Sunday, August 29, 2010
Domestic Violence Awareness, September 30, October 6 and Beyond
8:16 am edt
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Walk for Literacy on Saturday, September 25
6:53 am edt
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Youthful Voting and Action
7:20 am edt
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Countering Violence Against Women, in the U.S. and Beyond
12:15 am edt
An August 7 post mentioned the films of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, who has explored
women's rights in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Earlier this summer, a July 31 New York Times
article, “Afghan Women Fear Loss of Modest Gains,” reported “Those who
have gained a measure of freedom and financial independence see little effort by officials to look out for their future.”
And a severely abused
Afghan woman was pictured on the cover of Time. Richard Stengel of Time wrote, “Our cover image… is powerful, shocking
and disturbing. It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have
her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws. Aisha posed for the picture and says she wants the world to see
the effect a Taliban resurgence would have on the women of Afghanistan, many of whom have flourished in the past few years.”
Activist Orzala Ashraf Nemat of Aghanistan was a Yale World Fellow in 2008.
Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky book and movement puts Afghanistan and violence against women in global context.
. . .
Locally, Domestic Violence Services of Greater
New Haven (DVSGNH) is providing a support group for those wondering how to help their friends, daughters, nieces, sisters.
According to the New Haven Register, “Sometimes those concerned parties call
for legal information. Others want to know how they can best support the victim, and still others want to know how to approach
their loved one about troubling behaviors,” said Sandra Koorejian, director of DVSGNH.
Posts to this blog on July 18, May 14, May 1 and
other instances cited related laws and articles. Please consider supporting the "Stay at Home" Fundraiser of Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
This I Believe and the My Hero Project
7:36 am edt
I recently looked at the website of the My Hero Project, with profiles by and about
figures from different realms, from microfinance guru Muhammad Yunus to Erik Clemons of New Haven and LEAP.
website – which readers may have encountered as NPR listeners – is that of This I Believe. The site contains both decades-old and recent essays on a wide range of beliefs.
Having years ago researched
Chester Bowles – who twice served as U.S. ambassador to India and who also was governor of Connecticut and a Congressman
from this state – I was especially interested in his essay. Evoking FDR (in whose administration he had served following a lucrative advertising career), Bowles
long as two-thirds of the world is ill clad, ill housed, and ill fed, we have no right to relax in comfort.... As long as
people live in fear, I must work with my fellow Americans to create a climate where faith can combat it. As long as cynical
men tell me that freedom can be saved by borrowing the immoral methods of those who would destroy freedom, I must oppose them
and persuade others to do so. I believe that the survival of freedom depends not on blind fate, diplomatic
trickery, or brute military strength, but upon the convictions by which we live. The most fundamental of these is a certainty
that each individual life is a sacred, vital part of the universal whole, and that there is no force superior to the human
spirit. I have seen ample evidence of this in our own day, when the millions of India, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi,
achieved their freedom without violence or bitterness. The growth of our own America has come not from the professional realists,
who never worry of telling us of the things that cannot be done, but from men and women who know the power of great ideals
supported by dedicated, individual effort. I believe that the democratic truths, which our Declaration of Independence once
held to be self-evident, remain just as evident today. Consistent with our heritage, I believe that each of us in his daily
life has the responsibility to reinforce these truths and to help extend them to all people everywhere.”
. . .
The This I Believe
site contains a brief 2006 essay I contributed on "Cushioning Globalization through Global
Families" as well as thousands of other commentaries
that one can browse by theme.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Blood Donors Needed
7:15 am edt
The American Red Cross offers many opportunities for volunteers to donate blood, which is in particular demand during vacation periods when school
and corporate blood drives are limited.
During Red Cross Month, a March 21 post to this blog had discussed related issues.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Literacy, Every Day
6:30 am edt
The Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven is testing its new, still raw website:
Comments and suggestions are invited, before a fuller launch
that will include a Spanish-language version -- and ultimately additional participating organizations:
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Sharmeen Obaid Films
7:41 am edt
I recently revisited the website of Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, who before she was 30 had already made several respected documentaries. She explores topics such as religion,
culture, and human rights in countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
For-Profit Colleges, Risks and Costs for Students and Taxpayers
8:16 am edt