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Mar 11, 2012
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Boycott
Location: United States

Imagine approximately 32,000 cows being used as entertainment, and all are stalled in spots where all they do is eat hay/grains and poop in the same spot they eat. They don't graze naturally, nor do they walk much except only to get milked. That's kind of gross. All in the name of making an extra buck.


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these are the same type of cows that also get injected with extra antibiotics to prevent infection, which makes humans who consume this very milk prone to be antibiotic resistant, which leads to MRSA outbreaks...

I also hope that they don't use hormones to get more milk. I'm also questioning how they get so many calves born at the farm, when, as their slogan states, "no bull here".

Yet the liberals get called "unnatural"...

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Posted: Mar 11, 2012 10:54pm
Sep 30, 2011
Focus: Children
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: Wisconsin, United States

Dear friends and supporters,

 

We have a huge update on April's Law Wisconsin, which is currently AB-136 in the Criminal Justice and Corrections committee.  Representative Bob Turner has requested the chair, Representative Gary Bies to hear AB-136 to move it onto the next phase.  Let's give Rep. Turner a big huge thank you.

 

Madison Office

Room 109 North

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

 

Telephone

(608) 266-0731 Or

(888) 529-0061

 

Email

Rep.Turner@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

 

Now, lets write to Rep. Bies and encourage him to hear AB-136 in committee so we can get this into law!  We've come a long way, and the light at the end of the tunnel is bright!  Please write or call today to encourage this important piece of legislation to be heard today!

 

Madison Office

Room 216 North

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708

 

Telephone

(608) 266-5350

 

Email

Rep.Bies@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

A big thank you to all of you who've been with us all this time, and for those who are new to the cause!  Please keep up the awesome work.  We get this heard, and ALW comes to a vote in the Assembly!

 

Sincerely,

Lika Saliscente - Founder of Youth Voice Initiative

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011 12:38pm
Aug 3, 2011
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Write Letter
Location: United States

Anyway, April's Law went to the Criminal Justice & Corrections Committee as AB 136.  Good.  But, the almighty CJ&C committee is sitting on it...  It was drafted by Rep. Cory Mason (D) and former Senator Lehman (D) both from Racine.  But now Lehman isn't here.So, if people could, please contact these State Representatives, if at all possible, just to press them to hear the cause for April's Law Wisconsin.  It helps if you are a constituent, but, any pestering has to help at this point.

 

Here is the list:

Garey Bies (R)-    Sister Bay, WI                                       

Madison Office

Room 216 North

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-5350

Email

Rep.Bies@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

Andre Jacque (R) - Bellvue, WI

Madison Office

Room 9 West

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-9870

Email

Rep.Jacque@legis.wi.gov

 

 

Steve Kestell(R) -Elkhart Lake, WI

Madison Office

Room 15 West

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-8530 Or

(888) 529-0027

Email

Rep.Kestell@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

 

 

Edward Brooks (R) - Reedsburg, WI

Madison Office

Room 20 North

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-8531 Or

(877) 947-0050

Email

Rep.Brooks@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

 

Scott Krug (R) - Cedar Rapids, WI

Madison Office

Room 316 North

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-0215 Or

(888) 529-0072

Email

Rep.Krug@legis.wi.gov

 

 

Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R) - Fon du Lac, WI

Madison Office

Room 16 West

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-3156 Or

(888) 529-0052

Email

Rep.Thiesfeldt@legis.wi.gov

 

 

Frederick Kessler (D) - Milwaukee, WI

Madison Office

Room 302 North

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-5813 Or

(888) 534-0012

Email

Rep.Kessler@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

 

Robert Turner (D) - Racine, WI

Madison Office

Room 109 North

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-0731 Or

(888) 529-0061

Email

Rep.Turner@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

 

Gary Hebl (D) - Sun Prairy, WI

Madison Office

Room 120 North

State Capitol

P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708

Telephone

(608) 266-7678

Email

Rep.Hebl@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

 

Whether snail mail, email or phone message, here is a sample message, and if you call, make sure you smile and are polite.  They can hear those smiles.

