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21 Sep, 2018
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Today is the International Day of Peace! Each year since 1982, this day has been recognized as "a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples" by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Each year the United Nations, an international organization tasked to promote international co-operation and maintain international order, chooses a theme and this year it is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world and is a document "which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race". Article 3 of this document states that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person" similar to our own Declaration of Independence. However, there is no "Peace Clause" in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and instead the U.N. is asking, "what does “The Right to Peace” mean to you?"

 

14 Sep, 2018
WHEN YOU TURN 18

We have all heard about how things are different when you are an adult but did you know that legally that is true? When a person goes from being 17 and 364 days to 18 it may not seem like a a major transition has occurred but under the law it has. There are many things that change when you become an adult and LawforKids.org has a whole booklet dedicated to letting you know some of the biggest ones. It is called the The Law When You Turn 18 and you can get your FREE copy by going here and asking us to send you one. To flip through the pages ahead of time look at our When You Turn 18 section.

07 Sep, 2018
SUPREME JUSTICE

A new Supreme Court Justice is in town, or is about to be; Brett Kavanaugh is currently in his final day of Senate hearings which will decide if he is the new justice on the bench. The United States Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in the country. What they say goes and it is all ultimately decided by nine very influential people. With the recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy leaving the bench at the end of July a new justice has been appointed to take his seat. Why is this such a big deal you may ask? Well their are many facets to that answer but two of the biggest boil down to that this person will become one of nine individuals to guide the law of the future for our entire country and the second is that Supreme Court Justices have tenure for life. That's right for LIFE. That is a lot of influential decision making; and there are no easy U.S. Supreme Court cases, just some that are less influential than others. So choosing a justice is a big deal. But how do they get chosen? To learn more about the United States Supreme Court read this article on the U.S. Supreme Court.

29 Aug, 2018
LYING IN STATE

Senator John McCain will lie in state today starting at 10 a.m. at the Arizona State Capital building to allow the people of Arizona to pay their respects. Lying in state is the special term that is used when the casket of a deceased governmental figure is placed in a public area so that the people may pay tribute to the passed official. Sen. McCain will be honored by an invocation by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J., with remarks by Senator Jon Kyl, and Governor Doug Ducey followed by a presentation of Wreath by Congressman Jim Kolbe, a benediction by Senator Jeff Flake with concluding prayers by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J. If you are unable to attend the ceremony itself Arizona PBS will be broadcasting the ceremony and will be continuing coverage up to  Sen. McCain's internment at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday September 2nd. For more information visit PBS Arizona's website.

23 Aug, 2018
A BIRD PROBLEM?

A new bird has migrated to Arizona. Bird, a dockless electric motorized scooter company, has made its way to Tempe and Scottsdale and will likely be popping up in more areas across Arizona in spite of some attempts to keep them at bay. The City of Scottsdale initially sent Bird a cease-and-desist order, saying that the scooters violate the City's ordinance about motorized skateboards but this issue has since been settled with city officials. However, many still have concerns about the new scooters stating that they impose a safety hazard due to reckless driving, and little enforcement of Bird's rules. In order to ride Bird users agree on their app to follow rules such as not driving on sidewalks, having a valid driver license and being over 18, they also agree not to leave scooters on public property. If an underage rider is caught their account is disabled and other actions such as fines may also be taken. Other people welcome the new "green" form of transportation that allows them to get from point A to point B without having to sit in traffic. Many users love the convenience of the scooter, being able to just leave it to be collected later either by another user or a "bird hunter", a person who collects and charges the scooters at night. But, mostly people say they are just fun. Bird also is giving back both to the community, offering free helmets, and the cities it is in by giving them $1 per scooter per day to help pay for more bike lanes and safe-riding programs.  So, are these new pay to use scooters and bikes a public nuisance and safety concern or a new affordable green way to travel? Let us know in here in What Do You Think?

