This month I had the breathtaking opportunity of performing Maya Angelou’s Poem “Still I Rise” with young women who received a scholarship from TedxPasadena: Women. The theme of this years talks are RISE UP!
“Rise to the challenge! Rise up! Rise and shine! Any way you look at it, rise is a little verb packing some serious positivity. And, with today’s global digital culture delivering what can seem like an endless stream of bad news, some serious positivity sounds downright empowering. This year’s event is dedicated to great thinkers who’ve dared to believe we can build a better world by calling on that power. Their ideas have—in some way great or small—suggested it’s possible to trade the heaviness of hopelessness, resentment and self-preservation for the lightness of anticipation, curiosity and self-sacrifice. Join in for a day dedicated to transcending the past and transforming the future. RISE —get ready to celebrate Ideas That Elevate!”
Are you strongly passionate about issues from LGBTQ+ rights to climate change and show a strong disagreement with the politics holding office at this time?
I am putting together a Youth Task Force for the People’s Congress of Resistance!
“In the face of the assault waged against working class and poor communities and the environment by the Trump Administration a grassroots People’s Congress of Resistance will convene in Washington, D.C. on September 16 and 17, 2017,” according to the People’s Congress Resistance website.
I am looking for passionate youth from the Southern California and Los Angeles area who are interested in volunteering and fundraising for the resistance. We will have meetings and brainstorm Ideas to assure us youth have our voice heard!
What this task force would do is reach out to L.A. youth informing them about the People’s Congress Of Resistance and how they can get involved as well as social media outreach, fundraising and more! We currently have a big group of teens interested but if you’re very passionate or know of someone who would be, about this opportunity, five youth who are really committed will take on leading the group and meeting regularly.
Please join and share with your friends! Any Questions, want to find out more? Leave a comment below
and I will send out further information.
Talk on the effects of Factory Farming to one’s health and my story with not consuming animal products.
When i think of a farm i think of a happy place a place a place i would sing songs about growing up, until recently when i found that farms are not what i thought they were in fact probably not what anyone really though they were
animals in farms that go to your supermarket and eventually end up in your tummy are tortured and endure horrible living conditions.
It’s not farming, it’s factory farming. The animal becomes a thing, a product of a factory.
Consuming animal products pays a huge price to the world we live on. Factory farming not only causes the destruction of our green forests which have increased global warming emissions by half! These “farms” pollute the water we drink and air we breathe causing death like health problems to many.
And As painful as that is, it’s also important that we understand what eating foods from these farms does to us and our families. Meat can make us depressed and sick, it also increases the risk of cancer
Are we even supposed to be eating or drinking something that is from another LIVING being?
My dad had terrible eating habits he was overweight, and suffered from insomnia. But hedecided to make the change and not consume ANY animal products at all. Only A month and a half later he’s is sleeping well and Motivated. All this was from making a single change: not consuming meat.
I even noticed it with myself.
After I learned about factory farming.I decided to go animal free and made a petition to ban factory farming which got 55,000 signatures. Within a month I was feeling happier and even noticed I felt more confident.
Luckily, this is something we have control over. What we put in our mouths. WE can be the change. All it takes is a little research and willingness to try something new.
Next time you’re at the grocery store lookout for the meat and dairy free alternatives. You’ll save a ton of money. And there are petitions you can sign to help ban factory farming and steps you can take to get your friends and family on board!
When we take action by not consuming animal products we are not only helping animals and the planet, we’re also healing ourselves and our loved ones. I hope you’ll join me.
Whats in all clothing stores is not even a 3rd of the clothes worldwide
Fashion, Clothes, Following Trends and buying clothes at the mall are Vital to the assumption of a stereotypical teen. But hey this isn’t just about us teens. People in general today follow trends or go out and buy a brand new t shirt or skirt without thinking where it came from.
Before the term Thrift shopping was brought to many’s attention as ‘Cool’ and ‘Chic’. All my life my and my family’s clothes have been from thrift shops, garage sales or hand me downs, this is simply because we can’t afford the price of clothes from say a H&M, Forever 21, Ross etc. Clothing stores like those that are usually Chains and have A lot of $$. But after doing some Research and watching the Documentary “The True Cost” I must say after doing my research i was glad to say that my family aren’t consumers Corporate stores like those.
What i found out was astonishing, Mind Blowing. How did people not know about this! Firstly, how much were Blinded from what’s going on in these cramped cement like slums of dirty broken factories in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and much more all around the world. The conditions are so poor that many have died for example in the Collapse of a Garment factory building in Bangladesh a couple years ago because the building was in such bad shape and the workers had informed their owner many times that the walls were cracking open and tilting yet the Owner did not do anything at all which resulted in this tragic happening. But this isn’t the first. Many incidents like these have occurred before.
Women, Men and Children all working non stop for less than 70$ a month. This is because of the Worker protests causing deaths and injuries that went on after what had happened at Rana Plaza. Before it was about 30$ a month. Yet many have to wait months for their paycheck. When the electricity goes out in the building it means that the workers can not work which means that they have to work longer and harder hours using a manual machine and if they can’t complete their work in time the job will be given to someone else.
What i found out is that whenever we see a sale for clothes such as 2 for 1 or 50% OFF the laborers in the factories are getting told by the owner to Sew faster! Stitch faster! Stressing them out so much. Yet in this case it may not be the Owner’s Choice Because they’re being told by some company overseas such as America or Europe that they want it fast and now!
