Human Rights Activism Opportunities

  • Demanding Tuition-Free Public College Education

    BOTL segment excerpt:

    According to TruthOut, the average graduate now walks with $29,400 in student loans — a burden they must repay no matter their field of study, career success or starting salary. Student loan debt isn’t subject to discharge through bankruptcy. Think about that. Corporations can escape fines, pension obligations and shoddy business deals by filing bankruptcy. But if an American graduates from college into an awful job market and doesn’t “make it” fast enough to get a handle on their student loans, they’re stuck with them forever. And should they default, their entire financial future can be ruined before their 30th birthday.

    It’s time public higher education was free.

    Take Action:

    Sign the CREDO petition Make Public College Tuition Free

    More info:

    Listen to the source segment for this activism at BOTL Activism: Demanding Tuition-Free Public College Education, episode #793 "Our social safety sieve (Economics)”

    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

  • Stand Up For Mental Health

    BOTL segment excerpt:

    More than 46 million Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness. That is a sizable — and fluid — minority. As some disorders are temporary or situational, the likelihood that you or someone close to you will be affected by mental illness during your lifetime is significant.

    Yet, despite the commonplace nature of mental health issues, the stigma surrounding any illness or disorder that can be placed under that heading is intense and affects nearly every aspect of life. In fact, we often categorize mental health care as separate from other health care, as if one's mind has no affect on one's physical well-being. This separation is one of the reasons there are often job and relationship consequences to speaking up, seeking care and disclosing even minor details of one’s mental illness, thus condemning many to silent suffering.

    Take Action:

    Visit HealthyPlace.com and support their campaign, access resources, and make connections: Stand Up For Mental Health Campaign

    Additional Activism/Resources: Affordable Care Act & National Alliance of Mental Illness

    More info:

    Listen to the source segment for this activism at BOTL Activism: Stand Up For Mental Health, episode #797 "Trouble at the old pharm (Health Care)”

    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich