children on welfare
Benefit cap will hit 116,000 of poorest families, say experts
Households facing loss of income include nearly 320,000 children, according to housing body
By Patrick Butler

More than 116,000 of the poorest households in the UK will be hit by the extended benefit cap, putting many at risk of homelessness, housing experts have predicted.

Nearly 320,000 children live in households likely to be affected by the cap introduced from 7 November. In some cases families will lose up to £115 a week, pushing them into deeper poverty.

The Tories pushing more people into poverty 

@drstanakatic :”Very cool career moment: Working with international organizations focused on children’s health & welfare gives back way more than it asks for. In this photo, I received an incredible honor. You lot pooled together funds for my birthday & donated it to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles! I couldn’t believe it when CHLA called & said they were putting my name in this Hot Pink glass circle to be included on their donor wall. I’ve met & befriended some of the child patients that these acts of kindness have benefitted. And I can’t tell you how privileged I am to be a conduit for your generosity. You guys are amazing! So, thank YOU!

#WhatImThankfulFor “ (x)

  See, this is the kind of Republican/Conservative bullshit that pisses me off!
  First, they think it’s impossible to care about more than one thing at a time. Like no one could possibly care about Americans AND refugees.
  But, the deeper issue – the issue they’re trying like hell to cover up – is that they don’t give a flying frak about our homeless children either! If they did, they wouldn’t be cutting welfare, food stamps, unemployment, and disability! They wouldn’t be fighting so hard against raising the minimum wage! They wouldn’t be cutting education spending – from pre-school to college! They wouldn’t be cutting money for housing! They wouldn’t be killing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)! They wouldn’t be cutting funding for Planned Parenthood! They wouldn’t be cutting funding for veterans! They wouldn’t continually blame the poor for being poor! They wouldn’t be spending 8-14 BILLION dollars on a wall the majority of Americans don’t want, and most experts say won’t work, instead of helping either Americans or refugees!
  These hypocritical chuckleheads cry “America First,” but their actions have made it all too clear they don’t care about Americans either! Well, unless those Americans have the word “millionaire” after their name.

I think if the Catholic Church is going to survive it has to allow same-sex couples to be A Thing, even if they’re celibate. Fine then, you know? Celibate couples. But don’t deny people that love.

I think ultimately it doesn’t contradict current revealed truth in my faith, to have same sex couples. They just wouldn’t engage in sexual acts nor sacramentally or legally marry. But the Church, She has to at least go there, if she truly values the health of her children and their welfare, and if She is to ever believe in and stand up for Love.

air and light and time and space

you know, I’ve either had a family, a job, something 
has always been in the 
but now 
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this 
place, a large studio, you should see the space and 
the light. 
for the first time in my life I’m going to have a place and 
the time to 

no baby, if you’re going to create 
you’re going to create whether you work 
16 hours a day in a coal mine 
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on 
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your 
body blown 
you’re going to create blind 
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your 
back while 
the whole city trembles in earthquakes, bombardment, 
flood and fire. 

baby, air and light and time and space 
have nothing to do with it 
and don’t create anything 
except maybe a longer life to find 
new excuses 

“It is quite natural that the sexual and feminist revolutions have made women unhappy. Feminism  separates women from the family, and so from a social institution that gives them an absolutely central place in the world they inhabit. It also weakens the family as such. Looser sex roles and sexual standards mean less mutual responsibility between the sexes and suppression of the masculine ideal, including concepts of protection and honor. The natural results are men women cannot rely on, children without fathers, and feminized poverty.
Why should women want that? What they mostly want is marriage that works, support when they are bearing and raising children, and a favorable environment for those children to grow into. They have been deprived of these things, but are supposedly compensated for the loss by the right to support themselves and their children by accepting subordinate positions in commercial organizations that view them as disposable profit centers. To help them do so, progressives give them the right to abortion and free contraception, the right to have other people raise their children for them, and the welfare state to fall back on, when additional help is needed. Why is the resulting situation better and more dignified than a position as wife, mother, and homemaker?”
— James Kalb, “Against Inclusiveness”

Within white supremacist capitalist patriarchal cultures of domination children do not have rights. Feminist movement was the first movement for social justice in this society to call attention to the fact that ours is a culture that does not love children, that continues to see children as the property of parents to do with as they will. Adult violence against children is a norm in our society. Problematically, for the most part feminist thinkers have never wanted to call attention to the reality that women are often the primary culprits in everyday violence against children simply because they are the primary parental caregivers.
—  bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody

