Archive | April, 2012

Megan Landry-Stronger

24 Apr

We here at the office were contacted by a 15-year-old girl who writes her own original songs, named Megan Landry. Megan sent us a very well-done and inspiring song she wrote herself. She is absolutely inspirational and we are glad to be in-touch with such an incredible person! We asked Megan to tell us a little about her opinion on bullying as well as something about herself:

“My bully story is simple. I was the target of mean girl stuff in grade 8 and part of grade 9. It’s an awful feeling not knowing when they will make fun of you and exclude you and give you dirty looks. They used to be my friends. Everybody gets bullied though at some point, it’s a power thing. If you look scared or show it bothers you … your done! I learned that one quickly. And that’s what inspired me to write this song. They will never tear me down. I will only get stronger. I won’t say it doesn’t hurt but I wasn’t going to be anyones victim. I hope my song will give other kids the power “to look right over their heads”. Because in the end bullying is really about power. Why give anyone that satisfaction over you! I didn’t, and I won’t and I hope you don’t either.

Music helps me get through a lot of things, so I write songs. I consider myself an artist as much as I am a musician because I do a lot of other type of artwork. Songwriting and composing music though is what I love the most. I’ve been playing piano since I was four and writing music since I was eleven. I also play some guitar and drums. I’ve won a few songwriting competitions, and I’ve established a fairly good following on YouTube. I’m starting to love the performing side of my music and really enjoy making my own videos.”

Go watch/like her original and talented YouTube videos and support her!

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“I’m for truth”

12 Apr

Quote for Daily Reflection

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” ~  Malcolm X

This Malcolm X quote really challenged my previous thoughts which consisted of the fact that there always seems to be an “absolute right” and an “absolute wrong.” After thinking more deeply what about this quote, I can see that this is not the case.  People can see things differently. We are raised in different environments and with different experiences. To achieve truth and justice, we need to ask ourselves what will create a brighter future for all. The goal of youth should be to discuss their thoughts and ideas with each other, no matter how different. After being involved with Anytown for a few years, I discovered that no two people are the same and there will always be different opinions. However, at Camp, even though everyone was different, we were still able to come to conclusions that benefitted the entire group.

Differences are what makes every person unique and what makes them who they are. Everyone should be accepting of these things and come to a conclusion that can benefit everyone. We are here to make the world better for all of us, rather than some of us. I think that the best thing that youth can do is agree to disagree. What we need to do is accept each other for who we are, and when that happens we can benefit humanity as a whole, as Malcolm X said.

By Edwin K. Rodriquez

A Litany for Survival

10 Apr

Rosie A. and I are here in the office thinking about youth empowered social justice movements. Who will speak out for the oppressed and marginalized? Will you?

We share this poem by Audre Lorde as an inspiring guide for our work together.

A LITANY FOR SURVIVAL

For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
futures
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours:

For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.

And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
of indigestion
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive

– Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn