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According to the International Labor Office, 5.7 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean under the age of 17 are working under extremely harsh and hazardous conditions. Many have been forced to leave their families, and are struggling to survive on their own.

In Central America and Mexico, at least 80,000 to 100,000 kids are living on the streets. Often forced to perform dangerous and degrading labor, these children are at great risk of being physically or sexually exploited.

Watch this short video to learn about child labor, and what Covenant House is doing to provide a better life for these children in Central America.

Help us to spread the word, sharing this stories with as many friends and family members as possible, so that together we can take this nightmare to an end.

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In this new music video collaboration, 16 global artists celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The artists in the video include Yungchen Lhamo, a Tibetan musician who was born in a Chinese labor camp and at the age of 22 trekked across the Himalayas with her two-year old son to escape oppression from the Chinese regime.

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Accused of being sexist and disrespectful, video and ads featuring Paris Hilton, for a Brazilian Brewer Group Schincariol, gets banned.

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I was making some tests with wood textures for a work I gotta do, I gathered a fair amount of different ones to work with, so I thought of posting a few over here in case someone might be interested.

Updated Nov 2010

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I received this letter a few hours ago, took action right away and now I’m waiting on you to do your part……

Mexico’s Attorney General’s office has identified 34 police officers who are suspects in the rape, assault and brutal treatment of dozens of women. But sheer neglect from officials in Mexico’s highest ranks has delayed justice for nearly four years.

There’s no better day than today to signal to Mexican officials that the rights of these women will never be forgotten. Help us send a tidal wave of emails supporting these women to the offices of Mexico’s President, ambassador to the U.S. and the governor of Mexico State!

Police detained the women during a local protest in May 2006. Some women who weren’t even involved in the demonstrations were swept up in the massive arrests. They were beaten and herded into police vans. On the way to prison, officers took turns sexually assaulting the women.

Nearly four years later, they are still waiting for justice.

Accountability for these crimes may be moving at a glacial speed, but your messages do have power. The former federal Attorney General had dragged his feet on this issue for months. At the time of the attacks, he was in charge of the same police officers who were implicated in the assaults. But because of you, his office was compelled to identify 34 suspects – bringing us one giant step closer to finally prosecuting those responsible.

Even though his office has now punted responsibility to the state of Mexico, which is the governor’s jurisdiction, it’s clear that we’re putting pressure on all the right places.

Help us keep the heat on Mexican officials to ensure justice for the women of Atenco!

We can’t let this opportunity slide through our fingers. The crimes have been exposed. The suspected culprits have been named. Now is the time to uphold and protect human rights!

No more sweeping brutal beatings and rapes under the rug in Mexico.
Ensure that those responsible for these crimes are brought to justice.

Thank you for standing with us,

Michael O’Reilly
Campaign Director, Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International USA

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To all the women that made and make my life everyday
To my craft friends,
My teachers, My neighbors
My friends, colleagues, co-workers
To the ones who fight by my side and against me,
To the ones in Iraq, Mozambique, Haiti,
To the ones in Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Chile
Mexico or wherever they could be
The rich ones, the healthy, the sick
The ones in prayer on their knees
To the abused, scared and hurt
To the homeless, slave, forced to serve
To the mothers, grandmothers, aunties and cousins and sisters
My thoughts are for you, this is your Day
And no matter how hard life is
The power of every change lies only inside of you
WOMAN!

It’s appalling how many women are dying in the United States from complications due to pregnancy and childbirth. The awful truth behind the shocking numbers is that half of these deaths can be prevented.

Many of these women have no access to health care or proper maternal care. In fact, nearly 13 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 – that’s one in five women of reproductive age – have no insurance at all. Many begin pregnancy with untreated or unmanaged conditions that can get worse with pregnancy.

The story only gets worse when you look at the rates of pregnancy-related deaths among minority women. African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. In high-risk pregnancies, the disparities are even greater; African-American women are five and a half times more likely to die than white women.

