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[12 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]
Ples Felix: Retired Warrior, Teacher of Forgiveness

Ples Felix partners with Azim Khamisa in the work of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF), which they co-founded in 1995 to stop youth violence through education, mentorship, and community service. The two men came together around the murder of Azim’s 20-year-old son Tariq by Ples’s 14-year-old grandson Tony and their mutual recognition that “there was a victim on both ends of that gun.” Ples has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s in Administration in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis. He has worked in the community …

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[11 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]
Gary Barker: The 50% Solution to Gender Violence and Injustice

Gary Barker is founder and executive director of  Promundo, an internationally recognized NGO established in 1997. Promundo works nationally in Brazil, Rwanda, and the US, as well as globally. Its base of operations is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where it carries out community-based work, research, and advocacy to engage men and boys in gender equality; to prevent gender-based violence and violence against children; to reduce homophobia; and to empower and achieve the rights of women and girls. Promundo also serves as global co-Chair and Latin American coordinator of the MenEngage …

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[5 Jun 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
We Are the Wretched of the Earth

We are the Wretched of the Earth
By Malini Mohana, South Africa
Anene Booysen is raped, mutilated, dead.
Let’s tweet, let’s share, let’s “like.”
Ambivalence.
Let’s advertise our poorly veiled apathy through media mindstorms - click click click revolution?
Some people have stood up, they have said “No. No. This is not ok.”
They have written articles in good faith and of good value, that have expressed the right things from a place of intelligence and of empathy.
Here is one and another, and another, and some more.
It has all been said. What is left to say?
What do we do now?
I suppose I could write …

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[4 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Show Her How to Value Her Brain

Lisa Bloom
Los Angeles, United States 
I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time.
Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. I wanted to squeal, “Maya, you’re so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!”
But I didn’t. I squelched myself. As I always bite my tongue when I meet little girls, restraining myself from my first impulse, which is to tell them …