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Etiquette this Safer Internet Day 2014

    It is often times hard to absorb all of the avenues by which we interconnect online and how those connections create opportunity. Opportunity for good, and the not so good behaviors. Take for example, the many networks that have evolved […]

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Human Trafficking – Slavery at Sea

On 25 January 2014, Scottish Express carried a story, “Boat Slave Shame of Fishing Industry” which details slavery at sea, the continued practice of bringing in foreign workers to man the fishing fleets and then isolating and effectively enslaving these workers. […]

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The angels look down upon us – Sandy Hook

Today marks the first anniversary of the horrific murder of the children and adults at Sandy Hook elementary and 26 new souls entered heaven via a highway of our tears. The families have had a year to process the loss […]

John Kennedy – Johnny we hardly knew ye

John F. Kennedy left this world fifty years ago. The U-2 shoot down, Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs and what would be the defining moment of the US Civil Rights Movement, the Birmingham Campaign were recent history. I had no idea […]

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SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN

Typhoon Haiyan   via flicker divshub Super Typhoon Haiyan has create a path of destruction across the Philippines, we can and must help.  We have all seen the photographs of the devastation which has defended upon the Philippines.  And while […]

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Typhoon Haiyan – plea for aid

The super-typhoon, Typhoon Haiyan, came crashing down on the nation of island, the Philippines this past weekend and has affected more than 4 million people. While immediate aid is rushing to the affected areas, the longterm aid required to help […]

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Bullying – RIP Olivia Mae Scott – 9 October 2013 – Bullycide

RIP Olivia Mae Scott – 9 October 2013 a victim of bullycide. Bristol, Vermont lost a beautiful young lady on October 9, 2013.  Olivia Mae Scott, 16, a Junior at Mount Abraham Union High School passed away unexpectedly.  “Passed away […]

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Remembering – Those who bore me, my parents

Today is Columbus Day – October 12, 2013.  72 years ago, my parents were wed in Holyoke, MA.  They passed on in 1993, and thus had 52 years together.  On their 52nd anniversary my mother was asked by one of […]

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Egypt: Mothers, these are your sons, where is your outrage?

Courtesy of AP Yesterday I viewed a video from Human Rights Watch, “Egypt:Epidemic of Sexual Violence.”  The video is provided below.  I viewed the piece and listened to the stories, which chronicle the sexual attacks from the “Arab spring” through […]

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Duran Adam – Standing Man – El Hombre de Pie

The following is a Turkish language translation of my piece – Duran Adam: Standing Man which appeared in Huffington Post and El Huffington Post in Spanish. —————————– Bugunlerde Turkiye’de yasanan ayaklanma, 60li yillarin baslarinda 7-10 yaslari arasinda Turkiye’de yasayan bu yazara […]

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Religious Freedom – Table-stakes for 2013

U.S. Department of State released their International Religious Freedom Report. Religious freedom is a basic tenet of in this day and age. — “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

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Death by shame – Rehtaeh Parsons

Rehtaeh Parsons was 17 years old when she took her life. She had been shamed and humiliated following the sexual victimization by a group of boys two years prior. The Nova Scotia prosecutor claimed insufficient evidence to prosecute. Now we have a child gone, due to bullycide. Sadly, the Nova Scotia government has gone into damage control mode, which may be too little too late.

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International Women’s Day 2013

March 8, 2013, International Women’s Day – President Barack Obama recently signed into law the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, which also contained the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Reauthorization. No country is immune to Violence Against Women. In Ethiopia, 81% of the women believe it appropriate for a husband to beat their wife, while in Guinea, 60% believe it reasonable for a wife to be beaten for saying no to sex; and in Vietnam, a recent study demonstrated that true cost of violence against women was costing the country nearly 1.4% of its GDP.

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Human Trafficking – TVPRA (Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act) in President Obama’s Hands

The combined bill passed through both houses last week (28 Feb 2013), with The Senate voting 93-5 and The House voting 286 to 138. The passage of the TVPRA follows 2.5 years of congressional debate, rewrites, exclusions and inclusions. The bill was presented to President Obama for signature on 4 March 2013.

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Bailey O’Neill – 12 Year-old Bullying Victim Dies – March 2013

Bailey O’Neill, passed away, the day after his 12th birthday. Bailey had been injured in January 2013 during an incident which occurred at Darby Township (PA) School, in which he had his nose broken and suffered a concussion; over the course of the ensuing weeks he began suffering seizures. Bailey’s parents brought him to hospital, where Bailey was placed into a medically induced coma so as to allow medical personnel the opportunity to diagnose the cause of his seizures.

According to Bailey’s family, he was “jumped” by two students during recess at the school; the two students who attacked Bailey received two day suspensions from school following the January incident.

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Safer Internet Day 2013 – 9 Safety Tips

Today is international Safer Internet Day 2013. Take a few moments and think about the online safety and security of you and your family.
Nine tips to help you get started:
Tip #1 – Know who:
Tip #2 – Security Software:
Tip #3 – Passwords:
Tip #4 – Guidance & Direction:
Tip #5 – Browser Settings:
Tip #6 – Tagging:
Tip #7 – E-mail:
Tip #8 – Computer Settings:
Tip #9 – Public Computers:

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Sex Trafficking & Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII is coming to New Orleans – You can be aware, and make it more difficult for the criminal element to operate within the fringes of the Super Bowl. If you are a the Super Bowl and you see a child proffering themselves up for sex, please don’t turn your head – call 911 – or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline – 1-888-373-7888 – or visit the web site Free-NOLA

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Jadin Bell – Bullycide – January 2013

It was a sad day in La Grande, Oregon on 28 January. The family of Jadin Bell, took him off life-support and he passed. Who is Jadin Bell? Jadin was a 15-year old high-school sophomore who had tried to commit suicide on 19 January by hanging himself in the playground of Central Elementary school. What may have driven Jadin to take his life?

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