Postcard Educate is a social action platform created specifically for classrooms at all grade levels. It is designed for teachers working to inspire students to become global citizens dedicated to making the world a better place through action.

With Postcard Educate, students and educators create their own Postcard Impact-style campaigns. Students choose the issue, create the campaign, and write the call-to-action. We print and deliver the final set of postcards to the classroom, and to those the students are hoping to make an impression on.

Teachers have access to an engaging tool for integrating social action into their curriculum and students gain experience in creating grassroots movements.

Movements

Merecemos Mejores Medicinas/ We Deserve Better Medicine

Incontables personas enfermas en los Estados Unidos podrían beneficiarse de la legalización marihuana medicinal. Las medicinas tradicionales que son disponible para las personas con problemas de salud crónica no puede ayudar en muchos casos. Hay muchos ejemplos en cual marihuana medicinal ha ayudado cuando no otra medicina podría.

Estrictas regulaciones legales con respecto a marihuana están restringiendo las pacientes de acceso a una cura. Muchas personas están sufriendo porque no pueden acceder marihuana medicinal. Mientras el gobierno federal clasifica marihuana como una drogas de horario 1 (significado no tiene posibles beneficios para salud), 29 estados ya realizan una legalización para el uso médico de marihuana. Miles de profesionales médicos reconocen los beneficios del uso de marihuana trata ansiedad, depresión, y otras enfermedades crónicas como cáncer y epilepsia.

En un mundo de rápidamente avanzado tecnología médico, el criminalización de un droga que es aceptado extensamente y puede ayudar personas enfermas es anticuado y arcaico. Tú puedes mejorar la calidad de vida por enfermos en América: legalizar la marihuana hoy.

English:
Countless sick people in the United States could benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana. Many people are unable to use traditional treatments for diseases which medical marijuana has been proven to benefit patients. There are several reported cases in which medical marijuana has assisted patients when no other medicine could, and it has truly been shown to work miracles.

The strict legal regulations regarding marijuana negatively affect ill patients by restricting them from access to the cure to their suffering. While the Federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug (meaning it has no possible health benefits), 29 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Thousands of medical professionals acknowledge the benefits of using marijuana to treat anxiety, depression, and other chronic illnesses such as cancer and epilepsy.

In a world of rapidly advancing medical technology, the criminalization of a drug that is widely accepted to help people is outdated and archaic. You can help improve the quality of life for sick people in America: legalize marijuana today.

Get in Motion and Save the Ocean! ¡Muévete y salva al océano!

English:
Water is a vital source to every species on Earth. However, contaminated water can destroy the ecosystem. Turtles have a diet heavily based on jellyfish yet with plastic bags contaminating the ocean, they often eat the bags instead of their food and die from choking.This is one example of how pollution can negatively impact our ecosystem.

It is important to help clean the water to prevent tragic instances like this from happening. Issues with plastic bags is only scratching the surface of issues of pollution in the ocean. There are countless problems concerning plastic six pack rings, oil, and trash polluting the ocean. These different sources of unnatural elements not only impact the animals in the ocean, but your very own beaches and water. By helping bring awareness to issues concerning the ocean, you can make a difference in the lives of countless animals as well as your own life.

Spanish:
El agua es un fuente vital para todos las especias en la tierra. Sin embargo, agua contaminada pueden destruir el ecosistema. Las tortugas tienen una dieta fuertemente basada en medusas pero con bolsas de plástico contaminan el océano, a menudo comen las bolsas en vez de su alimento y mueren por asfixia.

Es el importante ayudar limpia el océano para evitar malas situaciones de suceder. Problemas con las bolsas plástico es sólo arañar la superficie de asunto de contaminación dentro del océano. Existen innumerables problemas de plástico paquete de seis anillos, aceite, y basura contaminando el océano. Estas fuentes diferentes de elementos poco naturales no sólo afectan los animales en el océano, pero sus muy propias playas y agua. Por la ayuda traen la conciencia a cuestiones acerca del océano, puede hacer una diferencia en las vidas de animales innumerables así como su propia vida.

Protect Florida's water; Proteja el agua de Florida

Don't take your freshwater for granted!
Floridians are lucky to have access to the Florida aquifer, a massive source of freshwater that currently provides for 50% of the state population. However, if we don't take action to stop deselection and contamination, it will no longer be a viable source of water. Contact your legislators today, and let them know that they need to make a change in their water management policies.

