the next election, we need real change

  2. There will be lots of debates about you peoples' engagement in politics, and come the day (just like the elders) some will vote and some won't. The problem with many young people (and older people) is that they keep playing the game the politicians (and the media) want them to play. If some people vote and some don't then whatever happens the status quo will prevail. It doesn't matter who you vote for the government always gets in. Imagine both young people and adults taking about real revolution, then the same politicians and the media will be begging you not to get involved with politics, because one of the first things are the agenda would be taking the power away from them. Let's talk poetry. Gill Scot Heron said 'The revolution will not be televised'. It can't be, because the people who make the programmes will be running. Benjamin Zephaniah said, 'I hate this government as much as I hated the one before, and I have reason to believe I will hate the one to come.' I know that in advance, because I have heard their promises, and trust me, they are the same promises they made five years ago.  Bob Marley said, 'Who's gonna stay at home when the freedom fighters are fighting?'. It's good to see young people talking about politics, but they keep talking about voting. Where are the young revolutionaries? Where are the visionaries? Don't be afraid to really speak your mind. If young people really speak their mind, and I mean really, then other young people will do the same, and then you will realise that voting is a very, very small part of the political process. You guys keep doing what you're doing, but don't be afraid to take it further. Keep doing what you do even when there is 'not' an election. Don't be scared, be revolutionary. Imagine a different way. Think creatively about politics, as you think creatively about poetry, and just as you liberate words, you will liberate people. Love up.

  3. The poet has always been the cajoler of history; the flamethrower. The Black Panther Party said: "Art is an indispensable tool of revolutionary struggle." Great work. -Bruce George, Co-founder of Def Poetry Jam

  4. I quite enjoy the format of talk into spoken word; looking forward to seeing more topics be discussed.

    As a young person voting for the first time, I already feel somewhat jaded about how politics is presented by the media, and BBC Parliament almost feels like it's become more fodder for 'thug life' videos than discussions involving the people that run the country. I want an alternative, however I feel somewhat compelled to vote for 'The Greatest Lesser Evil' as oppose to who I'd really want to vote for.

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