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JANUARY 2013

 
 

FOR 2013, MAKE A NEW YEAR'S "UNRESOLUTION"


It occurred to me that though there are plenty of things you can do to make the world a better place, sometimes you need to focus on what not to do in order to pull them off. At those times, only a "don't do" will do. As we begin the new year, we challenge you to create a not-to-do list that will help you push past your biggest barriers to living and working on purpose. And here’s the best part: You get to decide what that means. Sometimes the best Do is preceded by one word: “Don’t.” Identify one thing you can cut out of your work life to make more room for social impact. For example, you may want to designate one hour a day as email-free. What could you stop doing? Share your New Year's Unresolution here.



 

TONY TOLBERT GIFTS HIS HOME

Tolbert says that his act of kindness just feels like the right thing to do. A California lawyer is giving up his fully-furnished home in Los Angeles for a homeless family to live in for a year. “You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah,” Tolbert told CBS News. ”We can do it wherever we are, with whatever we have, and for me, I have a home that I can make available.” Read the article.

 

TEAM RAPIST (WHAT'S THE BOY WORD FOR SLUT?)

In August, a 16-year-old girl was gang raped by members of the Steubenville, Ohio high school football team. She was carried, unconscious, from one party to another so the boys could repeatedly violate her throughout the night. She was reportedly urinated on. Witnesses--as many as 50 partygoers--not only watched, but posted photographs, videos, and comments about the crime to Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. One boy tweeted that night "some people deserve to be peed on." Another posted "never seen anything this sloppy lol." The entire event was documented in real time by teens on their phones. But months later, only two boys have been charged with the rape--when dozens of others participated in taking video, posting photos on the internet, and helping cover up the crime.

We need justice for the survivor and we need it fast. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the special prosecutors assigned to the case need to know that everyone who participated in this crime or in covering it up needs to be held accountable. If we all speak out we can pressure them to prosecute all those involved. Sign the petition today.

 

MAINSTREAM MEDIA SILENT ABOUT EXPIRATION OF VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was allowed to expire at the end of 2012.With all the reports of the rapes and protests in India, where they estimate a rape occurs every 20 minutes, rape in the United States continues to be a silent sourge where women are assaulted every two minutes (According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). According to an American Bar Association Official: "VAWA has been the single most effective federal effort to respond to the epidemic of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in this country." [...] The act has ensured that "legal and social services are available to survivors, and that law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, attorneys and advocates are well-trained with cutting-edge resources to effectively address these crimes in their own communities." [American Bar Association Journal, 1/1/12]

The news shows of the major networks ABC, NBC, and CBS did not report on the need to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). A search of Nexis transcripts shows that in the month leading up to the law's expiration, none of the morning or evening news shows on ABC, NBC, or CBS reported on the Violence Against Women Act and its need to be reauthorized. Read more.

 

VIOLENTVIDEO GAME AMNESTY AND GIFT EXCHANGES OFFERED

A Connecticut community is to hold an amnesty of violent video games in the wake of last month's mass shooting in Newtown. Organizers Southington SOS plan to offer gift certificates in exchange for donated games, which will be dumped. The group, a coalition of local organisations, says its actions do not assert that video games were the cause of the killings in nearby Newtown, but argues that violent games and films desensitize children to "acts of violence". The video game amnesty will take place on 12 January in Southington, a 30-minute drive east from Newtown. The town of Southington has provided a dumpster, organisers said, where violent video games, CDs or DVDs will be collected.

"As people arrive in their cars to turn in their games of violence, they will be offered a gift certificate donated by a member of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce as a token of appreciation for their action of responsible citizenship," the group said in a statement. "Violent games turned in will be destroyed and placed in the town dumpster for appropriate permanent disposal." Read more here.

 

ENTIRE REGIONS OF THE US ARE TREATED LIKE EXPLOITED COLONIES

Thumbs up to Chris Hedges on his new book, "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt" chronicling the historical abuse of Native American Indian Reservations and today's abuse through American Empire building. Driving through one of the nation's poorest reservations, Arizona's San Carlos Reservation, proved to be a wake-up call for me personally.

According to Hedges, ".. the horrendous conditions endured by the Native American population living in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This population earns, on average, anywhere from $2,600-$3,500 a year, with 49% of the total population living in official poverty status. However in a broad sense, and to inject a historical context, you describe the systematic destruction of Native culture and society; namely, through the practices of physical termination and cultural genocide."

Read more here.

 

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