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Dispatch 8.4
May 2008
"Freedom of Expression"
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Welcome to the Dispatch

[t]TakingITGlobal as an Online Community, and as an organization, respects and values your personal Freedom of Expression as a TIG member and an individual. There are so many avenues for you to express yourself within the TakingITGlobal community, from your own personal TIGblog to the forums of our Discussion Boards. You can let your creative energies flow by displaying your artwork in our Global Gallery or writing a piece for our online magazine Panorama, and share your own personal stories and experiences by submitting a Member Story. The ability to express ourselves, share our opinions and be heard is often taken for granted, but it is something that is denied to individuals all over the world. Take advantage of the outlets for expression that you have in front of you and get heard! [/t]

The TakingITGlobal Team

Featured Country: Brazil

Featured Country: RussiaBrazil is the largest country in South America and the fourth most populous democracy in the world. It is a country with a vibrant culture, the influence of Brazil's multiethnic and multicultural population can be felt in the music, dance, cuisine and language! Brazil is also recognized for its football skills, the national football team is currently ranked second in the world by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association)!

Visit the Brazil country page and find out what Brazilian TIG Members are up to!

Elaine Castro is TakingITGlobal's Portuguese Editor and Translations Coordinator, based in São Paulo, and an integral part of making TakingITGlobal a Multilingual Platform!

Creativity on TIG

A new issue of Panorama was launched during Global Youth Service Day celebrations, April 25-27, called 'Giving Back'. In this issue TIG members shared volunteer experiences and approaches to volunteering in their own communities. Hopefully it will inspire those of you who have yet to have their own experience to volunteer your time to a worthy cause in your own community! Read it here.

[t]The Youth Voices Global Gallery Contest will be accepting your submissions on 'Culture & Identity' and 'Climate Change' until May 22nd. All submissions will be considered for publication in an upcoming TIG Magazine which will debut at the World Youth Congress in Québec City in August 2008!
Learn more and submit your creative piece here.[/t]

The Youth Voices Project has been running workshops all over the world where youth are producing their own artistic responses to the issues of 'Culture & Identity' and 'Climate Change'. Browse through submissions from different countries and comment on the artwork on the Youth Voices Project Page.

You can also still submit to the Youth Voices Contest in the Global Gallery. The deadline has been extended to May 22nd!

The Latest from the Mexico City YouthForce

The YouthForce website provides opportunities for you to contribute whether or not you will be physically attending the AIDS Conference this August in Mexico City! Would you like to see your content on the youthforce website? Share your artwork, photos or upload a blog post through the 'Interact' section.

Stay updated on all the latest news and important dates through the Mexico City YouthForce group on TakingITGlobal!

Important Days this Month

Important Days this Month There are a lot of important dates to keep in mind throughout the month of May, here are just a few of them:

May 3 International Press Freedom Day

May 10 World Fair Trade Day

May 15 International Day of Families

May 17 World Information Society Day

May 21 World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22 International Day for Biological Diversity

May 31 World No Tobacco Day

Develop Your Creative Media Skills!

Youth Media Exchange ( launched May 1st! To get started, just log-in with your TakingITGlobal username and password. is a space for youth interested in using digital media like video, audio, games, blogs, and mashups, to focus on major global issues! Join us and showcase your passion for social change by participating in contests, collaborating with other youth on media projects, and finding resources to sharpen your skills!

Agents of Moral Courage

TakingITGlobal has begun a partnership with Project Ijtihad, the progressive Muslim organization founded by author, filmmaker and dissident Irshad Manji. Project Ijtihad's mission is to bring reform-minded Muslims and non-Muslim allies together to explore the most challenging issues of our time. For example - can faith coexist with freedom of expression? What responsibility do we have to dissent within our own communities for the sake of a greater good?

In a new feature, Project Ijtihad is featuring 'Agents of Moral Courage' on TakingITGlobal's website. Agents of Moral Courage are Muslims and non-Muslims who have taken the risk of disagreeing with their own communities in order to protect human rights. Be sure to check out the monthly feature on Agents of Moral Courage, and click here to learn more about how you can get involved in Project Ijtihad's work for human rights and freedom of expression.

This month's Agents of Moral Courage are Mohamed Adam Yahya and Suad Monsour - refugees from Darfur who have demanded greater action from their communities to end the genocide in Sudan. Past features have included young Muslim singer Deeyah, who has used her talents to work against honour killings.

Wrap Up

Your interest, support and involvement with TakingITGlobal helps our community to grow and encourages more young people to become inspired, informed and involved everyday! In being a member of TakingITGlobal, you are part of a community that is 190,000 strong coming from over 250 countries and territories. Thank you for having a vision of positive change. Your work makes a difference!

In friendship,

The TakingITGlobal Team

Copyright 2008 TakingITGlobal

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