Monthly Archives: July 2016

Black Teen Asks for Peaceful Protests

After Cameron Sterling’s father Alton was shot by white police in Baton Rouge in July 2016, Cameron (age 15) became a spokesperson for peaceful protests, asking people to protest “the right way, with peace, no violence what so ever.” He asked people of all races to “come together as one united family.”[i]



Millennials Aren’t Lazy and Selfish

Tech journalist Ryan McCready countered the common criticisms of Millennials in the US in an article titled, “Millenials Don’t Suck, You’re Just Old and Hate Change.” [i] He pointed out they’ve innovated new ways to “live, love, and work,” including himself. He characterizes his generation as “entrepreneurial, resilient, accepting and charitable,” able to change quickly to match the rapidly changing world around them. They have to deal with the recession and unemployment rate double that of people over 30 so that 20% live in poverty. Pushed to be entrepreneurial by the economy, two-thirds want to start their own business rather than rise up the ranks of an established business. They create companies at twice the rate of Gen Xers and Boomers did when they were young adults.

They’re not lazy, according to McCready. Technology keeps them always checking on work emails, but they like flexible work hours so they can balance work and life. They’re more likely to have a college degree than older generations, almost half of the graduates studied in the STEM fields, burdened by large student debts. All these influences delay traditional adult actions such as moving out from their parents’ home, getting married, having children, and buying homes. They also stay home longer because many consider them best friends and talk daily. Although McCready thinks relationships are their priority, it doesn’t require marriage partly because many of their parents divorced. They care more about being good parents. His statements are corroborated in many studies I’ve read.

Ryan McCready, “Millenials Don’t Suck, You’re Just Old and Hate Change,” Venngage, May 17, 2016.

[i] Ryan McCready, “Millennials Don’t Suck, You’re Just Old and Hate Change,” Venngage, May 17, 2016.

Millennials Don’t Suck, You’re Just Old and Hate Change [Infographic]

how to organize and win an environmental battle


These suggestions come from Dolores Blalock who successful led environmental struggles on Oahu and in Northern Louisiana.



  1. RESEARCH: Spend at least three weeks day and night doing online research on all aspects of your topic. Keep a list of your main sources. Put these on a chart for your future use and others.


  1. WRITE UP RESEARCH: Write in a readable non-technical style. Explain the background, current situation, and the dangers.


  1. LOCATE THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYER FOR YOUR FIELD. This is important. Start at the top with the lawyers in place to give advice first before starting the group and the struggle. Must locate a dedicated person who is willing to help you for free because he or she sees the importance. Need a specialist in environmental law. A top ten school background is helpful. Washington DC location is helpful.   Earthjustice is a top- of-the-line organization. But locate the lawyer by name who has won the most cases in the area that you need. This person’s name may surface in the course of your research.


You will need three lawyers: 1) Lawyer in Washington DC. 2)
Environmental attorneys in the largest city in your state. 3) Also a local attorney who is aligned with your cause. All provide guidance at various times. Seek out these people. They are essential.


  1. WRITE FOR MEDIA: Know How to Write for Media or work with a person trained in media and public relations.   Or learn the following fast:

How to write a press release.

How to sell through advertising: Target Audience, Benefits, and Selling Points.

How to write a Print Ad and flyer. Work with a graphic designer on the flyers.

How to write a TV ad.


Make out your media list state wide and nationally…include names and e-mails and phone numbers.


Work with your state Press Bureau. Learn how to send out statewide press releases to print, radio and TV quickly. Be prepared to pay the cost for this. (Around $250 or more for all three mediums).


Get to know the best reporters working on the largest papers. Provide them with information.

You must know how to write a formal business letter and official memos and how to write a research report.


If you can locate an editor of a specialized newspaper who is aligned with your struggle, pay attention. Write articles for that paper to get the word out.





  1. CONNECT WITH OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS. STATE AND NATIONA. Do this once you have your message together. Speak on their conference calls. Just as you did with the attorney, start by working with at least one influential and knowledgeable person, very experienced, in the national group. This person provides advice, guidance and contacts. Have this person help you force the offending organization put all relevant documents to the problem up on their site online available for everyone to use for research nationally.


