April 20, 2014

Take Action!

We debate global challenges and the US role in addressing them, and we take action around issues that concern our network.

This fall, our network is mobilizing around the 2012 elections. The elections offer a important opportunity to talk about the US role in the world. This is a moment to challenge not only our leaders but also ourselves to think about what kind of world we’re building.

Through our 2012: Challenge Accepted campaign, we’re monitoring the candidate positions on foreign policy, expressing our vision for what kind of world we should be building, and presenting our priorities to the next administration. This work is happening on our social media platforms and our blog, and through our journal.

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In recent years our members have also mobilized to speak out about the following:

Check out our opportunities to take action ...

Dalit Freedom Network: An Organization Worth Talking About

Dalit Freedom Network

Throughout the world there are numerous organizations working to meet social needs and fight injustice. One organization that is successfully fighting oppression while providing people with the tools for internal empowerment is called the Dalit Freedom Network (DFN). This organization works on two fronts, providing pressure for human rights both from below, within the people, and above, through the government.* The Dalits are a group of people who are considered ‘untouchable’ by most Hindu/Indian cultures. They are below the caste system and are … [Read more...]

Featured: An Interview with Brigette Rizzo, Peace Corps Volunteer!

Interview by Sarah Ingles Q: Brigette, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? A: I am a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Music Education. I am currently working as the Choir and Youth Director at Highwater Church United Church of Christ, and as  a substitute teacher in the central Ohio area. As an educator, I have many goals for my future, but the biggest goal I am aspiring to fulfill is to teach in foreign countries. By joining the Peace Corps, I hope to begin my journey as a teacher so that I can come back … [Read more...]

Slavery Still Exists…But You Can Stop It!

We want to put a spotlight on an issue that is a threat to national security, public health, and democracy -- human trafficking. Worldwide, the State Department estimated there are an astounding 12.3 million adults and children in modern-day slavery! From sexual exploitation to involuntary servitude, victims of human trafficking, particularly women and children, experience horrendous crimes and injustices on a daily basis. Trafficking fuels gender violence and the subordination of women and their rights as human beings. We, as the next generation of … [Read more...]

Can your school host a “V-Day movement” to end violence against women and girls?

"V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery." -Vday.org Founded by Eve Ensler after the success of her solo show “The Vagina Monologues”, she used the show as well as other plays she has written to … [Read more...]

Learn more, take action this World AIDS Day!

UNAIDS reported that in 2010 there were 2.7 million new HIV/AIDS infections, bringing the total number of people infected with HIV/AIDS to 34 million. There’s some good news. In 2011 an estimated 700,000 AIDS related deaths will be averted, thanks to existing efforts to fight the disease. It is predicted that continued and increased US funding for HIV/AIDS programs can prevent at least 12.2 million new HIV infections and 7.4 million AIDS related deaths between 2011 and 2020. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently declared that we have the … [Read more...]

Double Standard in Approaches to Food Aid

During the Accra Agenda for Action in 2008, 100 governments committed to making aid more transparent, results oriented, and accountable to those receiving aid. Advocates of the subsequently defined SMART Aid principles  have produced or highlighted some SMART Aid projects. For instance, DFID, the UK’s Department for International Development, in tandem with the Malawian government, supports a subsidy that provides fertilizer to increase corn production. This has decreased Malawi’s reliance on emergency food aid, increasing their food security. … [Read more...]

Gearing up for COP17 climate conference in Durban!

Across the world, whether in Durban, South Africa or Biloxi, Mississippi USA, communities of color and communities living in poverty are disproportionately impacted by sea level rise, extreme weather events, and decreases in food production that result from climate change. Did you know the United States is the world’s largest polluter and emitter of greenhouse gases? Yet we have still not signed onto an intergovernmental agreement to address climate change, such as the Kyoto Protocol. Governments, experts, activists, and leaders are gearing up for the … [Read more...]

Tell Congress young Americans support US foreign assistance!

Help us tell Congress that young Americans support US foreign assistance! A group of us sat down last night and discussed why we believe US foreign assistance is important. * It funds schools and teachers. * It helps communities produce enough food to eat. * It builds and staffs health clinics. * It provides access to clean water. * It helps people build the skills to start businesses and innovate. * It funds programs that empower women. It does all these things and much more. Check out a short video we put together to share our experiences … [Read more...]

Crisis in the Horn of Africa: How do we take action?

Famine, war, and drought are threatening millions of lives in the horn of Africa. This is a crisis unlike any other, killing, starving, or displacing over 13.3 million people—more than the populations of New York City and Los Angeles combined.  These people are amidst nonstop violence meanwhile witnessing the worst drought in 60 years and the worst famine in 20 years. These conditions are devastating farmlands, uprooting families, and killing tens of thousands of people in four countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Dijibouti, and Somalia. The United States is one … [Read more...]

Get Your House Rep. to Support Cutting Spending on Nuclear Weapons TODAY!

Here are some stats that may surprise you: Every year the US spends more than $30 billion maintaining the country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. Today, the nuclear arsenal still exceeds 5,000 warheads. According to estimates, the US is expected to spend over $700 billion (you read that right, $700 billion!) over the next ten years to maintain weapons that were built during the Cold War, a war that's been over for more than 20 years. Representative Ed Markey (MA-7) has written a “Dear Colleague” letter to his fellow representatives asking them … [Read more...]