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Dec 10, 2013
Focus: Women
Action Request: Think About
Location: United States

I heard this message and it opened my eyes. I have known several women who have had abortions, and none of them were happy about it.

I've known three women got pregnant through sexual assualt. The one who did not have an abortion is doing much better than the other two, emotionally.

Serrin Foster makes numerous excellent points in this speech, called"The Feminist Case Against Abortion" that women's advocates would do well to pay attention to. At least think it over.

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My oldest friend was concieved when her mom was raped and while all of the women have lingering emotional trauma to this day, and it has been around two decades or more for all of them, she is the only one who is not debilitated by the memories and the pain. When my dear friend was married, or at any of her birthdays, you would never think her presence in her mother's life was a tregedy. Her mother had good things come out of that exreme tragedy as well as the bad, and both are still with her. 

The other two seemed to be okay for years, but the memories of the whole situation came back to them later. Feeling like they had to abort and having the abortion was, it seems, as traumatic as a second rape, at least doubling the intensity of their negative emotions. All they have from that tragic situation is the pain, not only from the rape and the shock of finding out they were pregnant from it, but from the abortion itself and the emotions - the fears that are far worse than actually having the child could ever be - that surrounded it and led to that unfortunate decision.

Neither of two women I've who had abortions are even functional anymore, unfortunately, though initially I guess it looked like they were ok  while my friend's mom at first did not seem ok. She healed, to some degree. The other two evidently only buried their pain, "I am going to pretend this never even happened," which doesn't really heal people. I wish it could, but it can't.

These are a few examples of reasons I believe we should help women find alternatives and support them theough their pregnancy instead. There are more options out there than a lot of people are aware of, and pumping all the energy and resources into the most tragic one is not very helpful. If all the time and energy spent fighting for, funding, and promoting abortion were redirected to rape prevention, education for disadvantaged women and their families, rescuing trafficking victims, and other such causes, the women's movement would:

A. gain a LOT more support and

B. actually get something accomplished. I'm tired of seeing the numbers of victims climb. Aren't you?

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Posted: Dec 10, 2013 10:04pm
Dec 4, 2013

You know, I almost never wear fragrances. It takes me YEARS to get through half a bottle. I've stopped buying them, I am SO not into consumerism and waste. It's VERY important to me not to take more than I need or my fair share. No matter how awesome something like this smells, I say, "And how often will you wear it?" and put it back.
This one sounds pretty darn appealing though, and if I buy it from this site, it supports a really good cause. The Polysha Foundation will use the proceeds to ship much needed clothing, school supplies and hygeine items to Haitian school children.
So, should I stick to my normal anti-consumerism discipline, or is it even a compromise if I get it in this case (and probably use it once or twice a year until it gets lost)?

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Posted: Dec 4, 2013 8:49pm
Dec 3, 2013

Leper is a very unique and ground-breaking band from Chicago. Lives in a community house and proceeds from album sales go to homeless shelter/soup kitchens their commune operates there

The JPUSA community in Chicago was originally started by hippies, during the movement's hey-day, who embraced Christian faith.
Now they run several businesses, continue to live on as little as possible to give as much as posible, and run a homeless shelter that feeds over 50 people a day in Chicago.

Leper is signed on the JPUSA-owned Grrrr Records, which shunns the concet of signing only one genre and instead promote a plethora of unique musical styles.

When he is not touing and making music, Leper's front-man and mastermind Skot Shaw and hisbeloved wife Rachel also participate in JPUSA's charity work.

Say goodbye to the same old thing, you canhear Leper's latest opus here:

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Posted: Dec 3, 2013 6:29pm
Dec 1, 2013

Another cause I am interested in. This man's words were often very thought provoking

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Posted: Dec 1, 2013 11:07pm
Dec 1, 2013

Polysha's shopping site is fixed. All the proceeds go to ship much needed clothing, hygiene items and school supplies to Haitian children so that the can finish their education. All products are natural, herbal products. Try their fragrances for that special someone this Christmas!

Nov 28, 2013
Name: Women of haiti, especially Yves Polycarpe's mother
Type: Tribute (for the living)
To Honor: Other
Location: , Haiti

I have been working on a fiction story loosely based on the backstory behind the Polycarpe Foundation. It is set n modern day Haiti and is dedicated to all the mothers who struggle tokeeptheir kids inschool and make ends meet in that country, and to Mrs. Polycarpe, whose firstname I do not know.
This is the link to pt. 1 of the story.

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Posted: Nov 28, 2013 8:44pm
Nov 25, 2013
Focus: Media
Action Request: Donation
Location: United States

This is a very wonderful band, with vary big hearts. Please help them out! (btw, I am not inthis band)

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Posted: Nov 25, 2013 12:58am
Nov 23, 2013
Focus: Children
Action Request: Various
Location: United States

The polysha Foundation, which is a small, grass-roots charity founded by a Haitian immigrant family in the United States, has introduced a concept they call "The Winner's Circle." This is a method of fundrasing that allows people to take care of their own general basic needs and support a charity at the same time. All the proceeds from the purchase of health and wellness products supports theirmission to give Haitian children - of both sexes - an education. Theliteracy rate in haiti is53% forboys and 51% for girls, whereas the literacy rate inimpoverishedlatin america is over 90%.

Currently, there have been many donations of clothing and school supplies but notenough money to ship them. So, please, join the winner's circle and be part of the team!

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Posted: Nov 23, 2013 7:08pm


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