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Meet Olivia Julianna, the Texas teen who helped bring down the pro-life whistleblower site

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9/11/2021 4:00 PM EDT

Meet Olivia Julianna, the Texas teen who helped bring down the pro-life whistleblower site

By Taylor Kamnetz

Houston, Texas – You may know Olivia Julianna as Gen Z TikToker, who encouraged people to flood a pro-life whistleblower site with fake tips after Texas Senate 8 went into effect – but she is much more than that.

Olivia Julianna has been using her voice to call injustice on social media since the May 2020 assassination of George Floyd. © Collage: Screenshot / Instagram / 0liviajulianna

When you’ve grown up in a divisive political climate like Olivia Julianna, it’s hard not to have an opinion.

She was in kindergarten when former President Barack Obama took office, but as Julianna grew up it became apparent how important race, gender, and gender were to political conversation.

It wasn’t until after George Floyd’s death in 2020 that the young Texas native began using her voice to stimulate conversation and create change through social media.

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“It ruined me to see the country’s reaction to it and how many people were so racist and hateful, especially where I live,” Julianna told TAG24.

Julianna, who hails from suburban Houston, Texas, said she had spent most of her life surrounded by conservatives, and seeing how many reacted to Floyd’s death meant she just couldn’t be silent anymore.

“I really wanted to make it clear on social media that I support these communities, and I support Black Lives Matter, and I thought Trump was a really big advocate of this kind of bigotry and hate,” she said.

Instead of being silent, Julianna knew she had something to say, and social media platforms like Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram were the perfect places for her to lay down some truths and motivate others to act.

“I started social media with two goals in mind: the first was to get Trump out of office, but also to fight for disenfranchised groups and communities and to stand up for the LGBTQ + community and for Black Lives Matter,” says Called Julianna.

Over the course of a year, Julianna garnered 142,000 followers on TikTok and 32,000 followers on Twitter, proving to others – and herself – that what she has to say really makes an impact.

Try to become a real ally

Olivia Julianna meets with Texan politician Samuel Williams on Twitter after challenging Governor Greg Abbott's inaction to fix the state's energy grid.

Olivia Julianna meets with Texan politician Samuel Williams on Twitter after calling on Governor Greg Abbott’s inaction to repair the state’s energy grid. © Collage: Screenshot / TikTok / 0liviajulianna

There’s no denying that poking your head into a sea of ​​opinions and sounding the alarm with facts and figures can be intimidating, especially in the articulate way Julianna does it.

But someone has to be the voice of reason and truth in a world full of noise and political jargon, and that is exactly what Julianna does.

By explicitly calling on politicians to inactivity or useless fingerprints, Julianna not only sensitizes to the problems that are deeply rooted in US politics, but also speaks for those who have long since ceased to believe that their voice is important.

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A native Texan and Mexican American who also identifies as white, Julianna has found the sweet spot when it comes to perspective, but she knows it’s a privilege to be able to speak the truth so intensely in the first place.

“To be a true ally and anti-racist means recognizing the privilege you have in trying to fight the systems that discriminate against other people,” she said.

Julianna’s great interest in politics stems in part from her father’s degree in political science.

“He always talked to us about it, even if we have different views, he made it very clear that politics is very important, your civic duty [to vote] is very important.”

Those who know Julianna probably won’t be surprised by her open manner when it comes to taking over members of the Texan legislature, and pretty much any other politician who tries in any way to confuse the rights of others.

In seventh grade, Julianna was most likely elected president, with a campaign slogan, “Vote for me because I’m not Trump,” often recited in Spanish.

Fast forward to today, and the 18-year-old hasn’t let up in the fight for what she believes in.

Fight the good fight

The outspoken Generation Z-er turned to trolls who claimed they were

The outspoken Generation Z reached out to trolls who claimed they had been “brainwashed” into a “left” perspective. © Collage: Screenshot / TikTok / 0liviajulianna

Instead of just her seventh grade classmates, Julianna now speaks to a global audience through her social media channels.

Having heard your voice by millions of people around the world is linked to their falls and constant self-doubt. When insecurities take over Julianna’s headspace, she simply ponders the countless messages she has received from those in her corner.

“I’ve had a lot of women here in Texas and a lot of people here in Texas who will reach out to me and tell me that what I do really matters to them,” said Julianna, quoting a message from a Texas mom who can’t shake it off.

“She’s a full-time nurse here in Texas during the pandemic and she told me she was exhausted and that it means so much to her that someone here stands up for women and for health workers.”

As someone who built their social media followers by telling the truth to power, Julianna admitted that it’s easy to get lost in the metrics behind the scenes. But moments like this are what keep them on the ground and push them forward.

“When it comes to views, retweets and likes, you sometimes forget that there are people behind them. To take a moment to think about that this is a person and that what I’m saying really affects people is amazing, ”said Julianna.

The future political landscape of Texas

Olivia Julianna shared her thoughts on the possibility of Julián Castro taking on Governor Abbott for the 2022 midterm elections.

Olivia Julianna shared her thoughts on the possibility of Julián Castro taking on Governor Abbott for the 2022 midterm elections. © Collage: Screenshot / TikTok / 0liviajulianna

Regarding Texas and moving towards a better political future for the state, Julianna hopes that Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio who also served as Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017, will take on the challenge of Governor Greg Abbott.

Though Castro has not yet indicated any intention of running for governor, Julianna sees him as the only viable option to run against Abbott in the 2022 midterm elections.

“I think he would be a great candidate. He’s done a lot of anti-Abbott press and I hope that’s why he does it,” Julianna told TAG24.

Hopes aside, she is surprised and angry that no one has announced a run against Abbott.

“To be honest, it makes me angry,” she continued, “you should have announced that you are going to do this today [Senate Bill 8] went into law. You should have been there. “

To really change the political climate in Texas, it takes more than just voting the other party.

“I think the problem is that we are creating the wrong Democrats. More people would be willing to vote for the progressives if the progressives actually had the chance to be the main protagonist in the election,” said Julianna.

By having a knowledgeable and open voice from Generation Z like Julianna part of the current political debate, voters of every generation can see how powerful their voices – and votes – can be.

Cover picture: Collage: Screenshot / Instagram / 0liviajulianna

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