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Goodness: Girl Scout honesty pays dividends

There’s a whole lot of goodness going on in Girl Scout cookie sales. Meet 11-year-old Charlotte, who felt compelled to follow Girl Scout law: “I will do my best to be honest” and boy did she ever. Her ratings of the […]

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Blessing Box: Addressing hunger in America

Take what you need, if you need, is the inspiration behind the “Blessing Box.” The idea is simple: people donate non-perishable, essential items, and place them inside the box so people in need can take what they need and leave what they […]

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Pasta Power: Chef Bruno’s Caterina’s Club Feeds Children

As a philanthropist chef, Bruno Serato has given much to his community. Through his Caterina’s Club (named after his mother), whose mission is: “To provide every child the resources, love, and encouragement they need to be healthy, safe, and educated.” […]

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Alaska Airline Flight Attendant: Rescues Teenage Human Trafficking Victim

Though it was six years ago, Shelia Fedrick of Alaska Airlines actions in saving a young girl being transported from Seattle to San Francisco by a sex trafficker, has provided the grist for human trafficking awareness training for other flight […]

One Man’s Goodness, Lifts Many in Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood of Philly

Meet  Kevin Upshur, 58, the founder of Strawberry Mansion Learning Center. He took his mother’s bar and turned it into a safe haven for the inner-city children of Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. Many are calling Upshur a “hometown hero.”  He characterized […]

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Bullycide victim’s tormentor charged with manslaughter

This is Kenneth Suttner, he committed bullycide. He was a junior at Glasgow High School, a mere 17 years old. He worked at the local Dairy Queen. He died on 21 December 2016 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He had […]

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When Jazz Teaches Diversity

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis wants to teach kids how working together is key in music and democracy. The question asked, “Do we look the same? Do you think we think the same?” Marsalis is the moving force behind the Jazz at […]

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Book Review: The Slave Across the Street

I just finished reading “The Slave Across the Street” which is a first person account of how Theresa Flores, at age 15 found herself enslaved in Michigan.  Flores’ describes the circumstances surrounding her enslavement to include, how those who exploited […]

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Sex Trafficking – The Buyers – Demanding Justice Report 2014

Sex trafficking of minors, aka sexual exploitation of minors, continues in all corners of the world, and law enforcement is becoming more sensitized toward as to how the individual minor prostituting themselves are the victims. Shared Hope International released their […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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