Monthly Archives: November 2016

Mexico: Interviews with Young People in Sonora

Mexico, November 2016

Video interviews with young people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLuXZ4u_cxM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZONHC6H4tmo

 

My impressions of Mexicans I meet in Guaymus, San Carlos and Hermosillo in November 2016 was they’re more present emotionally than people in the US, less shut down in their interactions with strangers. For example, one of my group of three had passport problems in Hermosillo and wasn’t allowed to board the plane. We went to rent a car to the border and the supervisor, around age 30, volunteered to drive us. When we couldn’t find a rental care agency open in Nogales, Lupe volunteered to drive us to the Tucson airport where we could rent a car to drive to Phoenix for our flight home. She only asked for gas money, but of course I thanked her appropriately. With Jed translating her answers to my questions about youth issues, she said the main problem is the bad education system. Corrupt officials syphon off money to schools, teachers can buy a position and not teach, and some teachers accept bribes to change student grades, etc. I heard from many that parents who can afford it send their children to private schools, but Lupe said there’s no large scale movement for education reform other than President Enrique Pena Nieto’s move to require teachers to take competency tests. Rosa told me that the tests were so difficult and not relevant that another version will be used in January 2017. Most people I talked with judged Pena Nieto to be corrupt and tied in with the narco gangs.

Lupe said another problem is young people want to grow up too fast and lack respect for authority, unlike when she was a teen and it just took a look from a parent to correct undesirable behavior. Parents would spank if the child persisted. She blames the youth attitude problem on less cohesive families as more women work outside the home, leading to less time with grandmothers and mothers. Abraham, 26, said in our video interview that his generation is different from older ones in that they don’t want to get married and settle down in their early 20s. Unmarried, he thinks 30 is a more reasonable age after traveling and enjoying his freedom.

About gender roles, Lupe said that machismo is still prevalent, even among men her husband’s age. Her husband helps with family work but reserves some decisions for the head of the household. A US expat told me it’s common for men to have mistresses and have children with them– his finance is one of those women. Lupe said the reputation of feminists is that they are promiscuous and wear sexy clothes. However, Ana Karina, age 16, said in our video interview that she became a feminist as a young girl when her mother wouldn’t let her play with her male cousins. Her mother doesn’t want her to date boys until she’s 18, so she spends time with friends cooking and eating. She’s also an avid reader and book collector who wants to teach literature. A 14-year-old said in our interview that she would like to be a teacher of young children. When asked about differences in her generation, she repeated the global answer of their technological knowledge.

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For those who are disturbed by the appointment of Stephen Bannon,  from an anonymous person. I wanted to share some information and a script I found helpful in calling representatives to express opposition to this (I had never called a representative before today, but have been reading that this is the most effective way to reach out, more so than emails, etc.), as well as a petition being circulated by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Petition:
https://www.splcenter.org/stephen-bannon-has-no-business-white-house#.WCnjd5ZcLK8.facebook

Information for calling representatives:

1. Call your Senators and Representatives to let them know that you want them to publicly denounce Steve Bannon’s appointment.

Find phone numbers for your Senators: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Find phone numbers for your House Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

For those in New York:

Kirsten Gillibrand: (202) 224-4451
Charles Schumer: (202) 224-6542
Charles Rangel: (202) 225-4365

Speaker Paul Ryan: (202) 225-3031 x6
(Note: I called this number and his voicemail was full, hopefully with similar calls)

Sample scripts:

For Democratic Senators and Representatives (except for Harry Reid, who has denounced the Bannon appointment):

Hello, my name is _____. I am a constituent, living in (address, district). I am horrified at the news of Trump appointing Steve Bannon, a white supremacist, as one of his closest advisors.

Does (legislator’s name) agree with Harry Reid that Bannon’s appointment sends a dangerous signal that white supremacists “will be represented at the highest levels” in Trump’s administration?

I am frightened by this (as a woman, as a Jewish person, as a Muslim person, as a black person, etc.) and I am asking (legislator’s name) to speak out against this appointment immediately, to make it clear that this is not acceptable. Can (legislator’s name) commit to standing with Harry Reid and speaking out publicly?

For Republican Senators and Representatives (except for Adam Schiff, CA, who has denounced the Bannon appointment):

Hello, my name is _____. I am a constituent, living in (address, district). I am horrified at the news of Trump appointing Steve Bannon, a white supremacist, as one of his closest advisors.

How does (legislator’s name) feel about this appointment? Does this appointment represent his/her views? I am frightened by this (as a woman, as a Jewish person, as a Muslim person, as a black person, etc.) and I am asking (legislator’s name) to speak out against this appointment immediately, to make it clear that this is not OK with mainstream Republicans. I believe that Bannon’s appointment sends a dangerous signal that white supremacists “will be represented at the highest levels” in Trump’s administration. Can (legislator’s name) commit to speaking out publicly against this appointment?

General tips on how to talk to your legislators: http://www.attn.com/…/former-congressional-staffer-explains…

Bannon’s appointment is not to a Cabinet seat that needs approval, but we can demand that they express their disgust. So far only Senator Harry Reid and California Representative Adam Schiff have publicly denounced Bannon’s appointment. Let’s put pressure on our elected representatives to join them.

2. Call Harry Reid and Adam Schiff’s offices to thank them for speaking out against Bannon’s appointment. They need to know that they have national support on this and that we value their bravery and moral fortitude.

Harry Reid: 202-224-3542
Adam Schiff: (202) 225-4176

3. Call Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s office and demand that he denounce Bannon’s appointment, using the Republican script above without stating that you are a constituent (unless you are).

Paul Ryan: (202) 225-3031 x6

Quick follow-up for those who want to contact Paul Ryan, since his DC voicemail is full. Here are his local office numbers:

Janesville office
20 South Main Street, Suite 10
Janesville, WI 53545
Toll-Free: 1-888-909-RYAN (7926)
Phone: (608) 752-4050
Fax: (608) 752-4711

Kenosha office
5031 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone: (262) 654-1901
Fax: (262) 654-2156

Racine office
216 6th Street
Racine, WI 53403
Phone: (262) 637-0510
Fax: (262) 637-5689

Ageism: Youth are an Ignored Resource

Ageism: Youth are an Ignored Resource

You’re invited to critique chapters of interest before the book is published.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

       Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 Ageist Scholars Ignore Youth

Chapter 2: The Maligned Generation

Chapter 3: Anxious and Depressed

Chapter 4: The Narcissism Debate

Appendices: Resources for Global Youth Studies

Appendix 1: Appendix 1 Global Youth SpeakOut Survey Results

Appendix 2 Films About Young People

Appendix 3 Internet Global Youth Resources

Appendix 4 Large Global Surveys of Youth

Appendix 5 Academic Research on Youth

Appendix 6 Books About Global Youth and Youth in the Middle East