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many people are celebrating religious holidays this weekend. besides the significance of those days from a spiritual standpoint, it’s usually a time to gather with family to eat and enjoy each other’s company.  

cherish the moments kissing babies, hugging grandma, swapping stories and dodging nosy questions from uncle so and so.  this weekend and holidays like it are all about sharing love.

enjoy…

easter

airstrikes may seem a benign activity like a video game.  but what goes up must come down.  huge bombs are landing on soil where innocent people live; many of them children.

the children of syria have cried until there are no more tears.  they have spent their entire lives ravaged with war.  a few weeks ago, Save The Children, released a shockingly brutal report about how millions of children who have been left in syria are surviving.  they interviewed hundreds of children and humanitarian workers.  what they write is beyond heartbreaking.  children are scarred so badly that it has been determined they are now in a state of toxic stress; likely emotionally wounded for life. 

and now with the latest violence they may be enduring the worst all over again.   these children need our help.  we cannot sit and act like this is not happening…

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womeninprison

i’m sitting at a conference filled with doctors, nurses, psychologists and social workers who are passionate about providing good health care to people in prison. most people think don’t of prisoners unless they know someone.  they get locked away and often left to fend for themselves while in prison and when they get out.  what i’m learning at the conference is the story for women/girls in prison is much much worse.

women/girls who become incarcerated are much more likely to be a victim of physical or sexual abuse as a child than men/boys who are incarcerated.  women/girls who become incarcerated are much more likely to have had multiple types of traumas like child abuse, rape and domestic violence.  these traumatic events happen to many of them over and over while they are growing up.  this leads to mental health problems, attempted suicide and using drugs. once they get on drugs things turn. they may get with a boyfriend involved in crime who abuses and presssures them to sell drugs or even worse sell their bodies.  this sad and tragic life circumstance is how they end up getting locked up.  

does it make sense to put a victim of abuse in prison?   does it seem okay to jail a person for being forced by men into those behaviors? 

over 1 million women/girls are involved in the criminal justice system and this is most of their stories. ignoring that is a crime within itself. 

my out of office will change in about an hour.  no longer will the inbox state in solidarity with the cause.  although i will be back, i will not be the same.  in that is the success i believe this past day has achieved.

no matter how many women didn’t show up to work or declined to shop; the day was about so much more. women took the time to be there for ourselves.  we were able to look around and see ladies rocking red in our communities, on tv and for those who weren’t able to take off they saw red at the job. that unity is an energy that will last longer than this 24 hours.  

the day without a woman lives on…how do you plan to live it?

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i want to send a huge shout out to the president…president of the local school board, president of the girls troupe, president of neighborhood watch; all of our presidents who are doing the work of leading by positive example.  

as a former class president i recall how much of an honor it was to listen to what my high school senior classmates wanted and work to make it happen.   it was not an easy job because you can’t please everyone and you certainly don’t agree with all that’s said.  but you do your best to keep all interests in mind. that’s what most of us who have and continue to be in office work so hard to do.  

i know that president’s day is normally set aside to pay homage to the highest office in the country.  but this year, i think it’s most appropriate to pay tribute to the individuals who are presidential in more than name.   i want to thank the real presidents for all that they do to make our schools, communities and lives better. 

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thanksgiving 11-12i don’t celebrate valentine’s day. never have & likely never will. don’t take me for a cupid hater. i’m an official romantic at heart. give me a sappy lifetime movie and i’m in love. what i’m not down with is a designated day.

why not just go along to get along? you say….

love deserves better. love is everything and knows no boundaries. it cannot be contained and confined to 24 hours. heart shaped chocolates can’t replace the taste of unconditional bonds.

now more than ever love needs to rise to its rightful place; as our being.

love is not a day, it’s who you, me, we are…

let’s strive to love everyday, all day.  

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