Have you ever thought about the power of kids taking action for justice in their school communities?
Lately, I’ve been calling myself a book activist. I thought it was important to start sharing this title after hearing people talk about me at a conference. They said, “Oh, that’s Liv, the kid who loves books.” There’s nothing wrong with being called a kid who loves books, but I just felt like that wasn’t the best way to describe me. I feel like there is more to my work on LivBits than just showing book love. I am a creator, wisher, hoper, difference maker, an activist.
Being an activist seems to encompass everything that I hope for in my LivBit work. I got excited about the idea of being an activist after my mum described my obsession with words as activism for the dictionary. I thought if I could be an activist for the dictionary or words, I can be an activist for books. And, that’s an important job for the world.
As a book activist, I have to show the power stories have to make people’s lives better. Lots of times when it comes to justice, people have lots of opinions, but not a lot of action. I always hope my LivBit videos inspire people to take action around an idea they have or a passion they want to share with the world. Taking action can be as simple as re-tweeting, commenting, or liking a post to raise awareness to a cause that’s important to you. That's a great first step before you think about taking bigger action around your cause.
I first started thinking about the idea of justice when one of my Twitter followers commented how my LivBit videos showed my commitment to social justice. I didn’t even know what that was. But, the comment made me curious and I began researching the idea, and I felt so proud that a follower thought of my work this way.
Now, I know LivBits IS about justice. Lots of the Bits I make are about things I hope will get better or change. Sometimes the things I think about are so big inside my brain, the only way for me to begin to understand them more is to read, wonder, talk, think, and write. It’s true the more you wonder, the more you question, and the more you question, the more you wonder all over again! Making LivBits helps me take action with my wonders.
The best thing about LivBits is learning from the people I meet. I have another idea about kids and justice now, thanks to a little school in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
Last week I met a small group of kids from the Kittredge School who call themselves the Justice League. Their goal is to make their school a better place. Each of them identified a super power they have to encourage more justice in their school community. With super powers like, the power of heartbeat, acceptance, perseverance, and love, I am certain they will be a powerful influence at Kittredge. But, the most important thing I learned from this group is how incredible kids can be for our future. The Justice League loved their school enough to take a risk, join together, and share their powers with all Kittredge kids. These kids understand the power of justice AND action. I feel so proud they made me an honorary member. Can you guess what my super power is? Of course, it’s the power of words! I'm Word Girl!
Can you imagine if we had Justice Leagues in every single school in the world? Can you imagine if we thought about the power of sharing hope, kindness, and love like the Justice League at Kittredge School?
Think about the power of justice in your life; the power of taking action; and the power of learning from others. Then, be your own Justice League, take action, and do something good for the world. I promise, your heart will beep so hard, you’ll never be the same!
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