Here is more info on #cyntoiabrown #movementmondat#repost from @moveon using @repostregramapp - #repost@refinery29
last week’s tennessee supreme court ruled that cyntoia brown must serve 51 years in prison before she is eligible for parole. brown was convicted in 2006 of the first-degree m****r of a 43-year-old man who forced her into sex-trafficking when she was 16. the parole board was previously split about whether to grant her clemency.
double tap the link in bio to contact governor bill haslam and encourage him to grant clemency before he leaves office in 6 weeks. the decision is up to him but it's up to you to make your voice heard #freecyntoiabrown
This! keep speaking out little ones! @gretathunberg 💪🏽💪🏼💪🏻💪🏾🌎
you are our future!! we adults who value you having a healthy planet have your back!! #straighttalk#protectourplanet the children need it!!! #repost from @berniesanders using @repostregramapp - “you say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their futures before their very eyes.” - this 15-year-old activist @gretathunberg just called out world leaders for their global inaction on climate change.
This #fiercefemales#friday#repost from @hillaryclinton using @repostregramapp - back in 1995, i met a woman named ela bhatt in india who was already 20 years in to a revolutionary experiment. in 1972, she started an organization to give women small loans that could help them find fulfillment in their work and contribute to their family’s well-being. it was called the self-employed women's association, or sewa.
on my first visit to their headquarters in ahmedabad in 1995, sewa's 140,000 members included some of the poorest women in india with the least access to education. some had lived in purdah until their husbands died, became disabled, or left. many had struggled day to day to support their families.
sewa offered the women small loans to enable them to earn their own income, taught them how to read, and gave them lessons in running small shops and businesses. we now think of this model as "microloans." ela and sewa have always been ahead of their time.
on that first visit, i'll never forget the sight of thousands of women in every color of sari sharing how sewa had changed their lives by giving them freedom and opportunity. when we finished talking, the women sang “we shall overcome” in gujarati.
ela and i stayed in touch, and i've had the chance to see the organization and its impact grow even larger over the years. when i visited sewa's new retail shop in mumbai in 2009, the organization had just over a million members.
on a trip to india this week, i had the chance to visit ela and the women of sewa in the same place i first visited 23 years ago. now they're two million members strong and there are two or three generations of sewa women, all of whom are working to improve not only their own lives but also to lift up their families, their communities, and their country. once again, when we finished talking, the women sang “we shall overcome."
ela’s work is fundamentally about fairness. every person should have the chance to achieve his or her dreams and make the most of their god-given potential—no matter how rich or poor and no matter whether they work in a factory or a home or on the side of a road. i'm so inspired by these women an
It’s been 6 years since these little souls were mowed down and killed by guns. and the only action we have taken?teaching them how to run, hide and deal with their terror quietly during lock down drill so the shooter can’t hear them. 💔🇺🇸 i have volunteered for these drills. my job was to herd scared children into a kindergarten bathroom and try to keep them calm in the event of a shooter on the campus!😱 #shameonus#protectkidsnotguns i am sending as much light and love to the parents who have had to live thru this horrible tragedy. i cannot even imagine the strength it must take to go on. #neverforgetthem or any children that die because of gun violence. #repost from @moveon using @repostregramapp - it’s the 6 year anniversary of the #sandyhook school shooting 💔 #endgunviolence#enough#repost@petesouza
six years ago today, 26 people including 20 first-graders were killed by a gun - many guns - at sandy hook elementary school. “the majority of those who died today were children.... they had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers -- men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
so our hearts are broken today -- for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain. this evening, michelle and i will do what i know every parent in america will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. but there are families in connecticut who cannot do that tonight.” - president barack obama, 12/14/12
#wtf?seriously?!#shameonus repost from @timesupnow using @repostregramapp - a united nations study of 185 countries found only two that failed to ensure paid leave for new mothers: the u.s. and papua new guinea.