If we’re going to see to it that all pregnant women get the care that they deserve, then we have to convince Senators and Representatives to get with the program. That’s why from March 29-April 9th we’re taking our message to the streets – and hometowns – of our elected officials!

Help us bring the fight for women’s rights to your community by coordinating a meeting with your Senators and Representative.

During these dates, clusters of human rights supporters will mobilize in local districts across the country to tell elected officials face-to-face that these women don’t have to die. We’ve seen the powerful effect that these meetings have on Senators and Representatives. When they are forced to answer tough questions, they are forced to identify real solutions.

We can fight this tragedy, but we have to be organized! With your help, we can put this issue front and center in the hearts and minds of Senators and Representatives. Help coordinate a meeting in your local district.

Our government relations experts are on-hand to answer all your questions about how to organize an effective meeting and present the issue clearly. We have also prepared step-by-step guides to support your work and other instructional opportunities to ensure that you feel prepared before you meet with your elected officials.

Join our fight to prevent pregnancy-related deaths. We will not back down until a woman’s right to a safe childbirth is fully protected.

Chris McGraw
Grassroots Advocacy Program Director
Amnesty International USA

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Incorporate in your Irish designs some fun and free fonts for the occasion, see below some places you can get free fonts to embellish even more your creations. If you find some place else please send me to post here.

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How many times we look at ourselves on the mirror wishing for a big change and being someone else?
How many times we let life take control of our intents to succeed?
How many times we look around and see people we know, even our family members so easily going up levels in life that we couldnt imagine possible while we are still here at same level seeming for always?

How many times we feel frail and weak, we want to cry, talking, being ourselves, but nobody will notice.
How many times we feel like going away. starting another life, in a far distant place where no one can ever guess who we are?
How many times we felt we completely failed by any means?

Then we catch ourselves in a thought: “How about that changing once and for all? How about opening my own doors ( I have so many inside myself) letting in and letting out, anything, facing life up for a challenge, I’m my own challenge.

I’m the only one who can change everything, the only who can get my self respect back and not losing it again.
I can give myself a chance to be happy, I can learn to be happy, smile, to be heard, to be powerful, I can only release the power within, within myself.

The way people treat me depends only on the way I make them see me, I can make them see me with different eyes, loving myself so I can love others, changing my behavior towards myself, being more self confident, only I can do it, nobody else will change in my place.

I gotta look on the mirror wishing to be myself and having this exactly same life I have right now because is with this life I have that I’m gonna make the difference.
I can’t let life take control of my intents to be successful, i’m going to succeed no matter what, I’m the responsable for that, for my own success or fail, it’s my only choice and chose to go over it keeping in mind success is not at all about money or being a millionaire, now, I will find out what’s success is all about.

I can’t be affected by the capacity of others climbing upper levels easier than me, I’m not disabled, I still can be up and running to go up my own levels, I will just not stop, that’s why I have a brain and legs to run and whenever I can’t run, I will walk, and when I can’t walk any more, I will crawl but will not stop.

I will not feel frail and weak as I know we all have our moments and crying is much like about sex, when we explode and put everything out, we will just feel relaxed, so I will cry yes, I will talk and speak out loud my feelings and thoughts to people cos sometimes they just happen to pretend ignoring to try out our capacity of dealing with indifference.

I will start a new life right here, a new life within myself, full of strength and powerful desire, I’ll change my way to look at the world, I’ll be positive and clean, light and honest with myself, and life will start treating me more positively and cleaner and lighter and more honest cos she will notice I’m trying and she will give me back what im giving to her.”

This is what i’m finding out in my half way journey

“Life is a great University but it only can teach so little to the ones who dont know how to be a pupil”

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No time for the gym? Too bored with the noisy environment of a gym? Always on the go? No excuses to skip training thou, you just need a few minutes to get beautifully toned and still with a strong heart with those sets I brought over to you. Today: shoulders, abs and cardio.

