❧❧❧ Whatever you can do or dream, you can BEGIN IT. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Goethe ❧❧❧
❧❧❧ You were born whole, not broken. Sandra Hammel ❧❧❧
Saturday, April 23, 2011
SOME GRACE AND INNER BEAUTY ~ MY GOAL OF OLD AGE
Being brave has never been something I couldn't do. Over and over I have seen myself come through experiences that needed courage and time and time again I always have summoned that which is within to move me along. These experiences happened in my youth, in my young adult years, through the middle years, in personal, in professional and in child-rearing experiences. These trying times haven't been without some tremendous stress and anxiety, but there has been a source of strength, that even I have to admit is worth admiration. And now, I am at another stressful crossroads, that I need to contemplate, use introspection and summon the courage that must meet me in a time of need.
The weight of the reality and the unknown of what is happening with my body makes becoming old even more difficult and I was already processing this new period of my life with more joy of looking backward than forward in some important ways. Living in the ending period to a mortal life isn't the same as other periods. You can pretend it isn't different. Pretending about my "real" life never appealed to me. So, here I am - trying to be my own example of how to grow into these years with some grace and inner beauty. The outer beauty has had better days and those days won't be back.
Going through a rough time. Was doing well and then this thing entered my life of health.
Already was entering this period of my life with some trepidation, the beginnings of old age staring back in mirrors. But this thing has thrown me and it is a strange world.
Finding myself in a new place where some emotional footing is a goal, when I expected to move forward, I have moved backward on the pendulum of feeling whole. Moments of confidence are gone and I'm scared.
We started this track in West Africa with a musical group named Tinariwen. We asked them to play a groove in the key of G, then as we traveled the world we added more musicians to the song. Over the course of our travels it transformed into a global jam with its roots in the blues.
.................................................. Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) Volunteers Rashmi Adhikari and Shyam Basnet interview harmonium player and music teacher Dhruba Kumar Ghimire in Tintale Village, Nepal. Village flute teacher Jeevan Magar joins in as the conversation runs deep from how a body responds to playing music to the importance of the teacher’s attitude.
Their mission is simply put ~ "We are dedicated to creating positive change through music & arts education."
Rafa at a training session at the Barcelona Open tennis tournament, April 19, 2011. Photo credit: Reuters.
Spain's Rafael Nadal runs for the ball against compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver during the Barcelona Open tennis tournament Conde de Godo on April 20, 2011 in Barcelona. Nadal won 6-1, 6-1. Photo credit: Getty Images.
As a sports fan of tennis and basketball for my main interests in sports in the mainstream (aside from those I mostly see at the Olympics), I am most interested in the professional tennis world via Spanish player Rafael Nadal. But if you come to my blog, you already know that Rafa is someone I watch play tennis. He also appears to be a genuinely nice human being. And I have always felt, though Rafa says no, that Rafa would make a great actor. Take a look at these two videos and see a side of Rafa that might make me think so.
Rafael Nadal in Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans commercial
Mondibabyhas made a video of Rafa set to the song of I'm a Fool to Want You sung by Ketty Lester. To see it, click this post's title. It is a collection of pictures including this Armani ad campaign.
Rafael Nadal of Spain breaks a new record winning his seventh straight Monte Carlo Masters title in Monte-Carlo. He beat in the final David Ferrer of Spain in 2 sets -6/4, 7/5 at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in Monaco. April 17, 2011 Photo by PacificCoastNews.com
Cambridge, Massachusetts Source: openmediaboston.org- Democracy Now host Amy Goodman presented a "Celebration of Independent Media" Thursday at Cambridge Forum, moderated by Jordan Weinstein, host of NPR’s Morning Edition on WGBH-FM. Relating stories from her coverage of (and arrest at) the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Goodman discussed the important role independent media plays in facilitating meaningful and informative public discussions.
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Democracy Now's Amy Goodman recounts her arrest at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul Minnesota and talks about how the press has sunk to a new low by agreeing to be embedded with police to cover political conventions. She is speaking at the 2011 National Conference For Media Reform in Boston.
An individual is complicit in a crime if they are aware of its occurrence, have the ability to report the crime, but fail to do so. As such the individual effectively allows the criminals to carry out a crime despite easily being able to stop them, either directly or by contacting the authorities thus making them a de-facto accessory to the crime rather than innocent bystanders.