¡No dé por sentado su agua de dulce!
Personas de Florida son muy afortunados de tener acceso al acuífero de Florida, una fuente enorme del agua de dulce, que actualmente pobre para 50% de la población estado. Pero, si no tomamos acción, el acuífero no será una fuente viable del agua en el futuro. ¡Contacte con sus legisladores estatales hoy y les diga que ellos necesitan cambiar sus políticas de gestión del agua!

Integración no discriminación (Integration not Discrimination)

El gobierno del estado necesita ayudan las personas en una situación socioeconómica inferior basado en el lugar que las personas son viviendo. Cuando las personas viven en un lugar que no está bien financiado, experimentan una calidad de vida inferior. Generalmente están más lejos de lugares importantes como hospitales y escuelas buenas. Debido a esto, tienen una menor calidad de vida y viven con menores ingresos. Queremos llamar la atención del gobierno sobre estas áreas y pedirles que ayuden a estas áreas bajo financiamiento.

(The state government needs help people in a lower socioeconomic situation based on the place that people are living. When people live in a place that is not well funded, they experience an inferior quality of life. They are usually farther away from important places like hospitals and good schools. Because of this, they have a lower quality of life and live with lower income. We want to draw government attention to these areas and ask them to assist these under funded areas.)

Lucha en contra de la desigualdad Fight against inequality

Although the women’s rights movement has made great strides in recent decades, we still have work to do before equality is reached. The most glaring issue with gender inequality is reproductive rights. There is a ton of controversy over whether or not abortions should be allowed and funded by the U.S. government. These controversies threaten to defund an important organization for women (and men): Planned Parenthood. Although a pro-life vs. pro-choice debate is about what to do about an unwanted pregnancy, this organization is the main target (even though many of their programs have little to do with abortions). Planned Parenthood is an important institution for health care for women who cannot afford the expensive medical care here in the U.S. This organization provides life-saving cancer screenings for men and women, and, if defunded, will put females at a large disadvantage.

Help our campaign to keep federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics by sending a postcard to your local representative with the hashtag #Fightagainstinequality

Aunque el movimiento de los derechos de las mujeres ha hecho grandes avances en las últimas décadas, todavía tenemos trabajo hacer antes de igualdad alcanzó. El problema más flagrante con desigualdad de género es los derechos de la reproducción. Hay mucha controversia sobre si se deben permitir y fundar abortos por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Estas controversias amenazan evitar que continúe recibiendo fondos un organización importante por las mujeres (y los hombres): Planificación de la familia. Aunque un pro-vida versus pro-electivo debate es sobre qué hacer sobre un embarazo no deseado, esta organización es el objetivo principal (aunque muchas de las programas tienen poco que hacer con abortos. Planificación de la familia es un institución importante por la atención médica por mujeres quién no puede permitirse la costosa atención médica aquí en los Estados Unidos. Esta organización proveen exámenes de cáncer de salvamento por los hombres y las mujeres, y, si evita que continúe recibiendo fondos, pondrá las mujeres en una desventaja grande.

Ayuda nuestra campaña guardar los fondos federales para las clínicas de Planificación de la familia por enviando una postal a tu representante local con el hashtag #Fightagainstinequality

Agua Pura, Pura Vida (Pure Water, Pure Life)

Nuestra campaña, “Pura Agua Pura Vida”, pide que el Florida Department of Environmental Protection crea nueva legislación para proteger los sistemas locales de agua fresco como ríos, manantiales y acuíferos de la Florida. Florida es uno de los mayores productores de agua fresco en los Estados Unidos, y si esta agua es contaminada afectará a las comunidades, los animales y sus medio ambiente. Por trayendo este tema a el Florida Department of Environmental Protection, será poder de trabajar haca un futuro de agua limpio.

Acompana da nuestra campaña y envías una postal a Florida Department of Environmental Protection Comité pidiendo poner en nuevas regulaciones para salvar nuestros sistemas de agua fresco. Cada postal atrae la atención a los problemas que nuestra comunidad se enfrenta con las reservas de agua.

(Our campaign, Pure Water Pure Life, asks the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to create new legislation to protect local fresh water systems like Florida’s rivers, springs and aquifers. Florida is one of the largest producers of fresh water in the United States, and if this water is polluted it will effect communities, animals, and their environment. By bringing this issue to Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s attention, we will be able to work towards a future of clean water.

