I grew up in a Christian household and always look back on my childhood and the way I was raised fondly. I remember having discussions about what abortion was and why we didn’t support it. It wasn’t until I got older and began to truly understand what women go through as expectant mothers and mothers that my views started to evolve. - -
I feel uncomfortable sharing my views because I know not everyone will respect them. When I heard so many states were passing these bills I knew I had to share some art that may inspire people to think more on the issues. I don’t want to use this post as an opportunity to tell you why I’m right and your wrong because I understand and respect everyone’s viewpoints. - -
I do feel betrayed and disappointed for several reasons and grateful to be in Nevada. - -
I was about to step onto the stage and make my way into facilitating the panels for @beautyrevolution_za festival, when @fashion_friend1 held my hands first then the rest of my body with the warmest kind of embrace. My hands were shaking a little because nerves always accompany me before I do something I care about. I was about to interview women like @pridemm who is the head of PR for @foschinisa, a woman who has a mind that far exceeds anything her body can contain. My body was buzzing but Tania paused my movements until the noise disappeared in her hug and I could only hear my heartbeat after a couple of moments, she reminded me of the words that I wrote on my @foschinisa T-shirt for my affirmation. My affirmation a couple of months ago was "I AM BANZI". "Banzi" is a word in isizulu that speaks to abundance and expansion. I remembered my affirmation, smiled at her with deep appreciation and proceeded with my journey of growth.
We are re-introducing ourselves to the world. We are incredibly proud of the work we do, and want to share where we have arrived. Thank you to all of you who have accompanied us on this journey. We owe this rebrand to you: https://HRF.org.
In the wake of a long and brutal civil war, Liberia was left with one of the world’s worst shortages of doctors—51 physicians to serve the entire country. The health of millions in the most remote communities suffered. That “tyranny of distance” is lethal, says Raj Panjabi, CEO of @LastMileHealth.
A coalition of actors led by the Government of Liberia - including @lastmilehealth, @globalfund, and other key partners - has achieved incredible results in access to primary healthcare through their groundbreaking partnership. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now, with support from Co-Impact, they aim to reach every last Liberian and every remote community. Watch the rest of the video using the link in our bio to see how this powerful partnership is bringing the world closer to achieving #HealthForAll ⚕️🏥
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For those of you graduating this year we want to say congratulations! We know there are amazing things in store for you, and we wish you the best in this next season of life. 😊️👍🏼🎓🎉
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Anger is the leader of our inner warrior but is most powerful when we filter that 🔥through our 💗. They say give an Aries a cause to fight for and they will be a devoted warrior for change. Channel that tenacity and let it serve the whole. .
We often feel the pressure and discomfort of anger when we don't take action. We feel helpless when we see all the suffering and wrong doings in the world. Anger can easily turn to rage or resentment when it stagnates within us and nothing is more destructive for our collective lives than that. .
“When the pressure is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.” Yogi Bhajan shared with us in the Aquarian Sutras. In this age, know that if anger is festering inside you, it is because it is asking you to take loving action on its behalf yet you are sitting there passively judging, instead. The moment we get involved with those things we see as unjust, anger gets transformed into purpose as long as the heart is involved in our solutions. We can find communities of likeminded people who care about our passions and make huge changes together. .
The solution is always loving action. Pausing is good. Get centered so that action is thoughtful, neutral and precise. From there, stand up and go make waves for good!
504 hours ago
“We don’t much want to be told that we’re the problem, primarily because it implies we would have to change some of our ways. In a consumer society, those habits constitute a large part of our identity, not to mention our net worth; once you’ve got your plasma screen installed in the rec room of the 3,500-square-foot house, this is an epic you can do without.”
Source: ‘What the warming world needs now is art, sweet art’ by Bill McKibben for grist.org
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904 hours ago
“In the ongoing struggle to convert apathy into activism, (…) the efforts of creative folk — composers, poets, visual artists and fiction writers — will continue to play an essential role. "Artists and writers can help translate the very real science of climate change into something that's even more real, by making it more viscerally tangible," he said. "It's good imagination that's working against a more sinister imagination: the one that denies or hides scientific truth, all in order to keep gamified abstractions of profit afloat."
