By ANNA CHALLET
New America Media
In a world where every day is a holiday – there’s National Doughnut Day, Pi Day (honoring the number 3.14 and celebrated by eating pie), and Talk Like a Pirate Day (that one is international) – a group of organizations came together and decided that surely one of these days should be dedicated to voter registration.
They designated a day and proceeded to register over 300,000 voters in their first such effort – on the fourth Tuesday of September in 2012.
“The main idea was to try to do for civic engagement what Earth Day did for the environment, and really create one positive, fun, exciting day where everybody could plug in, in whatever way was easiest for them,” says Jessica Reeves, vice president of partnerships at Voto Latino, one of the organizations involved in starting National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), which this year falls on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
The family of Jay Zolina, a junior at San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School who took his life last Thursday, Sept. 11, is calling for an end to bullying -- a growing school malaise that apparently led the 16-year-old Filipino American teen to depression and suicide.
“How I wished I have known that he was hurting inside,” Jay’s mother, Lea Maria Sia-Zolina, posted in her son’s Facebook account. “A person can take only so much bullying.”
“It was too late when I found out ...He was gone,” continued the pained message of the grieving mother. “...And because of this my life will have a huge void.”
Well over 30 local businesses sponsored booths that lined the corridors of the Serramonte Shopping Center on Saturday, September 13, for the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual “Business to Consumers Showcase.”