17 Dec / Protestors Didn’t See This One Coming
Rocks and Tear gas flew through the air, until Thai police did something
no one could have expected
Tune in to almost any news source and you will see huge protests going on in more and more countries across the world. Squared off against them are always “the enforcers” with their armor, helmets and badges. But there is a thrilling new behavior trending — where the actual beings behind these masks are waking up and turning to stand (or sit) with those protesting against political and economic corruption. If every enforcer acts out of fear, then upholding any law can be justified as a job. The risk required to voice an alternative thought can just be too daunting. Yet a growing group of people are demonstrating their allegiance to justice and integrity above government and corporate oppression. There are now “Oathkeepers”, along with “Veterans against War,” and “White Hats” (from the intelligence agencies), all refusing to use their skills for aggression. They are our allies like never before. Many are awakening to their own personal moral compass and responsibility. This trend holds a vital key to the end of corruption. Mandated or not, without enforcers, unjust laws cannot be upheld.
Keep Skateistan Rolling!
What does a 14-year-old Afghan girl dream about for her future? How has skateboarding changed the life of a teenage boy who used to wash cars in the streets of Kabul? How does it feel to ride down a skateboard ramp and start going to school for the first time in one day? How can sport, education, and skateboarding create change? In Kabul, Skateistan’s participants come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and include 40% female students, hundreds of streetworking children, and youth with disabilities. In our skatepark and classrooms they develop skills in skateboarding, leadership, civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts, exploring topics such as environmental health, culture/traditions, natural resources, and peace. The students themselves decide what they want to learn – we connect them with a safe space and opportunities for them to develop the skills that they consider important. Since Skateistan began in 2007 we’ve found that youth of all ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds love to skateboard. Skateistan brings them together, equipping young men and women to lead their communities toward social change and development.
Skateistan has launched a campaign to fundraise for the longevity of their programs. See their progress HERE
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The Truth Behind Every Great Relationship
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Bless The Children Project
Massive modern scientific research provides growing evidence that plant based foods is essential to achieve optimal health, boosts the immune system and supports overall emotional and physical well-being. Foster children and foster youth are SEVERELY lacking accessibility, resources, support and information about health and nutrition in general, and more so: the importance and health benefits of plant based foods. The mission of this project is to educate and empower foster children and foster youth in the US and abroad of the incredible health benefits of plant based foods and sustainable living, and provide them with the tools and resources to live and maintain a healthy life and a healthy future.
A message from co-founder Baruch Inbar…
Our project Bless the Children is now participating at the prestigious GLOBAL GIVING winter challenge! We have until Dec 31 to raise $5,000 from at least 40 donors, and if we succeed, Global Giving will match the amount, and we will also be granted a permanent presence at this global charity online portal, which will allow us to expand our work and reach out to more foster children and youth globally.
Being the conscious community that we all are and who sees the value of this important project, we wanted to ask your support to help us to contribute and reach out to your community of friends and colleagues, inviting them to make a contribution. If 100 people donate $50 each, we can easily reach our goal! Please take a moment and check out our page and support our mission HERE. Thank you so much for your friendship and support! We truly appreciate it.
video of the week
Landfill Harmonic: The world sends us garbage, we send back music
The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor – like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty. Landfill Harmonic follows the orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world. Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.
Free The Nipple
WARNING: If you are offended by the uncensored human body, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO!
Have you ever pondered why it is that you can pick your ear in public but not your nose? Or why it’s okay for a man to be shirtless at the park but not a woman?
We at Elevate are often baffled by the images we see broadcast through mainstream media channels. Somehow it’s become permissible to show a human head being blown to bits by bullets, or women being raped, yet when it comes to showing two people of the same sex kissing, or a woman’s nipple these images are fiercely banned. Oddly, it’s okay to show 99% of a woman’s breast, so long as the nipple covered. Who’s making these rules? Or perhaps the more pertinent question is – who’s keeping these rules in place?
Ultimately these things can be classified as taboo. What is a taboo? According to the dictionary- a taboo is a social or religious custom prohibiting or forbidding discussion of a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing. In other words, when there is no good reason for the prohibition of something, that something is made taboo to prevent truth seekers from digging too deep.
Filmmaker Lina Esco is raising funds to finish and release her new film, Free the Nipple, in theaters. The story tackles censorship and nudity in America and delves into why it’s okay for young children to see extreme acts of violence in movies and video games but including a simple shot of the nipple makes something taboo.
Lina’s marketing campaign has run into numerous censorship issues including Facebook deleting posts and Instagram shutting down the film’s account. Free the Nipple is also on the verge of getting an NC-17 rating (the majority of theaters will not show NC-17 or unrated films). Lina is reaching out to film fans around the world to raise funds for a marketing campaign to ensure Free the Nipple is shown in theaters worldwide.
We’re going out on a limb today in support of our good friends who are taking a bold and courageous stand for women and their nipples. We see this project as a powerful catalyst to launch new dialogues. We’d love to hear from you. Please join the conversation on our Facebook
You can support Lina and Free the Nipple HERE