High School Students Stand Up!!!

November 30, 2012 Front Page No Comments

Students who attend Milwaukee Public Schools have formed a campaign called the Students Bill of Rights after a mass student walkout at ALAS High School in October 2011. Student activist from YES! (Youth Empowerment Struggle) organized the walkout because of all the heavy budget cuts to MPS. Out of 215 students, 195 students walked out of ALAS high school. ALAS suffered from lack of funding for bilingual education, prison-like security issues, overcrowded classrooms, and a school administration that ignored the voice of the students. So they formed a Student Bill of Rights. View the Student Bill of Rights here.

Yesterday, a little more than a year after the walk-out at ALAS High school, 42 different Milwaukee Public Schools (more than 400 students) met at UW-Milwaukee to at the ACLU Youth Social Justice Forum to learn how to organize around each specific issue on the Student Bill of Rights. The League of Young Voters, Urban Underground, Pathfinders, and Public Allies facilitated different trainings to the high school students.

A team of eight League organizers facilitated a training of 60 students on how to run a campaign about the issues that was most important to them listed on the Student Bill of Rights. I had a great time working with the students and hearing the different struggles they go through in high school. The students were passionate about making change in their schools and was eager to learn how to do it. The students came up with action plans that would make the decision makers have to listen to them. Glad to see young people not only standing up and speaking up, but taking action to see change in their schools.

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[WATCH] Lil Boosie’s Daughter on Education

August 24, 2012 Front Page No Comments

Wow! All day, I’ve been seeing young kids talking positive. Just scrolled arcoss a video from Lil Boosie’s daughter Ivionna called “Education.” Kids check this:

 

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[WATCH] “No Bully” Chi Chi Monet

August 24, 2012 Front Page No Comments

I was scrolling through the Internet and came across this 9-year-old girl, Chi Chi Monet. I saw that she had my middle name so I clicked on her video called “No Bully.” I honestly love it. She is putting out a positive message and making it cool at the same time. We all know that bullying is a problem all across America. Check out her video and leave a comment!!!

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Homeless Boy Follows His Dance Dreams

May 21, 2012 Front Page No Comments

Well, I hope this video inspires someone. Browsing through World Star Hip Hop, I saw this video and this kid, Alonzo Jones, also known as Turf, was kicked out of the house after he graduated high school when he told his mother he wanted to be a dancer. He danced on the street for two years when he was homeless and then got his big break on America’s Got Talent. Check him out!
Hit the jump for the video…

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#FREEBOOSIE: Mini Lil Boosie [Iviona Hatch] Speaks on her Dad’s Pending Freedom!

May 18, 2012 Front Page 1 Comment

There are many young girls all across the country that know how it feel to live without a father in their life due to incarceration. This morning I was looking through my Facebook news feed and stumbled across this video of Iviona Hatch excited about her “Pops” Lil Boosie’s pending release date.

Watching this video was literally like watching a Mini Lil Boosie. Be on the lookout for Iviona Hatch, she has a few songs on iTunes. She has been working hard and rocking the mic, stuntin’ like her Daddy. It felt great to see Iviona proud to know her Dad will be returning home to soon. This made me think how many young kids out there who have a parent(s) in jail or prison and how they are dealing with it. Iviona was blessed to find out that her dad is coming home because millions of children who didn’t and will not get that exciting news.  JUMP to see the video

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