 

Dear Representative (Insert Name);

 

Hi, my name is (state your name), and as a concerned parent (and/or) constituent I would like you to support AB136, aka April's Law, to protect our children from sex predators on and offline.  Our kids are NOT for sale, and they deserve to be properly protected against those who sexually prey on them.

 

It is important to ensure that these people get maximum punishments, by not going easy on them.  (Now would be a good place, to show how many sex offenses in your city has happened against our children, and feel free to share other stories personal to you, w/o naming names about the victims).

 

For more information, please visit www.youthvoiceinitiative.org or contact Lika, the founder of Youth Voice Initiative - lika.yvi@gmail.com  to speak at the hearing.

 

Thank you so much for your time!

 

Sincerely,

 

(Your Name)

 

 

 

Thank you again, and please share this with everyone you know, especially if they live in Wisconsin, more so if they are in the district!  Thanks!

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Posted: Aug 3, 2011 12:41am
Jun 8, 2011
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Celebration
Location: United States
Hi All!  It's been a long road, and I want to thank you all for bearing with me, and even if we don't agree on the personal level, that you've been supportive of the cause.  I've got great news about April's Law!

All of our hard work has finally paid off.  After getting the details of the budget bill ironed out, a new bill will be introduced to the Assembly.  April's Law is now AB 136, under review of the Criminal Justice & Corrections Committee.  After this has gone through the committee and the Assembly irons out the budget bill, it will go to the floor to be voted on.

I want to send Rep. Cory Mason a HUGE thank you for supporting, drafting and sponsoring AB-136, which is the new April's Law Wisconsin.  I encourage everyone else to do so as well.

Madison Office Room 6 North
State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone (608) 266-0634 Or
(888) 534-0062

Fax (608) 282-3662
Email Rep.Mason@legis.wisconsin.gov

And for all of your help & support, thank you too.  Just because it's been a victory so far, I'd like to invite everyone to Wilson's Coffee & Tea in West Racine, on Saturday, June 18 at around 3pm.  It's okay if you can't be there, I'll be there with a book, just in case.

 

This may not have happened if it weren't for my readers supporting the cause.  For being you, patient, vigilant, and everything good, I sincerely thank everyone for their loyal support on getting April's Law Wisconsin pushed to being AB-136.  I'm looking forward to it becoming a real law on the books.  I will keep you posted.

Until next time, peace out.

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Posted: Jun 8, 2011 1:33am
May 12, 2011
Focus: Children
Action Request: Phone Call
Location: United States
I had my phone meeting with Senator Wangaard at around 2:30 this afternoon.  I was pleasantly surprised that he is so willing to talk to constituents.

 

Anyway, as April's Law is reading right now, there are a couple of things that he doesn't agree with, such as defining the adult vs. the minor child, and currently in Wisconsin, anyone under 17 is NOT allowed to consent to sex, and he doesn't want the 16 year old girlfriend and 17 year old boyfriend, who are high school sweethearts, probably going to marry some day, ending up being arrested.  So I asked if in the discussion part of it, if he could possibly add the 4 year clause, because April's Law is NOT meant to cover consenting young couples because there is NO intent of the older one to kidnap, rape, traumatize, and worse to the younger partner.  April's Law is to push against those who are actual child predators.

 

Senator Wangaard also feels that in general, the judges do hand out the maximum sentences, and wants to ensure that criminals don't get let out early, just to save a buck and jeopardize the public.  I agree about the early release.  On the other hand, I don't feel that there is much uniformity in how child perpetrators get punished.

 

If at all possible, please call or write him, in support of April's Law, that you'd like to see it put forth as a law, to protect our children.  If you don't know what to say, here is a sample of what you may say or write to him.

 

Dear Senator Wangaard,

My name is _________.  *I am constituent, and would like to urge you to support April's Law Wisconsin.*  Please make what ever amendments and exclusions fit to make it a good bill to protect our children here in Wisconsin.

Thank you for your concern for our children, and for working so hard to make our community a better place for all citizens, including our most helpless.

Sincerely,

Your Name.

