What do we do? A question that’s (no doubt) been on most of our minds, especially with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the decision around the next Supreme Court Justice who will directly impact the lives of the next generation.
Rachel Rischall, Founder of Three PR, decided enough was enough and took action by creating Kids for Justice, an online platform that allows kids to get involved by writing letters to any senator because politicians elected to represent their best interests should hear their words.
“As a mom who is deeply concerned about the world my daughters are growing up in, I want to empower the next generation to be vocal and to advocate for themselves. Even if they’re too young to vote, they should have a say in a decision that affects their rights,” Rachel said.
Kids for Justice not only enables us to take the power back, but also to empower kids or as Rachel says, “everyone has a voice and deserves to be heard.”
Check out more about Rachel and Kids for Justice below:
Kids For Justice: Interview with Rachel Rischall
Weekend Jaunts: How did the idea for Kids for Justice come about?
Rachel Rischall: After the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – and the immediate effort to fill her seat – I had a powerful realization. The next Supreme Court Justice will have the greatest impact on the lives of kids — and they deserve to have a voice in how their future is shaped.
As a mom who is deeply concerned about the world my daughters are growing up in, I want to empower the next generation to be vocal and to advocate for themselves. Even if they’re too young to vote, they should have a say in a decision that affects their rights. Kids For Justice enables children to be heard by the politicians who are supposed to represent their best interests.
Weekend Jaunts: Why do you think it’s so important to support the next generation?
Rachel Rischall: The legacy of Justice Ginsburg is that a single person can change the world. It’s not easy, but it’s certainly not impossible. Kids are inheriting a complex, highly fraught world and we owe them the tools and resources to make it better. The earlier our kids learn about the importance of activism and the value of speaking up for their collective futures, the better equipped they’ll be to make positive changes.
Weekend Jaunts: What advice would you give to parents to help them explain what is going in our political landscape?
Rachel Rischall: I’m far from a political expert, but I really want my six-year old twins to have a sense of the historical moment we’re experiencing. I try to explain the situation in very simple language so they can grasp the concept on their terms. We read about Justice Ginsburg in a fantastic book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and discuss how it’s important to stand up for equality and make sure the world is fair for everyone.
Weekend Jaunts: What have you seen so far with Kids for Justice?
Rachel Rischall: In less than one week, we’ve amassed more than 250 followers, received photos of kids posed with their letters from California to Minnesota to New York, and been interviewed for a WGN News segment. I was floored to receive an incredible letter from a 13-year girl named Jasper who learned about Kids For Justice and wanted to share her message to Senator Lindsey Graham. Her eloquence, passion and knowledge blew me away – if she’s indicative of the next generation, we’re in great hands.
Weekend Jaunts: What does change mean to you?
Rachel Rischall: My primary goal is that the next Supreme Court Justice is named after inauguration, not before the election. On a larger scale, I hope Kids For Justice can be an ongoing force for political activism and positive change.
When I was in elementary school, I didn’t feel a personal connection to the decisions being made in Washington D.C. Now I’m witnessing kids around the country writing letters to senators, sharing their viewpoints and standing up for their beliefs. Change is already happening — and I’m thrilled Kids For Justice can play a role.
Weekend Jaunts: Anything else to add?
Rachel Rischall:Spread the word! There’s power in numbers and the more people who write letters and share on social media, the more momentum we’ll have to reach political decision makers. Little voices can have a big impact!
How Justice for Kids Works:
Click “Letter Template” to print a template – or use any piece of plain paper.
Write a letter to any senator on this page – all of their addresses are included.
Stamp and mail your letter.
Encourage families to participate – spread the word!
Follow @kidsforjustice on Instagram, and help Kids For Justice make an impact.