“Pro-choice is the only choice.” Damn right. Legalized abortion brings only benefits to people of both genders: women will go to actual doctors for abortions instead of some “underground” clinic, women don’t have to go through the pain of childbirth for a baby they didn’t want, men don’t have to worry about the stress of raising a kid they aren’t…[Read more]
The safety pin campaign was supposedly created to show support and solidarity for those who have been targeted by bigotry following the election of Donald Trump; it shows that they are “allies” of the LGBT, of
I love this post because I agree with it so completely! I had never heard of the safety pin campaign before youthvoices, and it interests me greatly. When you wrote, “How can you call yourself their ‘ally’ when you stand and watch in silence while they are made a target of hatred? You are not an ally. You are a bystander,” I had flashbacks of lessons from teachers about bullying, and about what it means to be a bystander. Because of those lessons, whenever I see someone bothered or bullied, I stand up for them. I consider myself an ally for those people, not merely a bystander.
Just several weeks ago, one of my friends was being teased in the park for his autism. My other friend and I went up to the bullies, who were clearly using the victim’s weaknesses against him, and told them to stop. The sad part was that the victim was so convinced that these bullies were his friends that he told me that they weren’t bothering him, that they were being nice, and that I shouldn’t be bothering his “friends.” I was repulsed by the bullies’ behavior. Luckily, they stopped teasing him for that moment, but I am keeping my eyes open. I despise bullying in every form.
Your post really spoke to me, and I look forward to reading more of what you write in the future!
This is a youth-powered social network that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other's work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.