Well, the purpose of this page is to make you aware of different political and social issues in the United States and around the world. You're probably saying to yourself, "Self, I'm only 12 years old, why should I care about political and social issues? They don't affect me." Well, you're never too young to know what's going on around the world. More often than not, politicians don't listen to young people. The reason for this is that most young people are not interested in what's going on. The more interested and active young people become, the greater the likelihood that politicians will have to listen to them.
*** Teacher's Note: I DO NOT endorse ANY organization with whom I provide a link for on this page. I am merely presenting you with the means to do your own research if you are interested in a particular cause or organization. If you know of an organization that does good work, or fights for a specific cause, and you think that I should add it to the list below, simply e-mail me a link to the organization's website, and I will check it out and decide whether or not it would be appropriate to add it.
One is Greather Than None (A charity based on Long Island)
For months, a group of 14 year-old girls talked about starting a charity. These eight girls were determined to make a difference in someone's life, but never seemed to agree on "who, what, where or how". They did however have the answer to the most important question. "Why?"
One of the girls saw an Oprah episode "The Little Boy Oprah Couldn't Forget" featuring children from Ghana, Africa, being sold for as little as $20 by their families, unknowingly, into a life of servitude. In April 2007, during a school break, the girls gathered to watch that Oprah episode. They were all heartbroken that something like this was actually happening in the world. Ghana was so far away but the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was making it possible for people to sponsor rescue missions that would save these trafficked children from a life of hard labor and abuse. They found out it would cost about $4300* to rescue one child. This would fund 2 ½ years of food, shelter, an education and love. Oprah urged everyone to reach inside themselves and find their potential to make even a small difference.
The Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) - A Long Island charity
The Interfaith Nutrition Network addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek our help. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization with a dedicated staff, a broad base of community support and a commitment to educate the public about these issues.
Make Trade Fair
Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to take back the streets from cars. The idea started in San Francisco in September 1992, and quickly spread to cities all over the world. Their website is the most complete guide to local Critical Mass sites around the globe.
Critical Mass has a very different flavor from city to city; there's a big variety in size, respect of traffic laws (or lack thereof), interaction with motorists, and intervention by police. Visit the Critical Mass Hub Website if you want to know more about Critical Mass.
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting is the national media watch group offering well-documented criticism in an effort to correct bias and imbalance. FAIR focuses public awareness on the narrow corporate ownership of the press, the media's allegiance to official agendas and their insensitivity to women, labor, minorities, and other public interest constituencies. FAIR seeks to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater media pluralism and the inclusion of public interest voices in national debates.
Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and empowering young people to change their world.
The Rainbow/Push Coalition
The RPC is a progressive organization fighting for social change. As a mighty coalition of conscience; workers, women and people of color have the power to make the American Dream a Reality!
National Organization for Women
The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been "to take action" to bring about equality for all women. Both the actions NOW takes and its position on the issues are often unorthodox, uncompromising and ahead of their time.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The Truth is dedicated to exposing the truth about tobacco so that people can have all of the information necessary to make up their minds for themselves.