Special Two-in-One Blog Post!

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a little while. Things have been a bit busy, but to make up for it I am doing two totally different topics in one post! So let’s go.

The Amazing AOC

Note: this essay was written completely by the author of this blog. Facts were from “AOC Fighter, Phenom, Change Maker” by Prachi Gupta.

“The real issues in our country do not belong to a party- they are baked into our culture” -AOC

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

At an early age, Alexandria understood income inequality: “When I’m in this zip code I have these opportunities, and when in that zip code I don’t have these opportunities”. Alexandria got her first taste in politics as a high school sophomore where she was selected to participate in the National Hispanic Institutes Youth Legislative Session, a competitive eight-day session with other chosen highschoolers where she learned leadership, had animated policy discussions, held mock elections, and drafted mock legislations. She lost every position she sought in the mock elections, but she never gave up. And by the end of the session, her peers voted her most promising female.

AOC worked hard even before she was in office. When she was just 19 years old she helped US senator Ted Kennedy work to abolish ICE. She worked to make laws protecting people from ICE. Sadly these laws did not pass, but that didn’t stop her from making a big impact on ICE. AOC and her co-workers drafted the Green New Deal, a way for us to save our earth from climate change. She rallied, gave speeches, and got help from Sen. Edward Markley. Finally, little by little some states and cities started adopting the Green New Deal, including: New York City, Maine, Los Anglos, Illinois, California, New Mexico, Portland, Seattle, Pittsburg, and others. AOC took her struggles of student debt and worked hard to make sure that other people didn’t face them. AOC tackled the problem of student debt, so one’s income wouldn’t decide one’s outcome. AOC helped pass a bill that reduced nearly 1.3 trillion dollars off of student debt. And she’s just getting started.

AOC gives inspiration to young people, people of color, and people from poor backgrounds. She teaches us that at a young age, and no matter how much money you or your family have, you can always make a difference. AOC contributes positively to society because she encourages a new group of people who usually are not able to speak up to do so.

The Amazing Ida B. Wells

Activist Ida B. Wells

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was an American investigative journalist, educator, and early leader in the civil rights movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (Copied from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_B._Wells)

If you would like to learn more about one or both of these amazing women then please check out some of the links below:

AOC learn more

Trailer to movie about AOC called “Knock Down The House”

Ida B Wells learn more

CLIMATE CHANGE

By Zoe for president

With help from Ari

As the years go by and the U.S. gets better (or so it seems) but our Earth, Mother Earth is getting worse. Ever since president Trump said that the U.S  would no longer be following the Paris accords and practically denied it existed we have been left to our own devices. People that can have been buying electric or hybrid cars, riding bikes etc. But supporters of Trump agree with Trump’s climate change speech, saying “it’s a hoax”. But climate change is real, the author of the best-selling series Spy School Stuart Gibbs wrote in his sixth book Spy School Goes South that we have to do something about this. Climate Change is not going to stop itself. If we don’t want our next generations to be living in scuba gear and barely surviving, then you should do something about climate change. Ride your bike, walk to school,  you may think that one person can’t do much alone but many people can do anything. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, etc. convince them to do something and spread the word. If we can hold out for a few more decades then scientists can fix the hole in the ozone layer over antarctica. 

Doing something:

It’s important that we actually take action instead of just agreeing “yeah this is bad” we have to make sure we make our ideas heard and we speak up. Besides making an effort to stop climate change you can donate to organizations trying to develop the technology to reverse it. But let’s not forget you can’t buy your way out of climate change, we need to take action. Start by watching the video labeled “Start Taking Action NOW!!!”, “it’s real, climate change” and make sure to look at the amazing Stuart Gibbs links.

What the heck are the Paris Accords?

Well the Paris Accords is an agreement between countries about pollution, for more info visit: Paris Accords (UNFCCC)

Links:

Stuart Gibbs Amazon

Stuart Gibbs Austin Public Library

Start Taking Action NOW!!!

Paris Accords (UNFCCC)

Astronauts on the I.S.S. talk about climate change

Astronauts on the I.S.S. talk about climate change

Anyone bored during COVID-19?

My guess to “anyone bored during COVID-19” is “yes!”. So I created this post to give you a list of things to do! I hope you enjoy! And make sure to fill out the survey! Press the blue words under this for feedback sheet!

  • Facetime your friends
  • Make a blog
  • Make a mini movie
  • Build a fort
  • Cook something
  • Grow a garden
  • Make chalk at (see chalk art post)
  • Read a book
  • Write a book
  • Learn an instrument
  • Challenge yourself
  • Learn something new
  • Build something with cardboard
  • Paint
  • Plan your future
  • Clean your WHOLE room
  • Start a business
  • Play outside
  • Go on a walk
  • Make a meal for your family
  • Film a show
  • Make music

I hope of you read this you now have some ideas of fun things to do!

BLM

By Zoe For President and her amazing campaign helpers 

People are being murdered. That’s the cold, hard, cruel facts, but it’s actually worse than that. People are being killed for the color of their skin. Imagine being black. And let’s say you have a kid, sometimes you’ll have to tell your African American kid “Hey, it’s time I tell you the safety rules on being black.” “Rules?” They will ask, “Rules for… being me?” “Yes” you’ll say sadly and tell your kid because you are black you have to keep your hands in view from all police. Don’t play around in public areas, but then you’ll remember that someone was shot by a police in their own backyard and then you’ll add “Maybe just don’t play.” 

This is un-human. Un-human. African Americans are being shot and killed for their skin color. Not who they are, not what they did, but the first look at them, their skin. I don’t even want to mention kids, but out of respect I will. Kids,yup, kids. You know amazing, adorable, funny, cute kids are being shot and killed. Kids, and teens not to mention, who have a life ahead of them, their learning. They have a path they want to follow, but that’s all stopped because of their skin. Police officers call it “Self defense,” but from what you have to ask, their skin? Since when is skin dangerous? Listen people, african Americans are not, I repeat, not targets at a shooting range, they’re people. Humans. Amazing people’s dreams are being crushed and killed because of their skin color.

BLM Videos

1.Racial Justice Video

2. Great website of the amazing people that were killed

I encourage everyone reading this to take action. 

Credits:

    Writing and speech from the author of the Zoe For President blog. And help from her friends.

Editor: Amara (she hasn’t posted on her youtube channel yet, but go subscribe)

Cartoonist: Ava Fox (YouTube: Lenafox and Avafox! go subscribe @https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC 6NldNG vFsGjYAi66TDXQ)

New blog page!

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I changed the format of my blog to a happier and brighter format. It will still be the same old blog just hopefully easier and brighter.