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What a Saturday is being here, guess 24h is being so lil time for what I’ve acumulated to do here. Woke up so late, having to take my old one to the gym and trainning him then coming to my Yoga class, russhing home to cook, my kids are grown up but I dont like them to have a poorly nutritional meal, especially on the weekends that they tend to eat all sort of junkie and after a school week when not always they have goo food, for their choice or for school menu. My youngest one told me a few weeks ago that the school meal was over before he could even get to the line and the principal went to buy pizzas from his own pocket to feed the kids, I dont know what really happens with that school, but anyways, the day today needs to have a few extra hours, maybe a lot more.

I gotta still cleaning to make, vacuming, organizing, dishwashing, uffffff, I made a few seconds to come over and speak out a lil bit here cos sometimes I just feel im gonna blow out like a bomb, everything on my back, gotta think of me, house, troubleshooting, kids, professional, studyies, sometimes I got the feeling just a robot could do sucha things alone.

I still have my Etsy Store and Artfire Store that I sell for profiting for my Imediate Causes and to buy more material so I can keep my hobby and still help the cause.

Talking about that, I need to make more pieces, there are a lot of people around interesting in new colors for spring, this is what relaxes me most, my hobbies on making wired, hippie and vintage flaired stuff together with the delicious polymer clay art and my blogs I love.

I think if it wasn’t for that plus my yoga twice a week, I would have been already crazy or? who knows 😛

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Global Advocacy Days 2010

Date/Time:
03/01/2010 (All day) – 03/02/2010 (All day)

Location:
George Washington University – Marvin Center/Theater
2121 I Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20052
USA

Website: endglobalslavery.org

Event Sponsor: NOT FOR SALE

Description:

Global Advocacy Days, Washington, DC will provide you with the opportunity to advocate for legislation to end human trafficking and support survivors. Participants will discuss issues and legislation with other abolitionists from their state and region, receive professional training on advocacy for both during the event and for tools to take home with them, and meet with Senators’ and Representatives’ offices on Capitol Hill! Join us in Washington, DC for this monumental event!

More information on Global Advocacy Days

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After a shower, sitting here having some cold milk, a headache and thinking about what I learned last night…..a bombshell that came right on my hands or ears and what I could do was just too little….not that I didn’t want to do more but the situation didn’t imply my direct intervention…..

Today, we talk about our success, conquests as if our rights were recognized and respected everywhere. Nevertheless, the reality is too different.

We still live in an oppressive and submissive environment suffering from the most diversified forms of violence. No matter how intellectually we advance in our countries, everywhere violence against women is a reality.

Violence is a therm with multiple meanings and it’s being used to name since the fiercest forms of torture to the subtle ones on a daily social life, in the family, in our work environment, public institutions, among many.

Back in time, preventing a woman from working out of home, denying her the possibility of going out with her friends or alone, prohibiting her to choose her own hair style or outfit, keeping her from participating in social life, ”small” domestic aggressions like slapping on her face, disqualifying or humiliating her in private or in public, forcing any sexual activity if married, were behaviors considered ”natural”.

Today, many of us still let those kind of ”violence” happen, many do not know behavior like those aren’t ”natural” any more, it never was, and we still let it happen for many reasons, social, cultural, love, financial, emotional weakness, threaten by the aggressor we are afraid of retaliation and then we let the small things go deep down to a whole snow ball that seems growing bigger and bigger most of the times ending in a painful outcome or keeping us captive for an entire life making us slaves of our own family, husbands, inside our own house.

On the opposite side the situation faced by men, aggressed by strangers and in public places, violence against women occurs foremost in their domestic environment and it is committed for their own partners or people with whom they keep affective or intimate relations
like sons, fathers-in-law, cousins, brothers-in-law and other relatives.

Violence against women is a large manifestation, including different kind of aggression to body integrity, psychology and sexuality, it’s the slavery of all times, keeping women from living their freedom because they are afraid and with fear no one lives a real life. It also affects women of all ages, races and social classes, no woman is free from violence against her, it can happen to anyone at any time taking serious damage to physical and mental health, job finding, learning disabilities, prostitution, drug addiction, risk behavior among other very serious rebounds.

According to researches made in several countries with with different populations, culture and backgrounds, most part of women interviewed reported they were physically assaulted, psychologically threaten or sexually abused at least once in their lives.

Standing above the others, the sexual abuse was pointed by researchers as one of the main form of aggression in this whole context.

