At the protests that took place this weekend in Sheffield, I was pleased to see that a large proportion of the crowd were young people. Many were there not because of their political allegiance but there to voice their opposition to the concerns of unemployment, tuition fees and EMA being scrapped. Political activism is an excellent form of direct participation in our democracy. Young people should always protest where they disagree and campaign for the issues that matter to them. Activism is the first part of the ABC of involving ourselves in politics. With our youth services currently under threat, the need to vocalize our common purpose is much greater than ever before. If we strive to involve ourselves in politics, then politicians cannot ignore us.