Gun Control and Gender Based Violence

I thought it might be interesting to visit this topic in light of the growing “A Billion Rising ” movement (for Gender Equity and Justice) events planned for Feb 14. This is a movement that Eve Ensler inspires and leads, and it is an international one. It is a women’s movement but you don’t have to be a woman to join. You just need to believe that women are not property or commodities..nor sanctioned targets for violence -including date rape. There are flash mobs planned in Los Angeles and other events in the city. All you gotta do is dance. Rise up, strike, dance! For half of humanity! Respect Women!

It’s Sunday morning. Sun shines down upon the city and all feels right in the world. Ah…it isn’t right in the world at all…yet there are sweet moments tinged with promise…

Last night someone asked me what was the best school that I found in my recent journeys. I started to tell her about a public school in Missoula that opens its doors to homeless youth as a welcoming place where very basic food and shelter are provided…and time. Time for boys and girls to shake off shockingly brutal life experiences. Time to heal and to learn to make it in the world without replicating the drug addiction, sex slavery and generalized Dickensian harshness of the lives of their mothers and fathers before them.

Schools that can change the world have to be places where people can feel safe, seen and respected. In essence, the schools provide the space so…

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Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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