Warm up

Any workout should begin with a gentle warm up, even if you’re pressed for time. Not only does it maximize your workout, it minimizes the potential for injury. Do five minutes of jumping jacks or a quick jog to get your blood flowing.

1 – Dumbbell Unilateral Front Raise

Grasp dumbbells in both hands down grip positioned. Legs in a shoulder width apart and slightly bend, contracted abs. Position dumbbells in front of your upper legs with elbows straight or slightly bent.

Raise dumbbells forward and upward with until shoulder line. Lower and repeat one arm at a time without leaning forward. no need to go upper shoulder line.

3 sets of 10 reps (each arm)
8lb dumbbell

2 – Dumbbell Shoulder Press

On a fit ball seated position grasp Dumbbell slightly wider than shoulder width overhand grip from rack. Position it near upper chest. Legs in a shoulder width apart well positioned on the floor, contracted abs.

Press dumbbell until arms are extended overhead. Return to upper chest and repeat without leaning back or forward.

3 sets of 10 reps with a 3lb dumbbell.

3 – Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Seated on a fitball, hold the dumbbells in your hands with your arms hanging straight, Keeping your arms straight, lift the dumbbells to the sides. Stop at shoulder height and return the dumbbells to the start position.

Keep your chest up and your shoulders down

No Shrugging the shoulders excessively, hunching forward or leaning back.

3 sets of 10 reps wit 8lb dumbbell

4 – Dumbbell Upright Row

Grasp dumbbells and stand with palms facing front of thighs, legs in a shoulder width apart and slightly bend, contracted abs.

Pull dumbbells to front of shoulder with elbows leading out to sides. Allow wrists to flex as dumbbells rises upward. Lower and repeat.

3 sets of 10 reps with a 20lb dumbbell.

5 – Straight Leg-hip Raise

Lying supine on bench or floor. Grasp sides of bench for support or use your hands below your hips, abs contracted, raise legs up by flexing hips while straightening knees until hips are fully flexed. Continue to raise knees up towards ceiling by flexing waist, raising hips from board. Return until waist, hips and knees are extended. Repeat slowly 15 times during 3 sets with minimum rest. You should feel a “burn” in the abs to know that you’re working them well.

6 – Fitball Crunch

Sit comfortably upright on the ball with legs flat on the floor and knees bent approximately at right angles to the floor. You should choose a ball size that allows this position of the legs and knees.

Place your hands across your chest or alternatively behind the head while ensuring you do not push the head too far forward. Keep the head and neck as still as possible when you do the exercise.

This sitting position may seem unstable at first, but you will quickly learn to balance by tensing your leg, hip and abdominal muscles.

Brace the abdominal muscles ready for the exercise movement.

Lean backward so that the ball slides slightly forward while you maintain your feet flat on the floor in the same position. Tighten the abdominals as you control the rollout back and forward.

You can extend this position to a point that is comfortable for you, but you should approach a horizontal position. Get a feel for how your buttocks and your back roll forward and back while in control of the ball.

Adjust your sitting position to make this rollout as smooth as possible. You may need to use a towel or at least ensure clothes with good grip while doing this exercise.

Do as many repetitions in a set as you like. You should feel a “burn” in the abs to know that you’re working them well.


7 – Inverted Cross row with resistance bands on the fitball

Lay comfortably upright on the ball with legs flat on the floor and knees bent approximately at right angles to the floor. Abs contracted. You should choose a ball size that allows this position of the legs and knees. Choose a small resistance band, at least half of the length of your arms wide opened, if you can’t find one, you can pick any other and try wrapping up around your hands so you can get the desirable length.

Grasp resistance band left stirrup with left hand and right stirrup with right hand, position both elbows at height of shoulders, one over other.

Stretch out resistance band by opening the arms wide to sides in a manner the band gets close to your chest. Hold arms vertically to trunk feeling the shoulder’s muscle contraction for a few seconds, return slowly and repeat 10 times for 3 sets.

Perform a workout cool down by stretching to reduce soreness.

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