by caraobrien August 1, 2013
Blood on the Streets: The Use of Excessive Force During Bangladesh Protests
by caraobrien August 1, 2013
Free Pussy Riot!
by caraobrien July 31, 2013

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.

by caraobrien July 31, 2013
UNICEF #ENDviolence Against Children campaign
by caraobrien July 31, 2013

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.

by caraobrien July 31, 2013
Take action now to help Palestinians access education!
by caraobrien July 30, 2013
Zambia presents itself as a peaceful democracy, yet these attacks on media outlets with which government disagrees are actions that belong to an authoritarian regime,” said CPJ’s Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine. “We urge government to talk with editors, journalism academics, and other members of civil society to find a common understanding of the principles of freedom of expression and the right of citizens to access information.
by i-am-a-hot-day July 10, 2013

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.

by caraobrien June 6, 2013

Since 2005 more than 1000 garment workers have died in sweatshop factory fires and building collapses while sewing clothing for giant fashion companies, like Gap, H&M, JCPenney, and Abercrombie.  

Future tragic deaths could be prevented if companies like Gap would follow the lead of brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, by agreeing to a safety program that includes worker input, transparency, and binding commitments to protect workers. 

A year ago Gap publicly promised it would sign on to a worker safety program similar to the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein agreement. Instead last fall GAP reverted to the same old public relations stunts by announcing their own, corporate-controlled, fire safety program – one that includes no legal commitments to workers, no oversight by worker organizations, and no transparency.  This is yet another version of Gap saying: ‘trust us; we care about our workers’ — like the programs they had in place when 29 workers were killed at their Bangladeshi supplier in December 2010.    

Join Bangladeshi and international unions and labor groups that are calling on Gap to stop the public relations games and commit to a real fire safety program that will save the lives of the company’s sweatshop workers.

Send your letter to Gap today.

Attention Teachers and Educators!

by mybeautifulcrazylife-kayday April 29, 2013

peacelovehappiness-kayday:

I am Katelyn and an Associate Program Coordinator with the I Am Syria Campaign and we have a partnership with Syria Deeply and Teach Deeply.

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: kristin@newsdeeply.org

And make sure you check out the websites for additional information!

If you have any issues with the links please message me!

(Source: mybeautifulcrazylife-kayday)

by fuckyeahpoverty April 17, 2013
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.  kevin.baker@asm.ca.gov♦ Donald P. Wagner – Vice Chair (R, Orange) phone: 916-319-2068.  fax: 916-319-2168.   matt.hedges@asm.ca.gov♦ Luis A. Alejo (D, Monterey, Santa Clara) phone: 916-319-2039. fax: 916-319-2130.  tyler.bluckney@asm.ca.gov♦ Ed Chau(D, LA) phone: 916-319-2049.  fax: 916-319-2149.  edmond.cheung@asm.ca.gov♦ Roger Dickinson  (D, Sacramento, Yolo) phone: 916-319-2007.  fax: 916-319-2109.  elliot.cavnaugh@asm.ca.gov♦ Cristina Garcia(D, LA) phone: 916-319-2058.  fax: 916-319-2158.  tim.reardon@asm.ca.gov♦ Jeff Gorell, (R, Ventura County, LA County) phone: 916-319-2044. fax: 916-319-2144. samuel.chung@asm.ca.gov♦ Brian Maienschein (R, San Diego) phone: 916-319-2077.  fax: 916-319-2177.  matthew.easley@asm.ca.gov♦ Al Muratsuchi (D, LA) phone: 916-319-2066.  fax: 916-319-2166.  brett.williams@asm.ca.gov♦ Mark Stone (D, Santa Cruz, Monterey) phone: 916-319-2029.  fax: 916-319-2129. rebecca.marcus@asm.ca.govFor 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!

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.  kevin.baker@asm.ca.gov
♦ Donald P. Wagner – Vice Chair (R, Orange) phone: 916-319-2068.  fax: 916-319-2168.   matt.hedges@asm.ca.gov
♦ Luis A. Alejo (D, Monterey, Santa Clara) phone: 916-319-2039. fax: 916-319-2130.  tyler.bluckney@asm.ca.gov
♦ Ed Chau(D, LA) phone: 916-319-2049.  fax: 916-319-2149.  edmond.cheung@asm.ca.gov
♦ Roger Dickinson  (D, Sacramento, Yolo) phone: 916-319-2007.  fax: 916-319-2109.  elliot.cavnaugh@asm.ca.gov
♦ Cristina Garcia(D, LA) phone: 916-319-2058.  fax: 916-319-2158.  tim.reardon@asm.ca.gov
♦ Jeff Gorell, (R, Ventura County, LA County) phone: 916-319-2044. fax: 916-319-2144. samuel.chung@asm.ca.gov
♦ Brian Maienschein (R, San Diego) phone: 916-319-2077.  fax: 916-319-2177.  matthew.easley@asm.ca.gov
♦ Al Muratsuchi (D, LA) phone: 916-319-2066.  fax: 916-319-2166.  brett.williams@asm.ca.gov
♦ Mark Stone (D, Santa Cruz, Monterey) phone: 916-319-2029.  fax: 916-319-2129. rebecca.marcus@asm.ca.gov



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!

by caddy-smellsliketrees April 16, 2013
unicef:

A U.N. Appeal to Save SyriaBy VALERIE AMOS, ERTHARIN COUSIN, ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, ANTHONY LAKE and MARGARET CHAN
Published in the New York Times: April 15, 2013
Enough. Enough.
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/

unicef:

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

Enough. Enough.

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/

by caraobrien April 12, 2013
The Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the Court, allows governments to submit their countries on an ad hoc basis to its jurisdiction. The opposition, having overcome many obstacles, has made a number of institutional breakthroughs: Having formed a government and appointed a prime minister, it has also taken Syria’s seat at the Arab League. Efforts to do the same at the UN will follow before long. This is therefore the moment to call on the opposition government to live up to its high-minded aspirations and, acting in the interest of the Syrian people, to submit the situation in Syria to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Right now, the Court may not be able to accept jurisdiction yet and delay its decision until the dice have been cast at the UN. Nevertheless, the opposition government would make a most powerful statement: that it will not allow the crimes committed in Syria to go unpunished — no matter who has committed them — and to thus commit itself to accountability that the people of Syria have been waiting for so many decades. In so doing, it would put all of us to shame for our collective inaction, after yet another futile pledge of “never again.”
Accountability for the Atrocities in Syria: A Call on the Opposition by Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations
by i-am-a-hot-day April 12, 2013

We, the undersigned,  strongly condemn the eviction of students occupying Sussex University in opposition to privatisation plans, including the use of up to 100 police. some in full riot gear, accompanied by vans, bailiffs and private security guards to remove protesters from their own campus. The 8 week long occupation has been a source of inspiration for students and staff at Sussex and beyond at a time when education is under attack.

Instead of engaging with the arguments and alternatives being raised by the university community the university management has resorted to the draconian measure of imposing a blanket protest ban

by i-am-a-hot-day April 11, 2013