Charitable Works

Marilyn donated time and/or money to:
- A 1953 benefit for underprivileged children at Jude’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee - singing with Jane Russell at the Hollywood Bowl.
- WAIF - an organization that placed abandoned children in homes, after Jane Russell enlisted Marilyn’s help in 1955.
- The Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation in 1955 - astride a pink elephant at a benefit given by Mike Todd’s Circus at Madison Square Garden, New York.
- The Milk Fund for Babies in 1957 - Marilyn decided to give earrings from the world premiere of The Prince and the Showgirl to this charity.
- Marilyn was one of the models in the 1958 March of Dimes fashion parade, that aided children with polio - held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
- A children’s welfare organization that gave free breakfasts to underprivileged youngsters - a donation of $1000.
- An orphanage Marilyn visited during her 1962 trip to Mexico - she ripped up her initial check of $1000 and donated $10,000. That night was one of the few nights in her later life that she recalled sleeping without the aid of sleeping pills.
- S.A.N.E. - an organization dedicated to eliminating nuclear weapons.
- In 1962 German Bruno Bernard set up the Marilyn Monroe Memorial Fund to benefit struggling young actors.
- A muscular dystrophy benefit held at Chavez Ravin Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, on her thirty-sixth birthday - This was Marilyn’s last public appearance.

Marilyn’s final donation to charity was the biggest. In her last will she left 25 percent of her estate (after provisions for her mother and legacies for some friends) to a former psychiatrist, Dr. Marianne Kris, “to be used for the furtherance of the work of such psychiatric institutions or groups as she shall elect.” Knowing Marilyn’s enormous love for children, Kris chose the Anna Freud Children’s Clinic of London. This behest has been used to set up the Monroe Young Family Centre, in Daleham Gardens, London.

Among friends and colleagues, Marilyn was renowned for her generosity in helping people wherever she could; stand-in Evelyn Moriarty remembers Marilyn making an anonymous donation of $1,000 to a crew member on Let’s Make Love (1960) who needed the money to cover funeral expenses for his wife.

In recognition of Marilyn’s love for and connection with children, writer Gloria Steinem and photographer George Barris set up a trust fund to help children in need, starting it off with the proceeds from the book Marilyn Norma Jeane.

- The Marilyn Encyclopedia by Adam Victor.

Hello Carats!

International Carats is back again with another birthday project! This time for SEVENTEEN S.Coups’ 22nd birthday. This birthday project and support will include:

  • Donation to Daegu Children’s Welfare Center: Since S.Coups is the leader and father-figure of Seventeen, we would like to donate to a children-related cause. And since Daegu is his hometown, we have decided to donate to Daegu Children’s Welfare Center. Daegu Children’s Welfare Center runs programs for children of Daegu who do not have a legal guardian who can fully take care of the child’s basic needs. They have a program for both children without legal guardians and children who are temporarily removed from their legal guardians. The center also provides a bridge to foster homes or permanent adoption for these children.
  • Engraved Notebook: S.Coups and the other rappers of Seventeen often write their rap lyrics by hand. So we would like to give hime a Moleskine notebook with “세븐틴의 리더 S.Coups” (Seventeen’s Leader S.Coups) engraved on to the cover to show that the notebook is personally his and to show that we appreciate his hard work as a leader. So he will be able to use this notebook to write his rap lyrics, etc.
  • Other Presents: We will also be purchasing other presents for S.Coups via Gmarket. Presents may include things such as clothes, plushies, etc. You and other Carats all around the world can take part in choosing these presents for S.Coups via voting. More details on how to participate in this part of the project will come later. 

If you are interested in donating or funding our project, we’d be more than grateful. This project is on a larger scale, so it would be amazing if you can support us. Of course, we won’t leave your kind gesture hanging!
For those who donate more than $25, you’ll receive a set of 5 S.Coups Photocards (photos taken at Kcon NY, as seen below).


1) If you have a Paypal account, you can simply send your donation to International Carats’ account: If you’re rather new to paypal, you can follow the tutorial provided here.
(Please send a follow up email to with your “name, amount, country name & proof of payment” after you have transferred the donation to us)

[IMPORTANT! Please select the ‘SEND MONEY TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS’ option, not ‘FOR GOODS AND SERVICES’. Or else your transaction might be put to a hold.]

2) If you don’t have Paypal account or credit card, you can contact us personally as to how you can participate in this charity project.

