PAX

Spring Edition 2014

My Fellow PAX Readers!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer vacation so far! I would like to introduce myself as your new PAX editor for the upcoming year. I am hoping to continue the traditions of PAX while also bringing forth fun new changes to PAX magazine next school year and would love for you to all be involved. If you don’t know already, PAX has newly joined Twitter and Facebook so that you will easily be able to keep up with the progress of PAX.

This summer, I would like to encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and become mindful of the social justice issues that are continuously ongoing in our world. For instance, acclaimed writer and poet Maya Angelou recently died at the age of 86. Throughout the United States some have called this much admired woman, "the voice of a generation" for her impacting contributions not only during the Civil Rights Movement but also throughout her entire life span.

In my opinion, Maya Angelou represents a great deal of what PAX stands for. Through her lasting influence to literature and beyond, she pushed for peace, education, and equality. Therefore, I challenge you, PAX readers, to remember Maya Angelou and her drive for justice as you embark on your own summer adventures. I look forward to hearing about your personal journeys and experiences come fall!

I hope you enjoy this issue of PAX and I would like to thank our contributors as well as Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio for her assistance with this issue. As well as former editor, Aislinn Shevlin and all of her contributions to PAX.

Peace,

CaraJean Robertson

Solidarity
Thursday, January 30th, 2014

 

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

To Editor:

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

  There are two types of globalization; that which involves the market and the other that involves production.  Globalization of markets refers to the merging of historically distinct and separate national markets into one huge global market.  Globalization of production on the other hand, refers to the “sourcing of goods and services from locations around the globe to take advantage of national differences in the cost and quality of factors of production; such as labor, energy, land and capital” (Hill).  It is safe to say that the current standing of the world can owe its debts to globaliz

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Currently across the whole world, the topic of homosexuality is being discussed. As we sleep there are people working to protect the rights of homosexuals.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Women are the victims of a system that sees them as a renewable and expendable resource. Because they are not seen as fully contributing and capable members of society, they are exploited with the mentality that their worth must be extracted.

 

Economic Exploitation

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

To Editor:

            In the United States we have many laws and corporations such as, the U.S Department of Labor, which were put in place to protect children as well as adults in the work place. There are laws that restrict business and corporations from employing children of certain ages and also their wages and working conditions. These different laws help keep children safe in the United States so they won’t be forced to work in sweatshops. But, should these laws apply to United States corporations that outsource labor to third world countries to have their product made?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Water pollution is a serious problem both nationally and globally. Toxins, heavy metals, and other pollutants can affect the taste, appearance, and most importantly, the safety of a community’s water supply. In the United States, in the city of Maywood, California, there are serious issues with water contamination that local governing bodies are attempting to rectify. There has been a great deal of press coverage about this community and the struggles it has had with cleaning up their water, and the local government has been transparent about legislation related to this issue.

Martha's Place Mural
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Claribel Alegria and her poem “I Am Mirror” takes a direct look at the social injustice and human right violations happening in Central America.  This poem is very powerful considering Alegria’s background and history of living in El Salvador at a time when the country was plagued with corruption and inhumanity.

Belize Mission
Friday, January 31st, 2014
Thursday, June 5th, 2014

There is constant debate on the legality of abortion and if it should be allowed or not. The truth is no matter where you stand morally on the issue, illegal abortion is unsafe abortion. Around the world, in countries where abortion is illegal, it remains a leading cause of maternal death. An estimated 68,000 women worldwide die each year from unsafe abortions (National Abortion Federation). Women should be allowed to make their own decision on the issue and be able to have safe access to quality healthcare.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
We are One

I suppose what it all comes down to is this:

We are universal.

We are one in the same.

We smile once -- and then know no translator could cross any language barrier like that.
PAX
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Hello PAX Readers!

I hope you enjoy this issue as you prepare for Spring Break (even though it's still winter) and that you can engage with social justice issues on your vacations.  Whether you're on an Immersion trip abroad or catching beads at a Mardi Gras parade, you can make an impact just by increasing your own awareness of issues around you.  

