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BEN & JERRY’S newest flavor, Bob Marley’s One Love, is a tasty tribute to the legend himself. With banana ice cream, Graham Cracker cookie and caramel swirls and chocolatey peace signs, this cool concoction will have you at maximum relaxation with a single spoonful… and what’s even sweeter is that in partnership with the Marley family, proceeds from this flavor will help to fund a youth empowerment program - One Love Youth Camp in Jamaica, it will be music to your ears AND your taste buds!

Even, Gleb, found his ‘nice’ so he got his #benice pin. Get yours at @rootscanada …roots.com/nice only $3. All proceeds goes toward the Indigenous Youth Empowerment Programming by @wemovement I’ll have a bunch of pins to share with you to help celebrate #canadaday at stage door at both shows on July 1. Please buy two. One to wear and one to share. Or more if you can. It’s a great campaign and helping Youth in their communities. #roots



I’ve let myself be a little more adventurous this past week–I tried Japanese curry, tempura, the famous crepes in Harajuku, (more) sushi, udon, (more) ramen, and some (more) incredibly delicious shaved ice! There are so many different kinds of food in Japan, which I love. My host families have all been so kind and obliging, taking me out and making me so much delicious food!! My host mom this week, after hearing I hadn’t tried udon yet, immediately decided to make me udon for breakfast the next day. As always, the bentos were DELICIOUS. I’ve also really enjoyed going to conveyor belt sushi places, and tiny ramen shops that made me incredibly happy. Honestly, even the convenience store frozen food is delicious.

In Tokyo, the best way to try different food is to get out and about with your day as a tourist, and then just get lost. I’ve found that some of the best places to eat are small restaurants hidden in the backstreets and alleyways, but are still pretty cheap! It’s also a good way to really explore the city, and you see different parts of it you don’t hear about. For me, the best part about going to a new place is getting the chance to explore beyond its “famous” sights–and that’s when you get to see the real heart of any place. I can’t believe that in a couple of days I won’t be able to eat ramen whenever I want!

First on CNN: Trump administration ending Michelle Obama's girls education program
The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.
By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer

The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.

The “Let Girls Learn” program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.While aspects of the initiative’s programming will continue, employees have been told to stop using the “Let Girls Learn” name and were told that, as a program unto itself, “Let Girls Learn” was ending.

“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” read an email sent to Peace Corps employees this week by the agency’s acting director Sheila Crowley.

“ 'Let Girls Learn’ provided a platform to showcase Peace Corps’ strength in community development, shining a bright light on the work of our Volunteers all over the world,” Crowley wrote. “We are so proud of what 'Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success.”

News of the program’s end came the same day President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, was visiting an elementary school in suburban Virginia to announce changes to another initiative spotlighted by the former first lady, healthy school lunches.

Perdue was set to unveil a rule change “providing regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program” during a visit to Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg. Like “Let Girls Learn,” improving the nutritional quality of school meals was a major focus of Obama’s during her tenure as first lady.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Perdue’s announcement would alter the nutritional makeup of school lunches nationwide, though health advocacy groups warned that backtracking could prove dangerous for children.

“Rather than altering the current path forward, we hope the agency focuses more on providing technical assistance that can help schools get across the finish line, if they haven’t done so already,“ said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.”

Let Girls Learn" was an inter-governmental initiative run primarily at the Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development. A spokesman for the Peace Corps said Monday the agency would continue its efforts toward girls’ education.

“The Peace Corps continues to prioritize girls’ education and empowerment programming,” the spokesman said. “Girls’ education and empowerment has been a hallmark of our work over the past 56 years and we look forward to continuing those efforts with our interagency partners. We remain dedicated to the passionate work of our volunteers and staff to empower and educate girls in their communities.”

Tina Tchen, who served as Obama’s chief of staff during her time in the White House, said the end of “Let Girls Learn” was a disappointment given a global recognition that educating young women could help improve conditions across developing nations.

“We felt it was important to have a branded campaign that drew attention to those issues, and we found that when we did it, we had extraordinary support,” Tchen said. “I think it’s unfortunate to not continue with the branded campaign. We think that this is an issue that has bipartisan support, it’s really not a Republican or Democratic issue.”

Tchen said the benefits of the program, which drew upon private sector support as well as government dollars, outweighed the costs. She noted that a development program launched by President George W. Bush to combat global HIV/AIDS, PEPFAR, had been maintained and expanded by the Obama administration.