*if you are NOT a constituent yet support it, - say - *I am not a constituent, but I have (grandchildren/nieces/nephews) who are constituents, and I'd like to urge you to support April's Law Wisconsin in their honor.*

 

Right now, he's waiting to see what comes out of Rep. Cory Mason's office, and I would really like this to be a non-partisan issue.  If you could take a couple minutes, I would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you in advance!  Here is the contact info for Wisconsin State Senator Van Wangaard:

Madison Office

Room 319 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone (608) 266-1832 Or
(866) 615-7510

 

Email Sen.Wanggaard@legis.wisconsin.gov
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Posted: May 12, 2011 1:43pm
Mar 8, 2011
Focus: Children
Action Request: Petition
Location: Wisconsin, United States

Maybe I'm being too harsh on the governor.  I don't think so.  This "Budget Repair Bill" is a total disaster.  It really is.  We all realize that over spending is always a problem.  And each party thinks what is good or bad about what is being spent on.  But lets face it.  Yanking money from the state's poorest isn't going to help the situation, because those w/o health coverage will utilize ER's more often, driving UP the health care costs.  So it's actually less expensive to use the medicaid program, to allow people to make appointments with primary physicians for preventative medicine vs. visiting the ER to get a pound of cure.  Our education system is already in sad shape.  Half of the developing world is equal to passing US up educationally.  Yet education will get a severe cut also, putting a higher burden on local tax payers, and we're already broke as it is, here in S.E. Wisconsin.  We don't have enough jobs, people are losing their homes, and now this.

 

Anyway, because now the Governor wants to just shove through the bill, without any discussions, compromise, nothing.  We have 14 Senators who protested by leaving so quorum won't be met.  So, now the Senate is defunct, and the Governor is barking out orders like a dictator.  Why can't both sides just work together for all people of Wisconsin?  I don't know...

 

Here is the part that makes me angry though, is because right now, the legislature isn't moving anything.  So, while the governor is playing a power game with the senators and won't budge, April's Law Wisconsin, which is two years in the making, is at a stalemate because of this whole mess.  While it may go to the assembly, the likelihood of it making the state senate looks really slim right now.  It's sad, because we have a draft.  So it boils down to money, an inanimate object, is more important than protecting children from sex predators on and offline.

 

We can fix the situation.  Rectify it.  Really.  Governor Walker needs to work on bipartisan issues, and when it comes to a split, make a compromise.  I am asking everyone to write to Governor Walker, to please go ahead and either start negotiating or drop the "Budget Repair Bill" until next year.  Lets unite for the children instead.  Aren't our precious resource worth it?  Children = future.  Lets keep them safe.  Here is Governor Walker's contact information:

Email

govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

 

Mail

Office of Governor Scott Walker

115 East Capitol

Madison WI 53702

 

Phone

(608) 266-1212

 

Please also write to Senator Wangaard regarding April's Law Wisconsin - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/aprils-law-wisconsin/ - sign the petition while you're there, please.

 

sen.wanggaard@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

Please let them know that the power struggle games need to stop, and we need to come together as a state, and leader in the nation to protect our children.  Don't let Walker undo the health care reform that Tommy Thompson put in place.  After all, former president Bush was so impressed with the Thompson plan of W2, it should be good enough for Scot Walker.

 

April's Law is in jeopardy of being put on the back burner, because of the power struggle on the budget bill.  We need Governor Walker to negotiate and Senator Wangaard to sponsor it in the senate.  We are citizens and voters, who believe we need to be heard and represented to protect the children, or we're allowing the child sex offenders off the hook.  Thank you in advance for your help, I can't do it alone, and you can help make this happen.

 

A huge thank you to Rep. Cory Mason for drafting April's Law Wisconsin.  He is truly an asset to the cause for the children.  See below to view the current draft, we may be adding something for kidnapping, and possibly a clause to exclude high school sweethearts, with a 4-5 year exemption, since in that case, peer rape is a crime on it's own, and consent in this instance is not an issue.  We're talking about predators preying on our children.  Thanks again!