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Touching down in this foreign country, I was ready to help you

You were the one who needed new clothes and toys,
You were the one who needed a new house, one that wasn’t built with mud and sticks.
You were the one who needed a tooth brush, for the few teeth you had left,
You were the one who needed pity, raising four boys in a hut.
You were the village that needed running water and electricity,
You were the one who needed help.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

After witnessing inhumane atrocities directed towards specific religious and ethnic groups during the Holocaust and the Second World War, humanitarians, religious figures, and political figures across the world were adamant about not enduring more of these hardships and “violations of human dignity” (Glendon, Loc 91). Consequently, the human rights project was initiated by the Allies of the United Nations to provide consolation to the countries and groups of people that had been significantly impacted by the World War. Thus, the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was started. As a whole the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “aimed at prevention” of violating or disregarding human rights (Glendon, Loc 111). However, the creators were posed with question of precisely what the document was protecting. With an early foundation of natural rights composed by previous philosophical thinkers, the writers believed the Declaration should contain civil, political, economic and social liberties.

Friday, January 31st, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Malala Yousafzai before, prepare to be amazed.  So far she’s become the youngest nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize and she’s won other humanitarian awards for her human rights activism and promotion of female education.  She’s taken on the Taliban and was shot in the face, almost fatally, for it. She’s addressed the United Nations and she’s now a published author.  Oh, did I mention she’s sixteen?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Throughout my service experience, I have learned a variety of different things. First, I know that there is a little Shakespeare in everyone, no matter how young or old. Second, children can teach important lessons to adults just as much as adults to children. Third, imaginations are gifts every child receives, but most of the time, puts aside even at early ages. Fourth, I realize that even second graders like video games. Finally, even though you don’t mean you, you always, always get attached to your students.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The definitions of the American family and of the nuclear family are changing. In the past, the typical family in theory consisted of a working father, a stay at home mother and, of course, well-rounded children. Today, less than 20 percent of American families fit into this cookie cutter image.  American households have never been more diverse. (Natalie Angier New York Times article).

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Spring Hill College’s mission statement states: “Forming leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice, and service for life.” I take pride in going to my community service area every week. It gives me a sense of joy and happiness to know that I am helping others and influencing them in a positive way.

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Beautiful baby boy
You are perfect
You are innocent
You can do no wrong
Beautiful little boy
Rebellious as can be
Confused and unsure
Of your heart
Beautiful young man
They tell you who to love
They tell you it's a choice
Beautiful young man
They tell you are wrong
You're sick
They say
A chemical imbalance
You can't love him
They tell you
Beautiful young man
They tell you
You are wrong
Stand up and tell them
Beautiful young man
They are wrong...

 

Friday, January 31st, 2014
I have been volunteering at ESL, English as a Second Language since I began attending Spring Hill College in August of 2012.  I am 75% Cuban, born and raised in Miami, so not surprisingly, Spanish was my first language.  Since I am familiar with both languages, I was placed in the foundations teaching class, an introductory to English. I can translate easily and I do it in a way that the students can understand since I know exactly how difficult it can be.
Friday, February 28th, 2014

 

They watched in unseen thought from their seats in Abney Park, both reflecting on the goals they had spent their lives working toward. Neither had seen those goals achieved in their lifetime, but others had picked up where they left and their work carried on long after they died.

“However long it took, it seems your vision eventually became reality,” the one on the right remarked.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

I love to help out a friend
Bringing kindness to a limit of no end
Like a rose that illuminates beauty
I illuminate my charm through my duty
Seeing their smiles shine so bright
Opens up a new chapter in life
Take care of someone in need
Plant seeds here and there
Let them grow everywhere
Because my seed has been planted
Growing everywhere it is wanted

PAX
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Hello PAX Readers,

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

To me, compassion is the realization that something is wrong with someone else, or the realization of a need that someone else has, and a want to help that person. During my participation in the day of compassion, I worked to act in this way, a compassionate way, with everyone I came in contact with. The compassionate acts began in the morning while I was getting coffee in Java City. The person in front of me in line was short on badger bucks after they ordered their coffee, so I pitched in and bought their coffee for them. Later that day, a friend asked me if I would wait and have lunch with them after their class so they wouldn’t have to eat alone. Instead of eating lunch when I got out of class, I opted to have a late lunch with her so that she would have company and not have to eat alone. At work that day, one of the secretaries called in sick, leaving the other secretary to have to finish all of the commencement mail outs by the end of the day on her own. I decided to stay late at work that day to help the secretary finish all the packets, so that they would be mailed out by the deadline. When a service group came around to my dorm “dorm storming” I gave them a donation to help their cause.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Yes, I lied.  You caught me.
I lied to you when I asked you for money on the street today.
I lied when I told you I had to pay eight dollars to stay at the homeless shelter.
And yes, I lied when I said that I came to this city a month ago.
And yes, I lied when I told you that I have a steady job during the day. 


