This sky, where we live, is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.

this-kind-of-lov3:

commie-pinko-liberal:

ariannanolan:

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

People aren’t always awful. Sometimes, they’re maybe even just a little bit wonderful. Here are 21 pictures to remind you of that fact .. for more click..

DUDE THAT LINK IS POWER. tears.

There are tears in my eyes. I lost it on the one where the guy is giving oxygen to the rescued cat.

I needed this. :)

(Source: evensmallthings)

doctorswithoutborders:

Taking Action, Saving LivesRead the whole 2011 activity report here

Awesome. :)

doctorswithoutborders:

Taking Action, Saving Lives
Read the whole 2011 activity report here

Awesome. :)

artworksforfreedom:

Passersby checking out ArtWorks For Freedom’s exhibit Bought & Sold this July in Singapore.

Powerful.

artworksforfreedom:

Passersby checking out ArtWorks For Freedom’s exhibit Bought & Sold this July in Singapore.

Powerful.

Erasing Criminal Convictions for Survivors of Trafficking: One Step in the Right Direction

rhrealitycheck:

[Sex workers in New Delhi.]

Written by Juhu Thukral and Melissa Sontag Broudo for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

People get involved in sex work for all kinds of reasons, but most often, out of life circumstance and a need to support themselves and their families. This need to seek safety and security is universal, and it says something about how deeply felt it is, given the level of stigma sex workers endure as they do their work. Unfortunately, because so much of sex work is illegal, sex workers are constantly being arrested. This even applies to people who have engaged in sex work who were trafficked and coerced or threatened in some way.

Trafficking in persons is about people experiencing some level of force, fraud, or coercion in their work. This means they are living and working in a climate of fear. But because most people, including the police, have a very specific idea of who is a “victim” of trafficking, they often get it wrong and arrest people involved in sex work without asking or giving them a chance to say they have been forced or coerced. We have worked with people who are transgender and are survivors of trafficking, but have either been unable to report their experience to the police because they are too afraid from past experiences with police, or have faced ridicule or outright disbelief if they do report. Compare this experience to young cisgender women (the term “cisgender” refers to people whose present gender identity matches the sex/gender they were assigned at birth), who generally fit a more commonly understood idea of who is a victim of human trafficking, and are more likely to be believed if they do speak up.

The ideas that inform people’s beliefs about human trafficking, and ultimately determine whether they believe someone is a victim or not, often stem from stereotypes or misconceptions perpetuated by the media. Stereotypes include ideas about the gender of victims or what they look like, what their sexual or other histories are, and the kind of work they do. These misconceptions are compounded by people’s beliefs and fears about victimization, gender, and sexuality. But in order to craft workable solutions on trafficking, we need policies that actually prevent this terrible practice, and support victims in finding their own voice and seeking the help they want and need. Keeping people out of the criminal justice system is crucial, both because it cannot play the holistic and preventive role we need, and because it is itself a place where abuse takes place.

Read the rest here.

dontsellbodies:

“To cut, steal, hinder, suppress, manipulate, or deny an individual of their personal power, even in the name of LOVE, is criminal.”- an excerpt from Jada Pinkett Smith’s contribution to our New Emancipation Proclamation.
Submit your voice here. 

Great project! Check it out.

dontsellbodies:

To cut, steal, hinder, suppress, manipulate, or deny an individual of their personal power, even in the name of LOVE, is criminal.”
- an excerpt from Jada Pinkett Smith’s contribution to our New Emancipation Proclamation.

Submit your voice here.

Great project! Check it out.

slaveryfootprint:

In a world hungry for cheap shrimp, migrants labor overtime in Thai sheds

At an age when she should have been in a classroom, Thazin Mon discovered her knack for peeling shrimp. To help support her Burmese migrant family, the 14-year-old pulled 16-hour shifts, seven days a week, for less than $3 a day. “I am uneducated, so I work. I have to work bravely,” she says.

Although she was the best peeler in the factory, speed was never enough. Mon was beaten if she slowed down, she said. And when she asked for a day off to rest hands swollen with infection, her boss kicked her and threatened rape.

Thanks to a bottomless appetite for cheap shrimp in the West, Burmese migrants such as Mon are the backbone of a Thai shrimp industry that is the world’s third largest. The United States is Thailand’s top customer, accounting for a third of the country’s annual shrimp exports…

slaveryfootprint:

We had an absolutely incredible first year and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. And this is just the beginning!


International Day of the Girl Child

Millions of girls don’t attend school because they are married off before the age of 15. On October 11th, the world will recognize the first International Day of the Girl Child: a celebration of girls to support them in education and against violence.

International Day of the Girl Child

Millions of girls don’t attend school because they are married off before the age of 15. On October 11th, the world will recognize the first International Day of the Girl Child: a celebration of girls to support them in education and against violence.

slaveryfootprint:

PRESIDENT ENCOURAGES CONSUMERS TO DISCOVER SLAVERY FOOTPRINT
‘Every citizen can take action: by learning more; by going to the website that we helped create — www.SlaveryFootprint.org; by speaking up and insisting that the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the products we buy are made free of forced labor; by standing up against the degradation and abuse of women.” -Barack Obama

slaveryfootprint:

PRESIDENT ENCOURAGES CONSUMERS TO DISCOVER SLAVERY FOOTPRINT

‘Every citizen can take action: by learning more; by going to the website that we helped create — www.SlaveryFootprint.org; by speaking up and insisting that the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the products we buy are made free of forced labor; by standing up against the degradation and abuse of women.” -Barack Obama

For the first time, at Hillary’s [Clinton] direction, our annual [human] trafficking report now includes the United States, because we cannot ask other nations to do what we are not doing ourselves.
Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

I have a similar wound inside my heart right now. Just as tender and raw, except I have no ointment to salve it. I think it requires poetry.

Maybe all pain in the world requires poetry. Write two poems and call me in the morning. That’s my prescription for you today, world, and for me.