Tag Archives: Activism

Going Digital with Activism: Women’s Rights

Actress and Women’s Rights Activist Maria Bello spoke about her involvement helping the people of Haiti – and the powerful impact of social media – at the Social Good Summit. In the discussion with Brian Sirgutz, Co-Founder & Editor of The Huffington Post’s Impact, Maria explained how she always thought she would do Law. She began her career as an activist at Villanova University, where she majored in Peace and Justice Education and worked at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia. However, she took an acting class and…

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How Will Millennials Save the World?

Are youth tired of being told things like Find Your Passion, Have an Impact, and Be the Change? That’s what Adora Svitak says, as a 15-year-old author, teacher, speaker and activist who delivered a great speech at the Social Good Summit in New York City. (You can read my Interview with Adora here). Really, youth don’t want to be told what they should do for social good. “We want our world to have confidence in us,” Adora explains. What can a 15-year old girl do, sitting in Language…

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Local Democracy Week: Power to raise voices, knock on doors and make change

Students learn that democracy, at its heart and soul, is about people’s voices By Daniel Francavilla Toronto Star Global Voices Imagine having no voice. No vote for a political party, no say in where your tax money is spent and no way of stopping daily injustice. Thankfully, Canada is a democratic country and citizens, including youth, have the power to effect positive change in their communities and beyond. Local Democracy Week, which concluded November 27 in Toronto, addressed such issues as voter apathy and the…

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All you need is Peace

Youth promoting peace as activists today Winning Submission for Project Ploughshares contest for the 2009 Global Youth Assembly Have you ever been at peace? Some believe peace is simply the absence of war. Yes, war is treacherous battle and conflict. But when there is no war, is there peace? Suffering continues; oppression, discrimination, disrespect and hatred still exist. This is not peace. Do you think that those who live in a developed country, not at war in years, are at peace? You may be fortunate…

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Get involved, starting in your city

The City of Brampton, Ontario (one of Canada’s fastest growing cities) recognizes citizens in the community who have made achievements throughout the year. There is everything from the Sports Achievement Award and the Arts Acclaim Award to the Long Term Service Award – for people who have volunteered for over 25 years! This May, I was honoured to receive the Humanitarian Award. Local lawyer Rob Filkin was awarded Brampton’s Citizen of the Year (read his news article here). I suggest you get involved  in your city,…

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