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Join me in honoring the victims of 9/11. Take a day to remember the day that changed us forever. #Honor911 http://thndr.it/1vdUqsc

Join me in honoring the victims of 9/11. Take a day to remember the day that changed us forever. #Honor911 http://thndr.it/1vdUqsc

Gender-based violence against women is more rampant now than ever. Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues is hearing issues on violence against women and gender-based discrimination that affects women all over the globe. 

Tune in live right now to watch the hearing online by clicking here.  You can follow the conversation online with the hashtag #WomenDemandCEDAW. 

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair, will preside over the hearing. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patty Murray (D-WA) will testify, among others, according to the Feminist Majority Foundation. 

You can sign this petition to urge your Senate to take action on violence against women

Will you stand with Texas women again on June 25?

Remember this? If you’re still standing with Texas women, reblog this post with your name, city/state and/or country to show solidarity. 

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Almost a year has come and gone since Senator Wendy Davis stood in the Senate chamber in her pink tennis shoes to bravely filibuster a bill that would greatly affect women’s reproductive rights and healthcare access in Texas.

On June 25, the same mob that gathered in Austin will mark the anniversary of that night with two events; one hosted by the Davis Campaign and another by a group of activists and organizers who spent their summer of 2013 at the Texas Capitol.

Candice Russell, a freelance writer, posed this question in her Huffington Post article about the upcoming anniversary: "Are y’all still standing beside us?”

And by “y’all” she means all of us. Those of us not in Texas who were riled up the night of June 25, and the weeks following, to fight for Texas women’s reproductive rights, but have since ‘moved on’ with our lives. In this last year, multiple clinics have closed, and admitting privileges have been revoked in Texas.

So, my response to Russell’s question, is “Yes.” I am still standing with Texas women. And to prove it, I am writing this Tumblr post in response to it. 

I’m calling for all of you who are still standing with Texas women to REBLOG this post with your name, city and state, and/or country, to show that women and men all over the world do in fact stand with Texas women. We want them to know they have not been forgotten. 

My name is Casey Bruce, Stone Mountain, GA and I stand with Texas women!

College Sexual Assault up 51%

The number of sex offenses reported at American colleges and universities went up in the last decade even though overall crime has decreased, according to a recent survey by the Department of Education released on Tuesday.

The report  said 3,330 forcible sex offenses were reported on campuses in 2011; an increase from the 2,200 reported only a decade earlier. 

From the Associated Press

"Of students ages 12-18, 52 per 1,000 reported being victims of a crime at school in 2012, compared with 181 per 1,000 in 1992, according to the report. Away from school that rate fell from 173 per 1,000 to 38."

The report is a joint publication of the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

For more information on the report, click here. 


President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Michelle Bachelet of Chile, and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina of today and their male counterparts, serving as dictators of the countries, from the 70s. 
The Gini Index measures measures the degree of inequality in the distribution of family income in a country. The more nearly equal a country’s income distribution, the lower its Gini index.  The more unequal a country’s income distribution, the higher its Gini index Latin America and the Caribbean are the least egalitarian region ans have the highest net income in the world at 48.3 (out of a high of 100), a ratio even higher than sub-Saharan Africa (44.2) and Asia (40.4), according to the Huffington Post. 
Lorena Aguilar, from the Huffington Post, also writes other starting facts about Latin American gender inequality, including:
For example, in some indigenous communities in Guatemala, girls are not registered when they are born while the cows and other animals are. This means they will never be citizens with the right to vote, to be elected or have access to services such as credit.
In most Latin American countries women don’t represent even one-quarter of the landowners. 
Other startling facts include:
Women earn between 60 percent and 90 percent of men’s average income, according to the Huffington Post. 
Labour participation of women in Latin American has increased from 49.2 per cent in 2000 to 52.9 per cent in 2010, but it is still well below that of men, which is 79.6 per cent, according to the International Labour Organization. 
Women – especially poor women – have less say over decisions and less control over resources in their households than men. Forty percent of women in the region do not participate in decisions concerning major household expenses. 
This photo is a breath of fresh air, and I’m excited to see what these women will do and continue to do as President’s of their countries!

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Michelle Bachelet of Chile, and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina of today and their male counterparts, serving as dictators of the countries, from the 70s. 