But you know what I’ve never lied about?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

             Throughout the wars in the Balkans, there was a lot of movement. Refugees were brought out of their city and into different countries. Families moved out of the chaos of the war and into safe places. Teens and young men left their country to avoid being demanded in the military. Although many people moved from their houses to safer land, not everyone returned. The population is dwindling in the Balkans, and not only from the war, but also from the aftermath of the war. Today, many young professionals seek their jobs elsewhere. They believe that bigger and better jobs are out there for them. Many people have also seemed to lose hope, and believe their country is not progressing fast enough. People are frustrated with their country and have either moved or are thinking of moving because of this frustration. There seems to be a general loss of hope in the country, and with loss of hope comes no real reason to stay in the former Yugoslavia.

            When the war first began, there were many young people who left their countries because they were thinking about their careers. Over 500,000 young professionals left Serbia during the war in order to escape from being in the army (1).  They did not want to have to serve in the war, but rather wanted to finish their own studies, or continue with their career. These young professionals fled to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa if they were trying to seek a permanent home. They also stayed in Europe, and moved to other European countries. Many young professionals fled to Germany if they were looking for a temporary job (3). In 1994, Brian Casey was the current Canadian consul in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. At this time, he said that he received between one to two hundred applications for emigration every day, and had granted around 6,000 permanent visas that year (3). This was the amount of people who were just trying to leave to get to Canada. This happened in many other countries as well. Casey stated in the New York Times, “We’re getting applications from well-educated, highly qualified people” (3). Countries naturally have problems with keeping citizens, but usually this problem is with less educated people who try and make a better life for themselves elsewhere. There becomes a problem when the college educated citizens look elsewhere to find a job. It creates a huge problem with the economy of that country. There are less professionals to do the jobs that should be done by an highly educated person. What happens to a country that cannot keep the doctors, lawyers, bankers, and the businessmen? It throws off the balance. During the war, people began to realize that their lives would be safer and they have better opportunities in other countries so they left and never came back.

Akeem
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Compassion is something that can be defined in many ways, and may differ depending on the person or the environment that they are in. If someone is brought up in a compassionate home and is constantly shown love and care, then they might be more likely to show compassion as they grow older. I was lucky enough to have very compassionate parents who taught me how to care and be compassionate to everyone no matter what.

            Exercising compassion is a challenge that I did not realize was so hard to do. There are many parts of my day that I had to be very cautious of as I tried to complete this task. I’m a pretty good morning person, and I usually wake up in a good mood. That wasn’t an issue at all. It wasn’t hard for me to be nice to my roommates, help people with their problems, or even do things that I did not want to do. No. The problems arose in the smallest of things that I would not have imagined.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

            In John Tirman’s book, The Deaths of Others, he discusses what he deems to be a disturbing trait of American citizens. He goes to great lengths to show a historical context, many examples relevant to today’s political climate, and some of the deeply-rooted reasons for this discussed trait. The problem that Tirman brings to readers through his book is the problem of a cold indifference that dominates the American society in response to the atrocious acts that have taken place in American wars and military interventions. Tirman offers readers the thesis that the general indifference to the atrocities of war is a distinctly American characteristic that has roots in the country’s history and origins. He provides a basis, or argument, for this thesis by providing readers with a history of American atrocities, ways that American indifference has been measured, and finally, reasons for indifference of the American public.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Negative political advertising is nothing new to the 21st century; however, when gender becomes a factor, negative advertising can affect a candidate’s chance of being elected. All of America is aware of negative ads during times of intense campaigning; yet, as a nation, is anyone aware of its bias categorization of gender? For instance, political campaigning can be more difficult for female politicians due to the bad reputation given to women within positions of power. The symbol of power, money and control is stereotypically associated with a dominant male figure, leaving little room for imperfections within a female’s political campaign. Any shortcoming, such as negative ads that paint a politician in a skewed manner, hit women much harder than men, according to the media as well as the research.

I Can Do It
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

             It’s no secret that in the past fifty years, the women’s movement has made enormous strides.  Not only are women more prominent in number and status in the professional world, they outnumber boys in most colleges and universities across the country, so much so that some admissions offices work conscientiously to appeal to the male sex.  This would have seemed absurd in the 1950s when males were perceived as bread winners and the traditional life trajectory of a female focused on family and not career and education. 

