How many times have you found yourself passionately talking about an issue or cause that is important to you? How many times have you gone the extra mile to physically or financially support that cause? It’s easy to rant and rave about injustices and inequality, but it is quite another to take action.
Challenging the status quo is not an easy thing. You won’t always win and there won’t always be obvious gains. But in order to reach a goal (no matter how ambitious), you have to take actual steps to get there.
There are so many important causes to fight for and so many injustices that need advocacy. If there is something that is important to you, DO SOMETHING about it!
Education is something that I believe is extremely important. I believe that all children have a right to access quality education and the educational materials and resources to give them a chance at a successful future. Right now, not all children are granted this right.
Baltimore City Public Schools are facing a crisis. In a city that is thought of as dangerous or as an episode of The Wire, children are going to schools that are in a state of disrepair. Even their drinking water is contaminated with lead, so children are unable to use school water fountains. Ceilings are leaking, windows are broken, heating units and wires are exposed. These children should be given an environment that is conducive to learning, and AT MINIMUM guarantees their safety and access to potable water.
Tonight, I’m going to a rally to protest the state of affairs in Baltimore City Public Schools. If enough people show their support for the cause, these schools could receive a grant that would enable the school system to renovate and repair dangerous buildings and create learning environments to support student success. I am walking my talk.
What do you believe in? What are you willing to do to make a difference?
by Kristen Keyes
by Kristen Keyes