The Gini Index measures measures the degree of inequality in the distribution of family income in a country. The more nearly equal a country’s income distribution, the lower its Gini index.  The more unequal a country’s income distribution, the higher its Gini index Latin America and the Caribbean are the least egalitarian region ans have the highest net income in the world at 48.3 (out of a high of 100), a ratio even higher than sub-Saharan Africa (44.2) and Asia (40.4), according to the Huffington Post

Lorena Aguilar, from the Huffington Post, also writes other starting facts about Latin American gender inequality, including:

  • For example, in some indigenous communities in Guatemala, girls are not registered when they are born while the cows and other animals are. This means they will never be citizens with the right to vote, to be elected or have access to services such as credit.
  • In most Latin American countries women don’t represent even one-quarter of the landowners. 

Other startling facts include:

  • Women earn between 60 percent and 90 percent of men’s average income, according to the Huffington Post
  • Labour participation of women in Latin American has increased from 49.2 per cent in 2000 to 52.9 per cent in 2010, but it is still well below that of men, which is 79.6 per cent, according to the International Labour Organization
  • Women – especially poor women – have less say over decisions and less control over resources in their households than men. Forty percent of women in the region do not participate in decisions concerning major household expenses. 

This photo is a breath of fresh air, and I’m excited to see what these women will do and continue to do as President’s of their countries!

There are over 939 documented Hate Groups in the U.S.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC),  939 known hate groups operating across the country, a 60% increase since 2000. These groups include neo-NazisKlansmenwhite nationalistsneo-Confederatesracist skinheadsblack separatists, border vigilantes and others.

Recent headlines from the Hatewatch blog, a blog managed by SPLC staff and the Intelligence Project, from today list some disturbing hate-speech and crime news, including:

  1. Right Wing Watch: FRC’s Tony Perkins warns that gay rights advocates will soon ‘start rolling out the boxcars’ in a Christian Holocaust.
  2. Crooks and Liars: Baptist Leader Richard Land: Gay Rights For Christians Is Like Blacks Forced To Serve The KKK.

  3. Talking Points Memo: Texas Republican Party endorses ‘reparative therapy’ for LGBT people.

These are just a few of the headlines from the June 9 blog roll. 

You can stand strong against hate and become more informed about hate groups formed in your state by signing the "Stand Strong Against Hate" map, operated by SPLC. 

The green areas on the map above represent Americans who have pledged to stand strong against hate with the SPLC. The red dots represent documented hate groups.

According to its website: 

More than 100 radical-right plots, conspiracies and racist rampages have occurred since 1995– the year Timothy McVeigh bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center.

You can also report hate on the site as well. Join thousands of others and click here to add your name and stand strong against hate. 


On the July cover of Essence, the magazine featured only the Black cast members in the upcoming romantic comedy, “Think Like A Man Too.” The two covers, featuring the men and women of the cast separately, are a part of the “body issue,” and showcases beautiful photos of the cast.
However, some fans are upset that Essence left out the white cast, including comedian Gary Owens and Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara.  Some fans were noticeably disappointed  when the publication shared its covers on Instagram. 
However, as Clutch magazine puts it:

 ”Despite being owned by Time, Inc., Essence is a Black magazine. It’s editorial staff is Black, its founders are Black, and its audience is Black. In a world in which Black people on the covers of “mainstream” magazines is still considered a big deal, I don’t have a problem with Essence sticking with its mission to put Black people, and particularly Black women, first.”

 I’m indifferent to it. Essence has a mission to serve Black audiences, and has never diluted from that mission. Where as other mainstream magazines include people of color to be inclusive, Essence never tries to do that; however, I do think it hurts the ethics of the film, which deals quite a bit with interracial dating and marriage. I don’t think it would have hurt Essence’s mission to have included Owens and Ferrara. 
So, what do you think? Should Essence have included the two white cast members?

On the July cover of Essence, the magazine featured only the Black cast members in the upcoming romantic comedy, “Think Like A Man Too.” The two covers, featuring the men and women of the cast separately, are a part of the “body issue,” and showcases beautiful photos of the cast.

However, some fans are upset that Essence left out the white cast, including comedian Gary Owens and Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara.  Some fans were noticeably disappointed  when the publication shared its covers on Instagram

However, as Clutch magazine puts it:

 ”Despite being owned by Time, Inc., Essence is a Black magazine. It’s editorial staff is Black, its founders are Black, and its audience is Black. In a world in which Black people on the covers of “mainstream” magazines is still considered a big deal, I don’t have a problem with Essence sticking with its mission to put Black people, and particularly Black women, first.”

