Jan 25, 2013
This week is National No Name Calling Week. Some students at a school I teach at made an event on facebook and then did things around campus to bring awareness to the impact of bullying at school.
Some had students write things they have been called on pieces of paper and crumpled them up and threw them into the “box of insults”.
Others wrote compliments on post it notes and put them up around the entire school. Many were on lockers and students really loved the nice …
Jan 11, 2012
(Photo Credit http://www.gardasil.com/hpv)
In the US, it’s estimated that a majority (75%-80%) of men and women will be infected with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). With about 6 million new cases of genital HPV every year (there are over 30 genital HPV types) and a majority of these (about 74%) of them occurring in 15-24 year olds, the need for effective prevention programs directed to youth is crucial. The new HPV …
Mar 15, 2011
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Our motto is PLUR: Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. We borrow this philosophy from the hippies. Our drug culture stems directly from the 1960′s, just with new lingo. We brought back the sexual revolution of second wave feminism. Or so I thought.
Yeah it’s a blog urging rave ladies to stand up for respect, maybe it’s just unclear. Feel free to edit it. A picture like this?
We wear outrageous, themed lingerie costumes. We wear rainbow bikinis, fuzzy leg-warmers, …
Feb 17, 2011
In Portland we’ve seen a little of the anti-abortion activism that goes on in this country, but only a small amount. I remember driving by the empty space on Martin Luther King Boulevard where a Planned Parenthood was going to be put in and seeing a small group of people protesting with their picket signs. And from time to time I would also see them on Fremont and 15th, near an already opened Planned Parenthood. This was already scary enough to me, to see people simply protesting …
Dec 22, 2010
This blog post is meant to help deflate and hopefully answer some of the tricky questions surrounding cheating. No for those who might be a little lost, I am not talking about cheating as in the "hiding an ace in your sleeve", or "having insider information." I am talking about relationships and my views around the ideas of physical, mental, emotional cheating.
I have had this conversation with a number of people in my life (some of these people have been people I have dated) and each person seems to …
Dec 15, 2010
It’s time to start talking seriously about sex. No mind you I do consider myself a kind of expert in this field and so some of what I say next may or may not apply to your life. It is important however to begin to talk about all the taboos we see in sex. When was the last time a conversation about "tossed salads" went well?
A warning, this post may not be for all audiences.
Sep 11, 2009
My name is Ernesto Dominguez my friends call me “E”. I am a 21-year-old youth living in Portland, Oregon. I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and grew up in the beautiful city of Salt Lake. If I had to define my sexual orientation today, I would say Queer; I tend to mostly just think of myself as a sexual being that is attracted to other sexual beings. If I had to define my gender identity today, I would say I consider myself cisgendered, but also gender queer. At its …
Jul 28, 2009
(CNN) – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, setting up a final confirmation vote by the Senate.
The committee’s 13-6 vote was mostly on partisan lines, with one Republican joining the panel’s Democrats in sending the nomination to the full Senate.
At least five Republican senators have announced their intention to support Sotomayor, making confirmation by the Democratic-controlled Senate a virtual certainty.
Jul 28, 2009
New Media Town Hall
First up was a town hall discussion about the importance of using new media (blogs, twitter, facebook, myspace, google groups etc) to organize our community and simultaneously change the views about Latinos in “mainstream” media. A panel of experts (one of which was our very own Ariel Cerrud, peer resource educator and talented speaker) delved into the idea that any person, in any place can use new media as a voice for themselves and their community. One panelist urged the importance of “starting …
Jul 26, 2009
After spending the morning looking for a place to have breakfast that wasn’t 1. very expensive or 2. had a long wait line we finally settled on Starbucks (ironically one of the major sponsors for NCLR) we arrived for an opening check-in with the Lideres staff.
A “breakthrough improv” performance welcomed us to the second day of the summit and after a few jokes and laugh we moved to our first workshop. This time I chose “Mobilizing youth in 2009: Your Role in the Path to Immigration …
Jul 26, 2009
In reflection to Sarah’s Post, here is my account of the first day in Chicahho
The conference was very organized and there were plenty of people walking around to make sure that
Mar 5, 2009
(Sarah, this is for you)
So lets see, thinking about to high school, (it really wasn’t that long ago, but does still feel like it) one sex education class seems to stick in my head the most. I remember one year that our class was separated into two classrooms, “Boys” in one classroom and “Girls” in another. Mind you, no one actually asked about gender and just went by perceived sex. Once in our respective classrooms we were bombarded with information about how our bodies are changing, where we …
Oct 14, 2008
Today I had a short, but none the less interesting discussion with my boyfriend about family. We’ve talked about this before a bit, but today it came up while he was writing a college paper on family communication (or something to that nature). He was telling me about what the definition of family is, and how this definition is truly based mainly in ones own experience.
Take for instance a youth that comes from a "privileged" home. This youth comes from a home with both a Father (masculine/aggressive figure) and …
Oct 8, 2008
Watch it and spread the word, "like the herpes for good"
Oct 8, 2008
A message to think about? Please Read!
I recently was looking through some messages and I found this bulliten from someone I know. I am curious as to what others think about this…Please respond.
So, the other day I got into a conversation with a co-worker of mine about the idea of some people having their free speech "limited" (which is a nice way of saying "bullied out of") by neo-yuppie, overly sensitive pansies who just can’t seem to let these pass.
She was talking about an old …
Oct 4, 2008
I had the pleasure of seeing Religulous last night with my boyfriend. Religulous is a documentary film directed by Larry Charles and starring American political comedian Bill Maher. This movie depicts a variety of world religions from the eyes of people who practice said religion, or people who practiced in the past.
Bill Maher takes a satirical and childlike eye to what these religions believe. He travels from "holy" location to "holy" location. Visiting places like Jerusalem, the Vatican (is it proper to capitalize "The Vatican"? Do …
Sep 13, 2008
The Advocates For Youth: Washington DC Retreat!
Right now DOZENS of activist youth from all over the country are gathered inside the Embassy suites hotel in downtown Washington DC talking about RIGHTS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY!
What are you doing today to support the lives and rights of youth?!