Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

Each year on April 22nd people around the world take time to reflect and celebrate the earth. Although it is only labeled once a year in our calendar, we believe that every day should be Earth Day. Now more than ever our planet is becoming a victim to the impact of climate change. Results have shown that sea levels have risen about eight inches, the average temperature has increased nearly two degrees (1.1 Celsius), and our ocean acidity has gone up by 30 percent. With the temperature continuing to get warmer, pollution and further disruptions will continue to affect the living.

Learn more about the impacts of climate change and take a stand against climate with some of these leading forces!

Friends of the Earth, is a global network that is present in 74 countries and has over 1 million members. Their mission is to take a stand and to defend the environment by standing up against some of the economic drivers.

Greenpeace, was created in 1971 and has over 2.8 million members worldwide in over 50 countries. Their strategy is to use peaceful protest and creative communication to help expose and promote environmental problems.

Natural Resource Defense, was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys. The current board continues to ensure that the NRC organization maintains its promise to ensure the rights to clean air and water.

Next Gen America, acts politically to help prevent climate disaster. Since their founding in 2013 the organization has supported environmentally friendly candidates and has registered more than 1 million voters worldwide.

To support the cause, Studio Number One created these exclusive posters for you to download and print at home. Click here to grab your set. 

March for Our Lives Recap

This past weekend hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to stand up against gun violence. With over 800 demonstrations held across the country, it was also reported that nearly 200,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. to march. Throughout the day, speakers shared personal stories about how gun violence has affected them and delivered inspiring messages of peace and hope for the future.

We would like to thank and congratulate everyone that spent their day standing up for what they believe in.  An even larger thanks to Amplifier for printing and distributing posters with art by Studio Number One and those that walked carrying their message. You can check out our gallery below of some of our favorites from the marches all across the country, including a video of one of SNO's posters displayed in Times Square!

Stand Up to Gun Violence with Free Downloadable Art


Since the tragic shooting in Parkland, FL the angry student survivors have successfully pushed politicians to support gun control legislation and forced major businesses and advertisers to cut ties with the NRA. Additionally, they have organized events to encourage communities across the country to go out and make their voices heard about gun violence. Let’s stand with the students of Parkman by partaking in the National School Walkout on March 14th and March For Our Lives on March 24th!

Participating in these events is a way to stand up to not only gun violence, but to make it known that our schools should no longer be a danger zone. It is a way to express that this country needs proper changes when it goes to how gun control is handled. By going out and marching it helps project the message that enough is enough!

To support the cause, Studio Number One designed a collection of posters and art that can be downloaded for free. Print them for the upcoming march or post on your social media and make your voices heard!

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Schools Not Warzones:

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Survivors from last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida are using their voices and taking matters in their own hands. Through social and traditional media numerous students have spoken about reform on current gun policies.

Over the holiday weekend more news emerged on social media about upcoming school walkouts and marches.

Here is a guide to the upcoming events:

March 14 - National School Walkout

Organized by the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER, students, parents, teachers, and administrators are invited on March 14th at 10 a.m. (in all time zones) to walk out of school for 17 minutes in observance of the 17 lives lost in Parkland and to protest and demand Congress pass legislation to keep our schools and community safe from gun violence.

March 24 - March for Our Lives

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by student organizers from Parkland and across the country. They are calling all to march in Washington D.C. on March 24th to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, seize an end to school shootings, and ask Congress to address gun violence issues immediately.

April 20 - National High School Walkout

On April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, all high school students are urged to participate in a a school walk out promptly at 10 a.m. to protest current gun policies, wear orange, and voice their opinions on all social media platforms.


What Can We Do About Gun Violence?


On a day typically reserved to celebrate love, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkman, Florida suffered the opposite. A 19-year-old gunman entered the school with a loaded AR-15 rifle, pulled the fire alarm, and began shooting into five classrooms. The tragedy resulted in the death of 17 students and adults. 

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012,  more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings. Many are asking what we can do to enact stricter gun control or preventative measures.

Here are a few actions that can be taken:


Everytown is an organization with more than 4 million members focused on ending gun violence with action. The website offers information about the movement, details on events in various communities, and helpful guides.

The Brady Campaign is one of the oldest organizations focused on gun control. Created in 1974 and renamed in 2001, their mission is to cut down gun deaths in half.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was founded in 2012 following the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. Ran and monitored by a handful of mothers, it has quickly become one of the organizations on the forefront of gun violence prevention.


Donating to the victims is now more accessible than ever with companies like GoFundMe and groups like the Broward Education Foundation who have created an account designated to helping out the victims and their families


Reach out to your elected officials by using the tool on USA.gov’s website. Information for all senators, representatives, and local officials can be found through this site. Contact them by either writing or directly calling the line for your desired member.


Resources for DACA Recipients after Trump's Ruling


On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced that they will be rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that protects the deportation of nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants (nicknamed as Dreamers) who were brought to the United States before the age of 16 and allows them the ability to work legally. 

The only way Dreamers will legally be able to stay in the country once their DACA permits expire will be if in some way the law changes. The White House is giving Congress a six-month deadline to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops processing permits. 

Below is a list of resources for DACA immigrants to learn more about the program's repeal: 

More information about the announcement and its potential outcomes can be read here:  Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act (New York Times)

Unpacking Charlottesville

The violence and terror that resulted from the gathering of hateful white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend mark a dark time in our country. Racism and hatred have no place in America, so now many are trying to understand how this came about and are asking what can we do about it now? 