Law relating to complicity varies. Usually complicity is not a crime although this sometimes conflicts with popular perception. See The Finale (Seinfeld episode). At a certain point a person that is complicit in a crime may become a conspirator depending on the degree of involvement by the individual and whether a crime was completed or not.
THIS IS A MUST LISTEN. I have transcribed some of the highlights:
1) around 11:15 Ms. Goodman says: Obama said: "Make me do it" - this needs to be taken to heart for ending genocide, including on the Darfuri people since February 2003.
2) 8:18 speaking to the journalist/media: "the deepest problem is being embedded in the establishment, here in this country. We have a special role to play. My brother and I wrote a book, called Static and the reason we called it this, the reason in this high tech digital age, in the time of this high def television, and digital radio, still all we get is static. This veil of distortion and lies, and misrepresentation, and half-truths, that obscure reality, when what we need is the media to give us is the dictionary definition of "static": criticism, opposition, unwanted interference, we need a media that covers power, not covers for power (8:56). We need a media that is the fourth estate, not for the state, and we need a media that covers the movements that create static and make history. Which is why I want to dedicate Democracy's Now's presence here this weekend and all my wonderful colleagues who are here, to Manning Marable, who we lost last week, this wonderful scholar, who on the day that his book was to be published, 3 days before, he died, who wrote the book, Malcolm X,
the Life of Reinvention...who teaches us deeply what movements mean....we need a media democracy movement, that follows on the traditions of the great movements in the history of this country. He tells the story of A. Philip Randolph, the greatest organizer of the twentieth century, who organized the 1963 March on Washington, who organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, who was to brought to meet with FDR by Eleanor Roosevelt, who when he described the condition of black people in the country, the condition of working people in the country, FDR responded to him, "I don't disagree with anything you've said, but you've got to make me do it." Make. Me. Do. It. What a lesson for today. 10:17 As we move into the next election in 2012, as we gather here on Friday and learn that the House passed a resolution that says they will not support net neutrality, as 3,00 people gather here in Boston.
As we see an FCC, that unfortunately has not followed through on Obama's promise and the FCC's Chair promise to stand with net neutrality, to reinforce it. I think we have to remember what FDR told A. Philip Randolph. In fact, it's something that President Obama, when he was running for President, said to a questioner when he was in a backyard of a New Jersey home answering questions of people who might support him, and someone asked him about the Middle East. He said, "What are you going to do about it?" And he told the A. Philip Randolph story, and repeated what FDR said. "Make me do it." Make. Me. Do. It. 11:13
Your job leaving this weekend, is really answering that challenge. Of how you think the media should be able to operate in this country, of what it takes to build independent media. To build an internet that is open and free for all. It's the answer to corporate globalization. Grass roots globalization over the world. We see the importance of that free and open internet, when universally Mbarak was condemned for hitting the kill switch on the cell phones and the internet in Egypt. Which reminded me how important it was, that we had independent media on the ground. 12:00
Sharif Abdel Kouddous ~ You couldn't have had finer, more elequent reporting bringing you this extremely personal, yet epic historic struggle of the people in the streets in Egypt. From Shariff's incredible perspective, as a son of Egypt, himself. As he landed in Egypt, coming from New York, from Democracy Now, he figured out a way to get around the internet shutdown. 13:35
3) 13:35 "And he tweeted out, "no matter what happens, this will never be Mbarak's Egypt again." that's the power of independent media...when you know their names, their stories, their families, you care and it makes it much harder to target.
4) 14:16 "...I see the media, as a huge kitchen table that stretches across the globe, that we all sit around and debate and discuss the most important issues of the day, war and peace, life and death, anything less than that is a disservice to the service men and women of this country who can't have these debates on military bases...anything less than that is a disservice to a democratic society." 14:49
5) At 14:55 - "...we have to understand how it is these despots remain for so many decades. The questions Western pundits asked, you know, those people in Washington on all those networks, who know so little about so much, explaining the world to us and getting it so wrong. This Despots remained because they had a Coat of Armor: Mubarak, $2 billion a year from the United States, a Coat of Armor, made in the USA, one of the few things that is still made in the USA. Two billions dollars a year, most of that money going to the weapons manufacturers, from General Dynamics, to Raytheon, to Lockheed Martin, to Boeing. We have to be able to kill this story because the people on the ground in Egypt, and Yemen, and Bahrain, in Tunisia, they understand it. We need a media that bridges the gap, so that we can understand. We come from the trigger end. They're at the target end. And we need a media that bridges, so we all can understand and participate in a global discussion about how we want to live in a global world."
