Monthly Archives: May 2017

Acts of Kindness suggested by 6 and 7 year olds

Acts of Kindness suggested by 6- and 7-year-old first graders at Chico Country Day school in California, published as illustrated kindness cards. I organized their suggestions by theme.

Family

Leave secret happy notes for your family for them to find around the house. Make breakfast in bed for your parents. Empty the dishwasher to giver your mom a break. Wait if your mom is talking: Be Patient. Help your dad and mom make a meal for your family to show you care about your family. Do your chores to make your mom and dad happy. Clean the bathroom. Help your parents with chores. Clean your room to help your parents out. Take care of your siblings. Play nice with your brothers and sisters. Read a book to a family member or friend.

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Neighborhood

Bring in a neighbor’s trash can or help weed their yard or pick up dog poop. Get a friend and organize a neighborhood cleanup. Clean up garbage in your neighborhood. Put on gloves and get dirty. Help a neighbor in their garden.

 

School

Organize an all-school clean. Donate balls and hula-hoops to the school. Pick up trash at your school

 

Environment

Turn off the lights when you’re not using them. It is kind for the earth. Make a compost pile. Use containers that can be used again in your lunchbox. . Buy recycled materials like clothing. Grow an organic garden to grow healthy food. Start a community garden. Plant a tree to help the earth.

 

The poor, sick and elders

Make a card for a person in a retirement home or visit and sing them songs. Send a card to your grandma. Send postcards to children in the hospital.

Make lemonade stand and donate the money to help people buy food. Collect socks for the homeless.

Donate old toys to children who don’t have any. Donate money to those in need.

Donate canned food to a homeless shelter.

 

Animals

Collect pet supplies for the Humane Society. Rescue a pet from a shelter. Make a bird feeder. Take your dog for a walk. Play with your dog.

 

Random acts of kindness

Bake cookies for someone. Smile. Write a poem for someone. Or draw a picture. Give someone flowers. Say please and thank you.

Hold a door open for someone.

Donate clothes that are too small for you. Donate books to the library

Help someone learn something new. Share your expertise.

Volunteer.

Give our compliments to your friends.

 

Black Lives Matter Platform (& Resources)

An umbrella of over 50 BLM organizations released a platform calling for racial justice, titled “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, & Justice.” [i] The website includes many position briefs including a section on “An Immediate End to the Criminalization and Dehumanization of Black Youth Across All Areas of Society Including, but Not Limited to, Our Nation’s Justice and Education Systems, Social Service Agencies, Media, and Pop Culture.” Part of its global intersectionality, the platform supported the Palestinian struggle against the “apartheid state” of Israel, along with the BDS movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel.

[i] https://policy.m4bl.org

Chinese and Japanese Gender-Bending Bands

Japanese entertainers and fashionistas experiment with gender-bending in their clothes and makeup, including androgynous boy bands.[i] Acrush is a similar group of five young women who dress like boys, intended to replace the South Korean bands that were unofficially banned by Beijing in 2016. A promoter explained, “there are so many androgynous-looking girls these days, we thought they would be more relatable.” [ii]One of the singers said, “My family has always thought that girls should look and act like girls. But for my generation, we think: My life is my own life.”

[i] Jennifer Robertson, “Japan’s Gender-Bending History,” The Conversation, February 28, 2017.

http://theconversation.com/japans-gender-bending-history-71545

[ii] Amy Qin, “The 5 ‘Handsome Girls’ Trying to be China’s Biggest Boy Band,” New York Times, May 20, 2017.

 

Dangal, a feminist Bollywood film?

Going against the grain of Bollywood movies where a happy marriage is featured, Dangal (2016) became very popular in both India, China, and around the world. Based on a true story, it tells about an Indian wrestler and coach who trained his two daughters to be champions after they beat up guys who harassed them. The girls cut their hair short like a boy in a country where most women like long hair. Daughter Geeta Phogat is fact won a gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and qualified for the Olympic Games. The Hindi language film was produced by the Walt Disney Company India. The government encouraged viewing the film as part of its campaign to educate girls and prevent femicide, but some criticized the film for featuring the father’s fulfillment of his dream to be a champion through his daughters.

Ugandan Girls Need Textbooks says 15-Year-old

Teen to Headmaster: Girls Need Their Own Textbooks

By: Moureen Kisakye7 hours ago

From our partner Women In Leadership Uganda

When I was 11 years old, my school days were hard like rocks because even if it rained cats and dogs I had to leave very early for school to be there for 7 a.m. Hunger and canes were my daily friends. We were hit with sticks for many different reasons: for being late, for not wearing the right socks, for dirty uniforms, for not finishing work. When we came late, we were told by our beloved teachers that “latecomers eat bones.” We were also hit for not putting on the proper school uniform at the school campus. Our teachers used to tell us that “You are caned because we want you to improve your academic performance.”

