Apr 3, 2013
UPDATE: VICTORY! Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to protest the Zedler 1 anti-gay amendment, including delivering your signatures in person to Texas’ legislature. And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn. We got them off our backpacks and funding for the centers is safe. Great job!
This is a featured post from Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter President James Lee!
My name is James Lee and growing up in Rio Grande Valley Texas, I was taught that being gay was wrong. I …
Jul 14, 2012
I love my job as a political organizer, and with the 2012 election approaching I have many friends that are starting their careers as organizers. Here are the top 5 pieces of advice I can give to young people starting/pursuing a career in political organizing.
ONE: Boundaries are important.
One of my organizer friends said it best: “they come for the president, and stay for you.” This is so true. Volunteers come to your organization because they connect to your cause or candidate. People end up staying because they …
Apr 29, 2012
I previously wrote a post reaffirming that young feminism is thriving. Recently I have had the chance to meet and work alongside young reproductive justice advocates that are leading by example and fighting for the rights of their friends and peers. Here are some suggestions to help others who are wondering, what can I do to help foster the next generation of leaders?
PS – I should have added — STOP asking me if young people care about social justice issues. They do, o.k.? Stop asking me already.
Dec 3, 2013
Is the lack of female characters in Dr. Jekyll and Mr, Hyde odd?
No, of course not!
The lack of female characters in the book is not odd at all considering the time period in which the story takes place. The setting is London sometime during the 1800’s. During that time period, women were not respected as they are in today’s society. The only time women had jobs were if they were a schoolteacher or a maid, in addition to being a mother and housekeeper. Women were …
Dec 1, 2013
As the school semester comes to a close and I’m forced to go back through my notes and study for finals, I’m really thankful that I decided to sign up for my women’s studies class that examines women and the ways they’ve influenced comedy. Any class that focuses solely on the accomplishments of women and the ways they’ve been historically oppressed is a “must take” in my book because I think it’s important for all of us to know how certain people in our society have been marginalized. That …
Nov 15, 2013
So, what do you all think about this?
According to this article, LGBTQ activist from Salt Lake City, Utah, anti-bullying laws among LGBTQ kids can “out” them, which could lead to increase bullying among peers and possible abandonment and rejection among family members. A new law in Utah mandates that schools notify parents when children are victims of bullying. Christine D’Arco, a lesbian from Salt Lake City, Utah mentions how much she was bullied during high school and how the trauma has lead to attempts of suicide. She …
Nov 1, 2013
In today’s society, it might be hard for you to determine exactly what a modern day hero would be. Currently, we don’t live in a time of knights slaying dragons or helpless maidens needing to be saved but I think the true heroes today are the ones who are making a difference by helping people and ending inequality. That is why I feel that Rachel Maddow is the perfect essence of a modern day hero.
Rachel’s story is incredibly inspiring because not only is she a woman and …
Oct 31, 2013
I recently got a job cleaning at a bearing store and, let me tell you, it is not easy. I work my tail off making that place as presentable as I can. After my first day, people complimented me on my work and said they saw a noticeable difference. The point is, the other day the president of the company comes in and told me I was doing a good job. He said he knew I’d be the right hire because he figured I’d “clean like a woman.” I …