2011 Sundance film launches movement for equality

The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

For more information visit therepresentationproject.org. 

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Mississippi single mothers poorest in the nation

Shae Hill holds her 3-month-old daughter inside a store May 7, 2009 in Glendora, Mississippi, a highly impoverished town in the rural Lower Mississippi Delta region. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation.  But its status is not without trying to walk away from this title.  Although social services and benefits have allowed the poorest of the poor to receive more food and health care, the ability for Mississippi’s poor to journey out of poverty has been a long and challenging battle.

The Mississippi poor consist of a large population of single mothers — who are working.  Many have graduated from high school but are unable to find a living wage in the small town and rural communities for which they live.

In an article by NPR’s WUBR, “Women and Children Most At Risk in Mississippi,” Carol Burnett, executive director of the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative, discusses the situation in Mississippi, as well as underlying issues and myths.

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Shriver Report website brings issues of women to forefront

The Shriver Report is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary look at how American families live and work today, giving clear insight into one of the most important social trends of our time: the emergence of women into all areas of society.  To view this new website, link here.

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$Millions needed for homeless families in Massachusetts

Lynnicia, 22, and her 15-month-old son, Myshon, were forced to seek emergency shelter after their federal rent subsidy expired and their landlord raised the rent to market rate. With no shelter space available, they were placed in a Brighton motel. Jesse Costa/WBUR photo

Two years ago the state of Massachusetts was distributing $200,000 for families in transition from homelessness.  The program is called Residential Assistance for Families in Transition.  Today, according to the article below, $10 million is require for homeless family assistance.  So, what is going on?  More rental evictions, more long-term unemployment, the end of federal benefits or a spike in rental cost?  For many families, the Great Recession is not over.

WUBR Boston:  Soaring Rents And Stagnant Incomes Leave Record Number Of Mass. Families Homeless

By Bruce Gellerman, Boston NPR News

“… The housing office has contracts with permanent shelters around the state to provide emergency assistance for 2,000 families. In normal times, the safety net works, serving homeless parents and their children under 21. But, Gornstein says, these are not normal times …”  To read the complete article, link here.

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Aljazeera America: At Hotel Louisville, the homeless serve the guests

By E. Tammy Kim, Aljazeera America

Louisville, Ky. – … “Hotel Louisville, 12 stories of brick adorned with a large white cross, is indeed a hotel and event space open to the public. At the same time, it is a transitional-housing facility, substance-abuse recovery center and job-training site owned and operated by Wayside Christian Mission, a nonprofit that shelters and feeds the city’s homeless population.” … to read the complete article, link here.

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PRB: Girl Scouts release first report on the well-being of U.S. girls

By Heidi Worley, Population Reference Bureau

… “The State of Girls shows that many girls do not get a fair start to their futures—especially due to disparities across different racial, ethnic, and income groups—and that many may face important challenges as they transition to adulthood.” … to read the complete article, link here.

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Habitat for Humanity distributes shelter and repair kits after typhoon

Habitat for Humanity has sent building supplies and repair kits to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Habitat photo

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Philippines – More than 5,000 Filipino families have been assisted by Habitat for Humanity after Typhoon Haiyan struck a month ago in the Visayas region of the Philippines. The typhoon, one of the strongest storms recorded in recent history, displaced millions of people and destroyed or damaged more than 1 million homes. The Philippine government’s latest estimates put the death toll at more than 5,700 people.

“We began distributing emergency shelter kids which contain tarpaulins, robe and fixings to help families build temporary shelters,” said Kip Scheidler, Habitat for Humanity’s senior director for Disaster Reduction and Response.  Habitat is also distributing up to 30,000 shelter repair kits containing materials such as plywood, lumber, galvanized metal sheets, hammers, saws and nails, says Scheidler.

“We plan to continue this work and support the long-term recovery of devastated communities,” he said.

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Thirst Project: One billion do not have access to clean drinking water

Actor Pauley Perrette from the NCIS TV show, supports the Thirst Project in Nkamanzi, Swaziland.

Almost 1 Billion on our planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water and proper sanitization. That’s one in every eight of us. 4,400 children die every day from diseases caused by contaminated water. That’s huge. That’s approximately one child every 15 seconds. 80% of all global diseases are water-borne and result from drinking contaminated water. These diseases kill more than 2.2 million people every year.

The average distance a woman walks to collect water is 3.75 miles. The task of water-collecting falls on young girls, leaving them no time or energy for school. Without an education, it is nearly impossible to break the cycle of poverty. Lack of access to water prevents every other element of community development from taking place effectively. Water empowers agriculture, education and micro-finance. Without water, there is no life.

Most people aren’t aware of this situation at all, or simply don’t know just how grave it is. What’s worst is that the water is there. It’s right below the ground, but for most communities in these developing nations, they simply can’t reach it because they can’t afford to drill down to it. Water is a human right! Together, we can raise awareness and build wells. It starts with us. It starts with you.  For more information on the Thirst Project, link here.

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Huffington Post: The worst toys of 2013

ipotty

ipotty by CTA Digital was voted as one of the worst toys this Christmas season.

… The organization recently released its five nominees for the fifth annual TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young children) award for worst toy. In assessing the toy crop, officials from the nonprofit didn’t play around … to read the complete list, link here.

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