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