education

We Are Here, We Are Here

Alicia Keyes Flickr/creative commons

Let's talk about our part My heart touches your heart Let's talk about, let's talk about living Had enough of dying, not what we all about Let's do more giving Do more forgiving, yeah Our souls were brought together so that we could love each other

"We Are Here" (by Alicia Keys, 2014, Listen here)

The 3rd Annual Global Citizens Festival in New York City's Central Park is underway right now. If you haven't heard, it's a presentation of the Global Poverty Project which is committed to ending world poverty by 2030. The Project's goals aim to redouble the efforts and financial ...

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Stop, hey, what’s that sound?

(photo by Chris Boland) Stephen Stills / Crosby, Stills and Nash - Glastonbury - 2009 Flickr/creative commons

Stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look. What's goin' down? ("What It's Worth" chorus, 1966, lyrics or listen)

This song was written in 1966 by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Sills, & Nash fame. They recorded it and performed it thousands of times although it was first performed by Buffalo Springfield that year. The song quickly became an anthem for all those working on numerous fronts of the global struggle for human rights (in the 60s that meant the end of war and environmental protection). This song is still ranked #63 on Rolling Stone's list of the The 500 Greatest ...

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For Labor Day: Income Inequality Dampens Economic Growth for Rich and Poor Alike

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In tribute to American workers, over half of whom earn less than $15 per hour but deserve so much more, we are reprinting our coverage on income equality. Where the minimum wage is $15 the local economy is boosted, reason alone to join the movement to rectify income equality. See also: The Wealthy and Powerful Aid Social and Powerful Social and Economic Justice Activists and List of Organizations Working on Income Equality   The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office showed that after-tax average income ballooned 15.1% fro the top 1% of earners, but grew by less than 1% for the ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Birds and the Bees

I've decided to offer my take on some of the media I have come across here. There are hundreds of Sexual Freedom Project videos to choose from, each with an important message. Everyone's invited to join the cast by submitting your personal definition of or commentary on some aspect of sexual freedom. In this video, the speaker Ying details her upbringing, and the sex education that she received in Catholic school, telling us of the limited issues that were addressed when it came to the realities of sex. She and I share the idea that abstinence-only education creates sexual frustration. Not ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: You Need To Explore

As someone new to VenusPlusX, I'm offering my thoughts on some of the media I have seen here so far, wondering if new readers relate to my views. In this video, Scheyla raises an important point -- exploration. In a world where some are eager to pass judgment on others (sometimes for political gain) regarding sexual preference, it remains important for people to explore and discover sexuality for themselves. It is our responsibility as individuals to pursue our own forms of happiness, ignoring false judgments that may come from others.  Be your own judge, and seize sexual freedom for yourself. What do ...

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Pass This Test and Get Kicked Out of School

También en español Delhi Charter School, in Louisiana, has a Student Pregnancy Policy that allows staff to force female students who are suspected of being pregnant to take a pregnancy test. If students are pregnant or refuse to take the test, they are kicked out and must undergo home schooling if they want to continue their education at the school. Apparently, Delhi Charter School doesn’t believe that female students have a right to education free from discrimination, unlike the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance (Woodhull) as mentioned in my previous post, “Sex Education is a Human Right.” Moreover, the ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Find Your Resources

(También en Español) How can the message of sex positivity and safer sex be more available to students and youth? Do you agree that every young person should feel their sexual desires are legitimate? Should all public schools have universal and replete sex ed mandated rather than allowing local and state officials dictate what can and what cannot be taught? Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or make your own video or blog to share. We will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt or slap bracelet to thank you. Video edited by Tiye Massey.

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Invested in the Future

(También en Español) Why is it important for teachers, mentors, and leaders to be advocates for their students? Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or make your own video or blog to share. We will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt or slap bracelet to thank you. Video edited by Tiye Massey.

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Dedicated to Education

(También en Español) What are the best ways for us to get information about sexual freedom to our friends, fellow students, neighbors, and co-workers? Have you ever given a presentation, held a class, or even just started up a conversation with someone about sexuality and gender issues that are important to you? Do cultural taboos about discussing sexual topics hold you (or people you know) back to any extent, and if so, how can these inhibitions be overcome to carry on the important work of educating others? Let us know what you think. Make a video, write a poem, song, or ...

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