 

Please forward to all your friends, especially those who live in Wisconsin.  We need your help.  Please continue to sign April's Law Wisconsin Petition - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/aprils-law-wisconsin/

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Posted: Mar 8, 2011 3:35am
Dec 7, 2010
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
This is the final day for the Male Abuse Awareness week for this year. Thank you to everyone who has been reading, signing the petition and passing it around. Action is still needed, so please keep signing and passing around this important petition.

I want to thank Grandma Elizabeth for sharing the story about baby Sean, who died at the hands of his mother, simply for being a boy. For more information, I'd like to direct everyone to YVI's website page dedicated to the Sean's Voice cause: http://www.youthvoiceinitiative.org/Sean_s_Voice.html

In this section, you will read about how the mother systematically abused her baby, along with the boy's father, whom would try repeatedly to escape with his children, yet would end up incarcerated because the mother would get hysterical and blame the father for the whole thing. It was the worst case of male abuse by a female, and because the police lacked training to understand the situation, and the myths involved that men can't be abused, she was believed, and who knows what happened when the father wasn't home to protect the child.

If, after reading the story, you're not compelled to sign the petition to ensure that our men get equal safety under the law, please sign the Sean's Voice petition to bring emergency shelter, support and services to our unacknowledged survivors of abuse, our men, who currently have little to nothing for them. Here is the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/a-new-perspective-the-unacknowledged-abuse-survivors/

Please continue to pass the petition around. If you would like to do more, please feel free to email me at lika.yvi@gmail.com - and you don't need to be a public voice, there is plenty to do behind the scenes.

If you haven't already, please check out Michael Skinner Music: http://www.mskinnermusic.com/mskinner.html You will find a lifting experience, along with comradeship while there. I encourage all to go, especially if you're recovering from abuse, male or female.

Another good website is the Children Without a Voice website, which will give you a lot of information about how abuse of all kinds affects children. Please give them a look: http://www.childrenwithoutavoiceusa.org/cms/

These are great organizations, and if you could, please at least give encouraging comments to them. Abuse doesn't take a holiday, and often the stress that comes with the holidays make it worse, so please, keep signing the petition. Here is in honor of baby Sean - the Sean's Voice Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/a-new-perspective-the-unacknowledged-abuse-survivors/
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Posted: Dec 7, 2010 12:40am
Dec 3, 2010
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Think About
Location: United States
Here are some facts and figures regarding male abuse, and I hope that this will help dissolve some misconceptions.

Please have a look at the Male Survivor Website - http://www.malesurvivor.org/myths.html

I hope this helps with what is the real truth, and to ensure that we don't discriminate against our abused men, who are currently pretty isolated.

Here is some news for Male Survivor from my friend and talented musician Mike Skinner on the topic of Survivorhood -


The Surviving Spirit Newsletter Nov 2010




The Surviving Spirit Newsletter – Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts -

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. - Kahlil Gibran

Hello Folks, .. .. .. Nov 2010

Greetings and my best to all - it is hard to believe that November is almost over and soon we will be entering into a New Year. I hope this latest newsletter finds you to be in a good place, I know that the holidays can be a difficult time to go through for so many. Hopefully, with this month’s sharing of resources and information, it may help those of you who struggle through this season of the year – personally, it has always been a difficult time for me.

We can also experience great joy at this time of year, and yet, sometimes the slightest trigger of painful thoughts, feelings or memories from the past can send many into a downward slide. The good news, there are all kinds of ways and resources to help us cope and move past these debilitating feelings and memories. If you are struggling, please reach out; please do not be alone in your pain. Take the time to treat yourself to something nice - because you deserve it. You can also visit our website Resources Section for a variety of resources to help you; these website links can lead you to all kinds of hope, healing and help - http://survivingspirit.com/..resources.html

Our thanks to Alison Rogers for sharing these insightful resources that help create awareness and education regarding concerns around the holidays for those who struggle with PTSD and depression – this information can also help their family and friends.

PTSD and the Holidays - http://www.sidran.org/pdf/..PTSDandholidays.pdf

State of Grace - An Adult Child Abuse Survivor's Guide to the Holidays –

http://gracedavis.typepad.com/..i_am_dr_lauras_worst_nigh/..2009/11/a-child-abuse-..survivors-guide-to-the-..holidays.html

Sometimes just the simple act of sharing your story with someone can be one of the most powerful tools for healing – it is exciting to be able to share some great resources that can help you in that process. Maybe these sources of inspiration can lead you to some of your own ideas to help not only yourself, but to also help others – just as these kind and caring folks and organizations are doing with their respective works and advocacy.

