December 9th: International Anti-corruption Day

Alexis Mayhue

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May Ray Day
May 19, 2015

Don’t let yourself be corrupted by money.

Back in 2003 the General Assembly of the United Nations decided what we needed in the world was a day that we took a step back. A day where we take a look around the world and say, “Okay, maybe we should fix this.”

The result? International Anti-corruption Day

All around the world governments, private businesses, the media and the public work together on December 9th to organize activities, report incidents of corruption, use the United Nations anti-corruption logo when making publications, and spreading the message through social networks like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.7350498-stop-corruption

I know what you’re thinking, “Why do we only have one day out of the year put aside to recognize corruption?”

We don’t.

This day has brought a lot of attention to everything happening around us. Things that people used to be able to get away with are shirking, politicians and the “higher ups” are actually getting convicted for the crimes that the do.

But it’s not just about the big things. If you see someone picking on another person, say something about it. Maybe you see someone pestering their friends for some answers and you can tell they don’t want to give them up, that they don’t want to cheat. Say something. What if you see someone vandalizing the bathrooms? Say something.

Taking baby steps is one of the only ways to start fixing the things wrong in the world, even if your world is smaller than most.