2011 Sundance film launches movement for equality

The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

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Care2.com: Where are the protections for child farm laborers in America?

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By Crystal Shepeard, Care2.com

“… There are few child labor laws covering the nearly 500,000 children that work on family-run farms. Another 300,000 children work as field hands, some as young as 12 years old. Field hands can perform “hazardous” work as young as 16, jobs that are prohibited in other industries until age 18. These minors can work up to 70 hours per week on summer breaks – even at 12 years old – and still not be in violation of the law. Most of these children, including those on family farms, work on farms that are either contracted with or run by large corporations such as Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto, and tobacco giants like R.J. Reynolds …”  To read the complete article, link here.

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Job Corps helps immigrant to succeed

David Doverspike

- SurvivingTimes.com staff report

David Doverspike overcame the odds in life to thrive at the Cincinnati Job Corps Center and eventually find a career. Born into poverty in India, Doverspike lived for a time in an Indian leper colony.  Later in his life, he was adopted by a family in Ohio, graduated from high school and held three retail jobs.

But Doverspike said he had a desire to learn skills that would lead to a rewarding career, so he enrolled in Job Corps and successfully completed his training in carpentry and welding.

“Job Corps matured me and taught me skills to become a better man,” said Doverspike.

Job Corps is a federal career technical training and education program for income-eligible young adults age 16 through 24. The goal of Job Corps is to teach job and social skills to disadvantaged young adults to help them get control of their lives, find good-paying jobs, and become independent. The program is free.

In addition to career training and education, Job Corps provides housing, food, basic health care, and living allowances. Students who are ready to graduate get transition counseling, job search assistance, referrals, and follow-up services. Most students stay in the Job Corps program from one to two years.

The U.S. Department of Labor oversees the Job Corps program, and contracts with private sector companies and government agencies to run local Job Corps centers

Doverspike recently was hired by a union contractor as a carpenter’s apprentice with a good starting salary, health benefits and a pension plan.

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Aljazeer America: UC President Napolitano pledges $5M to aid undocumented students

University of California President Janet Napolitano says her university “welcomes all students who qualify academically, whether they are documented or undocumented.” cir.com photo

University of California President Janet Napolitano said last month she is devoting $5 million to provide special counseling and financial aid for students living in the U.S. illegally, a move aimed at disarming critics who worried the former Secretary of Homeland Security and Arizona governor would be hostile to the small but vocal student population.  To read the entire article, link here.

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