Life, Magazine, Spring 2017: The Easter Issue

How You Can Take Real Action Against What’s Happening in the World

Jerry Kiesewetter

Have you ever looked at the world around you and felt completely helpless? I have; there are so many days that I look at the world around me and feel completely helpless. I feel the need to take action and take a stand, but I have no idea how or where to start. What issues require more attention than others? What organizations can I join and become a part of? How do I give a voice to those who have no voice or afraid to speak up? If you feel the call, here’s how you can take real action against what’s happening in the world.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is at an all-time high in the United States. Did you know that 20 to 30 million people across the world are acting as slaves right now? 80% of those people are women and children. 80% of human trafficking involves sexual exploitation and 19% labor exploitation. So why is no one talking about it? If it’s such an important issue, why is no one speaking up? The truth is, people are speaking up. More and more as more people go missing each year. Those that go missing, especially children between the age of 12 and 14, are classified as runaways. But that is not always the case. To get more involved and take action against human trafficking, here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Start a club or community group
  • Lobby local policymakers
  • Hold events to raise awareness
  • Launch a research project
  • Work or volunteer at a human trafficking organization
  • Avoid product and companies that participate in human trafficking

Women’s Rights

Women’s rights have become the focal point of 2017. With Vice President, Mike Pence siding for the defunding of all Planned Parenthood, organizations and other government officials are stepping in, women’s rights are more important than ever. Organizations such as the Global Fund for Women, the Women’s March on Washington, and NOW (National Organization for Women) are just some of the various organizations stepping up in the fight for protecting women’s rights. By joining these groups, you can get involved in the fight for women’s rights. You can also start your organization or volunteer at a local organization near you.

Environmental Justice

Environmental rights are another issue becoming a focal point in 2017. With President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the removal of Native Americans from their land, our environment is in danger. More than it has been in the last forty years. Our current president is threatening to defund the EPA and is rolling back environmental restrictions put in place by the Obama administration meant to protect us. Here are some ways in which you can take action and seek environmental justice:

  • Join your local EPA
  • Join the march on Earth Day
  • Write your local representatives and tell them why the environment and climate change are important!

There is a world of other issues that need to be addressed, and all Americans should get involved in, such as animal rights, pro-life, and pro-choice issues, as well as refugee issues. The fact of the matter is that America is in trouble, and we need to take action against these real world issues. We need to start making a difference. Whether it’s posting daily on your social media networks, sharing the resistance movements, getting involved in your local community, we need to take action. We need to get involved. It starts with one voice. Will your voice be the one?

What are some organizations you are involved in? Let us know below?

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