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Obama pushes for lower interest rates on student loans to excite young voters

APR 20, 2012 – The youth vote is crucial for Obama in his bid for reelection, so the President has commenced a tour of key states pushing for Congress to extend the lower interest rates on student loans. The 3 state tour, through North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa will be aimed at young people who lately have been strapped with student debt once they leave college. If Congress doesn't act, rates will double after July 1 to 6.8%. Read more on Reuters.com here.   (photo credit: graciepoo/Flickr)

Community Builds Music Center for Arabic Kids to Escape Violence

MARCH 20, 2012 – Just outside of Jerusalem is the Madaa Silwan Creative Center. “Madaa” means “horizon” in Arabic, and was founded by Jawad Siyam, who remains the center’s spirit and director. The community built the learning center so young Arabic kids could escape the daily politics and violence, and serve as a refuge for young Arabic kids. At the center they find a quiet library with thousands of books for children, and a computer room where kids who don’t have a computer at home can surf the Internet. There are always learning activities going on. Part of the center is the Silwan Village Music School, where young kids who once had no place to go and no instruments, now have pianos, guitars, violins, cellos, choir and more, depending on which day you come. In an interview for Hareetz.com Ahmad Qareen, a resident of Silwan said, “Until 2007, the children here didn’t have anything. We, some of the neighborhood residents, therefore decided to set up a cultural center. We rented this apartment, and first of all, we opened the music school. At first, 15 children sat on the floor of the small apartment without any musical instruments. Today, we already have 100 students, and there is also a drama club, a mosaics school, a creative writing class, and a summer day camp. There was also a soccer team, until the field was destroyed. And there are courses in English, math and sewing for women.”

The mission of Madaa is to promote non-violence, promote dialogue and empower the community by providing recreational activities, like music, for the youth of Silwan. Qareen added, “First of all, in the children: We can feel a change in them. They have learned to keep the place nice, to behave politely and to keep quiet; they have learned the importance of sticking to a timetable, and also that there is something called the rights of the child. We established the place for them, so they won’t go doing bad things, [like] smoking, and to keep them away from violence.” To read more check out an article on Hareetz.com, and check out the Madda Silwan Creative Center’s website here.

GIG: Tea With Toan – Musician Natalie Pryce Creates SAFE Place for Youth and Music

MAR 15, 2012 – A British organization, GIG (Go Inspire Go), hopes to “create a global platform to see and share inspirational stories and experiences”. This collaboration ‘"Uses Social Networking to Inspire Social Change" and they want people to "Use Their Powers — Resources, Talents and Network — to Help Others.”  They do this by making videos of  “inspirational, character-driven stories, about ‘regular people’ who do small acts that ripple out to BIG changes.”

Watch GIG’s new video below, with founder of GIG Toan Lam "having tea" and chatting with British musician Natalie Pryce, who created a safe place for young people to gather, be SAFE, and play music. She also speaks about her activism and giving back to the community. Check out GoInspireGo on the web here, and Twitter @GoInspireGo.

Libyan Activist Music: G-A-B – “Libya Bleeds Just Like Us”

Jan 12, 2012 – Libyan activist musicians, who go by the name GAB Crew, have been putting out activist music supporting the youth uprising and the Arab Spring in Libya from the start. They wrote a song called "Libya Bleeds Just Like Us" while Qaddfi was still in power, and months before Tripoli fell. The song was leaked, and when asked by a Qaddai loyalist to write a pro-Qaddafi song, they were horrified and went underground. When the rebel force took the capital, they returned home, and are happy now that they can be more free to be creative and express themselves with protest songs under the new transitional government.

Read more in a NY Times article here, and check out GAB Crew's "Libyan Bleeds Just Like Us" music video below.


 

Lady Gaga Dedicates “Hair” to Jamey Rodemeyer

Lady Gaga has been very active in speaking out abut LGBT issues, such as Tweeting "Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crimeI am meeting with our President, I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey". Jamey Rodemeyer is a 14 year-old who took his life after facing bullying in school for being gay. On September 24, Lady Gaga was live at the iHeartRadio music festival at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and talked to the audience before she performed "Hair", and dedicated the song to Jamey. She said, "I wrote this record about how your identity is really all you’ve got when you’re in school … so tonight, Jamey, I know you’re up there looking at us, and you’re not a victim. You're a lesson to all of us." Watch the performance below.

 

Social Media Activist Central

TUNISIA – EGYPT – LEBANON – YEMEN – SYRIA – IRAN – NEW YORK

JTMP is committed to supporting civil and voting rights for young people at home and all around the world. We want this place to be a forum for the peaceful and non-violent protests calling for freedom that is spreading from Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and even home here in New York when it comes to Youth, Social Media, and Freedom, civil rights, and free and fair elections.

If you have a peaceful and non-violent Twitter Account, Facebook Page, story, photograph or cell phone or other video that you think will help spread peace, freedom and democracy, or you feel needs to be seen by the world, please send it to us and we will try to post it.

Below you will find Twitter Accounts you can follow, the latest videos, and current events at Occupy Wall Street and throughout the world when it comes to peaceful protests by youth around the world calling for freedom and democracy. Spread the word about us! Send us your videos!



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