6) 16:17 through 18:15 I just want to end with the words... of Kareem Amer...his blog is dedicated to Hans and Sofia Scholl, this young Egyptian blogger dedicating his blog to Hans and Sofia Scholl, a young brother and sister, who formed the White Rose Collective in Germany in World War II. They thought, "What can we do in the face of the Nazi atrocity?' They weren't Jewish, they were German Christians. But they knew they wanted to expose, to ensure the Germans could never say they didn't know. And so together with their Professor and other workers. They started to publish pamphlets. Because information is power. They published six pamphlets in all, the fourth pamphlet was written the words:
"WE WILL NOT BE SILENT." They passed these out in cover of night, they dropped them in an alley, in a market, in a classroom. And eventually they were caught by the
Gestapo. They were tried. They were convicted. And they were beheaded.
But that philosophy, that motto should be the hyppocratic oath of the media today. We Will Not Be Silent.
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If we don't have a vision of a better future can we really create one? Leaders as diverse as The Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King have shown us the need for vision to build a path to lasting peace and progress. Yet since the Holocaust and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, civil society has promised "never again" and still genocide and appalling atrocities have continued into the 21st century.We don't have a vision for how to build a world free from atrocity. We need one. Help us share these visions: become part of the movement: imagine the end of atrocity.
ANY ONE FINDING THIS ACCEPTABLE, MAY ONE DAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NEEDING PEOPLE LIKE ME ONE DAY.
THEN, THEY MAY CHANGE THEIR TUNE. BUT, PROBABLY NOT, IF AND, UNTIL THEN.
"LET THEM STARVE ON THEIR PRINCIPLES" ~ a comment made in support of the Republican budget cuts. Those who leave comments that are put-downs at online threads, even if they are the only one stated their side of the viewpoint, get others to take the bait and answer his or her comments. On the threads, probably it would be best to ignore what they say if they are the only one or two making such statements. Not be silent, but use your voice somewhere else. Changing the mind or hearts of those who don't see it worthy to feed the children and avoid starvation probably are not where to put energy to make a change.
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Text at youtube with the video: So far, over 30,000 people are participating in a rolling fast to protest the immoral budget cuts Republicans are pushing in Washington. With some help from Grammy-nominated recording artist Moby, MoveOn.org Political Action (moveon.org) has put together a short, powerful video about this fast. Please check it out and then help spread the message by passing it on.
The effort comes as the President and Republicans in Congress agreed to a budget that could severely impact the lives of the poor. Republicans are preparing even steeper cuts in their upcoming 2012 budget, including a proposal that would hand Medicare over to the insurance companies. The Republican 2012 budget is expected to come up for a vote in the House by the end of this week.
The fast was first launched by Reverend Jim Wallis of the Sojournors (www.sojo.net), and Ambassador Tony Hall. As word spread, more than 30,000 Americans joined the fast, as well as 28 members of Congress.
Our British friends may not know just what a sad little oddity the District of Columbia, our nation's capital, is in legal terms. As a federally chartered city that isn't part of any state, it's sui generis. It was run entirely by Congress until home rule was granted in 1973, and the fact that this mostly black city was ruled by a committee that was often in the hands of devoted segregationists (Democrats, back then) sure didn't help matters.
Now, that minatory impulse has shifted to the GOP, so every time the Republicans get hold of a house of Congress, they make sure to do something to mess with DC, just to let people know who's in charge.
As part of last Friday's budget deal, you may have read, while the "riders" on Planned Parenthood and National Public Radio and others were left out, one was included: Washington DC can no longer use its own locally raised tax revenues to fund abortion services for poor women.
Right now, 17 states have laws that allow for their own revenues (not federal revenues spent in state) to pay for abortion services. Another 32 states prohibit the use of state funds except in circumstances where the use of federal funding is permissible (life of mother, rape, incest). South Dakota allows for no state funding at all, not even for these long-agreed-upon exceptions.
Congress would never dream in a million years of trying to pass a law saying one of those 17 states couldn't do what they do. It would be blatantly unconstitutional and any court would throw it out. But they can tinker with DC all they want because the constitutional question is far less clear because of DC's odd status. The local funding had been blocked by the previous GOP majority, then won back when the D's took over, and now it's back.
