Flacks: NewsActivist Winter 2015- Complementary Course
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A very interesting topic and one that is very controversial at times but very present in today's society. There is a very fine line that exists between the government wanting to keep its citizen's safe and it crossing a privacy line. People are entitled to be able to live their life without always wondering who is watching them or how someone is watching them. However, it is true that the government's responsibility is to keep the entire population safe and sometimes in order to do so they need to keep an eye on certain people. I agree with you that the use of technology when it comes to investigating can sometimes be intimidating for people but its purpose is quite clear: looking out for a state's interest. Overall, a well developed topic and very nice piece of writing.
Hello Do234, I am really impressed by your Prezi show! ( I guess it’s kind of an emotion mixed with admiration and jealousy) ~ I am also really interested when you say you have chosen to change your way of contribution from serving the greater number to serving the greater need. Because in the concept of effective altruism brought up by Peter Singer, it’s often the quantitative aspect of altruism that is encouraged. However, I am of your opinion that sometimes to develop a deep connection and mutual trust with a person is more of a life changing experience than simply providing a solid material support. The spiritual growth descended from a relationship based on a profound trust and affection can’t be simple valued by the number of people involved in the relationship. In the contrary, this connection is all the more valuable because it can’t be quantified nor reproduced using simply an effective economic model. Another very important thing that you have taught me in your post is that sometimes the more positive and more effective way to help somebody is often give them opportunities to contribute to the betterment of the others and the society. During their contribution, not only can they gain confidence, self-esteem and social skills but it is also a process of achieving their self-worth. If there is any recommendation or ideas that I can share with you I’d say provide your goddaughter with more opportunities to contribute and to discover her own values such as helping hiding the eggs on Easter. I believe your goddaughter will benefit greatly from her time spent with you. Wish you good luck
Giving friendship and affection to people which rarely receive these things because of their disorders, you must almost feel like a super hero. By giving happiness to others, not only do you help these people feel more confident and positive about themselves, you also give happiness towards yourself too. You even get new friends by volunteering with Parrainage Champlain! I find it very respectable that you've decided to give your time to help people like Amélie to feel happy and less alone in our society. The fact that one of your family members has down syndrome must've been quite a source of your determination to be able to give other people with disabilities the love they rarely or never received. The already strong experience that you've had with people with disorders is clearly shown in this post because not many people would offer to help these people in need, which is obviously a problem that should've been solved yesterday. I truly think that what you've done, even if it was for one person and it may have seemed small, was maybe one of the biggest things you could've done to help a person!
Reading your post is a good reminder to the reality of islamophobia and gender inequality that is present in our society. By participating as a volunteer in Justice Femme, you were able to face this reality by meeting a real victim of islamophobia, Hanane Mehdi. By listening to her voice and by sharing your experience with this non-profit organization on various social media and on this website, people will surely take the issue at hand more seriously, especially yourself as you were present at the conference and you have more knowledge on the situation than most people now. Also, it is really good that you have shared a video. Now, other people will be able to have the opportunity to understand a bit more how women that are affected by this kind of racism and inequality feel. Simply viewing the video is a sign of participation made by the community. Your post caught my interest because it reminded me about another issue that involves racism and gender inequality that i have written about recently. It may not relate directly with the issue of islamophobia that you've written in this post, but it does show how this kind of racism and sexism can affect a women in terms of education: http://newsactivist.com/en/articles/flacks-newsactivist-winter-2015-comp...
This link in relevant because it introduces another issue that can come along with the problem you've written about in your post as a volunteer.
I found your post very interesting. I wasn’t aware that the Defi Sportif organised something that would encourage teenagers with disabilities or handicaps to practice sports. I read your post because my little sister has severe autism. This kind of activities gives me hope that when she grows up, she will have the chance to experience as much things as “normal” teenagers. I’m also happy that you got the opportunity to share your experience and erase the stigma around people that have handicaps or diseases. You wrote an important and thorough piece on equality and the importance of treating everyone with the respect they deserve. Here is an article about the impact of stigmas on people that have disabilities: http://www.su.rmit.edu.au/assets/Downloads/Journal-Article-Living-Stigma.... I believe you could find this article interesting as it would show you how important your post can help resolve the issue surrounding prejudices. Indeed, by describing your volunteering experience, you have demonstrated that teens with handicaps are really the same as any other teenagers. In a way, you are stopping the perpetuation of stereotypes surrounding this subject. I really hope you had as much fun volunteering as I had reading your post.