As New Yorker writer Katy Waldman has observed, we seem to be witnessing the burgeoning of a new "cli-fi" movement in literature, one that freely employs the liberating devices of fantasy to let us "gaze at our irresponsibility and greed through fiction's tonic filter." But Sudbanthad wonders if the phenomenon will be relatively short-lived — not because it isn't worthy, or because it doesn't deserve its own spot on the genre shelf. Rather, Sudbanthad said, "at some point what we think of as fantastical 'cli-fi' might simply become realist fiction."
Source: ‘Is Climate Fiction a Subset of Science Fiction—or Something Else Entirely?’ by Jeff Turrentine for ecowatch.com
Link: https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-fiction-2637543043.html?rebelltitem=3 #rebelltitem3
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Could you pull the trigger on this baby cow? .
NO? Well then get active! Join @thesavemovement@anonymousforthevoiceless or any other Animal Righs organizations and become a voice for animals! .
If your answer is YES - come to a vigil and see your victims face to face then decide if you’d still be able to look them in the eyes and kill them in cold blood. .
“In 2005, in an article titled “What the Warming World Needs Now Is Art, Sweet Art,” 350.org founder Bill McKibben wrote that although we knew about climate change, we didn’t really know about it; it wasn’t part of the culture yet. “Where are the books? The plays? The goddamn operas?” he asked. An intellectual understanding of the scientific facts was not enough – if we wanted to move forward and effect meaningful change, we needed to engage the other side of our brains. We needed to approach the problem with our imagination. And the people best suited to help us do that, he believed, were the artists.”
•In this day and age, homophobia most certainly shouldn’t be a part of society, especially not in major city, in such an influential country!
•Recently, most of Birmingham, UK, has been subject to homophobia, due to uproar from parents, claiming LGBT-inclusive lessons are damaging to their children. It’s disgusting that this is even being considered by the government! In contemporary British society, no matter your race or religion, intolerance towards a large group of people based on their sexuality is unacceptable! It’s incredibly upsetting that people can justify these hateful, intolerant, backward-minded opinions!
•It breaks my heart to know that the LGBT+ people in Birmingham and around the UK have to face this discrimination and hatred! It’s 2019!!!
I’m being interviewed tomorrow by Rabble Radio about school violence, music, and what it’s like to wanna create change when all you have is one voice ! This picture encompasses a lot of my entire feelings on the gun debate.
Whether you’re already a seasoned community leader, or just looking for ways to start getting involved, your phone can become one of the most powerful tools to amplify your activism. The first step? Downloading Outvote, check out our story to find out more…
414 hours ago
The U.S. is not a truly capitalist country as it includes different socialist characteristics just as the Nordic states aren’t truly socialist countries as they include many capitalist elements.
When most people today champion socialism, they aren’t actually calling for true socialism, but more of a happy medium between socialism and capitalism. They want an economic system that has more of a humanitarian focus rather than just profit-driven. They want a free market, but one where the gains are distributed fairly and the workers, not just wealthy executives, have more of a say in how businesses are run. They want healthcare and education to be considered a humanitarian right and therefore publicly funded.
Many countries already implement these elements, but most aren’t truly socialist countries.
Day 2 of the LDD Experience is an experiential day open to anyone who would like to learn about the powerful possibilities of combining the Lewis Deep Democracy tools with other methodologies.
ORGANISATION & RELATIONSHIP SYSTEMS COACHING facilitated by PAYAM YUCE ISIK and ALICE EVANS
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Payam is a consultant, executive and team coach and facilitator working with leaders and organizations in improving dialogue, facilitating change and developing leadership and relationship capacity. Payam has gained extensive experience in leadership and organizational development, change management and human resources working in senior corporate human resources roles as well as a consultant and coach.
