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Global Youth Culture and Activism

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Information based on 4,000 youth from 75 countries. Look under “more” for “photos.”
If you know young people under age 20 who would like to be heard in the book, here are the questions to answer:

Greetings from California. I’m writing a book about how global youth are transforming our future. This is your chance to be heard. Many of you have wonderful suggestions for how to make our world a better to live in, so I’m asking people age 19 and under to respond to the following questions. I have a draft of the book if you would like to critique it, as well as a draft about how to cope with test anxiety and stress.

See www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Global-Youth-SpeakOut/160382763986923 for photos.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Test-Success-How-to-Cope-with-Stress-and-Anxiety/185582088232378

Please also forward to kids and their teachers so they can be part of the global youth book.

Thanks, Gayle Kimball, Ph.D. gkimball@csuchico.edu

 

1. If you could ask a question of the wisest person in the world,

what would you ask her or him about life?

2. What bothers you in your daily life?  What practice best helps you stay calm?

3. If there was one thing you could change about adults, what

would it be?

4. What would you like to change about yourself?

5. What do you like to do for fun?

6. When have you felt most loved by someone else?

7. Why do you think you’re here on earth; what’s your purpose?

How are you influenced by global media (TV, Internet, advertisements, etc?)

8. On a scale of 1 to 100, how highly would you grade your

school? Why?

9.  What work would you like to do when you’re an adult?

10. If you were the leader of your country, what changes would you make?

11. How is your generation different from your parents’ age group?

12. Imagine you get to write on a T-shirt going on a trip around the world. What do you want your T-mail to say to people?

 

What questions are missing that you’d like to answer? Your email. . . . . . .

What first name would you like used in the book to quote you?

How old are you?

Girl or boy?

What city and country do you live in?

Gracias! Merci! Danke! Arrigato! Chi chi!

 

> > > > >Previous Books:

> > > > > Essential Energy Tools book and 3 videos.

> > > > > 21st Century Families: Blueprints for Family-Friendly Workplaces,

Schools and Governments. (Equality Press)

> > > > > How to Create Your Ideal Workplace (Equality Press)

> > > > > The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press)

> > > > > 50/50 Parenting (Lexington Books)

> > > > > 50/50 Marriage (Beacon Press)

> > > > > ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality

Press)

> > > > > How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce (Equality Press)

> > > > > ed. Women’s Culture (Scarecrow Press)

  • > > > > Ed. Women’s Culture Revisited. (Scarecrow Press, 2005)

 

old and new values in the Saudi film Wadja

The Saudi film Wadja (2013) tells the story of a spunky 10-year-old girl who wants a bicycle to beat her neighbor boy friend in a race. Her mother is unable to produce a son for her mother-in-law, who pressures her son to marry a second wife. He tells his wife he loves her, but she resigns herself to living alone with her daughter. The film is historic, the first Saudi feature film and by the first woman director who couldn’t talk on the street with male actors. It contrasts traditional beliefs: her mother tells Wadja not to leave the Koran open because the devil might spit on it and that the western music Wadja listens to on English-language underground radio and on tapes is evil. The school principal tells the girls that a woman’s voice is her nakedness, they should speak softly so men in the street outside the school don’t hear them, nor should they be seen by workers on rooftops in the distance. A young girl Wadja’s age brings photographs of her marriage to a 20-year-old. The family tree portrayed in her living room contains only male names; when Wadja adds a paper with her name on it, it’s removed.

But, under the influence of modernity, Wadja and her mother both wear jeans at home, Wadja wears athletic shoes, and the family plays video games. Wadja’s mother tells her that whatever she makes up her mind to do she does—she wins a contest reciting the Koran to get the prize money. When the headmistress hears that Wadja plans to use the money to by a bike she says she’ll give the money to Palestinians. When Wadja’s mother heard about this, she bought her a bicycle. In rebuttal to the film, a Saudi young woman posted on a Wadja YouTube site, “I am REALLY worried about the OPPRESSION of young Western girls and their media stuffed minds with psychological problems, eating disorders, poor self-image, lack of respect for parents and teachers. Out of the kindness of my heart I’m going to start an aid fund and get all my Saudi girls to donate to this fantastic cause. Let’s help raise the spirituality and self -confidence of these girls so they don’t all end up believing you have to strip down and show your bony bits to be something.”[i]

Urban and Rural Girls’ Job Aspirations

Because I’ve found a greater difference between urban and village life in the same country than between urban dwellers in different countries, I wanted to hear about a girl’s daily life in a rural area. Reading over 65 survey responses from educated Pakistani girls, none of them mention wanting to be housewives. Typically they want to help the poor, teach, design clothes, or be in business. I asked Hassan (a university student there) about this: “Deep down, 80% of them would get married and remain housewives or have a very nominal job at the most. This is how the role of women shapes up as they grow in this society to take care of their homes, have a wonderful family and are well-settled so their parents feel satisfied.” I asked about his two sisters. “One of my sisters finished her Masters in Business Administration and currently working for a non-profit organization in Human Resource section. She earns well and her husband is very supportive. (Her husband is my first cousin). My other sister just started university. My father believes in education-before-everything policy. We’ve faced some hard times but education has always remained our priority, even before food.”

