"If we are to teach compassion for all life
in this world, and if we are to carry on
a real campaign against cruelty, and against
the destruction of our environment, we
have to begin with reaching children."
~ Betsy Seeton
OH MY GOSH! THIS IS CRAZY! PLEASE BAN METHYL IODIDE! I WANT TO EAT TOXIC FREE STRAWBERRIES! I WANT TO EAT TOXIC FREE FOOD. PERIOD.
Methyl iodide is employed by farmers to fumigate the soil before the planting of strawberries. Many strawberry owners insist that its use is critical to producing and harvesting the fruit.
I read, "Methyl Iodide's approval was rushed through in the closing days of the Bush administration (in 2007), ignoring concerns from more than 50 eminent scientists--including six Nobel Laureates in Chemistry." I don't know if that's true ... but I'd like to find out.
I also read: "The science is in. An immediate withdrawal of methyl iodide from the market is the best strategy for preventing adverse effects from this highly toxic pesticide," said Dr. Susan Kegley, Consulting Scientist with Pesticide Action Network North America. Unless U.S. EPA wants to see more groundwater contamination, increased numbers of late-term miscarriages in women who live or work near methyl iodide applications, more thyroid disease, and more cancers, they need to get this dangerous chemical off the market."
If this is true, why is there even a debate about banning this pesticide? I don't want it used near any food I buy. I don't want it used where any food that any friend or family member eats. Here's another quote I read:
"Methyl iodide causes late term miscarriages, contaminates groundwater and is so reliably carcinogenic that it's used to create cancer cells in laboratories. It is included in California's Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer. The pesticide poses the most direct risks to farm workers and neighboring communities because of the large quantities that would be applied to fields and its tendency to drift off site through the air. Use of methyl iodide is anticipated to be similar to methyl bromide and could top 6-10 million pounds a year in California alone."
I'm tired of being exposed to "acceptable levels of toxins" .... I find the whole concept outrageous!
If this is an issue that concerns you, please click on the image below and make your voice heard. Or Google Methyl Iodide and do your own research. Email me and I'll send you some articles and info!
I received this email notification today. It's the first time I've heard of these "sissy camps". The ignorance, fear and closed minds of humans never ceases to amaze me.
STRAIGHT FROM ALLOUT.ORG:
Tell Malaysia's Prime Minister to shut down the anti-gay boot camps immediately
Last week, Malaysia rounded up 66 male students with “feminine qualities” and sent them off to get “fixed” at a government re-education camp. These kids were taken out of school to be brainwashed out of a fear that they “could end up gay or transsexual”.
Even worse, the Malaysian Prime Minister is refusing to act and shut down these “sissy camps”.
Next week we have a major opportunity to let Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak know that the world is watching and he must shut down these camps immediately. On May 6th, he will be in the media spotlight as he heads to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit hoping to build international credibility - and he needs to hear from us.
Will you join the growing chorus of Malaysians and people around the world demanding that the Prime Minister shut down these anti-gay boot camps? If we can quickly get to 10,000 signatures, activists will deliver our letters directly to the Prime Minister at the summit next weekend:
Malaysians have been up in arms since news leaked about the camp2 - and even some government officials are speaking out. The Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, has said the "boot camps" violate Malaysian law3, and a broad coalition of civil society groups are demanding that the government shut them down.
Instead of responding to the overwhelming demand to shut down the re-education camps, the government has ignored criticism, and instead launched a public relations campaign to portray the camp as a wholesome outings.
Schools should be a safe space where children can learn and develop without fear of recrimination for being themselves, not a place to be "profiled" and sent away for re-education. Please sign the petition now, and activists will deliver our letters directly to the Prime Minister at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit next weekend.
All best and All Out,
Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Prerna, Nita, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out
PS - We have only a few days to make sure our voices are heard. Stand with Malaysian activists and ask Prime Minister Razak to shut down the camps.
All Out is bringing people together in every corner of the planet and of every identity - lesbian, gay, straight, transgender and all that’s between and beyond - to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are.