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Andy Murray of Great Britain during Day Seven of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 16, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. April 15, 2011Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe
Day 2 ~Rafael Nadal of Spain crosses his arms as he speaks to the media during Day Two of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 11, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. April 10, 2011 Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe
Day 2 ~ Rafael Nadal of Spain closes his eyes for a moment as he speaks to the media during Day Two of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 11, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. April 10, 2011. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning a point against Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia during Day Six of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 15, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. April 14, 2011Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe.
MONACO - APRIL 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain's last six victories are shown during Day Two of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 11, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Photo credit: Getty Images.
I am working through my feelings of being finally old. I have never wanted to be older than I am. When most kids looked forward to being older so that they could do certain things, I was feeling different. I never wanted to be older than I was. And most of my life I looked younger than I was. When I was substitute teaching in my early career as a teacher, another teacher approached me thinking I was a high school student and I had to tell him that I was a substitute teacher hired to work that day in the school that he taught in.
I have been journaling about this. Every day I look in the mirror and want to see the younger me. Now, I find I want to be a different age. Just not older. I often yell out when I am home alone: "I don't want to be old." But something has happened that I have said that if I can solve it about my health, that I will accept being old.
I am contemplating starting a new blog just on this subject. There are many of us in my generation that are walking into old age. And I can't be the only one that feels like I do. But in the meantime, here I post about this subject. I wrote a song about it called "More Alive". And below are some lyrics that I wrote today, but the music hasn't been attempted yet.
If anyone wants to repost my lyrics, please keep in mind that my name should be with the lyrics and a link to this post. It is only the right thing to do. And it would be good to put this up and trust you.
by Sandra Hammel April 10, 2011, Sunday, 5:12 p.m.
All the things we do, so we can live tomorrow, we can live tomorrow, so little thought in living today, living today. What's in the worry that serves us well? What's in the moment that freely can accept joy? The beautiful?
I don't want to feel guilty because I feel wholly here. Because I feel free to live outside what is inside, Free to feel, Free to fly, Free to know today and know I'm home. Needing no where to go. Because I'm already here. Needing no where to go. Out "there" is all right here.
I had so much fun working on this video posted below. It is from a movie camera that is before movie cameras had sound. And if it weren't for my video teacher who demolished the plastic cartridge that the original film was in and then gave me this in a form that I could post it at Youtube, Vimeo and Facebook, I would be limited to seeing it on my wall at home with the old movie camera that "burns" a lot of the films that I have in these old cartridges. The color was so poor, that I added a lot of sepia in the iMovie software and it looks like it has very little color this way, but it is better than the overly pink rendition that is was in.
❧This is one of my many callings in life!! Comedian. ❧This play was presented in the 1927 Casino Theatre sometime in the mid 1970's before the $5.2 million renovation completed in 2010. For 23 years the theatre was shut due to structural safety hazards. Actors Charlton Heston, Vincent Price and Orson Welles had acted on this stage. It was used as storage space for the International Tennis Hall of Fame (which share the grounds with the famed theatre) and was collecting cobwebs and dust. Sandra Hammel, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
My addition: I don't like the picture, but then I don't like any picture of me taken in the last year. I have decided to like being old. However, I wouldn't say that I have totally succeeded. But I am working on it. Young old, but here I am in the years that are no longer even close to young.
How do you explain a catastrophic event and move an audience to action in five minutes?
Sandra Hammel of Portsmouth will attempt just that this Friday, when she debuts her film “Darfur The Abandoned Genocide” at the Compassion Film Festival at Jane Pickens Theater in Newport.
Hammel, a retired music teacher, became an activist for the cause in 2004 after watching a powerful documentary on the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. "I knew very little about what was happening in Rwanda at the time, but after seeing the film, I decided to educate myself,” said Hammel. “When I heard what was happening in Darfur, I knew I couldn’t be silent anymore.”
Since 2004, Hammel has been extremely proactive about the cause and has volunteered in two major rallies both in Washington, DC, and New York to bring more awareness to the troubles overseas, but in the past few years, the Darfur conflict has not been settled.
“In the last several months, bombing from Sudan has escalated in Darfur, yet we don’t hear about it anymore,” said Hammel. “We are inundated with news daily, yet somehow this entire conflict has dropped out of circulation. The only reason I know what is going on is because I am actively looking for updates on what is going on.”
As for expectations on Friday, Hammel is looking to get the attention of her audience and motivate them to get involved.
