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APRIL 2011

 

Bird wings
Your grief for what you've lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here's the joyful face you've been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as bird wings.

– Jelaluddin Rumi, “The Essential Rumi”

 

SCREEN-FREE WEEK IS APRIL 18-24, 2011

Join families, schools, and communities pledge to turn off screens and turnon life. 1. School-age children spend nearly twice as many hours with screen media such as television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices as they do in school. 2. Television use is at an all-time high among preschoolers—according to Nielsen, young children spend, on average, more than 24 hours a week watching TV. 3. Forty percent of 3-month-old infants are regular viewers of television and DVDs—even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under two. Get Involved.

 

 

DEATH BY STONING UPHELD IN IRAN

Even though thousands have tried to stop the death by stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian Supreme Court has upheld sentencing her with adultery. The news of her sentence caused her to unsuccessfully attempt suicide in her jail cell in Tabriz. Her jailed lawyer, Javid Houtan Kian, is also facing the death penalty for his attempt to help her. According to a letter smuggled out of prison, Mr. Kian claims he had been burnt with cigarettes on his legs, feet and testicles and denied medical treatment. "Twelve of my teeth have been almost completely broken by blows with boots," he said. Read the article.

 

TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY

Read the latest news on Japan’s nuclear catastrophe. Check out this segment from Rachel Maddow as she explains the sordid history of nuclear accidents through the years.
Urge our representatives to shut down all nuclear reactors and replace them with renewable energy not coal. Urge Our Government to Build a Nuclear-Free Future by signing this petition.
And if you can afford it, please SEND MONEY TO JAPAN.

 

THIS IS WHAT RESISTANCE LOOKS LIKE

Chris Hedges, writing for Truthdig.com:

We will not halt the laying off of teachers and other public employees, the slashing of unemployment benefits, the closing of public libraries, the reduction of student loans, the foreclosures, the gutting of public education and early childhood programs or the dismantling of basic social services such as heating assistance for the elderly until we start to carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience against the financial institutions responsible for our debacle. The banks and Wall Street, which have erected the corporate state to serve their interests at our expense, caused the financial crisis. Read the full article.

 

ARE VIDEO GAME MAKERS BECOMING RESPONSIBLE

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If the game has to do with the seriousness of head concussions during sports play; the answer is, “Yes.” If it has to do with rewarding youth when they murder, steal and abuse women; the answer is, “No.”

The NY Times reports that the latest version of NFL 12, which has sold over 90 million copies, will make certain that head injuries resulting in concussions will sideline the player for the game. No exceptions.

Read the full article at MediaWatch.com.

 

EGYPTIAN WOMEN FORCED TO TAKE VIRGINITY TEST

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Millions of women globally celebrated International Women’s Day, but attempts to celebrate this global holiday by Egyptian women turned into a nightmare. Women in Egypt’s Tahrir (Liberation) square were not only rounded up, beaten, given electric shocks, and subjected to strip searches, but they were also photographed by male soldiers and forced to submit to “virginity checks.” If they did not pass this abusive and invasive test then they were threatened with prostitution charges. Ironically women were instrumental during Egypt’s fight to overthrow Mubarak. Please join the 30,000 others who are calling for an end to the abuse of women in Egypt by signing Amnesty International’s petition.

 

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