Directly from the website http://www.deccanherald.com/content/304804/they-cross-dressed-cause.html
"I will step in if I hear offensive speech or views. If I see something wrong happen in front of me, I will create a discussion and talk about my beliefs” Soon after, a discussion was also held with people uninhibitedly sharing personal experiences about day-to-day sexual harassment faced by women.
The initiative — Skirt the Issue — brainchild of publicist Samarpita and Adithya Mallya, which gathered its initial momentum through active Facebook page with over 500 Bangaloreans showing interest, culminated in the Skirt the Issue Walk that had the town talking.
Jay, business analyst, said “I felt free, light and good to walk in a woman’s shoes. Women dress in minimum clothes to confidently express themselves. I realise now it’s a matter of comfort. Men should support this freedom of expression and stop demeaning them. We have stimulated a change in mindsets and our purpose has been served in that aspect”
Added Adithya Mallya “ Clothes and personal attitudes cannot cause sexual assault Don’t waste time highlighting elements that have no importance. Instead address areas which require change.” Observed Deepak, an adman: We joined the issue to share our voice, facilitate an awakening and stir the consciousness of narrow minded. Rape is not always determined by circumstance. It is our duty as men to take responsibility for our unforgivable actions.
Thank goodness for consumer groups who indepently
take it upon themselves to check the safety of products
at the giant retailers like Wal-Mart. Without them, it
appears lead tainted products w/could very likely be
making their way into the hands and mouths of our
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Walmart Removes Lead-Tainted Toys From Shelves, But Only In California By Chris Morran on October 13, 2010 3:27 PM
(Later Wal-Mart did end up pulling the items from all its stores.)
Recent tests by the Center for Environmental Health found lead levels in excess of allowable amounts in toys and baby products sold at Walmart and Target. But while Target has agreed to stop selling the items at all its stores, Walmart has only agreed to pull the products in question from stores in California.
Target has told CEH that it will remove the two high chairs -- the "Broadway" and the "VIP" -- found to contain more than the legal limit for lead. One chair was found to contain 70 times the legal limit.
The CEH's test of products sold at WalMart found high lead levels in a toddlers' bean bag chairs, youth boxing gloves and toy foam beads sold for children's jewelry (all pictured above). The items ranged from more than 3 times to more than 45 times the legal limit.
A rep for Walmart tells the AP that the retail giant is putting a halt to sales of these products in California and from Walmart.com. (Walmart later agreed to pulling the items from sale across the country.)
Says CEH's Research Director:
“We cannot understand how WalMart can continue to sell these lead-tainted products to children in any state, or any country... It's been more than two years since federal law established strict limits to protect children from these kinds of lead threats. Clearly WalMart needs to do better for our families.”
Additionally, the study found high levels of lead in three adult jewelry items -- two plastic necklace cords and a plastic choker.
The California Attorney General's office, which provided a grant to CEH for the study, has contacted the retailers to demand an end to all sales of lead-tainted items. READ MORE
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We are a world interconnected. What goes on in one economy affects other economies. We need to work together ...
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To President Nicolas Sarkozy and the leaders of G20 nations:
"As concerned citizens, we call upon you to cooperate on a bold plan for global economic recovery, focusing on job creation and investment in the future. Cooperative global leadership is necessary to prevent a downward economic spiral and lift tens of millions of people out of poverty."
Straight from Avaaz.org:
This week, we could turn the tide of the global recession which is threatening progress on everything we care about and has already plunged 100 million people back into poverty and unemployment.
Right now, French President Sarkozy, the new chair of the G20 group of the world's largest economies, is deciding the group's agenda. Experts have urged the G20 to urgently halt protectionism and cuts and launch a coordinated global investment plan to save millions.
Former UK PM Gordon Brown has urgently appealed to Avaaz to act -- a wave of public pressure now can persuade President Sarkozy to lead. Click above to watch Brown's appeal, sign the petition, and forward the campaign - it will personally delivered to Sarkozy when we reach 500,000 voices:
From their website:
about the agency.
Rhino neglected afer it broke its horn off
Thank goodness for organizations like the Canada's British Columbia's Society for Prevention of Animal Cruelty. And thanks to the former employees of the zoo who called to have the it investigated for animal abuse and neglect. People need to take responsibility like that and not turn a blind eye toward's the suffering in this world.
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