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United Against Harmful Practices Video – Featuring Survivors of Child Marriage and Forced Marriage

I’m so happy to announce that the video for the June 13th United Against Harmful Practices is now on YouTube.  Why am I happy?  I’m happy because the awareness can be spread about the human rights abuses discussed during the Zoom meeting.  No one should suffer child marriage or forced marriage.

Some individuals tried to stop our meeting by zoom bombing it.  They tried to share inappropriate images, and tried to silence us, but we will not be silenced.  It’s important to speak up about this and not be intimidated. The zoom recording would have been available a lot earlier had these horrible individuals not interfered.  However, our recording is mostly unaffected except in one place where unfortunately one part was shorter than it should have been for one of the speakers.  That speaker was amazing!  She dealt with the interruption so magnificently, I was amazed.  

Please do watch the video, as I believe it is enlightening, empowering and even educational.  Where else have so many survivors all been under one roof so to speak (even if it was the Zoom roof) and told their very real and personal stories?  We are doing this to spread awareness so that no other child should suffer what we went through.  Thanks in advance for watching.

Human Beings Say Welcome – Let’s All Say Welcome!

Human Beings Say Welcome

I thought we were all humans.  Humans are supposed to have feelings, and have empathy for one another.  How would you feel if you had war in your country, and had to flee to protect your family, and your little children? Then you find out that no one wants you!  Saddest thing ever, so unacceptable!  What am I talking about – Syria of course!

So, I implore you to take a picture of yourself with the sign and post it where ever it will be seen.

Human Beings Say Welcome

Human Beings Say Welcome

Perhaps, there will be enough humans to see it, and to feel sad, and who will then do something!  Do something, please.  Take action!  Sign a petition won’t you?  It’s the easiest thing you can do, can help so much, costs nothing, and can help so many.  Perhaps we can avoid another death such as little Aylan Kurdi’s and his brother Galip Kurdi, not to mention their mother Rehan.  Wasn’t that the saddest thing ever – a family escaping war, and not wanting to see their children get hurt, only to have the family perish, except for the father on their way to Greece by boat?  Then the father who tried desperately to save his children and wife from drowning, but couldn’t – had to go back to Syria – the country he fled with his family, but this time he was all alone, with three coffins!  So sad, I cried, and I think most of the world did too.  However, since then 15 more children just today reportedly drowned on a boat to Greece.  I thought we were supposed to have said “not one more on my watch”.  Then, what I ask, happened?  I could write so much, my heart is aching.

I want to end with a big thank you to Angela Merkel, who has shown true leadership, courage, and determination.  She is a true leader, and an inspiration.  She was the first to say #refugeeswelcome.  What a welcoming phrase that can be uttered so easily, and make those seeking refuge feel so much better after their horrible journey.  So much more needs to be done.  Join me in saying #refugeeswelcome.  Visit http://front.moveon.org to post your own picture

San Diego Says Welcome

San Diego Says Welcome

Sign the petition appealing to the USA to take in refugees https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/authorize-and-resettle-syrian-refugees-us and if your are not satisfied with how many the USA agrees to take in, please sign this petition and tell the USA that we must do more, and take in more: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/obama_and_refugees/?wjzGkhb

You’ve got homework!  Don’t worry, it’s not that bad, at least you have a home, and a family, and are most probably wanted.  Some people aren’t.