1. Besut boot camp for 66 sissies
2a. ‘Sissy boot camps’ should be abolished, say rights group
2b. Boot camp in Malaysia for effeminate boys slammed
2c. Letter: Terengganu Education Department, are you not listening?
3. ‘Sissy boot camp’ violates law, says Shahrizat
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/sissy-boot-camps-violates-law-says-shahrizat/Our mailing address is:
Purpose Foundation224 Centre St, 6th FlNew York, NY 10013
THE HATE CRIME PERPETRATED AGAINST RENEE POLIS SHOULD SERVE AS A WAKE UP CALL FOR ALL PEOPLE WHO WANT A MORE COMPASSIONATE WORLD
The story of a brutal attack on Renee Polis is all over the news along with a video that went viral, showing the hate crime in action. I couldn't even finish watching the video that was filmed by an employee at the McDonald's where the attack took place. The video shows Renee, a transgender woman, being repeatedly kicked and punched supposedly because she was going to use the women's restroom.
It's heart wrenching to hear about stories like this of humans being so full of anger, hate and judgment. I find the whole idea of hating someone for being transgender or gay an example of the lowest form of human and one that brings a dark cloud over all of humanity. The people who did nothing to intervene share in the darkness and the crime, while people like Vicky Thoms, a true hero in my mind, because she tried to defend Renee against her attackers, shines a bright light of hope. Huge kudos to Vicky Thoms. I would like to shake her hand and offer my thanks for standing up against the ignorant thugs.
Community rallies around victim of McDonald’s attack
By Baltimore Sun
The family of a transgender woman who was attacked in a Baltimore County McDonald's last week thanked the woman who stepped in and tried to help, as more than a hundred supporters gathered at the Rosedale restaurant Monday night. The rally drew together representatives of transgender, civil-rights and faith-based communities in a call to action to stop violence against all people.
"I'll never forget you for this," Renee Polis told Vicky Thoms, who was hit in the face as she stepped between Chrissy Polis and the two teens who were caught on video punching and kicking Polis, and dragging her by her hair until Polis appears to have a seizure. READ THE FULL STORY
I can't even fully digest this sort of talent. It's magical and mystical. An incredible artist friend of
mine, David Higgins, shared this link on Facebook. (Thank you, David.) It will stretch your mind!
This is so brilliant! Enjoy ... :)
You can grab a widget from their website to put on your blog or website. I'm just get acquainted with this website, but so far, it seems like accurate information. It's sad to realize how much toxins are in our food. The public needs to care about this and begin demanding healthy practices on this planet to clean up the air, water and food upon which all life is dependent.
STAY INFORMED ON WORKER CONDITIONS IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY: CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN STRIVES TO IMPROVE WORKING CONDITIONS
This is one of the best organizations I've seen that is focused on improving working conditions in the garment industry. Check out their website and join their email list for updates if this issue is important to you. Click on the image below to enter their site.
IF YOU CAN PROVIDE A HOME
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW OR CONTACT http://www.facebook.com/HelpingOrphanedHoundsAZ
Interested in the learning about Modern Day Slavery? Here are good organizations to check out. Just click on the images below to explore their websites.
By Betsy Seeton
"If we are to teach compassion for all life in this world, and if we are to carry on a real campaign against cruelty, and against the destruction of our
environment, we have to begin with reaching children."
-- Betsy Seeton
One of the best places to nurture the kind of change our world needs, is involving, teaching, and inspiring children. FOR ALL THE ANIMALS offers paid positions for young children ages 8 to 18 who can research, investigate and write about animals and nature. We also want young artists, filmmakers and photographers to apply. Children 7 years old and younger can be our interns.
I imagine a better world when what people value has more to do with what they love doing than about what money can buy. Going after your passions and leading a life inspired by them is central to what drives my own life and is something I encourage others to experience.
"The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious,
awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
~ Henry Miller ~
"By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive.
Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and
accept as something precious what comes back to you from them."
~ Albert Schweitzer
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."