            No longer are women dependent on men in order to live a prosperous life.  Another revolutionary change is the fact that women no longer require a male sexual partner in order to have kids.  Modern women can choose the adoption route or with new technologies and advancements, they can have a child essentially on their own.  These advancements may have been intended especially for homosexual women or women who can’t naturally conceive, but professional heterosexual women without husbands now have the option of fulfilling that gender role when they want and on their own terms.  This new crop of highly educated women is not only changing traditional perceptions of the feminine sex, they are transforming the economic and social spheres of gender and culture. 

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Íbamos a El Salvador,

con nos oídos abiertos

para oír el sufrimiento,

escuchando los gritos callados del duelo del amor.

 

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

            Contrary to the connotation of the word “trafficking,” human trafficking does not necessarily denote the movement of humans.  The United Nations defines the term as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation” (United Nations).  The U.N. further states that trafficking in persons has three fundamental elements: the act (what is done), the means (how it is done), and the purpose (why it is done).  In order to fall under the U.N. terminology, all three elements must be present at some point in the case.

            The world’s most comprehensive resource of anti-trafficking effort by governments is the United States’ Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Published annually since 2001, its purposes are to “free victims, prevent trafficking, and bring traffickers to justice.”  According to the U.S. Department of State, it is the country’s “principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking.”  In addition to being used as a foreign engagement tool for the U.S., the report is also used by international organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foreign governments to determine where the problem is most concentrated and where resources are most needed.   

            In the TIP Report, the Department of State categorizes each country into one of three tiers based on their government’s efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for trafficking in persons” found in the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

Donovan
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

            I dedicated Monday (April 8th) as being my Day of Compassion. I thought it would be an excellent day to be compassionate toward others since it ironically fell on Holocaust Remembrance Day. In my opinion, compassion is noticing the struggles of another person and doing something to help that person. While this would appear to be simple and logical, I believe that our society is lacking compassion these days. Overall, I would consider myself to be a compassionate person. I think that I am observant and empathetic toward the needs of others.

            Every week, I volunteer at the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind as a part of my scholarship requirements with the Foley Center. I have been working with children who are visually impaired for four years now. The children I work with range in grade level (1st-4th), and their needs vary. Most of the children in my class are able to see with the help of glasses, although one of my students is nearly blind. Every Monday, I help students with reading, math, playing games, and anything else the teacher needs my help with.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Women in positions of leadership is a topic being discussed more and more as women continue to take on higher positions or roles throughout our society. Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State, Marissa Mayer now Yahoo’s CEO, Oprah Winfrey head of Harpo Studios are several of the powerful elite female leaders of our time. The issue still at hand is that for women the climb to leadership positions that would or could be occupied by a male are still controversial.  In both the Fortune 5oo and Fortune 1000 list of companies women only hold 4.2 percent of the CEO positions on both list. Out of 1.4 million women serving in the military there are only two female four star generals. Ann E. Dunwoody was nominated in 2008 and Janet Wolfenbarger was nominated in 2012 to replaced Dunwoody when she stepped down.

Migration Installation
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

            The Balkans will forever hold a spot in my heart; as cliché as it sounds, the region that just a few short weeks ago I knew absolutely nothing about has made a lasting impact on my life. The people we met and the conflicts we faced forced my mind to venture to places it rarely does. How could a region laced with memories of such intense struggles be home to such kind, gracious individuals? How could these individuals live in harmony, for lack of a better word, with people associated with organizations accused of murdering their wives, children, brothers, or sisters? And how could the institution in which I put my faith be associated with some of the most wretched war crimes? In past years, the Catholic Church has found itself facing accusations regarding sex abuse scandals and money laundering, but in the 1990’s, clergymen were involved in events associated with the ethnic cleansing of the Balkans. Of course, for every terrible accusation the Church faces, there is a contradictory tale of valor accompanied by sincere compassion. So, where does this leave me on my personal journey?

            The history surrounding the conflict within the Balkans is entirely too rich to cover in a mere ten pages. Multiple volumes could be filled with information pertaining to the Balkan wars of the 1990’s. I think it is important to provide a brief history of the conflict, namely the religious divisions, which serve as the motivation for the monstrosities committed by the Catholic Church throughout the Balkans. In his lecture, Dr. Roberto Belloni names two main approaches to the failure of Yugoslavia: ancient hatreds, which led to unavoidable conflict, and conflict created by human agents (Belloni).

