MAP advocates for the alleviation of five student-elected social justice issues each year.
The Immigration Reform team is working on issues at our southern border. We will be focusing on lobbying for bills that support and aid migrant families as they navigate our complex immigration system, as well as speaking at schools to raise awareness about just how convoluted the immigration process is. Immigration Reform also organizes events at Mitty such as our Multicultural Day, partnering with the myriad of cultural clubs on campus to celebrate the diversity within our student body.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Everyday, 100 Americans die from gun violence—and many more are injured. By advocating for common-sense gun safety measures and raising awareness about the issue, we hope to prevent the nation-wide problem of gun violence in the first place. Enough is enough. It's time to end gun violence.
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MENTAL HEALTH REFORM
Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well being.. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 6 US youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year, making this issue especially relevant for high school students. In today’s society, the stigmatization of mental illness prevents many from seeking help, and its roots lie in a lack of awareness and understanding. To alleviate this issue, MAP’s Mental Health Reform team lobbies for bills increasing funding for mental health resources and combats the stigma around mental illness through awareness and education campaigns.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
We live in a country where Brock Turner, a Stanford freshman, gets a measly 6 months of jail time for sexual assault, but teenagers living 15 minutes away in East Palo Alto get 25 years to life for stealing candy. By advocating for sentencing reform and spreading awareness about the systemic failure of the criminal justice system, we hope to eliminate the racial and socioeconomic discrimination plaguing our courts and prisons.
Climate change is one of the most relevant and pressing issues of our generation. In the Environmental Justice team, we seek to address this mammoth topic through legislative advocacy to reduce pollution and promote environmental sustainability, while also engaging in awareness campaigns to increase education on environmental justice in our community. Focusing on topics ranging from plastic pollution and water contamination to climate change and ocean acidification, we craft legislative talking points and policy proposals, attend climate strike rallies and marches, and periodically hold speaker events.