Awaken Our World

With all the darkness in the world, it's easy to get bogged down in all the sadness and apathy around us. So we decided to take action. We’re on a mission to make the world a brighter place. Here we'll be sharing our ideas of how you can help us on our mission. We would also like other people to submit their ideas, as well as things they have done to help the world. You'll find uplifting and motivational quotes, pictures, and songs posted by us to inspire you along the way. We'll leave the rest to you. (Also, feel free to contact us at Awaken-our-World@hotmail.com or become a fan of our page on facebook!)

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I am not a Second Class Citizen.

How to Make the World Brighter:

Give kindness and love equally to all human beings.

The Equality Effect ›

Across Africa, women and girls are the most frequent victims of inequality — often forced to marry at a very young age, denied an education, subject to sexual violence, and unable to own their own property. These are just a few examples of how women are not allowed their rights as human beings. This organization focuses on developing solutions to address the inequality of women in Africa through law. They use human rights law to improve the health, safety, and standard of living of women and girls in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi. To find out more about their projects and how you can contribute, visit their website by clicking the link above.

Youth For Human Rights ›

The mission of this organization is to educate youth about human rights — specifically about the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights — in order to inspire them to become advocates for peace and understanding around the world. It has become a global movement, which includes hundreds of clubs, groups, and chapters all over the world. Click the link above to find out how you can become a member, donate, petition, and do your part to educate others about human rights.

We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same and worth saving.

J.K. Rowling

Ten things everyone should know about race…

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TEN THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RACE

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Our eyes tell us that people look different. No one has trouble distinguishing a Czech from a Chinese. But what do those differences mean? Are they biological? Has race always been with us? How does race affect people today?

There’s less - and more - to race than meets the eye:

1. Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies, like the Greeks, did not divide people according to physical distinctions, but according to religion, status, class, even language. The English language didn’t even have the word ‘race’ until it turns up in 1508 in a poem by William Dunbar referring to a line of kings.

2. Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait or even gene distinguishes all the members of one so-called race from all the members of another so-called race.

3. Human subspecies don’t exist. Unlike many animals, modern humans simply haven’t been around long enough or isolated enough to evolve into separate subspecies or races. Despite surface appearances, we are one of the most similar of all species.

4. Skin color really is only skin deep. Most traits are inherited independently from one another. The genes influencing skin color have nothing to do with the genes influencing hair form, eye shape, blood type, musical talent, athletic ability or forms of intelligence. Knowing someone’s skin color doesn’t necessarily tell you anything else about him or her.

5. Most variation is within, not between, “races.” Of the small amount of total human variation, 85% exists within any local population, be they Italians, Kurds, Koreans or Cherokees. About 94% can be found within any continent. That means two random Koreans may be as genetically different as a Korean and an Italian.

6. Slavery predates race. Throughout much of human history, societies have enslaved others, often as a result of conquest or war, even debt, but not because of physical characteristics or a belief in natural inferiority. Due to a unique set of historical circumstances, ours was the first slave system where all the slaves shared similar physical characteristics.

7. Race and freedom evolved together. The U.S. was founded on the radical new principle that “All men are created equal.” But our early economy was based largely on slavery. How could this anomaly be rationalized? The new idea of race helped explain why some people could be denied the rights and freedoms that others took for granted.

8. Race justified social inequalities as natural. As the race idea evolved, white superiority became “common sense” in America. It justified not only slavery but also the extermination of Indians, exclusion of Asian immigrants, and the taking of Mexican lands by a nation that professed a belief in democracy. Racial practices were institutionalized within American government, laws, and society.

9. Race isn’t biological, but racism is still real. Race is a powerful social idea that gives people different access to opportunities and resources. Our government and social institutions have created advantages that disproportionately channel wealth, power, and resources to white people. This affects everyone, whether we are aware of it or not.

10. Colorblindness will not end racism. Pretending race doesn’t exist is not the same as creating equality. Race is more than stereotypes and individual prejudice. To combat racism, we need to identify and remedy social policies and institutional practices that advantage some groups at the expense of others.

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The Charter for Compassion

Our Heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of America’s greatest champions for peace and equality. As a Baptist Minister, he delved into his faith to find hope, love, and motivation to spread his ideals of equality and justice. But one of the defining characteristics of MLK was his method - that of nonviolent protest. Through passive resistance such as boycotts and sit-ins, he brought about social change and challenged people’s beliefs. He was the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, just four years before his assassination.