“ 'Let Girls Learn’ had several years of funding already baked,” she said. “We were hopeful that given that, it could continue. But obviously elections have consequences, and nobody knows that better than we.”

After launching the initiative in 2015, Michelle Obama heavily promoted “Let Girls Learn,” including during travel abroad and at events held in Washington. CNN Films produced a documentary highlighting some of the girls participating in “Let Girls Learn” programs in Morocco and Liberia during the then-first lady’s trip there.

Obama also harnessed her popularity on social media to promote “Let Girls Learn,” and enlisted celebrities like Frida Pinto and Meryl Streep to help highlight the struggle girls in many developing countries face in regularly attending school.

In October of last year, the Obama administration attempted to reinforce “Let Girls Learn” ahead of a new administration. The White House announced $5 million in private sector commitments toward the programs administered under the “Let Girls Learn” banner, bringing the total financial pledges to more than $1 billion for programs in 50 countries.

The hope then was to underscore the success of the initiative in the hopes the next administration would continue it.

The ending of the program comes as Melania Trump begins to define her own platform as first lady. While she hasn’t formally announced an official platform, women’s empowerment and access to education for women and girls is emerging as a key area of importance for her growing East Wing.

“I continue to firmly believe that education is the most powerful way to promote and ensure women’s rights. Together we will do this not only by striving for gender parity at all levels of education, but also by showing all children, and especially boys, that it is through empathy, respect and kindness that we achieve our collective potential,“ she said in a recent speech at the State Department.

On Monday, a Trump White House spokesperson referred comment to representatives for the first lady, who declined to comment.

First daughter Ivanka Trump who serves as an adviser to the President, is focused on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, topics she’s touted on panels and in speeches.She is a self-described "Entrepreneur & advocate for the education & empowerment of women & girls,” according to her Twitter biography.

In promoting the importance of girls education, Obama regularly highlighted her own educational path, and said it was critical to her success in the private sector and later as first lady.

“Education is a very personal thing for me,” she said in October during a discussion at the Newseum with a group of girls from across the globe. “As I tell girls whenever I meet them, I wouldn’t be here, sitting here not just in this chair but in the life that I have, if it weren’t for my education.”

Tchen said Monday that the former first lady was still assessing how to promote this issue in her new life as a private citizen.“This is an issue she cares passionately about,” Tchen said. “I think it’s still early days for what she will do in her post-White House life. But this is one she’s looking at figuring out where can she be value added, where can she help with this issue.”

Week 1, Day 5:「空虚な都市伝説」 Empty Urban Legends is complete! (^~^;) 
♪  Here’s the masterlist page. 

* Added a brief explanation regarding Rhyme’s gender that you’ll see while reading.
* Added an explanation for the term “gopher” that Futoshi uses in Week 1, Day 3. Thanks to a-wooden-ring, who was kind enough to tell me a cool fun fact like that! :’D

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anonymous asked:

So what can I say to someone who believes the Black Panthers and the KKK are the same? What are the differences?

For one thing the KKK was formed do to an irrational and unfounded fear that the evil blacks would take over and kill or hurt white people while the Black Panthers was founded due to the very real cases of police brutality and racial injustice. 

The KKK was a white supremacist terrorist group of murderers that included elected officials, police officers, businessmen, etc while the Black Panthers emphasized on self-defense, black empowerment, organized community programs such as free breakfast for children, advocated for the improvement of the quality of life in their chapters’ respective communities, free healthcare, etc. 

The Black Panthers had their faults but they are not comparable to the mentality and actions of the KKK.

Advice for the Newest Smithies!!

Class of 2021 and transfers, you’re either already at Smith now or are moving in tomorrow!!!! I’m sure you’re feeling simultaneously terrified and elated to meet your HONS and fellow housemates. After the empowerment program I did in Japan, I’ve also been thinking a lot about things I taught the high school students there that I really wish I’d known before entering college… So here’s what I have to say to the newest Smithies! Bear with me through some of the oldies but goodies… 

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anonymous asked:

"the feminist narratives of womanhood never include anything I am, could be, or might aspire to" - so as someone to whom the 'feminist narrative of womanhood' is literally 'there are all kinds of women, women should be able and free to be themselves, self actualize, do what they want, etc' - what to you are feminist narratives of womanhood? (er, I don't mean this as at all hateful or anything. I think we might have had different experiences of feminism and I'm genuinely wanting-to-know)

Gender is not a salient aspect of my identity. I used to be really uncomfortable with being identified as a woman at all. Lately I’ve managed to change that a little bit, to the point where I no longer feel sad when someone mentions I’m a woman, unless they say I’m something like a ‘rationalist woman’ or an ‘effective altruist woman’ or anything that suggests that my womanhood is something they strongly associate with me and something that makes me marked in a way that my other group associations don’t.

