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by Ashley - Monday, 6 January 2014, 08:11 PM
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My partners and I are discussing a new policy that involves the legalization of marijuana at the age of 21 in the state of California. Marijuana has become one of the biggest and most common drug being used and we want to regulate it.
There are many outcomes both bad and good to either the industry or the people. I want people to understand how the good reasons for it can outweigh the bad. Now there are numerous of reasons why it should be legalized but my partners and I have picked a couple that we thought were more imperative.

Our first reason was how legalizing it would decrease the amount of people getting put in jail for smoking or dealing. There are criminals out there that they should be more aware of then arresting smokers. Secondly, Racial profiling would also decrease with less Latino and African Americans going to jail. There has been a estimate that makes society believe these two races has been targeted. The third reason would be how higher taxes would benefit government businesses but then we would have higher taxes to pay.

As you see we have a lot to think through and this topic is very debatable.There has to be counterclaims for the pros and cons.

What do ya'll think?

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by Laila - Saturday, 4 January 2014, 09:32 PM
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My partner and I decided to do our civic action on getting something done about foods being served at our school because of how unhealthy it is. While researching about the food that’s being served here we came to realize how completely unsafe it really is to our bodies if something isn't yet done about it. Some of the ingredients contain chemicals we aren’t being informed about and much worse. In attempt to have something done to our school menu we contacted our school principle and addressed to her our concerns about this issue and how we must have something done about it. Sadly we haven't yet received a response from her and we still yet waiting patiently. My partner and I plan on attending a school board meeting coming up soon and we'll surely try to bring up this problem our school is facing and hopefully this will not only bring change to our school but change to the whole district if things go well. We believe if more people knew what they are consuming they’d call for a change as well. These are only a few things that have been exposed by how their food is made. This is only stuff we've been formed about and exposed to, for now.
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by Stephanie - Sunday, 29 December 2013, 07:37 PM
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My partner and I are doing our civic action project on animal abuse.
We believe that the laws aren't being enforced like they should be. Also animals have no rights and a lot of people seem to do nothing about it.
We believe any animal should have every right to be treated like they should be.
Animals are like humans they have feelings and they hurt just like us. We have rights and so do they.
My partner and I did a survey on what people think an animal abuse is or what information they know regarding animal abuse.
We found out that not a lot of people know what to look for in a animal that might be going through abuse or what to do while witnessing it.
We want to let people know that there's many type of animal abuse and non of them should be happening. Also, that there's many different things to do to help an animal.
And hopefully laws can be enforce like they should be.

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by Everett - Tuesday, 17 December 2013, 09:16 AM
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Me and my partner are doing our Civic Actions project on the the Causes and Effects of Alcohol and Drug abuse in the lives of young adults and teens.

We believe that these substances have entered the lives of many teens through different outlets and show huge impacts in their lives. Also we have found that Alcoholism is very high in the years of young adulthood. We are researching the causes of why teens are resorting to these things and how it can be so accessible to them. In young adults we are looking more at what the short & long term effects of these substances.

My partner has come up with a great idea about creating a teen support group in our local area to provide any support or answers to struggling teens that aren't where they want to be. There are groups with similar interests that we have found on the internet but nothing too local to our area, but we were hoping to get some feed back with any information regarding any teen support programs, young adult AA, and also if anyone else notices the same type of issue in their area.

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by Dylan - Monday, 16 December 2013, 07:50 PM
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Low income families and undocumented immigrants have trouble with college expensive. Me and my partner believe that all low income students should be guaranteed finical aid for college. We know that the AB-40 act law is for undocumented immigrant. The AB-40 act gives out grants and scholarships for undocumented immigrants for college. We went on the FAFSA website to get more information on finical aid and qualifications students will need. Everyone we gave our survey to agreed with us that the government should give more help to students for college. We learned that the FASFA gives out finical aid based on your family size and household income. They must meet requirements to be edible for finical aid from FASFA .

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by Rianne - Monday, 16 December 2013, 07:34 PM
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Hey all! So my partner and I are doing a some civic actions against the use of cell phones while driving.
We believe that using your cell phone in anyway while driving is dangerous to not just yourself, but those around you. Not only that but there are also certain laws against certain types of uses of cellphone.
What laws you ask? Well,

-"10 states plus D.C. prohibit all drivers from using hand held cell phones."