Deputy Chief Executive of Langkelly Chase, Alice is a soecialist in systems change; the involvement of people with lived experience on their terms; grants associated with systems change. She is passionate about transforming systems with new and integrated approaches to homelessness, mental health and drugs issues which are in need of reformation, starting with the needs of the individual and their family. #lddexperience#deepdemocracy#conflictresolution#personaldevelopment#globalchange#activism#community#conference#manchester#makeadifference
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La storia di Jasmin, raccontata dall'attivista che l'ha trovata a #meatthevictimsnl : "La stanza era coperta nell'oscurità e suoni di grugniti combinati con centinaia di metri sul pavimento di plastica. Solo una macchia di luce alla fine del corridoio rivelava gli individui responsabili del rumore. Anche se affollati, erano curiosi e si stavano muovendo. Questo è stato il momento in cui l'abbiamo vista - sdraiata sul pavimento, incapace di muoversi mentre gli altri la stavano mangiando viva, lei stava violentemente facendo spasmi con la meningite. Si guardava intorno terrorizzata con il suo unico occhio visibile, troppo debole per urlare perfino.
Spinta dalla sua impotenza, la tirammo fuori cercando di minimizzare la sua sofferenza e in quel momento decidemmo di negoziare per salvare la vita di Jasmin. Per nove ore, stavo tenendo il suo fragile corpo tra le mie braccia. Dopo un po' iniziò a calmarsi e rilassarsi, riempiendomi di gratitudine per essere stata in grado di darle un po' di conforto per la prima volta nella sua breve e miserabile vita. Si è addormentata sulle mie ginocchia e si è raggomitolata nel calore del mio corpo.
Le trattative andavano avanti per ore e per un momento sembrava che avesse avuto la possibilità di uscire da quel buco infernale. Senza alcun ragionamento, la polizia decise all'ultimo momento di negarle questo, quindi dovetti lasciare Jasmin alle spalle. Nel momento in cui l'ho messa giù, parte del mio cuore è morto. Non dimenticherò mai quanto mi confondesse negli occhi. Malata e mutilata, era di nuovo sola, sola su un freddo pavimento di cemento. L'odore del sangue delle sue orecchie è ancora fresco nella mia memoria.
Jasmin è nata per essere uccisa, è morta in agonia come molte delle sue sorelle e fratelli che abbiamo visto. Uccidere un animale inutilmente è crudele e violento.
Ho promesso a Jasmin che non ci fermeremo. Fino a quando ogni gabbia è vuota. "
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When David was born with a cleft lip at a small clinic in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, Rona his mother, had many questions about cleft treatment options. The staff directed her to Smile Train’s local partner, Harare Hospital.
“When we walked in, we saw children who had already received cleft surgery – they were happy and playing. There were so many families in the same situation. The doctors answered every one of our questions and comforted us,” she said. David’s cleft lip surgery was scheduled, and the family would return in a few short months.
“Without Smile Train’s support, our family would never have been able to afford treatment,” said Rona. “I have learned from other patients at the hospital that growing up with a cleft is incredibly difficult. I want to thank the donors from the bottom of my heart for saving my son from that kind of hardship.”
Today, David is an outgoing child who enjoys being outdoors and playing with his two sisters and many friends. The sky is literally the limit for David, as his dream is to become an airline pilot! #ItStartsWithASmile
What’s happened in the states over the last few weeks regarding women’s rights to terminations has been nothing short of disgraceful, and completely throws you, as us as women thought this sort of stuff was becoming part of our past not the future? How out of touch are these men?... how did they think they could just decide this for women and no one say anything?? The legislations are so dangerous, and suffocatingly controlling. The state having such a massive say about what you do and don’t do with your own actual body makes my blood go cold, thinking how terrifying it would be to find yourself in an already awful situation to need a termination, but to be up against all the open opposition. Basically fuck all y’all and repeal these laws and legislations. No ones decision but our own. 🖕.
I’d like to sell this and make a donation to Planned Parenthood with the proceeds, message me offers if you’d like to own this politically angry babe and send some cash to an organisation that do good work in the US 💪♥️
(Edit - pls repost! Giz a tag tho if u do ✨) .
5135 hours ago
Our Premier refused to condemn Faith Goldy - a white nationalist who got 3.4% of the popular vote during the Toronto municipal election. Her recently released list of donors includes wealthy Torontonians from all over the city.
The Nazi and Confederate flag were flown on a house in Saskatchewan last week, and the mayor of the town brushed it off as a young man (34!!) who didn’t know what he was doing (fuck that.) I am in total solidarity with Caleb Beaudin and anyone else who’s willing to stand up to their neighborhood nazi.