Join our campaign, and send a postcard to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection committee asking them to put in new regulations to save our fresh water systems. Each postcard brings attention to the problems our community is facing with our water supply. )

Equal Education for All (EEA), Educacion igual por todos

Every year, thousands of young children around the world are deprived from the opportunity to be educated. In 2010 alone, over 61 million school aged children were kept from a basic education. In an increasingly globalized world, education is becoming more and more essential. Education is a human right, a factor of life essential for the progression of a better society. While the developed world has made strides in improving their own scholastic standards, many children in developing countries are left without access to basic education programs. EEA is a global campaign that to works for equal access to schooling for children everywhere.
To participate in our campaign:
1. Write a message about what education means to you.
2. Take a picture with your favorite book.

Todos los años, los miles de niños pequeños del mundo son desaventajado de la oportunidad a ser educado. En 2010 solo, más que 61 millones ninos no podía ir a la escuela básica. En un mundo globalizado, educación es cada vez más importante. Educación es un derecho humano y essential por un sociedad mejor. Aunque el mundo desarrollado ha hecho mucho progreso para mejorar sus valores académicos, muchos niños en países desarrollos no tienen acceso a programas básicas de educación. EEA es una campaña global que trabaja por acceso igual a educación para niños en todas partes.
A participar en nuestra camapaña:
1. Escribe un mensaje de el significado de educación para tú.
2. Toma un foto con su libro favorito.

Giving to the Givers

There are many public servants that deserve acknowledgement for all their tireless work, but none more so than those who volunteer their time for the most destitute members of our society: the homeless. The selflessness they show through their acts of love represent the very best parts of our community. Thus, it is crucial to thank them for their efforts to help those who need it most. To support them, you can write a message of gratitude addressed to a local homeless shelter. These kind words give back only a fraction of the service they have given to our society.


Hay muchos servidores públicos que merecen reconocimiento por todo el trabajo incansable, pero ninguno más que quienes ofrecen su tiempo para los más necesitados de nuestra sociedad: los indigentes. El desinterés que ellos muestran en los actos de amor representan la mejor parte de nuestra comunidad. Por lo tanto, es crucial agradecerles por los esfuerzos que realizan al apoyar a quien lo necesita más. Para animarlos, puedes crear una postal de agradecimiento para uno de los refugios locales. Estas amables palabras solo darán una fracción del servicio que ellos dieron ya.

Arte para la Gente/Art for the People

Todos los años más y más programas artes estan moriendo debido a la falta a financiamiento. Estas programas de arte son instituciones cruciales en la educación K-12 que ayudan a formar identidades personales y sentidos del uno mismo de los estudiantes. Expresión artística es esencial para el desarrollo del cerebro de los niños. Los estudios han demostrado aprender a jugar música en el desarrollo de la alfabetización. Estamos luchando para crear arte fondos para las escuelas públicas en el Condado de Alachua y trabajando para crear conciencia sobre la importancia de estos programas de arte. Nosotros estamos luchando para recaudar fundos para arte en escuelas publicas en Alachua County y trabajando para crear conciencia sobre la importancia de estos programas de arte.

Every year, more and more art programs are dying out due to lack of funding. These art programs are crucial institutions in the K-12 education that help to form students' personal identities and senses of self. Artistic expression is essential to children's brain development. Studies have shown that learning how to play music aids in literacy development. We are fighting to raise art funding for public schools in Alachua County and working to raise awareness about the importance of these art programs.

Paz Sobre la Guerra / Peace Over War

This movement is for peace over unnecessary war, and the goal of this movement is to stop violence and crime in countries experiencing oppression and inhumane acts and violations of human rights. In many third world countries, and countries that are experiencing a majority of poverty, a lot of the times, there are many people involved in crime and illegal activities. Often, these crimes and fights against oppressive governments lead to civil wars and revolutions that amount in many deaths and unnecessary injuries.


