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Stamford students hold event to have voices heard

September 28, 2018

STAMFORD — Many see the midterm elections in November as their time to speak up by casting a vote.

High school students, many of whom are not of voting age, don’t have the same opportunity.

On Saturday, that’s going to change. Several local activist groups will come together for “SPEAK YOUR TRUTH: Student Open Mic” to allow students to have their voices heard on various topics.

Shayna Druckman, a Stamford High School senior and student leader for the event, said the open mic night was inspired by the March for Our Lives rally held in Stamford in March when students spoke out to an audience of about 3,000 about gun violence and school safety.

“We got a really great turnout with student speakers and the community,” said Drucker, 17. “It was such an impactful event, we thought let’s try to put on something similar to keep up the momentum with the movement.”

Unlike March for Our Lives, the topic is not limited to gun violence. Rather, Stamford-area students can speak on any issue affecting teens.

Geraldine Uribe, a senior at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, will perform a spoken word piece telling the story of a girl she knows whose mom was almost deported.

“Even though we’re seen as a Democratic state and people think deportation doesn’t happen here in Stamford, it’s happening here in people’s backyards,” said Uribe, 17. “I wanted to give people an understanding it does still happen in our own city. ”

The free event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Eagles Loft at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 682 Main St. Seating is limited. To apply for a performance, which is limited to Stamford-area students, visit http://bit.ly/openmicstamford. For free tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2OUjHYf

“Anyone from any political view can come,” Uribe said. “Learning both sides is really great. It’s a great time for adults to come and hear these teens...we are the new generation in voting. It’s all about us now.”

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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