I struggled with whether or not to put the swastika on this, but I think the intensity of this symbol is a necessary accompaniment to this very real message: There are nazis in Canada. There are white supremacists in Canada. There are abortion-abolitionists here. Lots of Canadians are anti-immigration, anti-women, anti-LGBTQ2+. Many Canadians hate indigenous people and refuse to accept that we as settlers benefit from our ancestors’ committing genocide against them - as well as our current and continued mistreatment of them.
We have to face the rise of fascism, and the extreme right here in Canada. .
7915 hours ago
Weil's so schön ist noch einmal..
Kommt am Samstag um 12 Uhr mit uns zum Hauptbahnhof um gegen Militarismus und Waffenexporte zu demonstrieren. Die EU wird von vielen jungen Menschen als Friedensprojekt und Institution, die für Toleranz und Weltoffenheit steht, wahrgenommen. Gleichzeitig ertrinken jährlich hunderte Menschen im Mittelmeer, da die EU sich weigert sichere Fluchtwege zu schaffen und stattdessen die zivile Seenotrettung behindert und die so genannte 'Lybische Küstenwache' unterstützt. Damit unterstützt sie aktiv Folter, Vergewaltigung und Menschenhandel. Außerdem werden Pläne für PESCO, eine Art EU-Armee, ausgearbeitet und deutsche Waffenkonzerne wie Rheinmetall verkaufen witerhin Waffen in Krisengebiete. Das können wir nicht weiter hinnehmen. Geht mit uns auf die Straße - Lasst uns laut sein: Gegen Krieg, Abschottung und Waffenexporte!
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The story of Jasmin, told by the activist who found her at #meatthevictimsnl : “The room was covered in darkness and sounds of grunts combined with hundreds of feet on the plastic floor. Only a spot of light at the end of the hallway was revealing the individuals responsible for the noise. Even though crowded, they were curious and they were moving around. This was the moment we saw her - lying on the floor, unable to move while the others were eating her alive, she was violently spasming with meningitis. She was looking around in terror with her only visible eye, too weak to even scream.
Driven by her helplessness, we got her out trying to minimize her suffering and at that moment we decided to negotiate for saving Jasmin’s life. For nine hours, I was holding her fragile body in my arms. After a while she started to calm down and relax, filling me with gratitude for being able to give her some comfort for the very first time in her short and miserable life. She fell asleep in my lap and curled up into the warmth of my body.
The negotiations were going on for hours and for a while it seemed as if she had a chance to make it out of that hell hole. Without any reasoning, the police decided at the last moment to deny that to her, so I had to leave Jasmin behind. The moment I put her down, part of my heart died. I will never forget how confused she was looking me in the eyes. Sick and mutilated, she was now on her own again, alone on a cold concrete floor. The smell of her ears’ blood is still fresh in my memory.
I’ve always wanted my jewelry to not only be a creative outlet for me but also as an extension into my moral and political beliefs. Eventually, I’d like to have some made to order pieces where the proceeds can consistently be donated to an organization I stand by. I haven’t figured out the details of all of that yet BUT I wanted to start with these.
These “GRL PWR” earrings (SOLD) or femme necklace will be offered for $65 each + shipping, with 50% of the proceeds donated to @plannedparenthood. I don’t want to go too much into a political rant regarding the recent abortion bans but I did want to say how important organizations like this are. It’s women’s (and trans and people with a uterus and people without a uterus and those without healthcare and basically just any human’s) right to have access to safe reproductive care (that includes contraception, STD treatment, pregnancy testing, pap smears and yes, abortions). The same types of politicians who voted for the abortion ban are the same ones who actively defund organizations like this meant to provide affordable sex education and resources to those in need. The abortion ban has harsher punishments for doctors performing them than the punishments for convicted rapists, which speaks volumes about the hypocrisies that lie within this system. But I digress... If you’re interested in supporting a cause and getting some rad jewelry out of it comment SOLD below or DM me privately and make sure to include which piece you are purchasing. I only have this set made currently but if you guys are interested I will continue to work on ways to do this more in the future!