Although violence is classified in different types, the different forms of aggression do not ever come up isolated. Rapped woman or girls who were sexually abused are generally beaten and continuously submitted to all sorts of threats.

Fearful and threaten they will never press charge or make any accusation, they won’t ask for help, they close themselves and start a painful journey alone until an event, maybe a pregnancy comes up to reveal the cruel story.

Honor as well is a mean of violence since many still kill the woman to ”defend the honor”. See the cases below:

Murder of Wife Justified

15 Year Old Daughter Killed for Honor

Teenager buried Alive

An Honor Killing by any other name

In any case, we don’t have to be in silence, we must cry for help and look for friends, someone in the family, a professional, anyone who could lend us a hand in this case, blog about it, share the pain, we will never be alone, there are many Institutions nowadays willing to listen to us and help us press charge and get rid of a slaver life of violence and abuse, freedom is on the corner and it’s just a few steps away and only us can take those steps.

We must believe in ourselves, in the power of ”reborn from the ashes” that every women has inside, the strong will and the unique ability we have to overcome.

There are a lot of women in this same situation right now and I invite them to wake up and give hands using our power together as one, standing up against violence and that cruelest form of slavery and saying no to abusers of all sorts, let’s talk about it ladies.

Below I’ve made a selection of places we can go to get help or information, we don’t have to be silenced anymore.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
women against abuse
end abuse
ACOG
Victim Law
Womens Health
Abuse
Violence Against Women
Who
Now
Global Health
End Violence
Raising Voices
Broken Spirits Network
Bursting the Bubble
Children of Domestic Violence
Society Against Violence


If Your Are Threatened Or Assaulted and Need Emergency Help, Call 911.

National 24-hour Toll-Free Hotline Numbers:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)and 1-800-787-3224 (TDD)

If you’re in an abusive relationship, be careful when using the Internet.

Your computer use can be tracked. It is impossible to fully erase the web sites you have visited. If you think someone is tracking your computer use, please use a safer computer. You may be able to use a friend’s computer or a computer at your local library.

I will be adding more resources in this post as I will find them and if you please have anything to share just send me an e-mail.

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After receiving over 4200 letters from Change.org community members, Choice Hotels has made an important decision. They will take proactive action to prevent child prostitution in their hotels. Their decision comes after a long letter-writing campaign from Change.org and over a month of discussions with leading child protection organization ECPAT. I hope you will all join me in celebrating Choice Hotels’ commitment to the important issue of prevent child sex trafficking. We welcome them as an ally in the fight to protect America’s children from exploitation in prostitution.

Change.org members began contacting Choice Hotels, parent company of Comfort Inn, shortly after five-year-old Shaniya Davis was sold into prostitution and taken to a Comfort Inn in North Carolina. As a result of their commitment to protecting children like Shaniya Davis and responding to the needs of customers like Change.org members, Choice Hotels has agreed to take the following actions:

* Develop a training designed to teach key staff to recognize child prostitution and take appropriate steps with help from ECPAT-USA. This training will be incorporated into the week-long training given to all new franchisees;

* Develop training materials on child prostitution prevention that will be published on the Choice University website, available to most employees; and

* Develop training materials that can be downloaded from Choice University website for individual hotels to share with their employees who do not normally see the website itself.

ECPAT and Choice Hotels also discussed the possibility of Choice Hotels’ website mentioning its support for The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA said,

We are thrilled to have the commitment of Choice hotels to train their new franchisees about commercial sexual exploitation of children. This is a huge step forward to protecting children from these terrible crimes. It truly was the good work of Change. Org members who helped build the momentum to get Choice to the table. Thank you so much.

Congratulations to Choice Hotels for making the ethical and business-savvy decision to proactively prevent child prostitution at their hotels. And thanks to all the over 4200 Change.org members who sent in letters expressing their support of this action. Together, we can help prevent the tragedy of child prostitution and child trafficking, so hopefully no other child or family will have to suffer like Shaniya Davis and her family.

Amanda Kloer

Trying to fit into that dress for that special party but can’t lose that extra few pounds that insist in staying even after hours of exercising?

I was, so I tried the diet below, but we gotta be careful. This diet must be 1 day only, just a way for you to fit into a dress without having to be starving for days because of that. If you follow for more than a day you can put your health at risk, also, please, do not try to eat the whole world back the day after ok?