Here is what you can do to help the movement:

1) Make a sign, showing your feelings towards war
2) Take a picture of you or your friends holding that sign
3) Send in the picture

ESPAÑOL:

Este movimiento es para la paz sobre la guerra inútil, y el objetivo de este movimiento es detener la violencia y la delincuencia en países que experimentan opresión y actos inhumanos y violaciones de los derechos humanos. En muchos de los países del tercer mundo, y también paîses que están experimentado una mayoría de pobreza, muchos veces, hay muchas personas involucradas en la delincuencia y actividades ilícitas. A menudo, estos crímenes y peleas contra gobiernos opresivos conducen a guerras civiles y revoluciones cantidad en muchas muertes y lesiones innecesarias.

Aquí está lo que puede hacer para ayudar al movimiento:

1) Hacer un letrero, representativo de sus sentimientos a la guerra
2) Toma un foto sobre tu o sus amigos con el letrero.
3) Envia el foto

Salvar la juventud, Salvar Educación, Salvar el Futuro | Save the youth, Save Education, Save the Future

According to the US News, America is ranked 7th in education globally. Within the United States, Florida ranks 46th out of the 50 states in K-12 education. It is absolutely unacceptable that we rank so poorly as a state and as a country.

How can we be content with ourselves, knowing that we are not striving to be the best we can be?

Schools are currently severely underfunded. Teachers are not paid enough, and in return the education of bright, young children are suffering. By increasing funding for education, schools will be able to have the resources needed to properly teach these children and increase wages for teachers. By increasing wages for teachers, they will be more devoted to their jobs and to teaching the next generation of young scientists, engineers, artists, and doctors.
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Según las noticias de los Estados Unidos, nosotros clasificamos 7th en educación globalmente. En los Estados Unidos, Florida clasificó 46th (cuarenta y seis) fuera de los 50 (cincuenta) estados en K-12 educación. Es absolutamente inaceptable que clasificamos tan mal como un estado y un país.

Cómo podemos ser contento con nosotros mismos, sabiendo que nosotros no somos esfuerzos a ser lo mejor que podemos ser?

Escuelas son actualmente gravemente infradotadas. Los maestros son no pagan lo suficiente, y a cambio el educación de brillante, joven niños son sufriendo. Al aumentar los fondos para educación, escuelas serán capaces de obtener los recursos necesitan a enseñar los niños y aumenta los salarios para los maestros. Por aumento de salarios para los profesores, serán más dedicadas a su trabajo y a la enseñanza de la nueva generación de jóvenes científicos, ingenieros, artistas y médicos.

Un Rompecabezas, Piezas Diferentes (One Puzzle, Different Pieces)

No discrimination regardless of religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Equality is not a privilege, but a given human right.

No discriminación de religión, raza, género, o orientación sexual. Todos el mundo merece a ser tratados con dignidad y respecta. La igualdad no es un privilegio, pero un derecho de humano.

Crea Conciencia para la Conservación / Create Awareness for Conservation

The objective of the campaign is to create awareness for conservation in the communities, especially for all ages. We need to conserve nature because animals need a proper habitat. Also, deforestation is a big problem for the future because it limits resources. In addition, deforestation leads to a dangerous environment for all living things. We need to stop littering because it harms the environment.

El objetivo de la campaña es crear conciencias para conservación en las comunidades, especialmente para todas las edades. Necesitamos conserva la naturaleza porque los animales necesitan el hábitat correcto. También, el deforestación es un gran problema para el futuro porque limita los recursos. Además, el deforestación lleva a un medio ambiente peligroso para las cedes vivos. Necesitamos parar de tirar basura porque daña el medio ambiente.

NYC Loves Tap Water!

New York City’s tap water has been called “the champagne of drinking water.” The water supply system delivers one billion gallons a day to more than 9.5 million people.

This campaign seeks to increase New Yorker’s appreciation and understanding of where our drinking water comes from.

Your postcard should address some or all of these points:

- Convey a positive message about NYC tap water
- Spread awareness about where our water comes from
- Spread awareness about how people can support, conserve, and improve our water system

Power Over Poverty

This is the “Power over Poverty” postcard campaign created by 9th graders at Manhattan Early College School for Advertising. Our campaign is to help stop poverty state by state, starting in New York. Your postcards will be sent straight to a local food bank in New York City that we support.

This Is How You Can Help:
1. Write one word on a piece of paper explaining how you feel when you hear the word “poverty”. Ex: sad, angry

2. Write a full sentence on the same piece of paper lm you think that poverty should be stopped worldwide.

3.Take a picture of you holding the piece of paper.

