In 1989, I volunteered for the U.S. Navy. I was assigned a duty station in Adak, Alaska. I got there on Valentine’s Day, and within two months, I was raped for the first time.
The people involved in my rapes were military police personnel, security personnel, higher-ranking officers—the people that I would have gone to and reported. And so, I have never had the opportunity to actually report it to anyone. Continue reading →
I received this email from the folks at Oxfam. We all know that the easy transfer of guns to evil people causes much misery in the world, particularly in regions with out strong governments to protect them from warlords and criminals. Now, I am not a master at foreign policy analysis, but the Arms Trade Treaty, if held to that is, seems to have many benefits besides saving innocent lives. This seems like a no brainer for President Obama to sign to promote more stability in the worlds war-torn regions.
And unlike some Nervous Nellies, I am not worried about Obama coming to take my guns.
Last month, 154 nations voted to adopt the first-ever international Arms Trade Treaty to help control the flow of arms and ammunition across borders – saving lives, preventing armed conflicts and protecting human rights.
Right now, we need to turn the promise of the agreement into a reality – to fundamentally change how the global arms trade works, the Arms Trade Treaty needs signatures.
The Obama administration will decide very soon whether or not to sign. Make no mistake, this moment is critical. A signature from the United States is vital to ensuring a strong treaty. Continue reading →
Its good to see more sense and sensitivity to whats right and decent coming out of Minnesota especially in regards to what is tantamount to an epidemic of rape in the Armed Forces. If you have not heard or read about this problem in recent weeks then you have been living under a rock. Here is a petition worthy or your attention, from the esteemed Senator Franken.
We might not like to think that our men and women in uniform are at risk of being sexually assaulted when they volunteer to serve our country — but the ugly truth is, it happens far too often.
This month, the Department of Defense estimated that more than 26,000 cases of sexual assault took place in the military in 2012.
It gets worse. The year before, only 10 percent of reported cases – only a fraction of the total – ever resulted in a trial where the victims could find justice. A stunning 62 percent of victims felt like they were retaliated against for coming forward. Continue reading →
Just what are the minimum requirements to be fit to serve in public office? I really have to wonder these days. Aside from the blatantly criminal behavior evidenced by the boys and girls serving up in Albany, NY that is…..those jerks have really brought the bar down low, and it just seems politicians are getting less intelligent. Governors leaving office because of sex scandals, jump immediately to mind. Shouldn’t one have their personal life in order before they dare presume to order our public lives?
Consider the national Congress and Senate shenanigans, during speeches and on the Sunday shows, and you could make a case for the decline of American politics indeed. Some of the most stupid, harebrained, and racist comments are not made by some loopy blogger in an obscure location; they’ve been uttered by those already holding public office, and usually seeking a higher office. I even wonder if politicians should be tested for mental illness. Continue reading →
Sharing is caring, kids…and a desire for a better life shouldn’t require one to mortgage their future. The least we can do is lower the interest rates that the Big Banks were gifted with. Check out this message I received from my favorite Senator.
Below is an email from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren just introduced the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act in the Senate and started a petition on the MoveOn website, where anyone can start their own online petition.
Dear MoveOn member,
The biggest banks in the country—the ones that wrecked our economy and cost millions of Americans their jobs—pay next to nothing on the debt they owe the government, while students pay nine times as much. That isn’t right. Continue reading →
I am sharing this Petition because I like bees, and I think they are necessary to our ecosystem and/or food chain and therefore worth protecting. This message about steps we can take to help bees came to my inbox via Credo Action, because apparently, we need to beg the EPA to do right by us and not the manufacturers of pesticides.
Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that’s killing honey bees
The petition reads: Bee die offs are a serious emergency. Please follow the European Union and immediately suspend the use of the dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides that are killing bees.
Automatically add your name to the petition to the EPA:
The folks at Upworthy are always sharing wonderful content from all over the world. This video highlighting one way to offer a secret message of help to abused children really strikes me, especially after the freeing of the three women from captivity and terror in Cleveland, Ohio that is in recent news.
I think we need these in the States, don’t you?
Please share if you are able, you never know who you may help, or inspire.