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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This week, Foreign Policy released their FP Twitterati Top 100 list of the best foreign policy tweeps. Today, Pakistan’s Express Tribune released their Tribune Twitterati, a similar list, from journalists to policymakers who are a must-follow for updates on Pakistan. They just so happen to include my friend, the lovely Mehreen Kasana (who is also a Tumblrer and a must-follow at that) as well as other fabulous tweeters like Saba Imtiaz, Azmat Khan, Naheed Mustafa, Declan Walsh, Salman Siddiqui and Hussain Haqqani. Get following!  

thepoliticalnotebook:

This week, Foreign Policy released their FP Twitterati Top 100 list of the best foreign policy tweeps. Today, Pakistan’s Express Tribune released their Tribune Twitterati, a similar list, from journalists to policymakers who are a must-follow for updates on Pakistan. They just so happen to include my friend, the lovely Mehreen Kasana (who is also a Tumblrer and a must-follow at that) as well as other fabulous tweeters like Saba Imtiaz, Azmat Khan, Naheed Mustafa, Declan Walsh, Salman Siddiqui and Hussain Haqqani. Get following!  

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.

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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. 

Kwan Booth explains the importance of a diverse media to PiercingPolitics.

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"Facebook, NOT FRIENDSTER!"

Erin Gibson, host of the ModernLady segment of Infomania on CurrentTV, speaks to PiercingPolitics and advises students on how to use social media to be politically active.

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.

The jester or the fool is the one who gets to say things to the king that no one else can.

- Inspiration to speak out from Sara Benincasa at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston

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Comedy is the gateway drug to advocacy.

Matthew Filipowicz at the National Conference For Media Reform, April 9th 2011

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