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Stand with the Maasai

Dear friends,

We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards.The evictions are to begin immediately.

Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention and the storm it created forced the government to deny the plan, and set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he’s revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently.

President Kikwete may not care about us, but he has shown he’ll respond to global media and public pressure — to all of you! We may only have hours. Please stand with us to protect our land, our people and our world’s most majestic animals, and tell everyone before it is too late. This is our last hope:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/maasai_fb_dm_3/?bNDofcb&v=23793

Our people have lived off the land in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. Our communities respect our fellow animals and protect and preserve the delicate ecosystem. But the government has for years sought to profit by giving rich princes and kings from the Middle East access to our land to kill. In 2009, when they tried to clear our land to make way for these hunting sprees, we resisted, and hundreds of us were arrested and beaten. Last year, rich princes shot at birds in trees from helicopters. This killing goes against everything in our culture.

Now the government has announced it will clear a huge swath of our land to make way for what it claims will be a wildlife corridor, but many suspect it’s just a ruse to give a foreign hunting corporation and the rich tourists it caters to easier access to shoot at majestic animals. The government claims this new arrangement is some sort of accommodation, but its effect on our people’s way of life will be disastrous. There are thousands of us who could have our lives uprooted, losing our homes, the land on which our animals graze, or both.

President Kikwete knows this deal would be controversial with Tanzania’s tourists – a critical source of national income – and does not want a big PR disaster. If we can urgently generate even more global outrage than we did before, and get the media writing about it, we know it can make him think twice. Stand with us now to call on Kikwete to stop the sell off:

This land grab could spell the end for the Maasai in this part of Tanzania and many of our community have said they would rather die than be forced from their homes. On behalf of our people and the animals who graze in these lands, please stand with us to change the mind of our President.

With hope and determination,

— The Maasai community of Ngorongoro District

Sources: 

PLEASE REBLOG THIS AND SPREAD THE WORD GUYS. Traditional cultures in East Africa have been getting completely trampled on by the government and barely anyone seems to know or care. And this loss of land isn’t just destroying their livelihood but their entire culture. These really are issues that could actually get some backing if people just freakin’ knew about them, so PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!

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Woman and toddler burnt to death for practicing witchcraft in Chindwara (April 03, 2013)

A woman and her three-year-old son died after they were set afire by their neighbours in Pandhurna in Chhindwara district, about 275kms south east of Bhopal, on Tuesday. The neighbours suspected that the woman was a sorceress.

The victim, Neelu, 25, and her three-year-old son, Shubham, got critical burns. They were rushed to Nagpur for treatment but they succumbed to their injuries on the way. The accused have been arrested.

The incident followed a row between Neelu and an elderly woman, Gunna Bai, living in neighbourhood. Neelu had come to her parents’ house recently.

Her mother and daughter had died recently. She suspected that her neighbour Gunna Bai practiced witchcraft and had termed her a tonhi (sorceress).

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Arkansas Enacts Strictest Abortion Law In The Country

Arkansas Enacts Strictest Abortion Law In The Country

Arkansas has just enacted the most extreme abortion law in the country – barring abortion at 12 weeks.

Despite the Governor’s veto, both chambers of the legislature voted to override, making it illegal to have an abortion after 12 weeks – still in the first trimester and only shortly after most women will have learned they are pregnant. This ban is two months earlier than any other state in the country. And it comes soon after the legislature banned abortion after 20 weeks.

Certain politicians in Arkansas don’t seem to care that this law is unconstitutional. Nor do they care that this law strips women of their ability to make deeply personal reproductive health decisions.

The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision affirmed the right to a safe & legal abortion. However, opponents of abortion in Arkansas disregard this ruling in their effort to both remove the right that Roe affords women and to force the Supreme Court to reconsider the constitutionality of abortion. These bans in Arkansas are one more step in their strategy to make all abortions completely illegal.

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News: Backdown as Catholic Church removes priest

Stood down for a second time … Father Tom Knowles. Photo: Angela Wylie

THE Catholic Church has removed a leading Australian priest who sexually preyed on a disabled and vulnerable woman in NSW.

In an embarrassing U-turn, the Melbourne Archdiocese has removed Father Tom Knowles from one of the nation’s busiest churches just weeks after reinstating him.

