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NOTE: From here on out, TR lists will be biweekly (every 2 weeks), with some additions made when necessary.
We're back on track with the biweekly lists! We are so inspired by your participation in the March for Our Lives and the action you've been taking. From gun control, to Stormy Daniels' 60 minutes. to the ongoing Mueller investigation to so much more, this week has been a wild one in terms of national and global politics. In this way, it’s so easy to get lost in all of the crucial issues/controversies going on and lose track of some of the ones that are equally as important. We hope these briefings and actions are helpful, and if not, that you can reach out to us and ask for what you may need!
We are always here.
all the best,
What went down
Puppy Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGP6zk7jcrQ
Teen Resisters! We are back. This past month-and-change has flown by in a swirl of emotion, action, and passion. While we, and so many others, are devastated by the events in Parkland, and even some of the NRA actions since, it has been incredibly moving to see so many teens take action.
Teens Resist's goal is to inspire teens to turn their opinions into action, and give them the resources to do so. We have never seen so many teens who not only have passionate, strong opinions, but are also looking to do something about them. We've put together this list to help you all do that. We include some of the things you should know about gun laws themselves, and of course, what you can do. (And some self care tips at the end)
Keep fighting. We are so proud to be teens right now.
ITTY BITTY BACKGROUND INFO: Besides its massive financial dominance, a main way in which the NRA has been able to remain so influential and untouchable in modern US politics is through its transformation of the 2nd amendment in the eyes of the American people. A quick reminder, the 2nd amendment is the following:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Originally, the Amendment was interpreted as being designed to give government-affiliated military institutions the right to bear arms. As interpreted, “the people” to which the statement refers being those groups of people who secured the state. It is only in recent years — in some cases, only a decade ago, in the supreme court case of District of Columbia v. Heller — where this concept of the people being able to bear arms was extended to the regular American individual. And it was never said, even by the most conservative justices, that that right should be unlimited. Ever since, the NRA has dedicated its massive government funding and political resources to maintaining the concept of individual rights to guns.
Quick petition: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/gun-control-now-1
BUT ALSO TEEN RESISTERS: These are really, really hard times. So take care of yourself! Here are some of our fave self-care links:
- A Good Self-Care Spotify List
- Fairly Affordable (and amazing smelling) Handmade Essential Oil Candles (the person writing this 10/10 recommends "Balance" and Rejuvenation")
- A Vine Comp
- A Pug Video Playlist
- Best Smelling Body Lotion in the World (you're welcome)
Brought to you by the always-boss Kate Griem and Proof Schubert-Reed, here are some things to keep in mind this International Women's Day and Women's History Month! xx, TR
Hello Teens Resisters!! In honor of International Women’s Day, here are some (almost unbelievable but somehow not surprising) facts to inspire you to take some concrete action around women’s rights across the world:
These are only a small fraction of the statistics that continue to show us how much work still needs to be done. From workplace discrimination to scarce political representation to sexual harassment to human trafficking to lack of women in STEM — not just in the U.S. but all over the world — women deserve equal social and professional treatment and an equal voice.
What you can do
The good news is: these statistics can be changed! How can I take action?
Engaging in Pop culture:
In honor of the sheer power of girl power, check out these super amazing pieces of music/literature/media created by women!!
And above all, remember that supporting rights for girls means supporting all girls. Girls are powerful, they rock, and every single one of them deserves the same resources and support as everyone else in the world. Keep the above in mind today and every day as you continue to Resist and fight for equality across the world!
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