Did you vote in the primaries? If not, today is National Voter Registration Day. Let your voice be heard. In two elections since 2000, our presidents may have been different if more people voted. You say my voice can’t be heard; look at your state and local elections, which generally have a larger impact on you than the presidential race. So many times they are too close to call during the 11:00 news and even the next day. Register today. Your voice matters. You matter. https://vote.gov
Please read this article by Beatriz Martínez-Godás. It was originally written in December for Levo, but it still applicable today. For our country to progress and make it great for all for the first time, all of our voices need to be heard. Privilege, or lack thereof, is whatever advantages or disadvantages you have in … Continue reading Reflections From a Young Latina Woman on the Wage Gap in 2018
President Trump, Congress, and the rest of our elected officials, I hope that yesterday's March for Our Lives was a wake-up call. Your jobs are on the line. Stop catering to PACs, and start listening to your community. Just look at the recent mid-term election in Pennsylvania, where it was an overwhelmingly red state, but a democrat just won. Our children are crying out for change, and you cannot ignore them. Our youngest generations created change during the Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Rights Movement, and most recently, during President Barack Obama's election. Our children will always be the change. #WakeUp
The recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School may finally be the catalyst for change for gun reform in this country. But, at what cost? Donald Trump has been floating around the idea of arming teachers in schools. I say floating because as we know from previous experience, Trump may later say he never said that. It seems like he may be moving forward with this because he later added that armed teachers would receive bonus pay. Really?!?! Today, I’m not going to debate whether our teachers should be armed. Instead, I want you to consider that bonus pay remark. How is it that you can suddenly find bonus pay for a teacher to carry a gun in the schools, but you can’t find some bonus pay to reimburse teachers for all the school supplies that they have to buy throughout the year?
18 school shootings in 44 days. 18 school shootings since January 1, 2018. Let that sink in. It’s time to protect our communities. We have the right to bear arms. We have the right to be a part of the NRA. We have the right to protect ourselves. But, when will we have the right to protect our children so that they can go to school without fear?
This was my Facebook post that I decided to share here. I can't stand ignorance, especially from elected officials who decide on our children's futures. Senator John Eichelberger, I wonder if you consider pushing the rural kids from your district a waste as well. This is one of the most ignorant things that I've heard … Continue reading Top lawmaker: Pushing ‘inner city’ kids to college is a waste
Education is no equalizer — Rather, it is the sleep that precedes the American Dream. So wake up — wake up! Lift your voices Until you’ve patched every hole in a child’s broken sky. Wake up every child so they know of their celestial potential. I’ve been a Black hole in the classroom for far … Continue reading Lift Off
Kids can earn free books this summer. The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon gives children a free book when they read 8 books over the summer. Opening ceremonies begins on Saturday, June 4 at your local store. Learn more here.
From the One.org Blog: 5 TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa We’ve chosen five thought-provoking TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa in just one hour. From the dangers of stereotyped perceptions of the continent, to entrepreneurship and business, to health and education, these five inspiring … Continue reading 5 TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa
I had to share this incredible story before I went to bed. It's always great to end the night on a good note. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, 17, who is the class valedictorian, has until May 1 to decide whether she’ll attend one of the Ivy League Schools. She has a 101.6 GPA and was also a … Continue reading Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna Accepted At All 8 Ivy League Schools