  1. SOCIAL MEDIA. Set up a FACEBOOK site and put your research on it. NOTE:   a lot of the preceding work happens before the grass roots group is organized and put into action.


  1. CALL A MEETING: Get local people in the room. Book the large library conference room to start. ORGANIZE THESE PEOPLE. Have regular meetings. Communicate by conference calls and e-mails between meetings.


  1. HAVE AN AGENDA. GET VOLUNTEERS. ORGANIZE INTO ACTION GROUPS. Get media contacts from people in this group…and from the environmental groups you are working with state and nationally.






Send this to your main reporter contact. Send it to your local legal contact. Send it to one compatible local state Representative. Realize this information may be leaked in some way. That’s fine.


  1. ATTRACT Ph.D. scientists to your group. When these people show up to meetings, pay attention. They will be people who live in the threatened area. They will help with understanding the technical aspects of the problem.


  1. LOCATE CONSULTANTS AND EXPERTS IN DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM. These people will live in the threatened area. Track them down through the writing on the Internet and through times when they are mentioned in the local newspapers talking about the topic. Call and interview them to learn. Invite them to meetings.


  1. SPEAK AT COMMUNITY MEETINGS CALLED ON THE TOPIC. SPEAK BEFORE GROUPS OF CHURCH LEADERS AND ANY GROUPS THAT MIGHT HELP YOUR CAUSE. Provide flyers and informational handouts for them to share with their groups. You need to be a good speaker. You need to be unafraid to put influential people on the spot in public. Have research handouts available for the audience. Make yourself available for TV news interviews.


  1.  REALIZE YOU ARE IN A WAR.  A BATTLE. Your life and time will not be business as usual.  If you are leading a struggle that involves life and death, illness or health for an entire region you need to accept this and acquire the tunnel vision and focus that this requires.  This is not optional.


  1. REALIZE EACH PERSON STEPS IN TO CONTRIBUTE WHAT HE OR SHE KNOWS. Each person in your group will contribute their specialty. The structure will evolve naturally this way. Prepare to be amazed.





Turkey’s President is Sexist

Women were very offended when Turkey’s Erdogan said that a childless woman is half a woman and that they should have three children. In 2016 he said that using birth control is treason,” a follow up of his statement on International Women’s Day that a woman is “above all else a mother.” As well as a ban on birth control, his government proposed limiting abortion and caesarean sections. Two years previously Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that women shouldn’t laugh in public, so women tweeted with photos of themselves laughing. Women that I spoke with in Turkey in June 2016 were outraged at his comments, called him the Dictator.

A Chinese teen comments on current issues

“Wendy” commented in emails on my chapter about gender roles in China for my book-in-progress about global young women’s issues and activism.

I ‘m 14 years old. Actually I came to Canada to study because of one of the stupid policy of China. Chinese government don’t allow students who are not born in Beijing study in Beijing. I wasn’t born in Beijing but I moved their when I was one years old. During the time I was in Beijing, we pay the duty as Beijing citizens, we do the same thing as Beijing people. But the government still don’t allow me to study there. And, I don’t want to go back to my hometown because my hometown is poor in education. I mean, they don’t have good teachers, they still beat students if they make mistake just like ancient time. I don’t like that so I decided to study abroad. My mom was going to let me study abroad when I was still in primary school, but for some reason, she gave up. Anyway, I decided to study abroad. At first, Canada is not my first choice. America was. Since I want to go to university in the US, I much prefer to read high school in the US. But father said America is not safe and I choose Canada instead! I feel really lucky to choose Canada. I’ve met super nice friends and teachers and I love them!!!


love it! You got everything correct. You even find out about the accident happened in Tiananmen Square(Page 27 and 29). I mean, we do learn that in history, buy we didn’t learn that in details. We only know that it was a student repel and nothing else.

As for the Mao and Deng part on page 27, in China, many people say that Deng has many disagreements with Mao, their thoughts are sometimes opposite from each other.  Do you remember the ten years disaster( in China we call it Wen Hua Da Ge Ming)? This Ten Years Disaster was terrible. Many people died because of hunger and illness. The government that time was busy doing other stuff which is “doing business and make our life better” (government equals to Mao). In history course, we didn’t learn that much about that because the government don’t want us to know that much truth.

