The decade in youth activism

Young people mobilized in major ways over the past 10 years — here are five significant movements.

5 youth-led defining protest movements of the decade

A big part of what sets this decade of youth activism apart from that history is that today’s youth activists have grown up with social media. So much has changed over the last 10 years, including some of the social issues that have made their way front and center onto the world stage.

Occupy Wall Street

A protest that started in 2011 in New York City and spread into other cities all over the United States. People protested against how poor and wealthy people have lived in different ways and are treated differently by other people, and also against the way corporations used their money.

Black Lives Matter

The movement to protest police killings of black people spread nationally after the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

March for Our Lives

After the Parkland shooting, students organized a nationwide march — gathering over 1 million to protest around the U.S. It took place in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2018, with over 880 sibling events throughout the United States and around the world, and was planned by Never Again MSD in collaboration with the nonprofit organization.

Fridays for Future

Also known as the Global Week for Future, were a series of international strikes and protests to demand action be taken to address climate change, which took place from 20–27 September. The 20 September protests were likely the largest climate strikes in world history.

Protecting DACA recipients

Supporters of DACA recipients gathered in front of the Supreme Court as the first oral arguments were heard over the Trump administration's decision to end protections for undocumented young people.


01/02/2020 10:59 AM


  • Carrley M.
    05/09/2020 21:59

    Defined a decade? Hahahahaha Hahahahaha Hahahahaha Hahahahaha Hahahahaha Hahahahaha

  • Tony G.
    02/01/2020 03:37

    The brainwashed young losers

  • Matrin J.
    01/31/2020 19:08

    Should probable keep terrorist groups off your list.

  • Darryl F.
    01/31/2020 18:23

    Hahahahaha what a joke......

  • Casey W.
    01/31/2020 18:09

    Wasted 3 minutes 34 seconds of my time

  • Matthew C.
    01/31/2020 16:52

    Maybe if you worked instead of protest, you could pay your bills.

  • Taylor T.
    01/31/2020 16:20

    Five situations where weak adult leadership exploited low IQ patsies to push a social agenda that they know will lead nowhere positive.

  • Tyler M.
    01/31/2020 14:31

    Buncha fruits that empower ignorance by going viral with their beliefs

  • Alex G.
    01/31/2020 14:18

    There are a lot of people who have done more than these groups or people listed

  • Beau G.
    01/31/2020 13:42

    What a joke

  • Chad T.
    01/31/2020 13:41

    hears a thought, get a f***ing job and be responsible human beings instead of whining little crybabies who want everything done for them!!!!

  • Daniel C.
    01/31/2020 12:53

    The Styx song "Too Much Time On My Hands" started playing in my head when I saw these people.

  • James S.
    01/31/2020 11:51

    Get a job hippies, do some actual research and take responsibility for your actions.

  • Filippo A.
    01/31/2020 10:05

    I'll fix the headline for you: Five movements that proved why the voting age shouldn't be lowered and why school is actually important.

  • Allan S.
    01/31/2020 05:35

    when the majority of your reacts are haha, you might want to rethink the agenda you are paid to broadcast....

  • Je C.
    01/31/2020 03:56

    "led by youth" nope, they've proven that at least greta was only her dad in hiding

  • Ryan J.
    01/31/2020 00:57

    These people are a drain on society, they need to get jobs and be productive and pay taxes like the rest of us

  • Michael M.
    01/30/2020 23:02

    I remember the wallstreet one...they left a lot of trash in their wake.

  • Corey S.
    01/30/2020 21:56

    If all of these kids got what they wanted, in 10 years they'd realize what a mistake they've made.

  • John F.
    01/30/2020 18:09

    🤔 Soros is an 90yo Nazi, not a “youth”!

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