We really hope that this Birthday Project will be successful. It’s time to show S.Coups that International fans appreciate his efforts and hard work as Seventeen’s Leader and wish him a very Happy Birthday. For more information, please contact us at the following:

International Carats:
Tumblr: @int-carats
​Twitter: int_carats

BTS with children today

Source: NPO_JKCA twitter 1 / 2

BTS played with children at the children welfare facility. It’s a scene where the members seriously played balloon games! It seemed like J-HOPE, who was the over-all champion in the games with the children was happy! It was a healing situation where we had Jungkook, who was requested to dance doing it with a smile and Jin being adorable. We also had V, who was asked his favorite food immediately replied “ramen.” As the children showed and played drums, they ended up joining them with RM and Suga saying “let’s meet again!” seemingly like they were reluctant in bidding good bye!! Jimin smiled the whole time.

sooo i saw a lot of people on Facebook saying that people should have to pass a drug test in order to get a welfare check, since “they had to pass one to pay for it.” Like first of all, the cost of administering a drug test to every welfare recipient would only result in you paying much more? and second there are addicts that are in recovery that need welfare, there are addicts with children that need welfare, how high and mighty do you think you are that you honestly think you can generalize like that over who deserves financial help?


Q: I find that you have a lot of female fans. And they are unnie** fans too.
A: Ahaha. That’s right. I do have a lot of unnie fans.

**Unnie – Korean way for a younger female to address an older female

Q: I thought that you would have a lot of younger fans.
A: Strangely, I’ve had many unnies and oppas around me since I was young. I grew up listening to their experiences. I really like that.

Q: Although you have a strong personality, you’re able to give others a sense of stability that only people who were brought up well have.
A: Ah, really? Ahaha. Thank you!

Q: I’ve just come to know about Operation Smile through this project. How about CL?
A: Me too. I really like babies and children so I visit the Holt Children Welfare Society a lot. That’s why I feel a special sense of attachment to this project. I’m going to take some pictures with the 6 year old Jiyeon soon. I’m really looking forward to that.

Q: I talked to her for a bit and found out that she usually plays CL’s music out loud and dances to it.
A: Ah, really? I’m even more excited to see her now (smiles).

Q: Your occupation is one that requires you to be in the public eye. I’m curious how is it you balance your private and public selves.
A: I’m of the view that both of those selves will eventually become one. Actually, even though I have to worry about my public self because of my occupation, if I become relatively close with someone I tend to become my private self with them. And that’s what I want to do (smiles).

Q: Are you shy? You kept on smiling while saying that (smiles).
A: I’m still working hard on it (smiles). I think the confidence from my public self needs to be mixed with my private self.

Q: What are some standards/codes that you would like to live by?
A: I want to live as human-like as possible. I want to attempt all the challenges that I would like to attempt, make mistakes and learn from them, without worrying over my career too much. Like a human.

Q: What have you been focusing on lately?
A: I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been working since I was young but I always think that working is the most fun. Should I say that my passion seems to only be concentrated on working? Even when I’m playing with my friends, it would eventually lead to making music together, composing this and that. I gain and give good energy and influence at those times.

Q: Artists usually tend to debut with a certain concept, then slowly modify the concept as they go along to end with a tailor-made concept that matches them. However, CL’s colour seems to have remained consistent from your debut.
A: That’s because I was lucky. From the very start, friends gave me clothes that matched me and Teddy oppa always helped me to find music that suited me. And since I am also the type to try a lot of things, I think that has helped me to be able to sort through what would match me and what wouldn’t.

Q: Is that why the large variety of styles that you’ve tried never look awkward on you?
A: I think it’s because I liked them. Wearing the clothes and taking photos in them.

Q: Do you like taking photos or being photographed?
A: I like both.

Q: Do you take photos of other people too?
A: Lately, I’ve been taking so many photos of the people around me that they’ve said it seems like I have lost my soul. Hahaha. It’s been a while but I cleaned my room recently and found polaroids that I took in the past. There is also a lot of photos of the (2NE1) members. I looked at them and realised that ‘ah, and so it’s really only photos and memories that remain’. It was from then on that I took pictures like I was crazy. Even though other people thought that it’s really troublesome (smiles).

Q: What do you like about being photographed?
A: That I’m able to leave evidences of many different versions of me. It’s fun because it’s like signing off with a stamp.

Q: Nevertheless, a filtering (??) like CL seems to be powerful from the start. You have your parents to thank for that.
A: That’s right. (I do have to thank them) for having brought me up freely, for me to be myself. Hahaha.

(T/N: I have no idea what they’re talking about but it literally says ‘filtering’)

Q: You’re now in a career that you wanted to go into. What kind of world do you hope for children to live in?
A: Hmm… circumstances are not fairly distributed amongst people right? So, although it may sound corny, I think that it’s important to have confidence. It’s not possible to have the same start as someone else, and since it’s not possible to have the same things as others do, I think that it’s important to have a heart that is able to accept yourself as who you are. I hope that they don’t become afraid. Even if they themselves are a little different from others. Actually, I am like that too. I’m conscious of the fact that others are aware that I don’t have a pretty face even though I’m a celebrity. That’s why I put in as much effort as their awareness of that fact (smiles).