“The change starts with us,” said Hammel. “Until we, as people, ask and pressure our leaders to do something, they are just going to let it go.”
As for getting her message down to a five-minute film slot, it wasn’t an easy task but she has faith that it will get through to the audience by the time the ending credits come on.
“I think so many of us, myself included, are so busy and now people are losing jobs and have their own issues so it takes a lot more to move people,” said Hammel. “I completely understand that but it is still so important to get involved.”
The Compassion Film Festival, is a benefit event for Looking Upwards, a local non-profit organization and will consist of a juried collection of short films submitted by local and regional film artists that are all based around the theme of compassion.
If you are interested in checking out the event, you can join the group on April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport.
For more information about the film series, click here.
Unfortunately the lips and audio became out of snyc due to compression of uploading here at Vimeo. Fortunately, the DVD for the Compassion Film Festival of this video was in sync.
I always put credits at the end and couldn't because of the limit I had to get my message across.
Here are more complete credits:
❧ Special thanks to ❧ Eric Reeves for Open Letter excerpts Mohamed Suleiman for Darfuri sayings Photos ~ Mia Farrow Gabriel Stauring Sandra Hammel ♫ Music ♫ Bridge Over Troubled Water Performed by Eva Cassidy Available at itunes Krista Powell Presented by Sandra Hammel
Genocide flourishes when there is no accountability. It has been flourishing in Darfur since February 2003.
One voice won’t stop a genocide, but that is no excuse to be silent.
Please, use your voice to call upon our leaders to do what is right about something that is very wrong. 1-800-GENOCIDE for President Obama, U.S. Senators and Representatives
FOR SALE: BACKBONES (MADE IN USA) FOR DEMOCRATS, INCLUDING PRESIDENT OBAMA
For one week running up to the very important New Hampshire primary, I was in New Hampshire volunteering for the campaign titled: Obama for America.Not my comfort zone to make the phone calls, go door-to-door, but I did it because I felt Barack Obama genuinely had a backbone. Because I was promised to be able to get into him speaking one day that week, and then getting there after going door-to-door right up to the time of the event, I was unable to get in, because the room was full and I had to sit in a room with the national press instead. I talked with Richard Wolffe briefly and had my picture taken with him by his friend. I watched Barack speak on a TV screen, while I sat with the press core which was reporting the campaign and rode the bus with Barack Obama.
So as a result of this broken promise by the campaign leader, I was given a hard copy ticket for this night in the Nashua, NH gym and sat right where Barack and Michelle entered that night. The spirit of promise in the “Yes We Can” speech that night has been buried. The poor, the middle class are the sacrificial lambs.General Electric is paying no taxes April 15, 2011. Hope and Change? Certainly hope free.
As someone who used to support President Obama, I write to express my feelings of disappointment in the latest news.
Mike Elk has a nice companion piece to the New York Times story on General Electric paying no taxes after making $14 billion in profits, and in fact getting $3 billion in returns from the government. At the same time that the corporation isn’t giving one penny to the government for use of the commons, they are trying to exact wage and benefit cuts on their own workers.
Why are we middle class and poor being asked to compromise and do more than our part when the corporate USA "rich" get bail-outs from us, and pay NOT their fair share in taxes?
It is my understanding the poor women of D.C. just got not only the short end of the stick, but no "stick" at all in this latest "compromise". The short speech given by President Obama tonight didn't ring true for me. The Washington Monument in the background of the President's speech tonight was "theatre" that was forced and felt “un-genuine”.
From the President’s speech: "Largest Spending Cut in History" is not a cause for pride.Very sad to see President Obama lose his passion for justice.
Use Your Voice to Stop Genocide RI
Genocide will only stop with us demanding it - Our leaders have taught us this
"The most important things belong first, not last or never."
Words of the Earth by Cedric Wright
If you want peace, work for justice
إذا كنت تريد السلام ، أعمل من أجل العدالة
President Obama: 202-456-1111 or 1-800-GENOCIDE
Call President Obama's Comment Phone Line 202-456-1111
A midnight deadline neared for a government shutdown. "I feel strongly that my Republican colleagues are wrong in trying to move toward deficit reduction solely on the backs of working families and the middle class – cutting education and head start, cutting community health centers, cutting the social security administration, cutting LIHEAP and other important programs," Sen. Bernie Sanders said. "In my view, with the wealthiest people in our country doing extremely well, the people on top should also be asked to contribute toward deficit reduction. Further, the idea that the Republicans are prepared to shut-down the government over the funding of women's health care is totally absurd."
