I am a Political Science major at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH attempting to encourage involvement with political initiatives around campus and throughout the local community.

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Smith College in Northampton, MA to host training in economics

CPE’s Summer Institute: CPE’s Summer Institute is a week-long intensive training in economics for media makers, activists, educators, and anyone who wants a better understanding of economics. We focus on how economic systems impact our lives and work every day. Our trainings are highly participatory and build on the knowledge and experience of our participants. No background in economics is required.

Core Classrooms: At the heart of the Summer Institute program are two core courses, one on the U.S. Economy, one on the International Economy. All participants must choose one core course. The core classes meet each day in the mornings. Below is a sample of topics.

U.S. Economy
Economy, race, class and gender
Personal to global economic histories
Labor and the workplace
Roots of the economic meltdown & policy solutions (eg. fiscal & monetary)
An intro. to international economics
Economic alternatives
International Economy
Brief history of the global economy
International trade
International production
International finance, roots of the economic meltdown and solutions
Creating a new world economy

INSPIRATION!
According to Natural History Magazine and innumerable other sources, the young people of Egypt are the ones driving the revolution. In a country where the media age is 20, social networks, technology of all breeds, dire necessity, and pure passion for freedom have been instrumental in making political and social progress.
As we, American students, watch the protests on television and watch a new nation emerge, we should be inspired by the passion and hard work of our Egyptian peers.
To learn more about the revolution in Egypt, check out Al Jazeera English on Youtube, read about it on the Democracy Now! website, and follow #egypt on twitter. Stay informed and stay inspired. If these young people are fighting for their beliefs and breaking free of oppression, what can you do in a country full of people who applaud speaking out?

INSPIRATION!

According to Natural History Magazine and innumerable other sources, the young people of Egypt are the ones driving the revolution. In a country where the media age is 20, social networks, technology of all breeds, dire necessity, and pure passion for freedom have been instrumental in making political and social progress.

As we, American students, watch the protests on television and watch a new nation emerge, we should be inspired by the passion and hard work of our Egyptian peers.

To learn more about the revolution in Egypt, check out Al Jazeera English on Youtube, read about it on the Democracy Now! website, and follow #egypt on twitter. Stay informed and stay inspired. If these young people are fighting for their beliefs and breaking free of oppression, what can you do in a country full of people who applaud speaking out?

Featured Organizations for Young Republicans

Below are some featured organizations which can help young conservatives get involved in politics on a national or local scale. These are established groups with missions and goals that YOU can get involved with.

College Republicans - The College Republicans are a group specifically designed for university students seeking a way to become engaged in their political sphere. College Republicans has chapters located on campuses around the country (including at Franklin Pierce) but also features simple steps for starting your own on their website. The main concern of the group is escalating national debt and are active in campaigns, educational opportunities and in helping members to market themselves in the political network. Follow them on twitter to keep up to date on their initiatives.

The Responsible Youth PAC - According to the their twitter page, the Responsible Youth PAC, “…is a group of young Americans who see the need for political action and will fight for a future grounded in limited government and fiscal responsibility.” They, like their older counterparts, aim to repeal the Obama Health-care package and balance the national budget. To get involved, check out their page listing current chapters or learn how to start your own.

Young Republican National Federation - Featured on the front page of the website is information on the group’s illustrious history which includes being the oldest political youth organization in the country and having been a key component in the election of Abraham Lincoln. The group has active chapters in all 50 US states and is open to anyone 18-40 years old. You can also follow them on twitter.

Republican Youth Majority - this group is for young Republicans who are pro-choice, pro-environment, and yet fiscally conservative. The organization is governed by an advisory board of established politicians. According to the RYM website, their mission is to …

  1. To educate students and young professionals on every campus and in every community in America about our progressive Republican leadership;
  2. To identify, recruit, train, and mobilize students and young professionals who share our ideals for effective leadership in the Republican Party; and,
  3. To generate media recognition that increases awareness of our mission and enhances our recruitment activities and network.