Aspirations are very different for rural girls, as you’ll read in an interview with Mashal, an illiterate girl in northern Pakistan where 71% live in villages. Half the school-age children don’t have access to government schools and 41% of young women ages 15 to 24 are illiterate, one of the lowest country literacy rates in the world. Only one-third of Pakistani young people are in primary school, so extremist Muslim Madrassas provide an affordable alternative for some boys but not girls of course. Pakistan is second- to-last place in worldwide rankings of gender equality, according the to Global Gender Gap Report 2012. Hassan points out that some “ghost schools” exist in the records but don’t have teachers who come to class. A popular singer, Shehzad Roy (born 1977), rides on a motorcycle around Pakistan filming schools to show his TV viewers the deplorable condition of schools. His show is called Chal Parha, meaning “Come, Teach.” However, even village girls I’ve Skyped with there mentioned wanting to be nurses or teachers.

 

Meditation, Wellness, Clairvoyance Resources

Guided Meditation & Energy Tools with Gayle Kimballphoto

Contact:  gkimball@csuchico.edu; www.gaylekimball.info; my blog

gaylekimball.wordpress.com/tag/gayle-kimball

Resources: newsletter—health, spirituality, events. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EarthHaven/

Energy Tools book, meditation CD, Kids’ Mind Power CD, 3 DVDS on energy tools and developing your intuition and healing abilities.

Class at Yoga Center of Chico, Thursdays 1:30 to 3 PM

Lotus Guide column “Ask Dr. Gayle”photo

Free individual energy balancings, Wed eves 5-7 pm, 1190 E. 1st Ave and 2nd Sunday, 1-4 PM.

Email me for handouts on stress reduction, kinesiology, EFT, etc.

One day workshops TBA

“Meditation is often touted as an important habit for improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out it’s also useful for improving your happiness:

In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.”

 www.themindunleashed.org/2013/10/10-easy-things-that-will-make-you.html

Left Social Justice Movement in the US, Report

Social justice leaders N’Tanya Lee and Steve Williams wondered, “Where is the outrage?” about recession austerity measures led by “neoliberalism’s elites,” high unemployment, ecological disasters, and racism. They got their answer in the global uprisings of 2011. To update activism in the US after the 2011 Occupy mobilizations and look into the future, Lee and Williams started the Ear to the Ground project. They interviewed 158 social justice leaders and were surprised to find a high degree of consensus. Most (65%) said they were anti-capitalist, but many lacked a descriptive political label and a systematic strategy for a better world. The authors bemoan the absence of a strong Left and advocate building “a new kind of Left for our times, rooted in feminist social relations and “on-the-ground social movements.”

Two-thirds of the interviewees were people of color and slightly more men than women, with one-third of the interviewees from the San Francisco Bay Area. Despite their efforts, they didn’t include young people under age 20. The interviewers found fragmentation and a lack of a unified front, recognizing the need for what Naomi Klein called a “movement of the movements.” They believe the time is now with multiple crises generating a “tipping point” for change.  The authors propose a one-source movement media center and a new Left political party, “united for socialism.” They suggest reexamining the culture of the social justice movement to eliminate competition for funding, judmentalness, ego, crankiness, obsession with process and ideological purity, racism and sexism, overwork, lack of leadership training for youth, and expressing more anger than hope. Not one activist said the movement’s overall culture sustained them. They were united in believing the uprisings of 2011—the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall St., were the most exciting political events they’d ever experienced. They believed that Occupy shifted Tea Party power to the left and helped elect President Obama. They also pointed to protests against the governor of Wisconsin’s attack on public sector unions, Florida demonstrations against the vigilante against murder of black teen Trayvon Martin, and student immigrant “Dreamer” protests as signs of continuing grassroots action.

N’Tanya Lee and Steve Williams, “More Than We Imagined,” Ear to the Ground, May 2013. http://eartothegroundproject.org/report

 

Global 1/3rd Food Waste

Food waste is an environmental issue, because it decomposes in landfills, its releases methane gases. American throw away 40% of the food they buy. In response the city of San Francisco collects 600 tons of food waste a day to turn into compost for farmers. Globally, one-third of all food produced gets wasted, 1.3 billion tons with a value of $750 a year, according to the UN food agency.[i] This adds to global warming as the food decomposes.

In Greece, the Food Revolution began in 2012 to lower food costs by circumventing middlemen, starting with selling potatoes. Customers place an order and then pick it up from a farmer’s truck, cutting costs at least in half. The movement spread to selling other types of food as well. Workers also took control of factories as described on Vio.Me.org. A global food sovereignty movement is emerging with forums and goals statements like the Nyéléni Declaration written in Mali. The Food Movement and alternative food systems in the Americas are described in Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas.[ii] Europeans have done the most to outlaw Monsanto’s GMO foods as hazardous to human and animal health, but marches take place globally and social media reveal new studies about the harmful effects of GMO foods.


[i]“UN Report: One-Third of World’s Food Wasted Annually,” UN News Centre, September 11, 2013. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45816#.UlB_iGTF3-I

[ii] The book by Tory Field and Beverly Bell, 2013, can be downloaded from http://harvesting-justice.org

 

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