So blogs are cool for being able to put together a bunch of thoughts around causes or issues. I had a retrospective moment today where I thought about which issues were so important to me that I had to blog bout them. The reason I had this retrospective moment, is because I was thinking it might be helpful to start contributing to other publications...to start getting the voice out there. In the last few months, the following issues have captured my attention:
The importance of youth Voice
This particular issue has been covered in almost every single blog post I have done. More recently, I've shared info about AYO's Creative Expressions Program, a creative writing opportunity for inner city youth, as well as written an open letter to North End youth, telling them to BRING IT, and share their gifts. Lastly, AYO finally has a link on facebook: facebook.com/ayoantigang.
At one point I heard several stories of violence happening with our Elders. It is so important for us as a people to take care of our Elders! It breaks my heart to think the oldest and most fragile people in our community are at risk of being exploited and taken advantage of.
Young people in many isolated communities, inner city and rez, face this challenge. This challenge of thinking the world is so hopeless that the only viable option is suicide. There is a way out people!
Political awareness in young people
AYO launched the PolitiX initiative in May 2011 to raise awareness in Aboriginal youth bout the importance of voting. We got to play 'Get Real' with several candidates and used social media to heavily promote the event.
Violence in the Inner City
There is a lot of challenges we face in our hod. i remember one day where I read about a house fire that destroyed a whole families place they were staying. I like commenting on the current challenges happening in our hood when they happen!
Lack of recognition for youth contributions to community renewal
I get frustrated when our young people do amazing ass things, and are not recognized appropriately for it. The youth in our commuity have such a shitty reputation, and the media and the world at large is the first to notice when something shitty happens. But whne young people get together, help one another and are engaged in community renewal, the media and the world look the other way. Not in my blog people, and not in my world.
This was intended to share with you folks how a blog can be used to help relay your opinion on cerntain issues. Its kind of telling for me, to see that those were the issues that I really took to heart and needed to comment on the internet about it. Its good for self evaluation...
And so...where's your blog?