Stop Popping Pills and Start Paying Bills

Welcome to the Drug Abuse Postcard Campaign, run by freshmen at Manhattan Early College School for Advertising. Our campaign is all about stopping drug abuse in New York City.

This campaign aims to help people realize that drugs are not always the answer to everything. People often become addicted to drugs and are unable to realize the important things in life such as family, responsibility and health. As people focus more on drugs they end up forgetting that they have other responsibilities and succumb to addiction.

We want you to help us by talking to at least a few people or family members or even friends that are going through this problem of drug abuse. After you have talked to them about what could happen if they keep on using drugs, spread out and inform others about our call to action. Also make sure to let them know about the Free Rehab Centers in NYC so that they can get the help that they need.

On the front of the postcard send a picture of yourself with your thumbs up and on the back write an encouraging message to the person in the rehab center so that they can have the strength to keep going. For example: You are doing the right thing do not give up.

Power to the People

The Power to the People postcard campaign, run by ninth graders at The Manhattan Early College School for Advertising. This campaign is about stopping police brutality and racism. This is to support organizations that are trying to fight against racism and police brutality, such as Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, NAACP, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and the National Black Justice Coalition. Together we can put an end to police brutality and diminish racism once and for all … but we need your help!

Here is how you can help:

Take a picture of yourself holding up a raised fist (made popular by the Black Panthers Movement)
and/or
Take a picture of yourself wearing all black with a sign saying “#powertothepeople”.

Your image will spread awareness and show support to those organizations addressing racism and police brutality in our society.

The xeNO! Campaign

Welcome to the xeNO postcard campaign, run by a 9th grade ELA team of Manhattan Early College School for Advertising. Our campaign is about raising awareness and stopping the increase of Xenophobia throughout America. Our goal is to bring awareness to the negative effects of Xenophobia and how it affects people on an everyday basis. Right now Xenophobia is at an all time high and we believe Trump is a huge cause of this. You can be a key component to helping our movement gain recognition.

Think of a time a group of people disowned you and acted as if they're better than you based off of something that represents you. The feeling of neglect and abandonment for simply being yourself. We believe that nobody, no matter his/her/their position, is better than another. Xenophobia is people who fear citizens from foreign countries. By taking the time to submit a postcard, you are already making a stand; you’re becoming more aware of the pain and heartache brought upon others.

Help us by forming your own postcard. Upload and email your postcard with you screaming out the word “xeNO!” with a speech bubble surrounding it. Feel free to add other images to the image that describe how you feel about xenophobia. Your postcard with be printed and sent directly to The Oval office as soon as Trump takes office.

Stop Gang Violence | ACT

Gang violence impacts communities because gangs instill fear into residents with graffiti, vandalism,
intimidation, and drug sales. Communities are in fear of becoming victims to gang violence,
which can lead to minor injuries to serious injuries and even death. Therefore people should support
the Police Athletic League because it gives the youth an opportunity to do more things than
joining gangs.

Upload a photo of yourself participating in a favorite sport to show your support for our movement.

YOLO

YOLO. You Only Live Once so make sure you use protection so that you can live life to the fullest and don’t get sidetracked by a baby. “Love and Affection, Don’t Forget Your Protection” is our slogan as we mail our postcards to a school that does not teach sex ed. In 2014, 249,078 babies were born to women aged 15 to 19 and 57% of females do not get sexual education. Being that there are a number of diseases that can be contracted through sexual intercourse, YOLO wants to spread the word and make sure that people know that wearing protection is best way to ensure that you can truly live to the fullest.

In order to get the message out, take a picture of yourself with
(a) contraception and/or
(b) a fact or message related to the importance of sex education and/or
(c) a sign with our hashtag #loveandaffectionuseprotection.

Write a message in favor of comprehensive sex education in schools.

Debullify The World

When you notice bullying, you should be an upstander of bullying and try to help others out of it. Show them how to be strong in those situations and never let the pressure of bullying consume them. Help those who need it and try to stop the bullying.

Take a picture of yourself as a victim of bullying or as an upstander of bullying and share the story to help others know that they can make it through the pressure of bullying. Show how you overcame your bully and want to help others do the same. Also, please make sure to say in your postcard which school you go to. These postcards will be displayed around schools in the vicinity to help stop bullying.

