Ricky Cortez Ricky Cortez , IT Coordinator, has worked as Director of Technology for OWN Charter School, where he also was involved with community outreach, and a teacher media training initiative. He was the Professional Services Manager at Tekserve and Volchok Consulting as manager of the onsite and help desk teams. Ricky is the current Board President of http://www.LGBTfamilies.info and has worked with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Run/Walk. He also started Media Star Productions, a multi-media video production company, which is where he developed his technical skills using online, video, audio, graphic and social media tools to reach a global network.
  • Video Advocacy Example: Bullying, Social Media & Suicide Teen suicide in the United States has been on the rise. One cause is that teenagers have been increasingly bullied in school and through the use of social media. There are so many ways kids can post what is going in in their lives, whether it is via Twitter, Facebook, Google +, or a YouTube video. November 2, 2011
  • Landmark Decision – Prop 8 Ruling Thursday August 5th, 2010, was a victory day for the LGBT community. California's Prop 8 ruling was deemed unconstitutional in a landmark decision by Justice Vaughn R. Walker of the California Federal Court. The Rachel Maddow Show sums it up very well on MSNBC. August 6, 2010
  • LGBT Rights in Africa: Malawi My last post on 'LGBT Rights in Africa' focused on Uganda's pending anti-homosexuality law and how it caused international outrage and expressions of support for LGBT community in Uganda. Now we will look slightly over 1,000 miles south of Uganda to Malawi. June 1, 2010
  • The Internet as a Peacekeeper? I recently read an article published on Foreign Policy magazine's website about how the Internet would bring freedom and peace to an entirely new level globally. April 28, 2010
  • LGBT Rights in Africa: Uganda I'm the IT coordinator here and will occasionally blog about issues relating to tech inside a non-profit organization that uses technology all the time. I am also going to be sharing thoughts about human rights issues that are of personal import. April 28, 2010