Child advocacy: Why I will never remain silent when equality is at risk

Children's Advocacy NetworkGrowing up I often thought about equality and what that means to me. To me it meant that all kids, no matter their age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs or whatever box people may check off, deserved to have the same chances to succeed in life. As an adult I now realize that equality means much more. It means that a kid’s voice needs to be heard by the policymakers in local, state and federal governments.

Equality means that schools should have the same resources for kids to thrive whether they live in the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee or in Mequon, Wis. Equality means …Click here to continue reading

Project Ujima teens bring awareness of crime victims and their rights

My colleagues from Project Ujima and I participated in National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, earlier this spring. A number of national events took place to let victims know what their rights are and to inspire communities to take a stance against crime victimization.

Project Ujima was invited by Wisconsin’s attorney general J.B. Van Hollen to participate in a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremony at the Capitol to highlight the work we, as well as other organizations like ours do. The Project Ujima Youth Leadership Council attended the ceremony.  Following the ceremony, we were invited back to the Governor’s mansion for lunch with Wisconsin’s First Lady Jessica Doyle. We also met Governor Doyle. …Click here to continue reading