 I’m indifferent to it. Essence has a mission to serve Black audiences, and has never diluted from that mission. Where as other mainstream magazines include people of color to be inclusive, Essence never tries to do that; however, I do think it hurts the ethics of the film, which deals quite a bit with interracial dating and marriage. I don’t think it would have hurt Essence’s mission to have included Owens and Ferrara. 

So, what do you think? Should Essence have included the two white cast members?

Pakistani Woman Shot & Thrown in River Lives after Attempted Honor Killings

An 18-year-old woman was shot twice, tied up in a sack, and thrown into a river to die by her family after marrying the man of her choosing last week in the Punjabi city of Gujranwala, Pakistan.

Saba Maqsood was shot in the cheek and hand, and then thrown into the river by her father, brother, cousin and aunt. They later fled the scene. 

Maqsood regained consciousness after a few minutes and managed to struggle to the bank where she was helped by two passers-by.She now fears for the lives of her husband and herself. 

"Even though police provided me with security, I fear that my family will try to kill me and my husband. I appeal to the chief minister and authorities to take serious notice of this attack on me and take necessary action for our security," said Maqsood according to Express.co.uk.

Police have raided her home, but have not yet found the suspects. Her husband is afraid to join her at the hospital for fear of his life, though she is guarded in a private room. 

Teen Answers Craiglist Ad, Then Raped and Forced to Sign Escort Contract

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A Philadelphia teen who was answering a Craiglist ad for an in-home health care job, was forced to sign an escort contract, take naked pictures, and then raped. 

The teen told Philadephia police she believed she was interviewing for the job, when 42-year-old, Kevin Cornish allegedly gave the teen a sex-for-hire contract, which listed in “explicit detail the sexual acts she’d be required to perform,” according to the New York Daily News

According to police, Cornish has been charged with “rape, kidnapping, human trafficking and multiple forms of assault.” On Friday, police stormed Cornish’s apartment in Philadelphia where they found “three computers and a stack of escort contracts for 50 women,” police told the Daily News.

According to the Daily News, Cornish contacted the 18-year-old informing her he had found her a job and that she needed to come to his apartment for an interview, police said. Allegedly Cornish stood behind the teen and held her shoulders down until she signed the contract; he then made the teen take off her clothes and raped her. 

Cornish, who lives with his mother, told police that he runs a legitimate escort business and that the sex with the teen was consensual. He was being held on $250,000 cash bail, according to The Root

 

Two teenage cousins from the Katra Sadatganj village in the Badaun district of India were found hanging from a mango tree after being kidnapped, gang-raped and lynched by villagers in rural India early last week. 

According to the Associated Press, five men gang-raped the girls, aged 14 and 15, and hung them from a mango tree. The girls had gone into a nearby field to use the restroom when they were abducted. Photographs and videos of the incident sparked outrage across the world; villagers and protesters in the area initially would not allow the police to remove the bodies until arrests were made. 

Three of the accused men were arrested, along with two police officers, who were dismissed for refusing to help the victims’ families when they were reported missing. Two accused men are still on the run. 

According to The Telegraphthe head of police in Uttar Pradesh, where the killings were carried out, suggest one girl may not have been raped, and the cousins were actually the victims of honour killings.

“There is a need to conduct narco analysis and lie detector tests of all those involved in the case. There is a possibility that the accused could be innocent, we have to still conduct more enquires. From our investigations so far, we are suspecting there could be a different motive to the murders, and the crime is of a different nature. I will not use the term honour killing now before I can prove it,” said A L Banerjee, Uttar Pradesh DGP, according to The Indian Express.

Internationally, 5,000 honor killings occur every year, according to the Honor Based Violence Awareness Network. Last week, an 18-year-old Pakistani woman was shot in her cheek and hand, tied up in a sack, and thrown into a river by her father, brother, cousin and aunt for marrying the man she loved, according to Express.

And then there are the rapes. Every 22 minutes a women is raped in India. It is also estimated there is a rape a minute in our world. 

On Saturday, Ramsevak Paikra, the home minister of central Chhattisgarh state, said rapes happen “accidentally” when he was asked about his thoughts on the murders. On Thursday, Babulal Gaur, the home minister of Madhya Pradesh state, said, “this is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong.“  Both are members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party.

 You can sign the Avaaz.org petition if you think this stance is disgusting. 

(Source: youtube.com)

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