1] Meghan Caughey has founded a new arts organization called VISIONS: A.R.T.- Art for Resilience and Transformation - VISIONS will inspire persons who have lived experience of mental health challenges to create art that expresses their unique stories, creating opportunities to educate, inform, and transform public perception of what it means to have mental health challenges.

You can learn more at - http://www.visions-art.org/

Meghan recently received “The Howie the Harp Award” at the Alternatives 2010 Annual Conference - “Promoting Wellness Through Social Justice”. This distinguished award is given each year to someone who best exemplifies social change in using the creative arts. Meghan is someone who I not only think of as a ‘Surviving Spirit”, but also a gentle spirit and she gives so much to so many in her creative advocacy efforts - so a well deserved award. You can learn more about the Alternatives Conference at:

http://www.power2u.org/..alternatives2010/index.html and “The Howie the Harp Award”

at: http://www...alteredstatesofthearts.com/..index.htm - then click on News and Info.

2] Gayle Bluebird who has been ‘in the trenches’ for so long in helping and inspiring so many was also honored recently with a VOICE Award. The VOICE awards are given annually by SAMHSA [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration] to honor movies, TV shows, and stars that portray mental illness in a positive light. They also present six consumer advocate awards. This year Gayle was one of them [and justly so], along with a few others you may know; Laverne Miller, Janet Paleo, Moe Armstrong - who received the Lifetime Achievement Award [way to go Moe!!], Fred Freese, Clarence Jordan and Lorrin Gehring [for the youth award].

I am one of those who Gayle has helped to inspire in my own creative advocacy endeavors; she has been a friend, a peer, mentor and so much more. Please visit the NASMHPD [National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors] website to read her bio and her acceptance speech along with pictures of the event – just scroll down to - Recent updates and Information:

http://www.nasmhpd.org/..consumernetworking.cfm

3] Ed Pazicky, Coordinator and Webmaster for Altered States of the Arts – “Promoting Recovery Through Art’ is looking for artists to display their creative efforts at the website - www.alteredstatesofthearts.com Ed is another one of those caring people who helps so many others, just visit the website to see this in action. He’s also posted Gayle Bluebird’s above mentioned award and information – scroll down to Bluebird’s Words. Please contact Ed at - edpazicky@comcast.net

4] Corinna West is gathering recovery stories and recovery poems to post on her website for Poetry for Personal Power. Corinna’s words sum it up best – “I would love to feature works from people across the country.” Please contact her at:

Corinna West, MS, CPS Creative Director, Human Hand Wordworks

PO Box 172351, Kansas City, KS 66117 816-392-6074

http://corinnawest.com/ corinnawest816@gmail...com

5] Draw That Beast is an online art project. People are welcome to submit original artwork (drawings, paintings, montages, photos) of how depression visually looks to them. Anyone is welcome to join in; it is not an art competition. If you can't draw, then take a photo or compile some pictures together that have some meaning to you. If words fit best, then that is ok too. http://drawthatbeast.blogspot...com/

Submit by email: drawthatbeast@gmail.com
Submit by post:
Draw that Beast,
PO Box 7043, Watson ACT, AUSTRALIA 2602

6] Christopher De Serres has created a powerful medium for the millions of sexual abuse survivors out there who want to tell their stories - many of whom feel isolated and unable to express the deepest pain in our lives. The “My Name Is Project” is there to provide a survivor a way to express it via video sharing. All of the information and resources to help you in this worthwhile endeavor are posted at –

Chris and his wife Ophelia are also the founders of (Wo)Men Speak Out™ - a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating violence against both genders. They seek to educate both men and women, cultivating healthy relationships and gender equity. Learn more at - http://www.womenspeakoutnow...com Chris also took part in the recent Oprah Winfrey shows about males who were sexually abused as children.