I also had to run barefoot the 20 kilometers (more the 12 miles) to and from school since my parents are poor like church mice and couldn’t afford shoes. This isn’t unusual in Uganda.

The transition into high school  wasn’t easy. I was a boarding student and made sure to sit in front so I could understand what the teacher was teaching, especially during mathematics and physics lessons.

At this level the studies were more complicated but the shortage of textbooks made the situation extreme. Especially for the girls in the class. One day, a mathematics teacher sent students for textbooks. He ordered the student to bring 50 books even though the class had 78 students. Boys were given one book each and girls were given one book on each desk. This meant that we girls had to share one book between four people while the boys read individually. After reading, the boys disturb the girls by taking our books from us. This practice is causing some of the female students to lose interest in their studies.

I don’t want to drop out of school. I want to become a doctor. At school I spend a lot of time on my science classes, including biology, chemistry and physics. But how am I supposed to study and learn and beat the boys in my class if I only get one quarter of a textbook to learn from?

This essay serves as my plea to the directors, headmaster and staff: Please buy more books and distribute them evenly among the students. I can’t help our people who suffer from malaria and diabetes unless you help me learn.

This story is part of Teen Voices at Women’s eNews. In 2013 Women’s eNews retained the 25-year-old magazine Teen Voices to continue and further its mission to improve the world for female teens through media. Teen Voices at Women’s eNews provides online stories and commentary about issues directly affecting female teens around the world, serving as an outlet for young women to share their experiences and views. Learn More.

ABOUT MOUREEN KISAKYE

Moureen Kisakye, 15, is a student at Townside High School in Busembatia, Uganda.

http://womensenews.org/2017/05/teen-to-headmaster-girls-need-their-own-textbooks/

Democracy Uprisings Led by Global Youth, a new book by Gayle Kimball

Democracy Uprisings Led by Global Youth

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

Fall 2017 publication

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Who are Global Youth Activists?

Chapter 2: Recent Youth Revolutions Began in the Middle East

Chapter 3: Egypt’s 18-Day Revolution

Chapter 4: Turkey’s Gezi Park

Chapter 5: The Wave of European Uprisings

Chapter 6: Russia’s White Ribbon Movement

Chapter 7: China Human Rights Vs. The Party

Chapter 8: Prefigurative Movements in Latin America

Chapter 9: Youth Uprisings In North America

Other Books by the Author

50/50 Marriage (Beacon Press)

50/50 Parenting (Lexington Books)

Ed. Women’s Culture (Scarecrow Press)

Ed. Women’s Culture Revisited. (Scarecrow Press, 2005)

The Religious Ideas of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Edwin Mellen Press.

Essential Energy Tools book and 3 videos. (Equality Press)

21st Century Families: Blueprints for Family-Friendly Workplaces,

Schools and Governments. (Equality Press)

The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press)

Ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality

Press)

How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce (Equality Press)

Ed., Quick Healthy Recipes: Literacy Fundraiser (Equality Press)

Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success (Equality Press)

Ageism in Youth Studies: A Maligned Generation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

 Global Youth Values Transforming Our Future (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Tactics and Goals for Changemaking

Brave: The Global Girls’ Revolution

Being a Minority University Student

2% of youth in the US are people of color, about twice as many as in the Baby Boomer generation. If you’re a student of color, the website in the endnote provides resources including organizations, scholarships, and rights. Amasha describes how she copes being one of the 2% of African American students in a California university in a YouTube video of a radio interview from my “Ask Dr. Gayle” radio show (along with a Chicano convict) about surviving in a hostile environment. https://youtu.be/i897g0yaqLw
Like Alexis, Amasha finds support in a campus organization for students of color.
Alexis is the co-chair of her campus National Organization of Negro Women chapter at a PWI—predominantly white institution/college in Washington, D.C. She recommends that students of color find the multicultural center on campus and spend time there to relax with people who look like you and talk like you. You can take your armor off in this kind of environment and don’t have to explain yourself. It’s tiring to be the token person of color in class, the student that people ask to explain current events like Black Lives Matter. Since the Trump election as president, she faced increased racism, like being called the “N” word by another student on campus. More subtle microagressions are comments from friends like, “You don’t sound black,” or “Why didn’t you go to Howard University?” (a traditionally African American college). She relies on the support of her mother’s family who believes in her and is proud to be black. Michele Obama provided another approach when she commented about diversity awareness, “Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable.”