            The inhabitants of the region formerly called Yugoslavia face language and religious barriers, but no real racial barrier exist. Religion serves as the primary cause for division, and the conflict surrounding religion dates back to 1054. At first, the entire region shared the same Christian beliefs. In 1054, however, Christianity split; Orthodox Christians, largely Serbs, inhabited the East while Roman Catholics, largely Croats, inhabited the West. Muslims slowly entered the religious scene in the Balkans, as the third party, when the Christian and Ottoman empires clashed. In 1389 at the Battle of Kosovo Poljie, the Ottoman Empire defeated the Christians; thus, Muslims dominated the region. The mass conversion to Islam took place in 1463 when the Turkish conquered Bosnia (Belloni).

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

              When I think of compassion, I think of helping people and showing care to those who are in need.  The actual definition of compassion is the empathy of people who are suffering and it is a major factor in how we define love. I would describe myself as a compassionate guy, but I wanted to try new tactics in my normal behavior to show compassion. One of the ideas that I focused on was talking to people that I observed through the year who are really quiet and sit alone. I also attempted to spot people who seemed down and asked if they were okay and needed to talk. The simplest act I tried was doing favors in the cafeteria such as asking if anyone wants more to drink, if they wanted cookies, or if I could take their plates up. There is a student in my building who is always alone and I never see him really talk to anyone. He also sits in the cafeteria alone everyday so I felt bad for him. So on my day of compassion I decided to attempt a conversation with him. His reaction was a little awkward to me because I said, hi to him and he just walked right past me and did not say a word. Then I attempted again and asked if he knew what time the crawfish boil was at and he turned around and actually responded. I tried to engage in more conversation, but he didn’t really seem very social so he turned around and I said, “I’ll see you later bro.”

PAX
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Winter Edition

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Awareness brings us to share in the caring of one another.

Domestic abuse, more commonly referred to as domestic violence, involves a pattern of violence and emotional abuse in any relationship as a means to maintain power and control over an intimate partner.  Domestic violence can include physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats that harm or influence another person.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Immigration is a prominent issue that affects the American people in various ways. However, Americans usually focus only on the influx of immigrants and the space and resources they use, instead of the services they provide and talents they bring to the United States. This film sheds a light on the positive impact immigrants can make to the daily lives of people by demonstrating, in a satirical manner, how life would be without any immigrants.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

As early as the 1930s, with the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco California and the widespread development of modern day high-rise buildings and skyscrapers, the hard hat, claimed as a safety apparatus by the elitist chief engineers of its time, has been utilized as a tool of oppression.  It is true that hard hats do protect workers from fatal accidents involving plummeting heavy equipment.  However, modern advances in the study of phrenology suggest that a couple of extra knots on the cranium, as from a falling wrench or hammer, may benefit individual members of society.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Human trafficking is an issue that has been prevalent across nations for numerous decades.  It has become a modern day form of slavery.  This is a problem because it violates a person’s basic human rights, along with treating that person unjustly.  Human trafficking involves many functions of transferring victims, which may include recruitment and transfer of victims.  It is usually done through force, but sometimes is done through emotional abuse.  The purpose of human trafficking is for the exploitation of a human being; types of exploitation may include prostitution or physical labor (UNODC, 2012).  In America, some forms of trafficking may be in construction, nail salons, and elder care (Siskin & Wyler, 2012).  Regardless of the type of human trafficking, efforts to stop this injustice are pertinent.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

I’ve never thought of myself as poor. So naturally, I was very surprised when I called my mother to discuss what I had been researching for my PSY 385 class and I asked her how she would classify us in a socioeconomic category. “Borderline lower middle class, if not lower class” she said. I was puzzled. Hadn’t I always lived my life comfortably? I always had a roof over my head, we always had running water and cable TV, I went to an amazing public school in an upper middle class neighborhood. I knew what poor was. I grew up in an apartment complex, I’d seen ‘poor’ first hand, my dad couch surfed for a good portion of my life. I had to ask my mom why she would categorize us in such a manner. What brought us down to this status? Here, I have to admit that I thought less of myself than before, when the rest of my life I had spent thinking that I had a small leg up on society. I knew I wasn’t rich by any means, but not lower class. I’m ashamed to admit now that this disappointed me and after doing more research and hearing my mom explain things to me, I am much more open minded about this, and also thankful for the things I do have.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Palmer Pillans

Palmer Pillans Mural by Julia Lloyd, Madilyn Holmes, Sara Selman, Kyle Quinlan, Erin Bosarge, and Wanda Sullivan