7] Lauren Leigh, mental health activist and founder of “On the Borderline” [and fellow NH resident!!] is looking for your videos about your experiences while living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Please include all of your relevant links in the email – e.g. your You Tube channel, Facebook or Myspace profile, your blog, etc and send to – contact@ontheborderline.org

To learn more, please visit Lauren’s sites at - http://ontheborderline.org/ and

http://www.youtube.com/..ontheborderline30

8] Sharon Wise is now holding first readings for people interested in her hit play, "Meet me on the Moon". She’s looking for two females and one male actor to be a part of this creative effort – so if you are in the Washington, DC area, please contact her at

Skype - 202-460-2753 or by e-mail at - thehouseofsharon@msn.com

I have been fortunate to experience Sharon’s powerful dance renditions and her equally impressive art creations, so I can’t wait to see this play.

9] Kate Swift’s book - “This Tangled Web” is one woman’s journey from victim to survivor. It is the untangling of a web created by the pain of childhood sexual abuse. The author brings you to the center of the web through her poetry and art, allowing you to see the journey through her eyes.

http://www.thistangledweb.co...uk/kate-swift-book.htm

10] Chipmunka Publishing’s catalog of mental health books gives a voice to writers with mental illness around the world. They help to raise awareness of mental health and the stigma surrounding mental health problems by encouraging society to listen. They are offering 45 Free E books to download from their website, learn more at - http://www...chipmunkapublishing.co.uk Click on specials and then e books.

I would like to close by sharing this quote from Albert Einstein - “Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.” I truly believe that all of you who are mentioned in these newsletters and those who graciously receive them exemplify this quote – Thank you for what you do in helping others.

Please keep the Surviving Spirit in mind for your next event when you need a talented and inspirational keynote or workshop presenter. Please visit our Speakers’ Bureau for all of your needs - http://survivingspirit.com/..Speakers_Bureau.html

You can help the Surviving Spirit in its Mission to help others with your Time, Treasure or Talent. To learn more please visit - http://survivingspirit.com/..donate.html

Take care, Mike

ps. Please share this with your friends & if you have received this in error, please let me know.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

A diagnosis is not a destiny.

www.survivingspirit.comHealing the Heart Through the Creative Arts

Speakers’ Bureau - http://survivingspirit.com/..Speakers_Bureau.html

www.mskinnermusic.com - Hope, Healing, & Help for Trauma, Abuse, & Mental Health through music, resources, & advocacy

www.new.facebook.com/profile...php?id=635415804%20 Facebook - for friends, music, & advocacy!!

Mike Skinner

"BE the change you want to see in the world." Mohandas Gandhi



Please don't forget to sign the Sean's Voice Petition to ensure that our guys who are enduring and suffering abuse issues can get access to emergency shelter, support, and services to overcome and become the survivors we all need to be. Please click this link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/a-new-perspective-the-unacknowledged-abuse-survivors/

Thank you for your continued support!

Lika & YVI
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Posted: Dec 3, 2010 12:59am
Dec 1, 2010
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

The P. Luna Foundation, a California 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization is proud to present the

3rd Annual Male Abuse Awareness Week Campaign, December 1st through 8th, 2010!

This is an important awareness campaign to encourage young males who are victims and survivors of abuse to seek help before they grow up to become the abusers. We also provide men of all ages a huge list of help resources and communities. This is how we can all help stop many cases of child abuse, domestic violence, drug addiction and suicide before they start.

Oprah Winfrey embraced this cause last month with a landmark double episode where 200 sexually abused men came forward. Of the 200 men that showed up, 80% had admitted to contemplating suicide because they were not able to come out about their past abuse and seek help. The taboo of this cause has to end!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxRKMdUnWvA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur-xEpwN68g&NR=1

To learn more about this year’s 2010 campaign, check out this video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZhDGP0wQm8&feature=player_embedded

Or, see the Official Male Abuse Awareness Web Site:

http://help4guys.org/

JOIN THE SHOW DECEMBER 5th!
The PLF's founder, Petra Luna, and Lisa from Power Of Mind Online Counseling, will be on the Internet talk radio show, "Current Events with Patrick Cook"!

