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Hi everyone!! The Action Thread was locked today, so here's where it will continue!


The first one was open from 8th April 2014 to 11th January 2017, and it had 416 pages and 8303 posts of action.


Here's a link to it: http://zootopia.u2.com/topic/28388-the-action-thread/


Cheers !! :)


(which nothing was wrong other than the thread was getting rather long and that was causing problems.  Unfortunately, we are going to have to do the same with a few others also. ~mich)

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CITIZENSHIP Bonnaroo 2017: Major Lazer, D.R.A.M., Global Citizens to Perform at the Festival

By Phineas Rueckert|

 Jan. 11, 2017

Bonnaroo 2017, a large outdoor musical festival in Manchester, Tennessee, is still several months off, but the festival announced its lineup Wednesday. 

Several Global Citizen performers — including Major Lazer, who appeared at the Global Citizen Festival in 2016, and D.R.A.M., who participated in our Get Out the Vote concert in Columbus, Ohio — will be prominently featured at the festival. 

Also performing at Bonnaroo are a number of Global Citizen Rewards partners: Tove Lo, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Portugal. The Man, Borgore, and Angelique Kidjo. 

Read more: Coachella 2017: Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Global Citizens to Headline Music Festival

The festival will take place from June 8-11 in Manchester, Tennessee.  

bonnaroo-poster.jpg__899x1379_q85_crop_sImage: Bonnaroo


Written by Phineas Rueckert


Phineas Rueckert is a writer at Global Citizen. He graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Political Science and International Studies, and spent the past year teaching English in Toulouse, France. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York.

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GIRLS & WOMEN Girl, 8, Gets a Handwritten Note From Her Superhero: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Phineas Rueckert|

 Jan. 11, 2017
rbg-letter-facebook-krista_wujek_threefoFacebook/Krista Wujek Threefoot

Michele Threefoot, a third-grader from Columbia, Maryland, fulfilled the childhood dream of many this past week: she received a handwritten letter from her superhero. 

About a month ago, the 8-year-old dressed as pioneering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her school’s Superhero Day. 

Read more: 10 Reasons Why Investing in Women and Girls Is So Vital

Her mom snapped a photo and posted it to Facebook, where it’s been shared more than 1,700 times. 


“Girls who read really are dangerous, to unfairness and outmoded inequalities,” her mother Krista Wujek Threefoot wrote in the accompanying Facebook post. 

Threefoot’s interest in Ginsburg was inspired by the book, “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark.”

Read more: Baller Kid Saves $300 for an XBox, Buys a Well for an Indian Village Instead

Ginsburg encouraged Threefoot to continue to focus on education. 

“May you continue to thrive on reading and learning,” Ginsburg wrote in the letter. 


Clearly, the young girl has taken Ginsburg’s words to heart. She’s now on to reading about pioneering Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Yahoo reports.


Written by Phineas Rueckert


Phineas Rueckert is a writer at Global Citizen. He graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Political Science and International Studies, and spent the past year teaching English in Toulouse, France. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York.

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REFUGEES Ten years ago, Grace couldn’t speak the language. Now, she’s a star student.


July 26 2016  | By: GUEST BLOGGER
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Story and photos by Rebecca Rwakabukoza

When Grace Kajabika came to Uganda ten years ago from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she spoke French. Learning a new language was just one of the hurdles she had to face as an 8-year-old to get a decent education.

“I was in Primary Two. And the language was so strange,” she says. “I remember feeling very isolated. Most of the children played in their own language and I did not know it.”


Grace Kajabika sits outside Bujubuli Vocational and Secondary School.

Grace is one of hundreds of thousands who have entered Uganda as a refugee. There are more than half a million refugees and asylum seekers in the country—more than half of them under 18, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In addition to being resettled into a new community, they are also desperately in need of access to education.

All of the refugee settlements have schools near them, which refugees are allowed to register with. This is one of the progressive refugee and asylum policies that Uganda has had in place for a long time. The refugees are given freedom of movement, can attend school, and sit for the national examinations alongside Ugandan nationals.

Grace, the second of three children, has a merit-based scholarship offered by Windle Trust Uganda at Bujubuli Vocational and Secondary School, located outside the Kyaka II Refugee settlement in western Uganda’s Kyegegwa district—where the main language is Rutooro.

With the support of the government and international and local NGOs, the Bujubuli school focuses on the education of the refugee population, though it also attracts local children.


Bujubuli Vocational and Secondary School in Uganda.

Headmaster Esau Ddungu says that the education systems are similar to the refugees’ countries of origin—the difficulties lie mostly with the language. Refugee students are usually asked to enrol a couple of grades lower (for example, if the student was in grade 9, they’re placed in grade 7) to ease the transition into a different language system, especially if they are coming from a French-­speaking country.

Headmaster Ddungu hires refugees to teach at the school as well.

