Archive for the ‘Activism’ Category
Tomorrow (December 10th 2010) is Human Rights Day. It is a day to take notice of all the suffering due to oppression, violence, discrimination. It is a day to decide enough is enough. Pick something that resonates for you and start to be a voice against injustice. Domestic Violence. Poverty. Governmental violence. Something, choose something. Even if it is just educating yourself on the human rights violations that are happening every single day all around the world or reading a book about a particular human rights struggle. You can read more about Human Rights Day here.
I will read about one human rights defender every day for the rest of this month. And re-evaluate what I will do to help defend human rights going forward. =)
I sent out two more postcards this week both to people I know. It has been nice to send postcards to people. I hope they are received in good spirits.
I also stumbled upon a great way to be charitable AND to read at the same time. You can read more about that at BeNonsensical. And I joined another nice cause over at itstartswithus.com where I joined the ‘Drop a Love Bomb‘ mission. They send me an email each week with a story about a blogger, a person who needs some encouragement. And then I follow the link and leave a comment or message. I’ve done two so far. I think it is an excellent way to drop in on someone when they need it the most! =)
It is fun being nice. =)
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
I was told there is a woman in Iran that is sentenced to be stoned to death. I did some research and the official statement from the Iranian government in response to these allegations is that it is not true that she will NOT be stoned to death1. However, I am also well aware that official statements are not always true and thus, I am moved to do something.
Being stoned to death means she will be buried up to her head and then people will throw rocks at her face and head…and continue to do so until it kills her. This is an extremely cruel and unfathomable means of torture and death. We must stop this OR any state-sanctioned death from happening. It is not a question of whether she is guilty of a crime or not…but for the record, she is not…it is not a matter of cultural sensitivity or cultural imperialism or relativity, it is a matter of human injustice, cruelty…it is a matter of fundamental human rights. We all have a right to live and be free from gender domination or state-sanctioned governmental death.
We must help stop this death (and all unnecessary deaths) immediately as humans. Please, please, please help save this woman from this horrific torturous death OR ANY DEATH. She is charged with adultery which is a gender bias crime, the premise being that women are property, property of their fathers then their husbands and thus have no fundamental rights. I disagree!
I digress, this is such a complicated case but before we get lost in all the minutiea, please…let’s prevent this senseless death in whatever way we can. I will come back to the breakdown of the issues within this case for afterthought but now more than my opinion or thoughts or yours on everything else, we must try to save this woman’s life.
This video will help explain the case:
This is what you can do to help save this woman, Sakineh’s, life:
- Sign this petition online http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-sakine-mohammadi-e-ashtiani-live
- Sign the petition from Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/end-execution-stoning-iran
- Educate YOURSELF on this case and on other cases, on the general topic and the laws etc.2345
- Educate yourself on the use of death penalty by ANY government
- Donate to Amnesty International and join them in their attempt to respect and protect fundamental human rights
- Go to this page which gives you SPECIFIC instructions on how to help this woman http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE13/082/2009/en/7fdb4e30-712a-4fca-b807-1365834fcd17/mde130822009en.html
- Visit this site and sign the petition and follow further directions to help http://freesakineh.org/
- Coordinate / hold your own demonstration against stoning/state sanctioned death in this case or any — read more here.
- Investigate the laws involved in state sanctioned death in your own country or state and research the validity and use
- http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=134025§ionid=351020101 [↩]
- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38140909/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/ [↩]
- http://www.amnesty.org/ [↩]
- http://missionfreeiran.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/sakine-children-2/ [↩]
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/08/iran-death-stoning-adultery [↩]
In lieu of my genetic need to see my species survive, I will continue to bring you different ways you can help save the redheads… watch this video from Stu Stone as he attempts to do a charity cause video for the benefit of all redheads…
Do something nice for someone today. Even if it is just smiling at them. =)
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is so profoundly sad. It is causing widespread damages that we cannot even begin to access or understand accurately. It is such a shame. And most people feel so helpless… what can we do?
Well, when 5th grade Olivia Bouler heard about the oil spill in the place she vacations with her family, she sat down to write a letter with an offer to help the birds…
And so began “Save the Gulf” operation between Olivia, her drawings and the Audubon Society. As of today, June 11 2010, she has helped raise over $80,000 to help rescue the birds from the oil spill still happening. You can read the news story here. Or visit her AOL artist site and enjoy her drawings here. And you can donate to help save the birds here.
It only takes a willingness to help. And one person can make a difference. Thanks Olivia… you give hope to the future! I look forward to seeing you become an Ornithologist one day. The birds are lucky to have you!
(Originally posted elsewhere on one of my other sites for birds. However, I felt it worthy to share as many places as possible.)