They will be discussing Male Abuse Awareness Week Sunday, December 5th, at 4PM CST and 2PM PST (U. Click here to tune in or download; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/profile.aspx?userurl=currentevents

Patrick’s blog: http://tailormadetalkradio.blogspot.com/

Lisa’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iXQgKhho3U&feature=player_embedded

Other MAAWeek activities are being held by foundation volunteers!

A Male Abuse Benefit event in NYC by volunteer Justine;

December 03, 7-9PM, Space on White, 81 White St, Studio 4 New York, NY 10013

A TV appearance in Georgia by volunteer Darrell;

A male survivor will be discussing the MAAWeek campaign, Dec 7th at 8:30 am, on WCAG TV-33.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzevFwss9GU&feature=player_embedded

To see our wildly popular Annual Slide Show Video for 2010, with beautiful ladies supporting the cause;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktr91xS43Ro

Thanks ladies!

We also want to thank volunteers Ange and Don for the great graphic images that were created for the 2010 campaign.

THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED for our families, communities and future.

Any helpful donations and/or ideas for the annual campaign are welcome. You can also help by forwarding this email to the people on your email list.

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Barbara Ochoa aka Petra Luna

Executive Director, P. Luna Foundation

Leader of the War On Abuse Movement

www.plunafoundation.org

www.petraluna.com

 

 

Please continue to sign the Sean's Voice Petition, sponsored by Youth Voice Initiative, to ensure that our abused men get equity in emergency shelter, support and services to become survivors in the community. Here is the link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/a-new-perspective-the-unacknowledged-abuse-survivors/


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Nov 10, 2010
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I don't know about some of these people... I've been asked, over and over again, about how long it takes to get a law changed or amended and what have you, and why it takes so long to do it. There have been enough people inquire, so I figure it must be more than just a good question, so I'll answer that too, along with appeasing some of you drama whores who seem to think the only way to be an advocate is to meet face to face with the victim. While I admire people who do it on a daily basis, because I know what it entails... I used to work as a crisis counselor for a shelter, and I've dealt with them face to face.

So, to answer the question... it's all about the system, and how the legislature works. Sometimes, it's a group of people, say the PTA of your state, or the Democratic Party, or whom ever, comes up with a laundry list of things they'd like to see for their group. So they either write up a proposal, or if familiar enough with the lingo, write a proposition and take it to their representatives. Mind you, usually there is at least a few people from the same area, and they have other people in other areas doing the same thing... So the politician looks at it, thinks about it, and decides if they want to take it from there... Now, if they decide to take it further, it has to be the right time of year to do something about it. Usually, the January of the first two year cycle is the best time to talk, since all of their other fruits of the labor are in process of being discussed, and they'll need new ones to take over in the future. The ones they had ready, but not introduced will go in the second year. In the mean time, after they come to a vote in March.

In about April to June, they will come back to ask a few questions about what it is you want, and how you'd like it executed. So there is that appointment. They take it back to their staff, and between you and them, there's research to be done about what is already in place vs. what needs to be changed. Fall starts and they will get back into their legislative places. If the draft was easy, you'll be able to maybe get it in within the year, and it will be introduced the following January, along with the stuff that didn't make it the first session. (Just remember, the legislative session goes for about 2 years, from January to January.) We are starting a new session this upcoming January, to where April's Law will be introduced.

Anyway, if your piece of legislative amendments or new bill is not so easy to draft up, it goes to a group of researchers that will do an estimated study on how it's going to be written up, how much the projected costs will be, how feasible it will be indefinitely, maybe make adjustments on it, get back with the constituents that proposed it, see if it's okay, draft the final copy, and then this is when it's ready. Because in the fall, there's the other stuff like the legislative budget, new items aren't introduced until January, because it's this quarter where it all happens, as far as we're concerned. It's the January to March/April where the voting on laws go on. They take a late spring break, work from their home offices in the summer, and then go back in the fall to talk and vote on shop work, and during this fall session, they campaign also, if there is an election, come home for the holidays, to start it all over in January.

So, for those of you who missed the portion of American History of the Constitution where this is a government for the people by the people, here it is. This is the end of your lesson how your government works.