“It is very difficult to move from your home to a little house in a camp,” he says. “I have a French teacher here, from Rwanda. He was a rich man there. I also used to have a former judge from DRC who also taught French. You can imagine what this is like for them. So we have to offer support to the teachers as well.”

Built by UNHCR in 2004 before being handed over to the community, the Bujubuli school is registered as a private entity and tries to keep the cost of education low. Tuition is about $25 for non­resident students and $62 for those that live in the school’s boarding house. For all students in their second year of high school, a partial scholarship is provided through UNICEF for all registered refugees.


Headmaster Esau Ddungu sits in his office at Bujubuli.

“And the land helps a lot,” says Headmaster Ddungu. “The Office of the Prime Minister gives them some land to cultivate. That’s how most of them get their school fees.”

During the weekends and school holidays, Grace grows food on a piece of land offered by the Uganda Government’s Office of the Prime Minister and sells the produce in the local markets to provide for her family and her siblings’ tuition fees. She also offers interpretation services at the camp’s UNHCR office.

“My father cannot work,” she says. “He is disabled in the shoulder.” When asked about her father’s injury, she quietly says, “effect of war.”


A Bujubuli teacher writes a student a note so he can have lunch, even though his tuition is not paid.

Grace, now in Senior Five, is ambitious and bright. She broke through the language barrier and prospered in school.

“After a year, I had made friends and learnt the language,” she says. “I can now speak Rutooro, Luganda, and Runyankore.” Next year, she will take the exams needed to apply for college.

She wants to become a lawyer and plans to focus on immigration issues. Of course, she is very aware of many of the difficulties that the refugees face. And she is concerned about an increase in the number of refugees coming to the settlement.

Schooling is critical. But Grace worries that there aren’t enough scholarships for the students.

“The Senior One students don’t get any scholarships,” she says. “And they don’t have money.”

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REFUGEES For many, life as a refugee means struggling to find adequate education


December 15 2016  | By: GUEST BLOGGER
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By Josh Hill, ONE Congressional District Leader in Mississippi

We sat down on milk crates, under a shelter that was a tarp pulled across four posts. I had interviewed several refugees by this point, so I knew some about how the trip from Syria goes, but Ingrid* started with something different – the conditions in Homs, the city in Syria her family had left.

The town was under siege, and the prices for normal goods – food and clothing – had increased 10-fold. They were facing regular shelling from a variety of groups, and after Adnan’s* electronics shop was bombed, it became impossible to stay.


Underaged refugees pictured on a swing set arranged in Vial camp in Chios, Greece. (Photo credit: Mstyslav Chernov/Wikimedia Commons)

The story of their journey is harrowing, and worthy of a separate telling, but the thing that struck me was their rationale. It wasn’t the bombing, nor was it the increased prices. Ingrid is a school teacher, and one of the problems with staying in Syria – the problem that she most focused on when telling me their story – was the inability to get her children to school regularly, or to teach other students. She fled because she knew her children needed a better education than they could provide in their home.

It’s hard for me to imagine being in a place where education was both that valued, and completely unavailable. But Ingrid, Adnan, and their children fled their home because of it. When they arrived in Turkey, they took up residence in a camp. There were problems there, too, but at least they were mostly safe. Adnan found work in Istanbul, temporarily, and Ingrid settled into camp life with the kids.

Here too, however, she found that the children couldn’t learn to read. School was only two hours a day, and the curriculum was not well established – teachers changed all the time. Adnan’s job didn’t last long, and he realized he was being paid one-third of what he should have been. Any type of private education was out of the question. They asked Adnan’s parents to sell their car (which was left behind in Syria) and used the money to pay a smuggler to get them to Greece where they hoped to be able to leave for Germany.


Syrian and Iraqi refugees arrive from Turkey to Skala Sykamias, Lesbos island, Greece. (Photo credit: Ggia/Wikimedia Commons)

Their trip across the Agean to Lesvos mirrors so many of those I heard from other refugees. The boat was too small, there were strict rules regarding the children, and though their journey was less eventful than others, it was still harrowing. When they made it to Moria, a camp on Lesvos, they were some of the last out of the boat. This meant that they couldn’t take the ferry that was leaving that afternoon – they had to wait for two days until the next ferry could allow them to pass.

Those two days would cost them.

By the time they arrived in northern Greece — where I spoke with them in a semi-circle of brightly colored camping tents placed on dirt in a forest clearing — the border to Macedonia had closed and they were unable to go any farther. They had arrived the night before the borders closed, and waived off a journalist friend who said they should cross the border that evening. When they attempted the next day, they were told that they couldn’t cross, and that the borders would not reopen.

As we spoke, Adnan made us some tea, provided by one of the many “unofficial” NGO’s that were operating in the open-camps (non-military camps) at the time. Many of these NGO’s had come (or had been developed there by volunteers who came and saw a need), and some focused on education, but proper schooling was basically impossible to come by for the family. When the open-camps started being closed, and residents being evicted, Adnan and Ingrid decided to pay a smuggler to get them to Serbia, where they thought they could get to Germany.


