Use Your Power

Progressive Pupil New Leader for Social Change Claudie Mabry Registers Voters


Today, too few of us will make our voices heard at ballot boxes throughout the United States.  The representatives chosen to speak and decide for us at local, state and national levels in these mid-term elections will have a great deal of power over many of the things that matter to us most: such as how our children are educated, whether we feel safe with police officers in the street, the conditions in which we work, and how much we are compensated for our work.  Voting is an important way we can use our power, but too many of us have been falsely convinced that we do not have any power at all. (Click here to find out about the voter identification laws in your state).

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Glossary: Genocide


It is common to hear people talk about the crimes committed by humans against animals and the environment on a daily basis. Recently, I’ve heard issues such as the extinction of certain animals and climate change due to human negligence discussed in bars, at parties, during conferences and on television. Unfortunately, it is not as common to hear about genocide, the most barbaric crime against humanity.

The term genocide was invented in 1943 by Raphael Lemkin, a Jewish-Polish lawyer who witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust. The word is a combination of the Greek word “genos” (race or tribe) and the Latin word “cide” (to kill). Five years later, during the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide the United Nations General Assembly produced an official definition for genocide.