Of course now we're talking about April's Law legislation. Since we're talking about April's Law, and I don't have a ton of people, I did things a little bit different. I introduced it briefly to two state legislators in January/February of 2009. Before I did that, I had started getting lots of support for the federal version, which I pushed starting in mid to late 2007. It was a joint effort with online associates, and one of them decided to start a charity. Since charities can't push legislation, I decided to take it, and to give it some umph, started Youth Voice Initiative. Anyway, I decided to do it because, we all know how most often, sexual assault victims don't get a fair shake to begin with. Rape and other sex crimes are grossly under reported. There's the fear that victims won't be believed. Or even blamed for the assault. Depending on situation, even when the case goes to court, the legal system is very lenient on sex criminals.

Yet I have people saying that I don't care about the victims, and that if it's such a good idea, why the laws haven't been put there before. Well, not all advocates are the face to face people. The system sucks, and if the system won't take care of the people who need it most, I'm here to put in what it's lacking. And as for good ideas would be there, well, once upon a time, women and children were property, and there was nothing. If she was raped, she must have deserved it. No more. And our children are precious. If the government is going to serve us, we must be the squeaky wheel. They don't just get a light bulb and say, "Oh, that's a great idea!" We the people... that's what it's all about.

So yes, people. I used you myspace people to get the support in the preliminary, so I can introduce what I do, with lots of pre-legislative support... just to ensure that it will be introduced. Once introduced, I'm sure it will pass. If that makes me a slut, well, I'm your biggest whore. I really don't care what people think, and well, the more you hate on me, the more popular I become. The way I figure, if you're going to fight with me to try to take care of your children's safety on and off line, you're either thinking your child can't be a victim, or you don't know if the nice new neighbor up the street is a pedophile who hasn't been caught yet... could be taking pictures of YOUR child, and photoshopping them into kiddie porn. So it's not just the predators online searching FOR your child, it's also those predators in real live SELLING your child online. Yes, April's Law covers both ways. Yet, because it's taking me, ONE PERSON, a long time to do it, I'm not really an advocate...

But you know what? I like to do this. I don't mind. If I caved in to the haters, I'd have stopped a long time ago. I started talking to legislators when I was about 11 years old, and went on various campaigns. I learned about the legislative system as a high school student, and continued in college. I eventually became a student lobbyist, and got various things passes, such as Act 177, a Wisconsin bill to create equal pay for equal worth. The Mini-Skirt bill, which renders the attire of a rape victim inadmissible as evidence against the victim in the court of law. (You see the gender neutrality?) And of course the Violence Against Women Act of 1993, where the Safer Campuses for Women section was written by the group here in Wisconsin, to where those are some of my ideas that was part of that compilation in there, and one of my cohorts wrote the final copy, that sits there today.

So, if you don't mind, I'd like for those who are still new to my cause, here is the April's Law Federal Petition. I will be introducing this to legislators after the state version gets passed, hopefully this upcoming March. So, I'd like to present April's Law Wisconsinto ensure that we can get this pushed through for our children. There is an option to stay anonymous, so if you want to sign but not show your name, that is an option. Your email is just to verify it's you. That won't show regardless. I hope everyone will sign, and all pass it around to your friends.

Aside from liking to talk to the legislators, I suppose it's negative drama blogs... the haters really do a good job to promote me, so go ahead, please do so. Write a bad blog on me. Thing is, if you still have nightmares that haunt you from your own victimization, you're not removed far enough from it to be working face to face with your victims. Even if you are past the trauma, it's not easy dealing face to face, because there are a whole slew of other problems that may arise that you're not prepared to deal with... I sincerely give credit to those who do work with the victims into survivorship. These advocates and counselors are priceless. I give a million and one kudos to each and every one who does take care of the precious hearts that need safety.

Me? I guess I am the insane one that would rather deal with the system. Yeah, it might be an uphill battle, but hey, it's where I get to let out a lot of hot air, and that kind of stuff suits me just fine. Sure, it's an ugly job, it takes a long time, and it's often frustrating... but someone's got to do it, and my hands are already dirty.
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