Terminate School Shootings

On December 14, 2012, a piece of breaking news shook the world. 20 students and 6 adults were killed by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We, 9th graders from Manhattan Early College School for Advertising, (Adrian G., Jazlyn A.-G., Hailey C. and Jordan C.) are trying to prevent incidents like the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings from ever happening again.


We want our voices to be heard! We want to pass a law to start background checks at gun shows, and to have better security measures at schools. We also want to bring awareness to people in power, and make them realize that stronger gun laws need to be placed. We are planning to send this to the White House and to different senators in other states.

What you can do to help:
1. Send a picture of a fact about school shootings or gun violence.
2. Take a selfie holding a #TogetherWeCanProtectSchools written in your favorite color crayon.
3. Make a collage for the people who have died in school shootings.
4. Tell us how school shootings have personally affected you.

#UseYourVOICE to Stop Bullying

Students at VOICE Charter School have recognized that they are being affected by bullying. They plan to use this campaign to raise awareness for the students and teachers and to inspire them to do their part to end bullying. We will create photos and drawings to highlight how bullying affects us, how it makes people feel, what we can do to stop bullying, and what kinds of bullying exist in our school. We will write messages that are tips and advice to stop bullying, suggestions for how to help a victim, who to turn to if you if you are a victim of bullying, and messages of support and encouragement. The postcards will be designed into a quilt-like mural to be hung year after year in the hallways of VOICE as a reminder that bullying is a problem that everyone can help to stop.

Our Voices

We are participants at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Kutz Camp this summer. This summer we have explored how teens can make a difference by speaking out on the issues and injustice in this world that needs to change. We will be creating postcards that reflect the issues we care most about. We will then share those postcards with our community and camp and our communities back at home. We are citizens of this global world who care and can be change agents by collectively using our voices to make a difference by standing up for those who need our support.

Justice Wasn't Served. It Was Bought.

When prisoners become units from which profit is derived, there is a tendency to see them as commodities”. - Ira P. Robbins
For-profit prisons are unjust. For-profit prisons take advantage of people who are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses such as theft, drug possession, and illegal immigration. These prisons increase their profits the more prisoners they house and the longer their
sentence.

Corporations such as the GEO Group Inc. and Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) make millions from their prison contracts each year as well as charging exorbitant fees for phone calls, housing, and other services in prison. According to a study by Anita Mukherjee at the University of Wisconsin, people who go to a private prison spend an average of 60 to 90 days longer in prison for the same crimes. It is immoral for any system to exploit people to gain a profit for themselves.

A way to end privatized prisons is through the Justice Is Not For Sale Act. The Justice Is Not For Sale Act (H. R. 3543) was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Raul M. Grijalva, Representative Keith Ellison and Representative Bobby L. Rush. The goal of this act is to end contracts with private companies that run prisons, as well as to regulate more closely who goes to prison. We, the students in The Center for Social Justice in Montclair High School want to see this bill passed to dissolve for-profit prisons.

We cannot advance prison reform without changing existing laws. Join us in helping to raise awareness for the Justice Is Not For Sale Act. Write a message of support to Representative Keith Ellison to help push this bill through.

Follow us on Instagram @csjnot4profitprisons

The Cornell Benjamin Memorial Park Campaign

Students at Satellite Academy High School were learning about a People's History of the Bronx. They read the graphic memoir Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker by Julian Voloj. The memoir paints a picture of the South Bronx during the tumultuous 60s and 70s. One of the many gangs in the South Bronx, the Ghetto Brothers, decided to take a different approach. Influenced by the work of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, the Ghetto Brothers worked to foster peace between the gangs and strengthen the neighborhood through community service and rehabilitation programs. Cornell Benjamin, also known as Black Benji, was the Peace Ambassador for the Ghetto Brothers. Tragically, he was killed trying to mediate a truce between two rival gangs. His untimely death sparked a enormous Peace Meeting at the Hoe Avenue Boys and Girls Club which led to a borough-wide truce between gangs. Benjy Melendez, president and co-founder of the Ghetto Brothers visited Satellite Academy and spoke to students about the work that they could do to keep Cornell's memory alive.

This meeting inspired the students of Satellite Academy to take action. They hope to deliver postcards to the South Bronx City Council representative, Rafael Salamanca Jr., asking that Councilmember Salamanca rename the park where Cornell Benjamin was killed as a tribute to his efforts to build peace. Please upload a photo and write a message in support of their campaign. Your photo and message will become a physical postcard delivered directly to Councilmember Salamanca.