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COMING SOON - Organizations for Young Democrats

Take Back The Night

On Thursday, April 21st at 6pm, Franklin Pierce students and faculty will gather in the library courtyard to participate in the annual Take Back The Night walk through the campus. According to the Take Back the Night twitter page, the TBTN Foundation, “…is a 501(c)3 publicly funded charity with the mission of ending sexual violence in all forms and lending support to survivors.”

FPU, as well as many other communities throughout the country, takes one night out of the year to hold activities devoted to calling attention to sexual violence, reducing fear, and showing support to victims.

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE -

1) Attend student Jeff Payne’s presentation in Marcucella Hall on Thursday, April 21st at 4pm entitled, When Funny is Serious : TV Sitcoms and Rape

2) At 6pm, gather in the library courtyard for the Take Back the Night Walk around campus.

3) Watch Reality Check perform three skits inspired back Take Back the Night in the Alumni Lounge at 630pm followed by a speak out and snacks.

4) Speak out on twitter, facebook, and your blogs to call attention to the events and to the reality of sexual violence.

Image courtesy of University of Wisconsin Library Archives

REASONS TO PARTICIPATE (from Rainn.org)-

1)1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).

2) About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

3) Victims of sexual assault are:

3 times more likely to suffer from depression.

6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.

26 times more likely to abuse drugs.

4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

4) Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

For more information on TBTN events, legal resources for victims of rape or sexual assault, and news, please visit the Take Back The Night website.

For more about the RAINN Organization, visit their website.

For more information about the events to be held at Franklin Pierce, please contact Tawni Turcotte or Prof. Donna Decker through FPU email. 

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is designed to spread awareness about the gap between wages of white males and the earnings of minorities including women and racial groups. I was very pleased to see that FPU is encouraging students to act by sending a mass email to all of us on campus. If this is a cause close to your heart or a reality of your life, please act in one of the following ways or think up your own way of spreading awareness or showing solidarity. Its so simple to get involved.

Wear red to signify that women and minorities are financially “in the red”!

Sign a petition encouraging your congressional representative to support The Paycheck Fairness Act at the ACLU’s website.

Spread awareness by marking posts on Twitter with the tag #EqualPayDay!

Post a statistic or status on Facebook!

For more information, see the Equal Pay Day website.

Linda Quintanilha - Parent and Activist

After the presentation by Gordon DuBois on March 22nd, he introduced a woman by the name of Linda Quintanilha to the group of students and faculty remaining in Pierce Hall.

She told a story of an average childhood which blossomed into an average adulthood that included marriage, a home, a career, and eventually two delightful children. In 2005, however, the story of Mrs. Quintanilha’s life changed and she was confronted with challenges that for the first time set her apart from the other “normal” families she had been exposed to all her life. In 2005, Linda Quintanilha’s daughter was diagnosed with autism.

When Linda delved into the world of developmental disorder workshops, support groups, and community programs in order to assist her daughter and save her family, she soon realized how valuable they were to her life and to others experiencing similar circumstances and joined the activist group Able New Hampshire.

In her few moments before the audience, Linda Quintanilha balanced her time between sharing personal experiences and biting political criticism of the budget cuts soon to be voted on in Concord. She informed the crowd that there were over 600 families who testified with the New Hampshire state legislature to prevent the new budget from eliminating all state funded programs for disabled state residents, but even in the budget’s current incarnation all of the services in New Hampshire communities dedicated to caring for disabled citizens in existence today remain in jeopardy.

Quintanilha brought the message home by sharing the statistic that at least 50 families in the Monadnock region alone would be totally left without care for their disabled adult children. She said, “We’re looking at chaos. We’re looking at families with nowhere to turn… How are we going to live? How are we going to survive?”

Quintanilha implored all audience members, as well as friends, family, and concerned citizens to take a stand and help advocate and show support for the developmentally disabled by attending a rally on March 31st at noon on the statehouse lawn in Concord, NH.

For more information on Able New Hampshire, please visit their website.

For more information about the New Hampshire State budget cuts, please visit BusinessWeek.com or google New Hampshire State Budget.

For more information about the rally to be held in Concord and transportation options for getting to the rally, please contact Linda Quintanilha at Linda.Quintanilha@gmail.com.