I believe that you have effectively linked the issues discussed during the reunion of Justice Femme with other issues linked to islamophobia and racism. Also, I must congratulate you on your work with the organisation. By filming and photographing the event, not only were you able to share your experience with the members of newsactivist.com, but you were also able to share this reunion with everyone on the internet. I found your volunteering work interesting because I also discussed the experience of a woman who experienced discrimination because of her hijab (http://newsactivist.com/en/news-summary/flacks-newsactivist-winter-2015
complementary-course/rania-el-alloul-declines-50k). Furthermore, I wrote about the Chapel Hill shooting and islamophobia in another post. This is a link to my article on islamophobia in the United States and Quebec: http://newsactivist.com/en/articles/flacks-newsactivist-winter-2015-comp.... I think you’ll find some interesting points in both posts that will encourage people to take action against racism or gender inequality. It is exactly organisations like Justice Femme that will give a voice to those who are living injustice. Again, I just want to point out how filming a meeting like you did can bring awareness and have a real impact on the issue.
First of all, amazing work! The amount of research and time you put into this assignment really demonstrates how you feel passionate about the issue. Global warming, as you said, is an issue that is undeniably impacting the way we live and dramatically influences what our future will hold for us and the futures the countless other species living on our planet. In our democratic political system, I believe it is very important that the people understand the impact that their opinions can have on politics and legislation. For some people, making significant improvements regarding issues such as global warming may seem like a long shot to some people because they sometimes do not consider how their voice can make a difference. However, when you described President Obama’s consideration for public opinion regarding the negative effects of the Keystone Pipeline, you clearly demonstrated how the people’s voice does in fact play a major role in the measures enacted to improve pressing issues. By continuing to express their opinions regarding this issue, the chances that our species and the countless others overcome global warming increase significantly. In addition, I found an article which discusses how the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) has released many documents regarding the measures that are being put in place to help sustain our species’ occupancy of this planet in the long run (links provided below).
First of all, I would like to thank you for taking so much of your time to try and instill change for the better of our country and of our planet. I think that you have done your fair share, be it big or small, for the world. Your volunteering explanation post was very well written and very inspirational and it is great to see someone taking real action to fight for the environment. I do go out and volunteer to get some petition signatures sometimes and I can say that I completely agree with what you say about it making a difference regardless. I also especially liked the part about the monarch butterflies. I have done a little research of my own in the past months and I found this on the David Suzuki Foundation website that could give you some more ideas: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/monarch-butterflies-need-your... . I would like to finish by saying that I was able to order my own packet of milkweed seeds thanks to you. Keep up the awesome work!
I’ll start off by saying that your text is very good and that I totally agree that volunteering is very important, as it can widen one’s horizons and contribute to further community building. I do a lot of volunteering myself and I really enjoy it and the fact that I know that I am making a small difference. It’s very good that you are trying to help other students get to know their community better and be able to survive living alone for the first time and I am sure that many people will appreciate your work. It is very important to get students engaged and aware of what is around them so that they can have a clear path to help make change for themselves and their community. I am currently working on something that could relate to your project. I want to complete an information document for the upcoming federal election that will contain everything people need to know during the campaign and during Election Day. I want to make it easier for students to participate in our democracy, just like you want to make it easier for students to manage their budget and live comfortably and I applaud you for that.
We all know the issue of obesity and its extent in Occidental societies, but we never really saw the problems it causes to the ones in need. I always thought that dealing with obesity is simple: physical activity is the key and being lazy or poor prevent us from doing some. However, I never ever thought about the ones who need help to avoid or overcome obesity. Not only you helped them, but you also took it to another level with the blog, Facebook page and Tumblr, when it was not even asked of you. Encouraging others to act is the best way to change things. I personally participate in volunteering activities when I see them on Facebook (events), because the number of people ''going'' can be seen. This way, I know the event is important to some extent, and my participation will not be useless. I encourage you to continue.
In the future, we can change as a society by making healthy product cheaper for example. It is simply ridiculous that a burger costs 2$ while a salad costs 5$, or that vending machines are filled with chocolate and chips. Schools can encourage this type of change in the cafeteria also.
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