Gov: Interest Groups Intro

InterestGroupsPeople join all kinds of groups that reflect their interests. When such groups seek to influence government, they are called special-interest groups. The term special interest refers to a particular goal or set of goals that unites the members of a group. Interest groups speak out on issues of concern to their members.

Free the Children was founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger when he was 12 years old along with a group of his classmates. Craig was reading through the Toronto Star newspaper before school one day when he came across an article about the murder of a 12-year-old Pakistani boy called Iqbal Masih, a former child factory worker, who had spoken out against child labor. The organization was formed to raise awareness about child labor and to encourage other children to get involved in the issue. In an attempt to learn more about child labor, Craig then travelled to South Asia to meet child laborers and hear their stories first-hand. 47l

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