MAG-Net Members Rock! Q&A with Philadelphia Student Union

Philadelphia MAG-Net member, Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) was started in 1995 by a group of young people who were concerned about not receiving the quality of education that they deserved. They decided that if school reform were going to be successful, it would have to involve students as leaders for change. Since that time, the organization has grown from the dream of a few students to a strong organization that has allowed students themselves to become a major force for improving schools in Philadelphia. Over 3,500 young people have completed the Student Union’s leadership development program. These young people learned how to bring people together to solve problems. Many of its former members have become active in organizing, youth work and advocacy in their colleges and communities.

Making “Illa-Noise” in Chicago Against NATO and the Afghanistan War

By Betty Yu, Reposted from

“I am a daughter of an [Afghan] refugee, and my taxpayer dollars are being used to kill my family.  The media is playing this [Afghanistan war] as a “good war” and that it is helping to liberate Afghan women. Bombing Afghanistan into oblivion is not going to help these women.  NATO occupation out of Afghanistan!”

-Samira Sayed –Rahman, Afghans for Peace

Taking Back the American Dream? Or Still Living the Nightmare? As the 99% #OccupyingEverywhere

By Betty Yu, Center for Media Justice

“The Tea Party got the memo.  We didn’t.  How can 15% of the public opinion shape the nation’s political landscape?  What about [the rest] of us?”

-Van Jones during his closing plenary at the 2011 Take Back the American Dream Conference in Washington, D.C.

Civil Rights 2.0: NAACP should officially reverse position on net neutrality

by Sable Verity

As people of color we know beyond a shadow of a doubt the way we are portrayed in the media is more about stereotypes than truth. It’s not just news media but entertainment media as well. Those in control of the images and information we consume don’t care to accurately portray people of color, or see the importance in empowering said people to help paint the fuller picture--something the NAACP has historically battled against.

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