-"32 states and D.C. prohibit novice (new) drivers from cell phone use."

-"39 states plus D.C. prohibit all drivers from text messaging."

Didn't know that did huh? Well now you know!

~But the thing is, why do drivers especially teen drivers think it is okay to use your phone while driving?
Who gave them the "okay" or the influence to let them pull out their phone and start texting?
-Well statistics say that, "48% of young drivers have seen their parents drive while talking on the cell phone, and 15% say they have seen their parents text while driving."
So I am guessing, this is us following our parents bad habit of using our phones while driving?
Maybe, maybe not.

~Maybe it's just us thinking we are just so great at driving, that the road doesn't need all of our attention; or that a stop light is the best opportunity to shoot a quick text.
Maybe you just can't help picking up that phone call, that is constantly ringing.
How about that long drive on that straight forward road? Hmm, maybe that gives you enough time to check out your twitter or Instagram.

We make all these excuses as to why we think it is okay to use your phone while driving, but obviously not if there are state laws saying you can't.

-"If your traveling at 55mph this equals driving length of a football field without looking at the road."
I don't know about you, but that is a large amount of potential of getting into an accident.
Hopefully a little bit of these fun facts gives you the inspiration to either break that bad habit of not using your phone while driving or influence your friends not to use their phone while driving. Especially you novice drivers!

Well what do you think? Leave a comment below to give your input about these facts and statistics.
Those quoted are from:

Check them out for more interesting facts and statistics about texting/talking on the phone while driving.

[ Modified: Monday, 16 December 2013, 09:36 PM ]
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by Tamika - Monday, 16 December 2013, 06:48 PM
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Our group decided to research the topic of animal abuse and neglect. We all agreed that animals often have no rights and a lot of people seem to think that it is okay to mistreat an animal. For us, this topic is a very serious one because we have been around animals all of our life's and we care for them. While discussing this topic, we couldn't figure out what would overcome the owners mind to abuse and neglect their animal. We decided to look into it for our Civic Action Project. While doing this we found some very disturbing information that made us even more determined to begin to find solutions to this problem. We interviewed and surveyed some local veterinarians and some of the stories they shared were just as disturbing as the information on the internet. Although putting an end to animal abuse and neglect is nearly impossible, we would just like to inform other students about this problem. A lot of people let animal abuse go unnoticed so if we can inform one student then hopefully we will send a chain reaction until it is less of a problem in our community.

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by Eduardo - Monday, 16 December 2013, 03:33 PM
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The topic we decided to do research on is teen pregnancy. We all agreed that an accidental teen pregnancy is a serious thing and it can change your life in a big way. Each of us know at least someone who is a teen and has or is pregnant. And we know that accidental teen pregnancies can have good changes and bad changes in peoples lives. The good is that teen moms and older moms say its the most beautiful thing to bare a child, and your bring life to a beautiful boy or girl. But the bad thing is they don't have enough time to juggle all the things going through there lives, they are limited with there social life, school life, and more. There only priority is to raise and support there child, and they end up losing there opportunities that they had to succeed in life. Our idea to try to fix this problem was to put health centers in every high school and make the clinics free to students. A place where they can go get protection and birth control, so they don't need to worry about an unexpected pregnancy. And also where they can get advice from professionals and help.

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by Tito - Monday, 16 December 2013, 01:22 PM
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1. We researched statistics about speeding.
2. We did a survey
3. We emailed the mayor about a solution for the problem.
4. We filmed cars speeding
5. We recorded our PSA.

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by Matthew - Saturday, 14 December 2013, 10:19 PM
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My group and I decided to work on the issue of underclassmen not being able to go off campus for lunch. From our research we found that what concerns administrators and parents the most is underclassmen not going back to school on time and not being able to drive to places to get food. At my high school, across the street are multiple places a student can get food so driving wouldn't be an issue for underclassmen and you can hear the bell across the street so they will also know when it's time to go to fourth period. Do you think high schools are being unfair to underclassmen and really just keep them on campus because they need them to buy school lunch in order to make money? I understand were administrators are coming from when they don’t allow freshmen to go across the street for lunch. Freshmen are new to the school and they don’t know much about the rules, but for sophomores I feel that they have enough knowledge to know the school rules and how to act in high school and off campus.

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