Underaged refugees in a camp located on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. (Photo credit: Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe/Wikimedia Commons)

Both attempts at crossing failed, and after a short time – about two weeks after I met with them – they were evacuated to a military camp in northern Greece that had been hastily constructed by the government. The conditions there were deplorable — and perhaps worst for Ingrid and Adnan, there was still no regular schooling for the children.

While their situation has improved, education remains incredibly problematic for refugees. During the research trip when I spoke with Ingrid and Adnan, I spoke with refugees in three countries, many of whom were traveling with small children themselves, or had close friends or relatives traveling with school-aged children. Few were receiving education on a regular basis, and those who were got it from NGOs with a position often as precarious as that of the refugees they served.

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GIRLS & WOMEN These Are the Most and Least Tolerant Countries in 2016

By Meghan Werft |

 Jan. 11, 2017

According to the Legatum Prosperity Index, a measure for global prosperity, the way to measure personal freedom is through accounting for tolerance, accepting others, legal rights, and the amount an individual has and feels freedom. This is one of the cornerstones to creating a prosperous society, and a cause we’re serious about supporting. Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE fight for the legal rights of girls and women through our Level the Law campaign.

Luxembourg, a country with a population of just over half a million people, ranks No. 1 for social tolerance, legal rights, and basic human freedoms in addition to topping the health chart. Canada comes in second, thanks to gender equality efforts from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Also noteworthy is Uruguay, the only Latin American country to make the top 10 list.

Read More: Malala and Other Nobel Laureates Accuse Myanmar of Ethnic Cleansing in Open Letter

Regions torn apart by conflict such as Sudan and Afghanistan sadly continue to endure the burden of restricted human rights, especially when it comes to  gender equality. However, willful women such as MalalaYousafzai (of Pakistan,) Nadia Murad (of Iraq) and Razia Jan (of Afghanistan,) pursue the rights of girls and women through the powerful tool of education each day.

There are so many figures in our history that did not believe they could make a change, and they did.” - Malala Yousafzai

Afghanistan, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt, and Iran rank the lowest for personal freedom in society. Russia comes in at 141 of 149 countries for the ninth lowest score on personal freedom followed by Iraq and China. 

10 Most Tolerant Countries of 2016


1. Luxembourg

2. Canada

3. New Zealand

4. Iceland

5. Ireland

6. Uruguay

7. Netherlands

8. Finland  

9. Belgium

10. Portugal  

10 Least Tolerant Countries of 2016


1. Afghanistan

2. Sudan

3. Yemen

4. Egypt

5. Iran

6. Libya

7. Mauritania  

8. Central African Republic

9. Russia

10. Democratic Republic of Congo   


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Written by Meghan Werft 


Meghan is an Editorial Coordinator at Global Citizen. After studying International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound she hopped coasts to New York. She is a firm believer that education and awareness on global issues has the power to create a more sustainable, equal world where poverty does not exist.

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Rehabilitation for Children Affected by Chernobyl

“SOS appeal. For god’s sake, help us to get the children out.” This was the fax received by Chernobyl Children International founder Adi Roche in 1991.

Around 70 percent of radiation from the Chernobyl disaster fell on the country of Belarus. Thirty years later, 1.7 million people in Belarus live in poverty. Children in Belarus are 1.5 times more likely than the average citizen in the country to experience poverty and represent the poorest sector of the impoverished population. Chernobyl Children International was founded to close this poverty gap and assist the children in Belarus and other affected countries.

Because of CCI, children affected by Chernobyl are able to benefit from multiple advocacy programs. The Homes of Hope program offers adolescents a chance to find placement in homes that free them from institutionalized living. It is not uncommon for a teen to be moved to an adult mental asylum upon reaching 18 as a result of psychological disorders caused by radiation poisoning. Homes of Hope equips young adults with life training skills and vocational education.

Another program supported by CCI sets up volunteer families in Ireland to care for children affected by Chernobyl, allowing the children to live temporarily in an environmentally safe area. The initiative provides children with the opportunity to take a few weeks to escape the living conditions of a toxic environment. Another organization, the


A further organization, the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, works to provide healthcare support to children in Belarus and Ukraine and provides recuperative breaks in the U.K. for affected children. It is estimated that breaks such as these can prolong a child’s life for up to two years and lower physical radiation contamination levels by 30 to 50 percent. Perhaps most importantly, the children return home with the reminder that the rest of the world cares about them.

Water contamination and radioactive elements in soil continue to wreak havoc on living conditions and are poised to affect generations to come. In addition to radioactive contamination, people in Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine experience poverty, displacement and insufficient healthcare.

Foundations such as CCI and CCLL provide valuable assistance to rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. These efforts are important reminders to Chernobyl victims that they are not forgotten.

– Amy Williams


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