The move comes after revelations by Fairfax Media last month that a confidential church inquiry had found he had an improper sexual relationship with disabled woman Jennifer Herrick for 14 years in NSW.

As a result of this inquiry, Father Knowles was put on administrative leave for 16 months but was returned to active ministry in January.

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When Religion Becomes Emotional Abuse

*Deivantart still doesn’t have a share option for WordPress yet, so I am force to copy everything, to make that clear.

Also I’m providing clear credit to the author of what I’m posting, a link to the original journal post by the author herself

[Original Journal Entry]

by *MadamMichi

I never thought I would find a scarier version of Christian indoctrination then Jesus Camp ([link]). Then I found the video below. It make’s Jesus Camp look absolutely harmless. Oh yeh and they specifically target non-christian children between the ages of 4 and 12 ; or children who aren’t the “right type” of Christian.

Make sure you watch the whole thing. It isn’t lying. It is all factual. This is what these “school clubs” actually teach to children right after the last bell rings… in public schools. You may have to pause the video in some areas to read what it says.

Their curriculum is so terrifyingly horrendous that it nearly brings me to tears at the thought of any child having to hear these things from an adult they trust and believe.

I usually disagree with the statement “Religion is child abuse” but it’s ministries like these that make me second guess my opinion. Anyone who can’t see how these ministries could be emotionally traumatic either didn’t watch the whole video (which uses only the ministries own books and words) or is indoctrinated into this horrifying cult of unnecessary guilt, punishment, and pessimism themselves.

If my child ever where to hear these things. I would take them in my arms, hold them tight, and tell them that everything was ok. That they aren’t an evil person. That every human being makes mistakes, none of us are perfect.

I’d hug my child and tell them: “Even when you pout, even when you slam a door because you’re mad, even when you complain about the food that is given to you (all things the curriculum says are worthy of eternal torture) I love you completely. I may not like these things but they are ok, they are emotional reactions and everyone gets them. Sometimes even Mommy raises her voice when she’s mad. You are a wonderful little boy (or girl), my little boy and you’ve done nothing wrong. You try your best to treat others the way you want to be treated, you even help Mommy when she volunteer’s at (-Insert volunteer place here- because my kids will be doing that from a young age). You are fine just the way you are. Just keep trying your best at all you do and always try to do the right thing. I love you soooooo much. Ok? ”

Anyone who even attempts to emotionally abuse my child like this would get an earful and if they managed to abuse my child before I could shield them from it and it caused my child even a hint of emotional distress I can’t say I wouldn’t punch the person in the face…hard. No one will fuck with my kids on such an emotionally or physically traumatic scale such as this.

Now I’ll say plainly enough that I believe these “clubs” should not be allowed in school. I agree completely agree with Justice Stevens’s dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court Case that allowed these clubs into schools:

“Distinguishing speech from a religious viewpoint, on the one hand, from religious proselytizing, on the other, is comparable to distinguishing meetings to discuss political issues from meetings whose principal purpose is to recruit new members to join a political organization. If a school decides to authorize afterschool discussions of current events in its classrooms, it may not exclude people from expressing their views simply because it dislikes their particular political opinions. But must it therefore allow organized political groups—for example, the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, or the Ku Klux Klan—to hold meetings, the principal purpose of which is not to discuss the current-events topic from their own unique point of view but rather to recruit others to join their respective groups? I think not. Such recruiting meetings may introduce divisiveness and tend to separate young children into cliques that undermine the school’s educational mission. School officials may reasonably believe that evangelical meetings designed to convert children to a particular religious faith may pose the same risk.”

And Justice Souter’s dissenting opinion:

“It is beyond question that Good News intends to use the public school premises not for the mere discussion of a subject from a particular, Christian point of view, but for an evangelical service of worship calling children to commit themselves in an act of Christian conversion. The majority avoids this reality only by resorting to the bland and general characterization of Good News’s activity as ‘teaching of morals and character, from a religious standpoint’. If the majority’s statement ignores reality, as it surely does, then today’s holding may be understood only in equally generic terms. Otherwise, indeed, this case would stand for the remarkable proposition that any public school opened for civic meetings must be opened for use as a church, synagogue, or mosque.”

You can watch another more investigative like video linked to me by ~Mephistophilez

I also hope to get and read this book since it seems interesting: [link]
And here’s a short interview with the author:

[Original Journal Entry]

by *MadamMichi

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