Q: I think of ‘strength’ when you mention being confident in who you are. You seem like someone born with that confidence.
A: Does it seem like so. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to think about this as I work in this career path. Since I’m so different from everyone else. When I debuted around 17 years old, I hear a lot about how I was ugly and that I come off too strong. I’ve had severe internal conflicts and moments of weakness as I had to reconcile the need to protect myself and the need to match the standards imposed by others. I’ve increasingly realised that the right thing to do is to like myself, to feel pretty and to remain faithful to my emotions and feelings. To be honest, this is difficult to do. When everyone else is saying ‘no’ and you’re saying ‘yes’ by yourself. However, since everyone is different, I think that if you invest your passion and time into the strong point that you have, that aspect will become your own charm.

Q: And that’s why people are now submitting to CL’s charms.
A: Ah, is that so? Hehe.

Q: So you debuted at a really young age in 2009. How do you think you survived that period of time if you were to think back about those times now?
A: My early 20s were actually more difficult for me. I think I went through my teenage years without knowing anything and rather aimlessly. I had many worries when I turned 20, such as what to live on in the future etc. My young friends also had the same worries and I used to tell them then that it’s healthy to have these worries and that they are something to be happy about. How could a person live happy every day? You’d have to feel inadequate sometimes for there to be development.

Q: I wonder if it’s because you’re born with a positive personality or is it because you’re surrounded by good people. Are there lots of people that you usually converse with?
A: I’m really close to my younger sister, and also to people at my workplace. I had a really depressing day a few days back, but I met President Yang (Yang Hyun Suk), Jiyong oppa (G-Dragon) and Youngbae oppa (Taeyang) at my workplace. They listened to my worries seriously and comforted me, which cheered me up. My friends are really important to me. That’s why I’m working hard at taking photos of them (smiles) and I’m also having fun with them. Doing these allows me to gain strength again.

Q: You’re in a career that allows you to have a big influence. What do you think about that?
A: It’s impossible for such a responsibility to not feel heavy. However, I am human so I do make mistakes, and I have a life as Chaerin on top of being CL. In any case, I am someone that does music and is loved because of that, so I think that it’s right that I remain faithful to music. I think that doing well in music and putting on good performances is my way of fulfilling my responsibilities.

Q: What are the basics of a good performance?
A: A performance without regrets. You’d have to put in that much hard work and time. So, I don’t think that a perfectly prepared performance is a good performance. Even if I go on stage with just a mic, as long as I do my best, I believe that my energy and emotions will be conveyed to the audience.

Q: I’ve also watch CL live a couple of times. Your force was overpowering.
A: Ahaha. I guess my voice is really loud. I’ve only been aware that my voice is that loud recently (Everyone bursts into laughter).

Q: That’s also a skill that you’re born with.
A: It matches my job, doesn’t it? (Smiles)

Q: What do you think is true beauty?
A: Although everyone has different standards, for me, I think it is honesty. By honesty I don’t mean ‘not telling lies’ but being faithful to who you are and being able to express that without fear of others.

Q: Looking at the bigger picture, I think that the theme of this photoshoot is ‘dream’. It gives people an opportunity to dream of a new life. As CL found her dream of doing music at a young age, what would you like to say to people who have yet to find their dreams?
A: Please spend a lot of time with yourself. My assistant friend is 20 years old and we’ve talked about this topic recently. She said that she didn’t know what she was doing or what it is she wanted to do. So I told her to not forget about the issue or avoid it by playing with her friends and that it’d be good if she could face it head-on. For example, having to separate and being hurt… when time passes, it all gets better. However, how everyone spends that time differently. For some, they might spend that time as if they are dead because they were hurt, but others might invest that time in themselves instead. Everyone is given the same amount of time. That’s why how you use the time given to you is really important.

Q: You have come to this conclusion over some time, haven’t you? It’s interesting how all successful people say similar things.
A: Ah, really? But I’ve not succeeded yet though? Hahaha.

Q: You have received a lot of love to reach this point though.
A: Yes I did. Although I’m lucky, I’ve also received help from a lot of people.

Q: Have you thought of a time when you would no longer be as loved?
A: It’d be fine because I will love myself! I think that love is something that you need to constantly be doing without relying on others. You need to love yourself generously and feel that you are beautiful. “I am going to love myself a lot.” You could love yourself a lot more if you hold a similar conviction in your heart. I could long for love from other people but it’s easier for me to love myself. This would allow you to receive as much love as you would want.

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