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Students Deserve a Say in Their Education

Jun 18, 202101 min read
JoI Johnson (left) canvasses with a fellow Stand student volunteer during a recent election. JoI organized and led the student canvassing team.
I believe students deserve a say in their education. That’s why I joined Stand for Children in 10th grade and started going to school board meetings, writing local government leaders, and organizing other students in the community to get involved, too. When you support Stand, you support students like me who are working to be […]

Court Fees Trap Youth in Justice System

Jun 4, 202102 min read
Court Fees Trap Youth in Justice System
Did you know that kids who are committed to Oregon’s Youth Justice System are charged administrative fees that can follow them well into adult life? I was one of those kids, and the trauma of the financial burden it placed on my family follows me to this day. My name is Siobhan, and I am […]

Standing Strong for 25 Years

Jun 1, 202101 min read
Standing Strong for 25 Years
Twenty-five years ago today, on June 1, 1996, 300,000 people stood together for children at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  What began as an historic rally has become a bold and vital organization impacting the education and lives of children furthest from justice across the nation. Stand for Children’s 25th anniversary comes at a […]

If You Care About Your Right to Vote

May 10, 202102 min read
If You Care About Your Right to Vote
My first time voting was the 2016 presidential election. I still remember how proud and empowered I felt placing my ballot into the drop box here in Oregon, where we have widespread vote-by-mail. My family are immigrants from Oaxaca, Mexico, and having the right to vote is cherished in immigrant communities — especially since a […]

Thank A Teacher Today

May 3, 202102 min read
Thank A Teacher Today
May is Teacher Appreciation Month, and after all the sacrifices and ever-evolving adjustments teachers have made to ensure their students keep learning during the pandemic, I hope everyone will take a moment to reflect and say thank you.  If there’s an educator you want to acknowledge, write a short thank you note with this form and Stand […]

Continuous Struggle

Jan 17, 202103 min read
Continuous Struggle
It’s hard not to feel exhausted right now. All of us are nearly two years into this seemingly endless pandemic, which has not only taken the lives of more than 840,000 Americans but has also exposed the undeniable racial and economic inequalities that riddle our society. I understand if you’re tired — if you want […]