Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law features one of the bravest lawyers in Africa — Beatrice Mtetwa in Zimbabwe. In spite of beatings by police, she has courageously defended in court those jailed by the Mugabe government—peace activists, journalists, opposition candidates, farmers that had their land confiscated, ordinary citizens that had the courage to speak up.
Through interviews with Beatrice Mtetwa and some of her defendants, the film tells the story of what happens when rulers place themselves above the law and why defense of the rule of law is a crucial step in the building of a civil society. Although Beatrice Mtetwa’s arena is Zimbabwe, her message and bravery are universal.
As Zimbabwe faces a presidential election in 2013, the filmmakers hope that Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law will spark dialogue and change in the country and throughout Africa, while also bringing the story of this inspiring woman to the attention of the rest of the world.
Elisa Massimino Testifies at Guantanamo Bay hearing July 24, 2013
Witnesses testified on the implications of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.* Among the issues they addressed were hunger strikes by several detainees and the force-feeding policy adopted by officials at the facility, removal of those detainees cleared for release, and arguments for and against the eventual closing of the detention center.
People still gather outside the now-empty plot where the Rana Plaza stood. Many are relatives of victims: an adolescent charged by a desperate grandmother with getting the form or signature that would bring compensation for his dead father; a small child who insists on being brought every day because he has been told his mother may yet be found.
Any westerner is mistaken for a representative of one of the major brands and immediately surrounded by supplicants.
A woman kneels in the dirt, clinging to the yellow barriers barring access to the site. Sobbing, she gasps in the thick, humid air, then howls the name of her daughter again and again.
Attention Teachers and Educators!
We have put together a 40-minute lesson plan for teachers to use in their classrooms to teach their students about the conflict occurring in Syria today.
We are off to a great start but we are looking for 5 classrooms to participate in a focus group on the Teach Syria materials at the end of May.
All that is required is to teach the curriculum found here, by the end of May and participate in a 30-minuted phone conversation about your experience with the materials.
If anyone is interested in participating, please email Kristin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And make sure you check out the websites for additional information!
If you have any issues with the links please message me!
Let the judiciary commitee members who are voting to decide if this bill gets to go on any further that they should VOTE YES ON AB5!
♦Bob Wieckowski, Chair (D, Alameda, Santa Clara) phone: 916-319-2025. fax: 916 319-2125. email@example.com
♦ Donald P. Wagner – Vice Chair (R, Orange) phone: 916-319-2068. fax: 916-319-2168. firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ Luis A. Alejo (D, Monterey, Santa Clara) phone: 916-319-2039. fax: 916-319-2130. email@example.com
♦ Ed Chau(D, LA) phone: 916-319-2049. fax: 916-319-2149. firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ Roger Dickinson (D, Sacramento, Yolo) phone: 916-319-2007. fax: 916-319-2109. email@example.com
♦ Cristina Garcia(D, LA) phone: 916-319-2058. fax: 916-319-2158. firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ Jeff Gorell, (R, Ventura County, LA County) phone: 916-319-2044. fax: 916-319-2144. email@example.com
♦ Brian Maienschein (R, San Diego) phone: 916-319-2077. fax: 916-319-2177. firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ Al Muratsuchi (D, LA) phone: 916-319-2066. fax: 916-319-2166. email@example.com
♦ Mark Stone (D, Santa Cruz, Monterey) phone: 916-319-2029. fax: 916-319-2129. firstname.lastname@example.org
For any other information or inquiries about The Homeless Bill of Rights AB5 please check out: http://wraphome.org/ or check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Western-Regional-Advocacy-Project/167378429021?ref=ts&fref=ts
Thank you. Let’s get this Bill passed!
A U.N. Appeal to Save Syria
By VALERIE AMOS, ERTHARIN COUSIN, ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, ANTHONY LAKE and MARGARET CHAN
Published in the New York Times: April 15, 2013
After more than two years of conflict and more than 70,000 deaths, including thousands of children. … After more than five million people have been forced to leave their homes, including over a million refugees living in severely stressed neighboring countries … After so many families torn apart and communities razed, schools and hospitals wrecked and water systems ruined … After all this, there still seems to be an insufficient sense of urgency among the governments and parties that could put a stop to the cruelty and carnage in Syria.
We, leaders of U.N. agencies charged with dealing with the human costs of this tragedy, appeal to political leaders involved to meet their responsibility to the people of Syria and to the future of the region.
We ask that they use their collective influence to insist on a political solution to this horrendous crisis before hundreds of thousands more people lose their homes and lives and futures — in a region already at the tipping point.
Our agencies and humanitarian partners have been doing all we can. With the support of many governments and people, we have helped shelter more than a million refugees. We have helped provide access to food and other basic necessities for millions displaced by the conflict, to water and sanitation to over 5.5 million affected people in Syria and in neighboring countries, and to basic health services for millions of Syrians, including vaccinations to over 1.5 million children against measles and polio.
But it has not nearly been enough. The needs are growing while our capacity to do more is diminishing, due to security and other practical limitations within Syria as well as funding constraints. We are precariously close, perhaps within weeks, to suspending some humanitarian support.
Our appeal today is not for more resources, needed as they are. We are appealing for something more important than funds. To all involved in this brutal conflict and to all governments that can influence them:
In the name of all those who have so suffered, and the many more whose futures hang in the balance: Enough! Summon and use your influence, now, to save the Syrian people and save the region from disaster.
Valerie Amos is U.N. under secretary general for Humanitarian Affairs. Ertharin Cousin is executive director of the U.N. World Food Program. António Guterres is U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Anthony Lake is executive director of the U.N. Children’s Fund. Margaret Chan is director general of the World Health Organization.
Learn more: http://www.unicef.org/