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Blog Action Day (link http://www.blogactionday.org/ ) is a yearly event which brings together bloggers across the globe to use their voice to take action on a specific topic. This year the High Schoolers participated as a part of their Humanities experience. Over the course of two days, students explored the idea of #raiseyourvoice, learning about how there are people who have spoken out against injustice and have then faced severe repercussions for those actions. Together we explored the art of blogging in order to raise our own voices for those who have been persecuted for raising theirs.
Here’s a sampling of their work:

Jenna

The painting depicts a speaker giving a speech to a crowd. However, behind the speaker is a tangle of monster with many arms putting weighted chains onto the speaker’s limbs. “Censor” is written on the weights. The people in the crowd are meant to be blank because it represents that they could be anyone, and that your words can impact people you could never imagine them reaching.

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How Galileo Became the Father of Modern Science

“Galileo Galilei was born in the year 1564 in Italy. He grew up thinking he would become a pastor. Later in life, he went to medical school but, surprisingly, ended up as a scientist and astronomer. His early work depicted new findings about how the universe worked at its core. His theories were not incredibly popular with his peers but he was still a respected colleague for a time. It wasn’t until he read old writings on heliocentrism (the theory that the earth orbits the sun) that he started to become a bit disliked by his peers. At the time, ideas like heliocentrism were very unpopular and even considered heresy by the Catholic Church. Galileo made many observations using his brass telescopes, which he made himself, to gather data about the solar system. He eventually concluded that the earth had to orbit the sun and not the other way around. Despite being told all his life that the earth was the center of the universe, his findings on gravity and the heliocentric orbits of planets completely baffled him.

Once perfecting his theory he wrote a book about his findings and presented it to his university. Despite his theories being heavily disliked by others he still felt very strongly about his findings. He knew that the earth was not the center of the universe and he wanted to educate others about his revolutionary ideas. His works were eventually seen by the Catholic Church, and even the Pope ,and, unfortunately, they were not fond of heliocentrism. The Roman inquisition shunned the ludicrous idea of the earth revolving around the sun and informed him to abandon completely the opinion that the sun stands still at the center of the world and the earth moves, and henceforth not to hold, teach, or defend this belief in any way whatsoever, either orally or in writing.

For some time after, he continued his research, but he refrained from speaking about heliocentrism as he was afraid he would be accused of heresy and put in jail. Galileo was silenced for stating something that was completely true and could have revolutionized education for all the people of Italy.

In 1616, a new Pope was in power and took a liking to Galileo. He was told that he could continue to publish his work and so he did. He found even more data, and eventually perfected his theory entirely, and published his writings about heliocentrism, despite being told not to by the Roman inquisition. When the Roman inquisition read his new findings they still refused to accept them as true. The Pope was called to Rome to defend Galileo’s writings. Galileo was called a heretic and was later imprisoned, as they feared that his findings would corrupt science and have it become an ungodly practice. As he was brought into his dungeon he uttered the words, “And yet it moves…” Which references scientific knowledge continually advancing despite the scientifically illiterate.

He was later released and put under house arrest for the rest of his life. If it weren’t for his work and perseverance humanity would not be where it is now. The reason that it is terrible for scientists to have their voices silenced is simply because it risks losing a revolutionary change in society. If every scientific discovery was considered heresy then Thomas Edison wouldn’t even have been able to invent the lightbulb!”

Elijah

“The prompt for Blog Action Day 2015 is to write about someone who hasn’t been afraid to “Raise their voice” for what they believe in, no matter what the consequences are. Jello Biafra is the former lead singer of San Fransisco Punk Band, The Dead Kennedy’s. There were many things that drew me to write about Jello for this prompt, like his political beliefs and his involvement with the Youth International Party, but what is most important to me are the topics he talks about in his songs and his spoken word pieces. Jello uses things like shock factor, sarcasm and social satire to draw attention to the things he believes in. Some topics that Jello tackles are Police Brutality, Capitalism, Anti-Conformity, and even problems in the music scene. Jello has never stopped speaking his mind, despite people continuing to oppose him. For example, Jello and the DK’s were a victim of Tipper Gore’s music censorship campaign in the 80’s and 90’s. Tipper Gore was trying to get rid of any albums that were deemed as inappropriate and too obscene for public consumption. Tipper also tried to get the DK’s to remove an art pieces that was enclosed in one of their album covers. Tipper had a lot of power considering she became the Second Lady of the United States in the 90’s, but Jello and the DK’s never backed down. Jello stood up for the band’s beliefs no matter how powerful the public figures were that opposed them. That’s why he should be honored with the Raise Your Voice prompt for Blog Action Day.”

Nimar

“Malala raised her voice for education. She did this by asking Pakistan for girls education because she believed that every person should have freedom of education. Women’s education matters because if we educate girls, they are more likely to find a better paying job and bring home more money. This improves the financial condition of their families and reduces poverty.

The more educated a women is, the more healthy she and her family would be. When women are educated they are aware of healthy eating and how to prevent diseases. So, they use this knowledge to stay healthy and keep their families healthy.

Educated women can help their children get a good education. They can help their children at home with school work and also make sure their children attend school regularly. Education will help them to raise their children to become good citizens of the world.

In conclusion, educating women can make the world a better place by decreasing poverty, improving health, and raising the next generation to be good members of the society. Malala had the courage to fight for this right as she believed that educating girls can change the face of the world and make it a better place.”

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