Glorify Green!

The world is manufacturing more artificial products than ever before. After only one use, most of these materials end up in a landfill where they take hundreds or even thousands of years to decompose. Recycling and the use of biodegradable products is essential to preserving our environment, as materials such as styrofoam are extremely hazardous.

Styrofoam, an informal name for polystyrene, is a non-biodegradable substance used frequently in businesses. Since the petroleum-based plastic material is resistant to photolysis, it never fully decomposes. Polystyrene has been declared the main component of marine debris, because of its unique property to float. Styrene, a main component of polystyrene is a human carcinogen. In addition, the production of styrofoam releases 57 chemical byproducts that contribute significantly to diminishing our ozone layer.

The Alachua County landfill closed down in 1998 when it reached its maximum capacity, and now Alachua County waste is shipped 36 miles away to the New River Regional Landfill. Attached is one of the most recent photos of our landfill. We believe that by advertising biodegradable products and making it advantageous to companies to use them instead of polystyrene products, Gainesville can make a change for the betterment of its environment Some biodegradable products include: post-consumer recycled paper, bamboo, and corn plastic. We would also like to promote the development of a public styrofoam recycling facility in Gainesville. Although this is not the most environmentally friendly option, because of all the energy used to transform the material, one is able to decrease the amount of waste left in landfills for prolonged periods of time. If you want to keep Gainesville’s environment clean and preserve its beauty, join the fight!

Prison Not For Profit

Since the 1980’s, states facing budget cuts have difficulty providing housing, healthcare, food, and security for millions of inmates. As a result, profit-hungry organizations, like the GEO group, have created proposals to prison officials, offering to buy and manage public prisons at a reduced cost to the states. This is known as prison privatization, the process by which third party, for-profit companies are contracted by the government to oversee the running of a prison facility.
Realistically, these companies operate these intended rehabilitation centers as businesses, focusing primarily on limiting expenses in any way possible. This economic focus has caused a decrease in prison quality. Prisoners are facing mounting problems such as limited healthcare and declining food quality as the privatization of prisons persists.

Regan Clarine was a victim of prison privatization in Arizona. While in prison, Regan was pregnant and had a C-section. Her C-section wounds were treated with packets of sugar instead of antibiotics to save money. This method can be traced back to the early twentieth century, and is no longer accepted as a medical practice. Regan is understandably traumatized from these events. Unfortunately, similar events transpire in prisons daily as a result of privatization within prison systems.

With this message, we hope to encourage people to voice their support, and join the movement to call on senators to pass legislative reform regarding the end of prison privatization. The poor treatment of prisoners not only has adverse effects on the prisoners themselves, but also on society due to re-incarceration being encouraged rather than rehabilitation as a way to increase profits. Prison privatization is neither fiscally responsible nor principally just.

Live. Love. Loris.

The loris is a primate that occupies much of southern and southeastern Asia. They have become endangered in the past few years due to habitat loss and hunting. Lorises are sought out to be used for religious ceremonies or to be bought and sold as pets to wealthy buyers. Their removal upsets the delicate balance in the ecosystem. They are also hunted to be used as laboratory animals to be tested on. Before they are traded off, many hunters remove their teeth without anesthetic to prevent them from attacking causing pain and infection. As pets, the lorises needs are not met and many of them must endure the bright lights of their enclosures, despite their nocturnal nature. Their omnivorous diets are also often disregarded, leading to a host of diseases and slow, painful death.

Join our campaign to save the loris! Take action and send a postcard to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help bring this cause to their attention so they can use their resources and publicity to spread awareness about this animal. The more awareness for the loris, the better its situation will be. Feel free to include a personal message about how this makes you feel and why YOU think they need help! Help us save this poor animal.

Mending the Wounds of Injustice: Modern Day Slavery

Twenty-seven million people around the world are still exposed to the bondage of slavery, with very little hope of being liberated. Human trafficking increases the growth of organized crime, harming the health, safety, security, and the basic needs of humanity. It is the fastest growing crime in the world. In our fight, we are asking you to send letters to those who have experienced this injustice and are currently in rehabilitation to give them hope and comfort. Please upload a photo and write a message to be sent to the A21’s Greek Office.

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