From Noam Chomsky: “The idea of youth boats sounds interesting, particularly coming from college students here in the US. I think it can inspire people to get activated. What youth boats can do is pretty much what the occupy movements can do in the issues they’re facing. Namely, try to make the country more democratic, get popular opinion to have a role in policy formation. In a sense, this example [of youth-led initiative for direct action] demonstrates a large part of what the flotillas have been all about: Ordinary acts of initiative and imagination undertaken by ordinary people to educate, outreach and mobilize to change the policies for which they are responsible. These are quite commonly the elements of serious social change. And it’s generally true of every major social movement in the U.S. — from Civil Rights, to the labor movement, to the antislavery movement and others.