The TV show and other media part (page 34) is truly right. In China, the reason for not letting Chinese people use Face Book is there are violent stuff and sexual stuff on Face Book. However, when I came to Canada, I found that the true reason for not let using it  is the news on Face Book (and Twitter as well) make them look bad. All Chinese people know news in China does not tell the truth. All of the news are useless. Chinese government also block many webs and apps. The more media they block, the more curious Chinese people are.

On page 2, the numbers of women who works in the government make me think of a women who used to be on the top of the Chinese government. I forgot her name but I remembered she’s nearly the minister of China. However, unluckily, she was killed my her enemy right before the big election. She was a very important figure at that time, many Chinese women see her as a model.

The One Child Policy on page 4 the bottom part about abandon baby girls seems scary…… Actually parents in urban do not abandon babies, because most urban families have only two children, usually one boy and one girls. What’s more, they have better education and know more disadvantages about abandoning a baby. As for people lives in rural, they don’t abandon baby girls, instead they starve them because of the large number of children they have. Some people lives in rural places sometimes have six or more children! They are poor and that make them uneasy to raise a child. They care about boys more for boys could help them with work and their old ideas about how boys are important. Girls in rural area seems to live in a miserable life. They fight with hunger, with cold weather( their parents don’t give them thick clothes, thick clothes are for boys), with education problems( usually they could read in schools until Grade 9, their parents think girls should not get that much education and plus their parents can’t afford the fee, they have to charge education fee when they are Grade 10) and etc. But still, some girls from rural get the chance to learn and go to collage.

I laughed when I see the word “剩女”! This is a really hot word in China! That means women who can’t find a husband util 30 years old. Yes, some of these women has really bad tempers and some of them choose not to get married because they don’t want to. Women who choose not to married are women who are really strong( I mean in work) and very independent. Their are a famous saying ” I can prove that women CAN live without men” said by a famous female boss in China. She is very rich and really famous. Well, for me, I think women do need a man to talk about, we still need a man to express our feelings, or we will be really tired and grow old fast.

At page 17 bottom part and page 18 top few lines I read the violent problem in China. Violent problems in China are really serious, I think you should talk more one that. I think rural areas has more problems on that. Almost every women that lives in a rural area have been beaten by their husband. There was a news about a woman been hit by her husband. She has her eyes red, arms broken, nose bleeding and other hurts on her body. All of them came from her husband’s hand. How cruel is that?! How can he do that?! The woman stayed in hospital for about two months. During her staying in hospital, her husband came once and tried to beat her again, he said he’s going to kill her. She ran to the doctor’s office and ask for help, those doctors and nurses had to call the police to stop him. That man stayed in police station for a few days. Then later, the man was put in prison (I think he was put in prison…… if I didn’t forget). He was punished and criticised  by the society. Though this was a hot news in China at that time, violence still happen in China. Result shows over two third on violence problem in family came from the East of China. That is a rural area in China. There is a saying that says “do not marry a man comes from the East of China”. Man from that place seems to have violence in their gens, they can’t change that. As for sexual violence problem, that do happen in China. Still, most happens in rural areas. Because rural areas are quiet, far away from urban and fewer people, bad guys choose to do bad things their. Their are some hot news about that, I know one, I knew it on my social class when I was in China. There was a 12-year-old girl, her parents were very very busy so she often stays at home herself. She has a neighbour, a man around 50 years old. That man lives by himself. That man often see the girl stays at home alone and he had some bad ideas. One day, he sneak to the little girl’s house (how I don’t know) and assault on her. The girl was pregnant at the age of 12…… As for the bad man, the was put in prison for the rest of his life. Now, sexual violence problems have been better, the happening rate has become less comparing with before. I do hope we don’t have that kind of problem again……Many Chinese people skip the “blocking wall” and visit and web they want. Some people also sigh in Twitter and Face Book! But, if you got caught when you are “skipping”, you will get into trouble. I don’t know what kind of trouble is but it is terrible.