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Has anyone here actually addressed and/or attempted to answer you questions?

1. If one criticizes it, is one a member of the morality police? imo, no.

2. Is one a prude? again imo, no.

3. Is one secretly wanting a big black man with a huge schlong? Speaking only for myself, no.

4. Is one suffering from hysteria? not today, no (again, speaking only for myself).

5. Should one be directed to direct her ire towards more important issues? I am quite capable of chewing gum and walking at the same time.

6.Can one question what it means about our society that this theme is being gobbled up without being accused of being close minded? During Rape Porn Week, while discussing the merits of the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech vis a vis Art, I got a hidden post for telling someone to enjoy their rape porn ... if that tells you anything.
Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Mon Jul 28, 2014, 01:08 PM (0 replies)

"A Mighty Girl"

Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika's design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic."

Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika's nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 -- all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.

Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.

When she started out, Veronika states, “Everybody told me that my business was going to fail -- not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich -- you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong."

And, their impact is growing -- according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, "The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a 'buy one, give one' program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them."

Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we're going to show a lot of people: you think it's outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it's something that we have to do in the future, where it's sustainable, where you invest in people, where they're not interchangeable parts.”

Kudos to this Veronika for her impressive ingenuity and compassionate spirit!

You can read more about Veronika's organization on CNN at http://cnn.it/OO0WGw or watch a short video about her work at http://tinyurl.com/qbe5oeq

To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/

For a wonderful book about women's great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13 at http://www.amightygirl.com/girls-think-of-everything

To show children how one act of kindness can bloom into something much greater, we recommend "Plant a Kiss" for ages 2 to 8 at http://www.amightygirl.com/plant-a-kiss

For more Mighty Girl stories for all ages that emphasize the value of compassion, visit our "Kindness / Compassion" section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/personal-development/values?cat=223

For Mighty Girl stories about the challenge of being homeless, visit our "Homelessness" section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/social-issues/homelessness

For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness at http://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Sat Jul 26, 2014, 01:29 AM (31 replies)

Oranges and Sunshine (2010)

Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunite the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.

Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent history: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Humphreys reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account, and turned worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

She discovered a secret that the British government had kept hidden for years: 130,000 children in care had been sent abroad to commonwealth countries, mainly Australia. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead, and been sent to group homes on the other side of the globe, where many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised "oranges and sunshine"; they got hard labour and life in institutions.

Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:49 PM (8 replies)

spoken like a classic sociopath =

“I don’t have any regrets about the work at all.… I’m okay with myself about everything, and that to me is the most important thing.”

disgusting POS.
Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Tue Jul 22, 2014, 11:15 AM (0 replies)

In Memory of MFM

Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Thu Jul 17, 2014, 09:45 AM (12 replies)

posting here to remind me to see this film, thanks.

Posted by Tuesday Afternoon | Tue Jul 15, 2014, 12:07 PM (0 replies)
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