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16 Jan, 2017
WE THE PEOPLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Arizona We the People State Competition was held on Friday, January 13th at Mesa Community College. The We the People program simulates congressional hearings where students testify as constitutional experts in front of panels of esteemed judges; often legislatures, judges and lawyers. Ten high school teams competed in the competition from all across the state but this year the title went to Hamilton High School. Hamilton will be traveling to Washington D.C. to compete in the 30th anniversary of the We the People National Finals against over 1,000 students from across the nation. Second place, who also has the ability to travel to D.C as a wildcard, went to Corona del Sol and third place went to Sunrise Mountain High School.

If you would like to get involved with the We the People Program talk to your teachers to see if you have a program at your school. Need more information about how to get a team started? Click here and fill out the contact us form.

 

 

09 Jan, 2017
UBER TO THE RESCUE

Many teens think of Uber as an easy way to get from point A to point B without having to ask for a ride. But, for one teen it changed the course of her life. A 16 year old girl was rescued from her pimp when her Uber driver called the police after overhearing a suspicious conversation. Thanks to him one less person is suffering this fate. Many teens do not believe that this sort of thing can happen to them or people they know but with the advent of the internet it is even easier for young people to get into the same situation as this 16 year old girl. Learn to recognize the "Signs of Human Trafficking" here.

 

 

 

01 Jan, 2017
MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Starting January 1, 2017 minimum wage will increase to $10.00 an hour. What does this mean? If you are not currently receiving at least $10 per hour you may be getting a raise. Congratulation you! However, there are a couple of exceptions so before you race off to speak with your boss read this article to see if it applies to you.

 

26 Dec, 2016
FIREWORKS

The New Year is quickly approaching and with it the local firework tents are popping up all across Arizona. The laws surrounding fireworks are particularly complicated because they are different from city to city and also by the types of fireworks that are permissible. To make things a little easier this season LawForKids has created My Streets section that has many of the local fireworks laws listed, just follow this link.

20 Dec, 2016
MOBILE BANKING ARE YOU SAFE?

This time of year people are spending more and now with the convenience of technology we can check on our phones to see how our bank balance is doing. But is it safe? It turns out the answer is a little more complicated than yes or no.Luckily, Safe & Secure Mobile Banking, has the answers for you in detail so you can protect yourself while still keeping your finances in check.

12 Dec, 2016
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

If you wanted to, do you think you could sing Adele’s “Hello” or Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” record it, make copies, sell it for money, and keep all the profits? Do you think you could open a restaurant, put a big Golden Arches out front, and call it “McDonald’s”? Do you think you could take apart a Samsung Galaxy S, figure out how works, open a factory, and sell your own smartphones?

Do you know that by doing these things you’d be breaking the law? And, if so, do you know why? If not take a look at the new Intellectual Property section on LawforKids to learn more about the laws and ideas that make up intellectual property.

 

09 Dec, 2016
MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE GONE WRONG

The mannequin challenge like so many challenges before it has gone viral. Everyone is doing it! But this week the mannequin challenge resulted in the arrest of a couple of challengees who posted a video of fake gunfight. The video, which was posted and reposted thousands of times, ultimately found the way into the hands of the local sheriff's office who wondered if all the 19 weapons shown were possessed legally. After executing the warrant the police officers found more than just some illegal weapons and arrested Terry Brown and Kenneth Fennell White on charges ranging from being a felon in possession of a firearm to possession of drug paraphernalia. This particular incident happened in Alabama, but the same charges exist here in Arizona. So, the next time you think about participating in the mannequin challenge remember who can view that trending feed and check out the laws section to be sure you don't become the nightly news.

 

30 Nov, 2016
NEW MINIMUM WAGE LAW

In November 2016, voters increased Arizona’s existing minimum wage and added an employer paid sick leave requirement by approving Proposition 206 - the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative. This publication explains the minimum wage increase.

 

21 Nov, 2016
WHY DOES THANKSGIVING DAY CHANGE DATES?

Thanksgiving has been celebrated since the 17th century but was not declared an official holiday until Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law on November 26, 1941 declaring Thanksgiving to be held on the fourth (or last) Thursday in November. Since the last Thursday and not a specific date was declared as the holiday the actual date itself changes from year to year but always remains in the same time period in November. Before the law was created Thanksgiving had been celebrated on a number of different days by different presidents. FDR himself attempted to change the holiday to November 23, the next to last Thursday in November, but the public was reluctant to follow the proclamation. After a couple of years of trying FDR conceded to the public and established the holiday we know today. Would you like to see other legal holidays for Arizona? They are listed in A.R.S. 1-301.

 

 

 

16 Nov, 2016
PITCH AND 1972

In September, Pitch a new series on FOX was launched about the first woman in Major League Baseball. Eight episodes in and the show is going strong. While Pitch is still make believe and a woman president didn't happen this year these two ideas show the tremendous strides that women equality has achieved over the years. Even as little as 44 years ago women were treated differently in schools. They weren't allowed to play on sports teams or be part of other "male" activities. That all changed on June 23, 1972 when Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was signed in to law. This piece of legislation marked a shift for women's equality and made it mandatory for women to be given equal access to academic and athletic opportunities regardless of gender. This legislation has given you the school systems and opportunities you understand today and a hope that Pitch and ideas like it will be a reality of tomorrow.

 

 

 

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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