I feel deeply repulsed by spaces where womanhood is a topic of conversation. Should they exist? Of course! I would fight for them if I thought they were in any danger. But I hate them. They make me feel trapped inside my own skin; they make me feel nauseous; they make me profoundly miserable. Feminist posts that are like “yay lipstick and winged eyeliner! we do everything men do, but backwards and in heels!” literally turn my stomach. Ditto for “ladies love your bodies! love your [list of features people commonly dislike about themselves]!” It feels like it’s digging up something about myself that I’d just prefer not ever be marked or noticed, and demanding that I have the right emotions about it. I actually have ‘love’ and ‘body’ blacklisted at this point. 

Radical feminist stuff that’s like “womanhood is about the ways you’ve been socialized by the patriarchy to be a compliant tool of men!” are even worse. And “these amazing women deserve more love!” posts feel to me like “these amazing South Koreans deserve more love!”; they probably do deserve love, but certainly not because of their membership in a category I personally identify with, and if you try to convince me that I should feel some affinity with them on the basis of our shared womanhood I’ll steadily spiral into wanting to die again.

None of my role models or aspirational self-inserts are women. I wrote that and then did a mental inventory and like half of them are, actually. None of them come to mind when my brain searches for ‘women’, because my brain doesn’t process their gender as being a significant thing about them. 

And then there’s the flip side of the coin: Feminists say a lot of things like “all women experience street harassment” and “all women have had to deal with gross creepy men” and “all women feel scared walking alone at night” and “women never objectify the people they’re attracted to” and “women never stare in locker rooms” and “women are constantly afraid of being raped” and other things that are just patently untrue of me. So even as I desperately wish I could be excluded from feminist generalizations about womanhood and the female experience, I also feel like I already am and always have been excluded from those, like I’m an imposter and if I admit as much, then I’ll be told I’m either lying and really a man, or else wrong about my own experiences.

Basically people shouldn’t talk to me about gender, is what it comes down to. I hate the fact I have one and I hate people trying to design programs of empowerment or assumed solidarity off of mine and so feminism feels like constantly screaming at me “you know that thing about yourself that you prefer not thinking about? it’s your most important characteristic! it’s your only important characteristic! we are the only people who are willing to overlook the fact you have it and the only people who will say that you can do things, despite having it! let’s talk at length about how much you have this trait and how much your life has been affected by having it!” 


25/10/2016: Queen Rania joined Queen Mathilde of Belgium on a tour of the Jordan River Foundation’s showroom in Amman, which displays the Foundation’s modern designs, features intricate handicrafts hand-made by women from local villages and underprivileged neighborhoods of Amman. 

Their Majesties went through a tour of the exhibition, starting with a comprehensive explanation of handmade techniques used by Halima Al Qaaydeh and then the new collection, featuring the Dahnoun Collection, which celebrates the Poppy wildflower. 

They also viewed the “City Heritage Collection,” which combines the art of hand-stitched embroidery with photography using mixed media techniques as well as the “Calligraphy Collection,” which incorporates positive messages embroidered and printed on a variety of products, including home furnishings.

The Jordan River Foundation is a non-profit NGO established in 1995 and chaired by Queen Rania. The Foundation operates the Jordan River Child Safety and Jordan River Community Empowerment programs, and aims to engage Jordanians to realize their full economic potential and overcome social challenges. (Source: Petra/Reuters)

Aura Freedom International, a nonprofit fighting for human rights of women and girls worldwide, is launching a pilot project aimed at addressing the dangers of child marriage and early pregnancy, and highlighting the positive impact of keeping girls in school longer. 

The project, Rural Empowerment, will include educational programs for both girls and boys, village awareness campaigns surrounding girls’ education and delaying marriage, and grassroots programs for self-esteem, healthy pregnancy and family planning. 

Learn more about how you can help.