What makes me mad is that some Companies know about what’s going on in the factories but don’t know the conditions are that horrific. When some do know yet turn a blind eye when they are questioned about it. It upsets me how much America and the UK are part of this consumers of these brands should be well informed of where and how it came from.
I hope you make the right Decision the next time you see that pair of jeans at old navy or leggings at lulu lemon think for about where it came from and do you really want to be a part of that? Or do you want to be the one who informs your friends about their clothing and start a trend to make your own!
WHY I WENT OFF SOCIAL MEDIA. (coming from a teenager)
One thing i did this summer besides go vegan was deleted ALL my personal social media accounts. (e. instagram snapchat facebook) Now most would think “oh big deal anyone can do that”. Well, Lets find out if that’s true here.
I use to constantly obsess over “how i wish i was in any decade but this one” i really prefer the aesthetic of other decades (70s clothes, 50s architecture etc) and how everything wasnt so dependent on phones and computers. But i realized just recently it’s not about the decade or time, you have to appreciate the time you’re in and be in the present. Alot of people these days have some sort of social media account and way to access it.
Instagram Facebook & Snapchat are essentials to having asocial life now a days, just sitting in your room or at a restaurant liking other people instagram posts or watching other people’s snapchat stories. Basically if you don’t have a social media account and your in highschool and everyone you know does..your technically considered weird and live under a rock.
One thing i noticed before getting of social media was how much time people would spend on their phones!! And i mean it’s like 24/7. When you’re hanging out with a friend or group of friends it’s always fun to go places and do stuff!!! But what i noticed when i hang out with peers nowadays and a lot of kids these days who hang out with there friends too is that there just on there phone the whole time!! snapchatting everything and sending it to there friends !!! Or on vine looking at videos for hours on end.
I noticed this a lot with so many people my age, younger and older!! It made me think of what teens would do before cell phones and instagram all that stuff. What about the 70s or the 20s?? Well when i asked my dad what they used to back in the 1970s he said ” We were outdoors a lot, fixing our skateboards, riding bikes we were all in a pack and would bike around the area go to different peoples houses” There’s always stuff to do, start a band or make crafts or just lie on the floor and listen to music! (one of my favorites).
Now i’m not saying social media is a bad horrible thing. It CAN go BOTH ways. Its a good way to spread things around or get people to know about things or maybe feeling good when someone comments on your selfie. But also how fast information can get twisted, cyber bullying etc. one of the main reasons i got off was because it was just straight up waste of time i mean seriously.. That selfie would take an hour to snap then edit and post and think of caption. I realized no one is going to remember that selfie or post of coffee its not worth the time. And the constant need to be on it 24/7 to see if anyone has posted anything or liked your photo.
Also on instagram and other apps that include picture taking i felt my self esteem and confidence in my face go down because it was all fake, The edited selfie all that stuff . It lowers your self esteem in how you appeal to others because the feel that you have to edit or photoshop yourself. Its not your true self and then i would feel that if there was someone i knew from instagram or snapchat but never met and saw them in person i would feel that i don’t look like what i do in the picture i had posted.
I also felt that everybody has such a great life only thinking this based on a post of there friends or updating their status about a event they went to. It would turn me against people without them even knowing it because of how fake and “perfect” everything would seem when maybe they actually got in a fight with someone that day or is actually very sad and depressed. You dont know things like that. I also noticed how people would risk something just for that video to post on vine or picture for instagram. Or post certain things that can be very dark and depressing for personal attention. Many of these programs are very addicting and triggers a part of your brain that is also triggered by dopamine eek!
When i did have an instagram i would sometimes log off and give myself a break for a day but then you start to worry “i bet a bunch of people snapchatted me i really should check it” or “what if someone is hacking my instagram right now” i better check it” I couldn’t live like that. The best thing was to just cold turkey get off of everything.. PERMANENTLY!!
At first didn’t want to delete my instagram this was because of my feed. (i know… really?) It was because of all my photos and how cool everything looked on it. That’s why a couple of my friends haven’t deleted there instagram “its to precious, like a baby” same with snapchat “but so many people watch my story i would lose all that”
The thing is once you deleted your facebook or instagram whatever you use, You just forget about it a week later.
After i got off i was also SO much happier. And started to really appreciate things more and appreciate my life more. And it’s very easy for me to talk to people i also read books and do crafts knowing that a lot of my friends go straight on the phone after school. Also being off has helped myself become more organized. Its so weird but in a great way. Many could think “oh they don’t have instagram or vine they are so not cool…” the thing is being off of that stuff is cool!!! It shows how much of a life you have and is not just behind a screen all day and night.
My friends were actually proud that i did knowing none of them have gotten off yet, but i think if they do they’ll have the epiphany i did. For some reason getting off has also made me super comfortable in my own skin wherever i go yet super nice to people and appreciative at the same time. I’m not constantly thinking ” oh i should totally instagram that or snapchat this or tweet that” wherever i go. I no longer have that need to take a selfie anywhere. I’m more focused on my life and the life of others through real eyes not a screen! And how adventurous life is.
I suggest you try it for a while and see how it goes. !!!!!!!!!!!
NONE of these pictures are mine. I got them off of google images.