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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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

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