Here is the link to the dance strike. Dancers without Borders and Eve Ensler wants one billion people to dance on Valentines day…..to end violence against women and sexual oppression. You can learn the dance by watching the video on the web site. Just turn the computer towards the mirror so that it is easier to follow. There are also rehearsals offered all around the Bay Area. You need to poke around on the web site to understand it all. There are many celebrations on Valentines in San Francisco, Oakland and there is also one at Stanford. I hope to see some of you out there dancing. ANYONE can do it. Over 100 countries are participating in this!!! You can also just show up and watch.
I have been to three rehearsals and I did the professional video in the city last Sat. The energy was amazing. I saw children, men and grandpas dance as well. We all have a chance to be part of something important. This is history I want to be a part of!!!!!
Come dance with me!!!!!!!
What it would be like to have your child shot too death at school. I can’t imagine kissing your child good by and saying, “have a great day honey” and not knowing they will be dead in an hour later. My heart breaks for those parents.
I do not know how to process this or even know what to say.
I am so lucky.
I was running this morning thinking how I would like to keep my run short today because I have so much to do and feeling a bit lazy and grumpy. I was complaining in my head. I was running on a country road. I ran past a flock of wild turkeys and everywhere I looked it was green and luscious. It was such a beautiful morning. I suddenly realized how lucky I am. I know I am lucky intellectually, but sometimes the feeling of gratitude can be overwhelming and can stop you in your tracks.
I realized I am lucky because I can go on a morning run. My morning runs are primarily for staying thin and to keep the celulite at bay. Then I was thinking that not only do I have the privilege to run and stay thin, but I also have the privilege to become fat. Of course I don’t want to be fat, but it is a choice that I can make as a free independent citizen. This all crossed my mind when thinking about slaves or people caught in debt bondage. They don’t GET to worry about not exercising enough and getting fat. They don’t get to worry about getting to the dentist on time or organizing their Christmas ornaments.
I have so much freedom and so many choices. Choices that people never really think about. Many people, including myself, just go on living their lives and take these small everyday choices for granted.
I can try new things. I can make mistakes and I can make improvements in my life. I can make changes and stop whatever is not working for me. I can be a “mean mom” and insist my children do their homework before they play. I can take my children to the library or the park.
Slaves, poverty stricken and people in debt bondage have very few or no choices.
I was particularly thinking about the women and girls who are sex slaves. They have to worry if they will even be allowed to eat for the day. They worry if they will have sex with enough men every day so that they will not be beat or tortured. Some women slaves have children and they do not have to privilege to look after them or feed them. They can’t send their children to school and they know their children will probably be slaves as well.
I am not perfect. There are things I still want or think I need. I forget about the lucky things that are just basic human rights. Things that do not cost money.
But today was different. I felt lucky.
So, tomorrow when I run on that country road I will think to myself “I am lucky.”
How are you lucky? Please share with me.
Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and in some U.S. territories
Here is an article I found on trafficking. I think about sex trafficking here in the United States and then I think of my daughter. I think to my self how lucky we are to live where we do. We are so protected here in our neighborhood and school district. Most children are not as safe in their neighborhood.
Take a look at this blog I found.
I can’t believe I started this blog almost three years ago and then poof I was gone. Did not return to it. I think when my computer was stolen I lost my drive to write anything.
My children are also at the age where they really need me. Family first and Soulgems second.
Anyway, I am back.
I am going to make an attempt to write about the issues if sex trafficking. There is so much more information out there about trafficking and it would be nice to start sharing it with folks.
Ok for now!
Stephen Miller Gallery, 800 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, California, 94025-Soulgems will be there!!!
Piccolo Bella Hair Design along with a blend of local Menlo Park businesses, will host a winter season celebration and beauty fundraiser to generate holiday joy and support the community during this festive shopping season. By coming together as local business owners and artisans, we look to spread a festive spirit of joy throughout our community and re-vitalize our small town business district.
Join us on December 11, 10:00 – 1:00 pm for a holiday makeover with our top hair stylists and featured make-up artist, Christine Pacifico and manicurists and receive 30-40% off salon services. Complete your new look and give a lasting gift with a fashion photo taken by bay area fashion photographer.
After a morning of luxurious pampering, shop for that perfect gift at our holiday boutique at Stephen Miller Gallery; www.stephenmillergallery.com, while you enjoy an aromatic cup of tea from Rue du Tea and artisan chocolates by Jade Chocolates.
In sharing from our hearts this holiday season, a portion of the net proceeds will be donated to “Not for Sale” http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/ – an organization dedicated to abolishing human trafficking.
For ticket information, or to reserve your space for your holiday makeover, please visit us at www.piccolabellahairdesign.com.
Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Here is the New Ram design. It is sterling silver on a leather cord with a lobster clasp. It is not on my web site yet. It goes for $45. I am able to keep the price down on my new designs.
At least for awhile. I am recycling some old silver.
If you are interested, you can email me at Janelle@soulgems.org.
Keep a look out for more designs!!!
Here are some good articles on trafficking of humans.
Read the articles and let me know what you think!
Wow!! What a great event. The people were sooo friendly and generous. I made connections and had some great conversations. People were asking me challenging questions about slavery and trafficking. I felt blessed to be with people who cared. The Maker Faire had a staff that was helpful and efficient. The spectators were educated and curious about what was going on in the world.
There is a possibility that I have found an organization to work with here in the Bay Area!!! I am waiting for a reply. It will be nice to be able to drive to a shelter and have some hands on experience with girls who have been trafficked.
Ok for now and have a great day!
We are at the Maker Faire in San Mateo!!!!