25 Jul, 2018
IS NAME CALLING ILLEGAL?

Did you know it is illegal to call people names? That is right it is illegal to insult someone. In the law, insulting someone is called slander if it was said and libel if it was done in writing. If you say or write something that is false and it ruins a persons reputation you could find yourself in a legal battle. Many celebrities have found themselves in court because of libel and slander. For example Keira Knightley and Kate Hudson both sued tabloids for implying they had eating disorders. Katie Holmes sued for being called a drug addict and Sharon Stone sued over claims of plastic surgery. Of course you don't need to be a celebrity to sue but you do have to show that the name calling hurt your reputation and caused you an actual harm. If you would like to avoid going to court in the future remember some wise words from a wise rabbit; "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!"

 

 

26 Jun, 2018
MONSOON SEASON AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Last week officially marked the beginning of Arizona's monsoon season, a term for when the winds shift bringing wet air from the south causing more rain and thunderstorms. Monsoon season comes every year and so do the increase in traffic accidents. Arizona is known for its dry weather so when a torrential downpour hits the road drivers don't always know how to react; couple that with the most dangerous time to drive on a wet road is in the first couple of minutes (due to the oil build up on the road that takes some time to wash off making it extra slick), its no wonder we see accidents. Luckily, Driving Safely During Monsoon Season has some tips that will make sure you get home safe. 

17 Jul, 2018
6 MONTHS OR LESS-NO TEXT

This July a new law went into effect that all new drivers needs to know about, the no texting while driving law. If you are driving on a learner's permit or have only had your driver license for less than 6 months it is now illegal for you to text while driving. While various cities throughout Arizona have ordinances banning texting while driving this is the first state law on the matter. If you are a new driver and you are caught texting while driving you can face penalties up to $100 and the loss of your license for 30 days. Legislatures believe that this is just the first step towards stricter laws on distracted driving in Arizona and stricter laws for everyone are just on the horizon.

 

 

09 Mar, 2018
AZ STUDENTS JOIN NATIONAL WALKOUT

Arizona students joined thousands across the nation who sought to raise awareness about gun violence in schools this past Wednesday. On February 14, 2018 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida but this time after the memorial services had ended students decided something more needed to happen. Working with Women's March, a group focused on transformative, grassroots, social change, students organized a walkout to honor those who had passed one month after tragedy struck their school. On March 14, over 3,000 schools participated in the walkout some marching on their local capital buildings, others holding signs and still more spelling out #Enough on their football fields but all uniting to say that something has to be done to stop the violence. While the walkout itself is over, the uniting of a nation over a common message is a powerful and marks the beginning of a new student driven conversation of which Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the namesake of the Florida school, would be proud.

 "Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action."

-Marjory Stoneman Douglas

 

 

09 Mar, 2018
PROTECTING THE FAMILY YOU CHOOSE

Teens may understand more than most that your friends can become closer than your relatives. The idea that someone who happens to share a few chromosomes but has never met you is closer to you than a person whom you share your hopes, dreams and life with  just seems a little absurd when you stop and think about it. But for years this is exactly how the law has looked at sick time. A person who is working may take time off to take care for a relative but would not be allowed to take that same time off to care for a friend or companion whom they were not related or married. Luckily, the law is finally changing and Arizona is among the states leading the way with "chosen-family" sick-time, a law that reflects "the varied relationships that matter to people." Now people close to us, who need us, can be cared for by us without legal red-tape standing in the way. This law may still have some restrictions around it but it is a positive step for those who wish to care for whom-ever they've added to their family without the added worry of the law standing in their way.

PARENTS GET INFORMED!

90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way.
--CHILDHELP--
                    1 in 6 men is sexually abused before they turn 18.
--1in6--
100,000 American kids are victims of domestic human trafficking each year in the U.S.
--TRUST--
16% of Arizona runaways were sex trafficking victims in 2014.
--National Center for Missing & Exploited Children--
One out of every three teens on the street will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.
--National Runaway Switchboard--
The average age a teen enters the sex trade in Arizona is 14 years old, but nationally the average is 13.
 --Shares Hope International Rapid Assessment Fact Sheet on Arizona--
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