I received the text in the email pasted below from my US RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and found the page to sign the petition unclear. Therefore I sent an email to Senator Whitehouse to this address ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~
Subject Line: I stand with saving lives of poor people and the middle class
I clicked the link to sign the petition sent from your office, but when I went to the page, it was unclear. Unclear because the four blanks meant for us to sign didn't designate what to put in the four blanks. I assume the first two blanks are for our first and last names. Just wanted to let you know it needs to be clear what you want in the four blank spaces to sign the petition.
Sandra Hammel Use Your Voice to Stop Genocide RI
Genocide will only stop with us demanding it -Our leaders have taught us this
"The most important things belong first, not last or never."
Words of the Earth by Cedric Wright
If you want peace, work for justice إذا كنت تريد السلام ، أعمل من أجل العدالة
President Obama: 202-456-1111 or 1-800-GENOCIDE
Senator Whitehouse's email message ~
Dear Friend --
This is outrageous. What we are witnessing is a government being held hostage by Tea Party extremists. Extremists so intent on pushing their ideological agenda that they are willing to shut down the Federal Government.
This is no longer about spending. Last night Democrats agreed to $38 billion in budget cuts -- $5 billion more than the original Republican request -- and over three-quarters of the way toward their new request.
Today, Tea Party extremists came back to the table and revealed the real reason they've been holding up the federal budget: Planned Parenthood and Title X funding.
Let me be clear, by law no federal funds go to abortion. None. And they haven't since 1976. The funds in question provide cervical cancer screenings, diabetes testing, breast cancer exams and birth control for over 5 million low-income individuals each year. The Title X program has had such mainstream support that it was even signed into law in 1970 by President Nixon...who said that "no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition."
Title X funding has enjoyed such widespread support because Title X provides basic primary and preventive care for low-income women.
And yet this is the reason we haven't reached a budget deal, because Tea Party extremists think they can use the federal budget to shut down Planned Parenthood.
I hope I can count on you to stand with me and sign the petition to defend Title X women's health services.
I'm standing with a group of Senators who can sustain a filibuster to send a strong message: The federal budget will be about the federal deficit -- not about an extremist ideological agenda.
I will let my fellow senators know that you are standing with us as we stand up for a federal budget that's focused on the deficit --- not extreme ideological agendas.
Sheldon Whitehouse U.S. Senator
P.S. I voted to give up congressional salary during the shutdown, but the Republican members holding up the budget? They did not pass the congressional salary bill. They want to keep getting paid even though a shutdown forces Americans out of work. So I am giving back my salary to stand in solidarity with all Americans whose salaries are being held hostage by the Tea Party's agenda. Join me in standing up to the Tea Party.
I love my life. I love where I live. And I am passionate about my passions. I love to dance. Necessary to live: music, piano, singing, writing, acting, painting.
I have been fighting for and supporting the arts all my adult life. Since 2004, I have been working with other activists to end the Darfur genocide.
I have traveled to Europe many times since my early twenties. Places I have been: many USA states including Hawaii, Montreal, Canada, Barbados, France, Spain, Luxembourg, England, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Germany - and have wonderful memories.
My last trip was in May - June 2013 to Spain.
I would like to travel to Europe and Kyoto, Japan.
I love the southwest where I have visited Hopi, Navajo, Zia and San Idlefonso potters.
Life is exciting and I intend to live it full-out to the end.
B.S. and M.M., both in music
Khartoum, Sudan Stop Genocide Time
RAFA NADAL -BRING BACK LONG PANTS - SLEEVELESS TOPS
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Darfur - The Abandoned Genocide - a video by Sandra Hammel
Want to help? Call 1~800~GENOCIDE
"May I Suggest" by Susan Werner
Satchita - Playing for Change
Stand By Me ~ Playing for Change
Genocide is not only a word,
it is crying of the whole human race.
There is nothing redeeming about being silent
when speaking up is the humane thing to do.
The honor and integrity of the human race is at stake.
"...And these for whom life has no repose, live at times in their rare moments of happiness with such strength and indescribable beauty, the spray of their moment's happiness is flung so high and dazzingly over the wide sea of suffering, that the light of it, spreading its radiance, touches others too with its enchantment..." Hemann Hesse STEPPENWOLF