Issues + Causes


Cubiyanqui supports Amnesty International’s MISSION:

We are people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

With more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in over 150 countries, and complete independence from government, corporate or national interests, we work to protect human rights worldwide. Our vision is of a world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Please visit their website and see what you can do.

National Down Syndrome Congreaa

We support the Mission of the NDSC, which states that:

The mission of the NDSC is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.

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It is the purpose of the National Down Syndrome Congress to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.

That purpose is enhanced by the commitment of the NDSC to:

  • Promote the availability of and accessibility to a full range of opportunities and/or resources that meet individual and family needs.
  • Build a sense of community and fellowship for all people concerned with Down syndrome.
  • Provide leadership in the formation of public policy.
  • Encourage ethically responsible research related to all aspects of Down syndrome.
  • Educate professionals, parents, and community in all aspects relating to Down syndrome.
  • Foster self-advocacy and acknowledge the importance of self-actualization for persons with Down syndrome.
  • Recognize and advance the full range of rights of all people with Down syndrome.
  • Promote full participation of people with Down syndrome in all aspects of community life.
  • Recognize the variability of personal needs and respect individual choices.
  • Develop and disseminate position statements on major issues related to Down syndrome.
  • Provide a network for linking of state and local groups and affiliates.
  • Foster and enhance relationships with the NDSC community and the broader disability community.

Contact NDSC here.

Teach For America

Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.

We recruit outstanding recent college graduates and working professionals from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools. We provide the training and ongoing support necessary to ensure their success as teachers in low-income communities.

I became a fan after watching a story on The News Hour about TFA’s work in the New Orleans School District. Please visit them at

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The Rural Studio is a design-build architecture studio run by Auburn University which aims to teach students about the social responsibilities of the profession of architecture while also providing safe, well-constructed and inspirational homes and buildings for poor communities in rural west Alabama, part of the so-called “Black Belt“.

The studio was founded in 1993 by architects Samuel Mockbee and D. K. Ruth. Each year the program builds five or so projects – a house by the second-year students, three thesis projects by groups of 3-5 fifth year students and one or more outreach studio projects. The Rural Studio has built more than 80 houses and civic projects in HalePerry and Marengo counties. The Rural Studio is based in Newbern, a small town in Hale County. Many of its best-known projects are in the tiny community of Mason’s Bend, on the banks of the Black Warrior River.

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Here’s Rural Studio’s CONTACT information.

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Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Our network of more than 200 affiliates provides free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans.

What we do: Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. This means that we believe disabled and aging homeowners should be able to remain in their homes for as long as possible. We believe that homeowners displaced by natural disaster will get back into safe housing with help from the community. We believe that our nation’s veterans with disabilities deserve safe and accessible homes. Rebuilding Together believes we can preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities by providing free home modifications and repairs, making homes safer, more accessible, and more energy efficient.

Who we help: As the economic pressure on low-income families grows, more and more families are placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities and essential home repairs and modifications.

Please support Rebuilding Together. Here are some ways that you can.

Established in 1974, The Candle Lighters is a group of concerned parents, relatives and friends who work to assist children and adults in our community with developmental disabilities. Our fundraising supports the unfunded and underfunded programs of the ARC of Essex County in Livingston, NJ.  The majority of the money we raise goes to support the Stepping Stones Early Intervention Program.  Other programs we fund are; Camp Hope, a summer camp for children with developmental disabilities; Parent to Parent, a support group for parents with Down syndrome children; and Super Saturday, a Special Olympics program for children under the age of seven.