So, here we have:

Breakfast
4oz Greek yogurt with
2 tbsp oats
1/2 fruit ( a serving size portion ) any fruit but banana

Morning snack
1 can of coconut water

Lunch
1 cup steamed vegetables seasoned with lemon juice and salt.
4oz grilled fish fillet or chicken breast
1 diet jello

Afternoon snack
A shake made with 2 dried plums and 5oz non fat milk

Dinner
a small bowl of your favorite kind of lettuce with
3 Brazil nuts or hazelnuts crushed and seasoned with
1 tsp olive oil and salt to taste
2 hard boiled eggs

Night snack
1 cup of non fat milk

Discipline and strong will is the secret for the day.

Have you ever faced yourself with the challenge of not being able to save your files in photoshop with a .JPEG extension for them being too big?

well no more, get relieved now with this 1, 2, 3 steps that will only take you a few seconds, way below:

– With your Photoshop Program opened:

1 – Click on Image Tab on the top.
2 – Then choose on Mode
3 – Finally choose 8Bits/Channel.

Done !!!!!!

The international event of churches committed to ending slavery is just days away!

There is still time to register your faith community and receive all the materials and resources you need to participate.

Join churches from South Africa, Poland, Thailand, Uganda, and across the globe to preach, sing, pray, worship, and act on behalf of the captives in our world.

My community is already ready!!!!

Together we’ll declare that no person in our communities or world should be for sale.

Freedom Sunday from David Hepburn on Vimeo.

From NFSC Co-Founder: Kique Bazan

Dear Friends:

What happened in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is nothing short of devastating. It is especially heart-wrenching for those who have seen the poverty and know the needs of the people firsthand.

Before the earthquake, Haiti was already the greatest hotbed of modern-day slavery in the region, containing an estimated 225,000 child slaves. These “restaveks” become domestic servants when their families, desperate to survive, sell them to other households. In 2008 I went to Haiti for my doctoral research and was horrified to see street children, mostly boys and some as young as six, being sold for sex at $1.75.

Since the earthquake, the news reports have revealed a reality that has turned from grim to desperate for the children of Haiti. Children are either separated from their families or orphaned, and traffickers are taking advantage of the situation. Save the Children says that one million unaccompanied children are vulnerable for trafficking in Haiti right now.

During my visit to Haiti I saw different strategies of work. I met people and organizations that are passionate about rediscovering people’s dignity, but I also experienced organizations that defined people by their victimhood. On one hand, it is important to see people’s tragedies in order to gain awareness and prevent the conditions that threaten their wellbeing. On the other, finding those stories that narrate the fulfillment of an individual’s own dreams, in the midst of tragedies, is greatly needed.

At 18-years-old, Fenol is a former “restavek” who escaped enslavement and is transforming his life. He was able to finish high school, get a job, and is preparing for college. As a result, he gained the respect of his peers and is a motivator for other restaveks to pursue their dreams. Fenol helps lead an organization composed of former slaves. These young people were deprived of the most basic human necessities, were neglected and abandoned, faced brutal violence, sexual exploitation, drug addiction, and human rights’ violations – yet they have found among each other the strength and support to improve their lives and the lives of the people around them. They created a system for long-term support and education to broaden their ability to actively participate in their own lives and future.

In the midst of the ruins, we find people like Fenol who are changing the face of Haiti by creating systems that offer concrete, positive results. While earthquakes are the products of nature, the lack of infrastructure and the enslavement of people are not. Therefore, in order to stop the proliferation of trafficking and ongoing vulnerability of children, the Not For Sale Campaign is connecting with individuals and organizations engaged on the ground in vital relief efforts.

One of the most pressing needs to address trafficking is the presence of trained volunteers who can accurately document and register vulnerable children. We are close to forging a partnership where NFSC will train volunteers in our Academy in effective mapping and documentation. Our goal is to equip at least a handful of volunteers for placements ranging from two weeks to a year in Haiti to assist with prevention efforts and to deploy their skills, resources and network to enable people’s dreams of freedom.

If you are interested in receiving training to work with Not For Sale’s efforts in Haiti, please contact us directly at: theacademy@notforsalecampaign.org

Thank you for your ongoing support as we address modern-day slavery amidst this disaster. We will continue to keep you informed as we work to develop innovative solutions to fight trafficking in Haiti.

Sincerely,

Kique Bazan
Co-founder & International Director
Not For Sale Campaign

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One question I’ve been constantly asking myself after seeing those pictures is: _How can a person in his/her perfect brain activity do this to their body? It’s skinning alive

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