Make America Smart Again emphasizes the importance of educating ourselves on all matters, so that everyone can confidently speak out on what's right and be the change for our future. 

Here are some links and causes to help you get more informed and involved:

READ: Making Sense of Charlottesville: A Reading Guide by NPR

NPR provides a list articles about how the tragedy in Charlottesville unfolded.

WATCH: Charlottesville: Race and Terror by Vice News

Vice News was able to document a scarily close up look at the events that took place in Charlottesville by embedding their reporter among several of the white supremacists participating at the rally.

LISTEN: The Daily - A podcast by the New York Times

This 20-minute weekday podcast provides a breakdown of the major news headlines each day. Recent episodes cover the change of the events that led to the weekend's violence in Charlottesville.

DO: 10 Ways to Fight Hate - An online handbook by Southern Poverty Law Center 

This handbook is a compilation of big and small ideas on how to bring about change in yourself and your community


Stop Hate Project A group combatting hate crimes and helping to support organizations in need

Southern Poverty Law CenterA civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and standing up for victims of discrimination

How to become a member of the President's Cabinet

President Trump is currently building his Cabinet and the Senate is expected to hold additional confirmation votes on more nominees this week.

Here's a quick refresher from NPR.org on the steps it takes to become a member of the president's Cabinet:

The Cabinet on the United States is comprised of the most senior appointed officers which includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments: the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs. All Cabinet members are nominated by the President and then presented to the Senate for confirmation or rejection by simple majority. 

  1. All Cabinet members are nominated by president or president-elect
  2. Nominees are presented to the Senate for hearings before a relevant Senate committee
  3. If a majority of the committee votes for the nominee, it goes to the Senate floor for a vote by the full body. (A caveat here: the Senate majority leader can bring a nominee to the floor for a full Senate vote even if they do NOT get the approval of the relevant committee. It's rare, but it's happened in the past.)
  4. The nominee is confirmed by full Senate in a floor vote

For more on each of President Trump's nominees and their current status, check out the New York Times' Trump tracker for bios and updates.

Tracking the new president's Agenda

With a new president in the White House, it is now more important than ever to stay engaged with our democracy.

President Trump has already signed a series of executive orders and is taking action on other promises made during his presidential campaign. However, most of these proposals require action by Congress or have other significant obstacles. 

Track each step of Trump's agenda listed below using this handy tool created by the New York Times:

  • Repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act
  • Build the border wall and have Mexico pay for it
  • Impose import taxes
  • Approve Keystone XL pipeline
  • Abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Ban foreign aid to groups that give abortion counseling
  • Suspend immigration from specific regions
  • Nominate a Supreme Court justice
  • Cut taxes
  • Invest in American infrastructure

Voices heard worldwide at Women's March

More than 2 million people in all 50 states and seven continents around the world marched in solidarity at the Women's March on January 21. Make America Smart Again joined the march in downtown Los Angeles where over 750,000 people showed up to make their voices heard. The streets were filled with families and friends, including men supporting their daughters, wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters and female friends, who were all protesting peacefully for women's issues, the environment, immigrants' rights, and much more. 

Although the march was hugely successful, people must continue to remain engaged and active. The official Women's March website reads "Thank you to the millions of people around the world who, on Jan. 21, came together to raise our voices. But our march forward does not end here. Now is the time to get our friends, family, and community together and make history."

To keep the momentum going, find out how to join the Women's March campaign here: 10 Actions for the first 100 Days

Make Your Voice Heard at the Women's March on January 21!

On January 21, 2017, the day after the presidential inauguration, over 200,000 people will be gathering for the Women's March in Washington D.C. The event initially started as a spontaneous feminist rallying outcry via social media that quickly went viral and is now expected to be one of the largest demonstrations in American history.

The official mission and vision from the organizers states: "We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."

The march is open to everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and compassion for our shared humanity. This is an incredible opportunity to unite with your fellow peers and community members and make your voice heard about the issues you care about the most.

If you can't make it to Washington D.C. on January 21, there are over 600 other Women's Marches that have been organized so everyone across the country (and beyond) can join in solidarity. You can find the nearest one in your area HERE. 

You can also download Make America Smart Again's signs to bring to the march or to post on social media HERE.

Most Students Don't Know When News Is Fake

A Stanford study on how teens evaluate information they find online revealed that most students absorb social media news without considering the sources and could not distinguish between an ad labeled "sponsored content" and a real news story on a website.

Although websites are starting to take the steps to prevent the dissemination of fake news, it is still important to teach students proper research skills and instill skepticism in order for them to be savvy about choosing and believing the information they read.

Read more about the study here: 

Most Students Don't Know When News Is Fake, Standford Study Finds by The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 21, 2016



Critical Thinking + The News

The spread of misinformation to the masses is a major concern. Just because it's on the internet, doesn't necessarily mean it's true.

We wanted to share a few articles about how imperative it is for us all to use critical thinking skills when reading articles online:

Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole (The Huffington Post) 

Facebook Fake-News Writer: 'I Think Donald Trump is in the White House Because of Me' (The Washington Post)

Here's How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed (CNN)

 The Huffington Post quoting John Oliver.

The Huffington Post quoting John Oliver.

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