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The tag line of the 2008 documentary film, Trouble the Water is “It’s not about a hurricane. It’s about America.” This is so fitting, because, while the film explores the circumstances surrounding Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, it also tackles issues of race, class and the relationship between the American government and its citizens. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, but the problems arose during and after the storm, when the levees, which protect the below-sea level city from flooding, failed. The parts of the city that were most effected by the broken levees and in peril were the lower socioeconomic districts, specifically the Ninth Ward. While most of the city’s population evacuated, many citizens in the Ninth Ward couldn’t afford to leave and since there was no public transportation organized to evacuate the city, many stayed and were forced to gather in the attics of flooded homes until they were rescued. But many died in the process.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Normally when I write a blog post, the inspiration behind it comes about in one of two ways. It is usually either an issue that I have always felt strongly about and just happened to want to write a blog post about (for example, the first blog post I ever wrote, which was about being pro-life and about disability rights), or something will happen to me that inspires me to sit down and write (Like my post about Mr. D, the homeless man who taught me how to dribble a basketball). The post I am going to be writing about today does not fall into either category. In fact, until recently, the issue I will be discussing today was something that rarely ever crossed my mind.

The issue I will be writing about is how I decided to become an ally for members of the Trans* community. It seems that so often when we hear about the LGBTQ community in the news, it is revolving around gay marriage or other issues of gay rights. There is rarely any talk about the Trans* (which signifies transgender male or female, bi-gender, genderqueer or anyone else who does not fit into the gender binary) community, Trans* rights or transphobia. Like I said before, I was not conscious of this until recently.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Throughout my time at The Regional School for the Deaf and Blind I have gained a reasonable amount of knowledge about the students that I work with. For instance, I have learned that every student is an individual with specific needs that need to be met overtime. Also, every child develops at his/her own pace, so trying to incorporate the No Child Left Behind Act into the curriculum becomes very complicated to do. In fact, teachers are subjected to give work to children who are still functioning below a kindergarten level, to satisfy parents with unrealistic hopes for their children. 
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

 

            While doing service with Alabama’s Focus First, I have learned many things about the importance of screening young children for possible eye problems. I have also noticed how Focus First could be improved to guarantee that children with eye problems receive the proper help.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

            The justice system in the United States is at work everyday in many situations. The justice system is charged with punishing and sentencing those who violate the laws set down by legislatures. These punishments rely on evidence of said crime that proves guilt. Sometimes however the justice system fails in its task. This can be seen in prisons and jails across the country where the innocent are punished for the failures of the system. Movies are often created to depict current events often with fictional twists to separate them from true situations. Double Jeopardy is such a movie. Double Jeopardy is the story of a woman tried and wrongly convicted for her husband’s death.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

 

Despite the negativity associated with being African American

I must continue to fight the odds of becoming yet another stereotype

At times I see no point this but at others it is centered on proving a point

Proving that I am capable and that I do deserve to be treated as an equal being

Could you imagine being questioned on your intelligence level solely on the color of your skin?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Letter to the Editor

Subject: Unequal opportunities in education

Date Sent: October 2, 2012

To Editor:

            The racial issues in reference to education that W.E.B Du Bois addressed and fought for in the 20th century did not die with him. While other great black leaders during this time pushed for African Americans to accept their superior position and learn crafts, industrial skills, farming skills and other trades that mainstream society saw as inferior, Du Bois wanted equality for African Americans. However, blacks and whites did not have an equal opportunity to become doctors, lawyers, and nurses. Americans today like to believe that those days of inequality and discrimination are over. They are not. This fact is not more evident than in our educational system.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Letter to the Editor, Congress, and Senate of the United States of America

            On April 19, 2012 the representation of Alabama citizens failed at protecting civil rights.  On this date the Governor of Alabama passed a law, H.B. 56, that condemned immigrants of the state from living their lives as normal people.  The new law passed requires that no human being who is of “illegal status” in the United States, be given to state and local services.  This law both angered and upset me.  As a human being and an American citizen, I believe in morals and values that stem from places deeper than laws and legislation.  When the law was enforced, many families were forced to uproot their lives and leave for Florida or California where they knew they were more likely to be safe.  To think that a human being in America should have to live in fear of the government is mind-boggling.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Since the beginning of my college career at Spring Hill, I have been a part of the Foley Center work-study program. I have worked at elementary, middle, and high schools since my freshman year. These schools are located in the poor areas of Mobile and the students have very low socioeconomic status. On the American Psychological Association website, I found statistics comparing students of high socioeconomic status to those of low socioeconomic status. Studies from 2002 and 2008 showed that students from low socioeconomic status were more likely to struggle with language and math skills and were more likely to struggle with reading.

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