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Modern Greek Mythology

 Hestia comforts the children of broken homes, she appears to them as a school councilor that always has cookies. They cry in her arms, and she lets them stay with her for as long as she can. She stopped calling home, stopped making strongly worded comments to the parents. All there is left are broken homes and suffering children.

 Hera sits next to her sister, holds her hand and thinks about the broken marriages that lead to broken homes. She listens to the couples yelling at each other while she walks on the streets. She holds the crying women, she listens to the hopeless men. All of the power that a goddess of marriage possesses cannot help the people who were betrayed by their closest ones.

 After a long day, Demeter sits on the ground in her garden, holds a cup of tea in hands that have dirt all over them. She wishes that more people would remember what is under all of the concrete. She feels the dying of her world, and curses those who do not care for it.

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In 1980, soon after Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan, Zubair Popal fled the country with his wife, Shamim, two young sons and infant daughter.

“There was no hope for me to stay,” he recalls. “I thought about the future of my kids. And in those days when the Soviet Union went to a country and invaded that country, they never left.”

Eventually, the Popals landed in America and rebuilt their lives. Today, the family owns several successful restaurants in Washington, D.C., including the acclaimed Lapis, which serves Afghan cuisine. On a recent evening, they opened up the restaurant to host a free dinner welcoming refugees in their city.

“We came here exactly like these people – we had no place to stay,” Zubair Popal recalls. He chokes up and takes a long pause before adding, “It reminds me of the days we came … I know for these people it’s very hard, very hard.”

The dinner was part of Refugees Welcome, a campaign that encourages locals across the U.S. to host similar meals for refugees in their community — and to break barriers by breaking bread together.

“The intention is to really humanize the refugee issue and to say, let’s meet each other as neighbors. Let’s talk about ways that we’re similar rather than ways that we’re different,” says Amy Benziger, the U.S. lead for the campaign, which was launched in February and is sponsored by UNICEF, among other partners.

These Dinner Parties Serve Up A Simple Message: Refugees Welcome

Photos: Beck Harlan/NPR

  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.

Ok so I have this headcanon that while Athena is the patron god of war heroes and soldiers, protecting those on the battlefield, Ares is the one who cares for the innocent civilians, the ones who have nothing to do with the war yet constitute 90% of its casualties

Ares who would stand in front of the orphan and the widow, who would break the chains of the war slaves, who would give water and food to the starving refugees, who would whisper a safe place to hide for genocide victims, who would carry to the medics crippled children. Ares who has no mercy for those who pillage and rape, switching sides constantly to help as many bystanders as possible 

coz he believes oh so firmly that only those who shoots should be shot at and because you wouldn’t be the god of war without something to fight for, something to protect

Joan Baez and Jimi Hendrix chat between acts at a Biafran Relief Benefit show at The Scene in Manhattan, August 29, 1968. Joan and Jimi both performed free of charge, and Jimi contributed $500 cash to the fund. The benefit was to raise food and money for refugees of the Biafra-Nigeria Civil War.

Next week, between 150 and 200 people will gather for a Passover seder at Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Va. When the traditional Passover question is posed — “Why is this night different from all other nights?” — there’s a new answer. Guests at the Seder, co-sponsored by the refugee aid agency ReEstablish Richmond, will include approximately two dozen locally resettled immigrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Passover, after all, is the ultimate refugee holiday. It’s about an ancient flight to freedom by Israelites who were oppressed in Egypt. And the world is currently facing an unprecedented refugee crisis, with 65.3 million refugees worldwide.

One new version of the Haggada, from the American Jewish World Service, makes a direct connection: “Around the world today, courageous people are making similar journeys — leaving behind violence, poverty and persecution and seeking security, freedom, prosperity and peace.”

Against this backdrop, a number of Jewish organizations are offering new readings and rituals to include at the festive meal known as the Seder. These additions, says Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, are in keeping with the fact that the Haggada — the text read at the Seder — has always been flexible, “less of a fixed text than a user guide to tell the story.”

Why Add A Banana To The Passover Table?

Illustration: Franziska Barczyk for NPR

Glimpses

A short “Imperial Problem Child” moment, part of a series

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They’d picked him up on Lothal, where he’d been involved in relief efforts. No arrest this time, surprisingly. An officer had simply come to stand at his elbow, cough nervously, and murmur that his presence was required on the Executor.

“Take over for me, will you?” Luke had asked, clapping the man on the shoulder. “We’re setting up emergency clinics in the districts most effected by the fire, and I need some more hands to move the food to the refugee camp.”
The officer had looked utterly bewildered, but had begun directing stormtroopers to do as he’d said.

He was a little nervous on the shuttle. Vader hadn’t come to get him personally this time, and he couldn’t decide if that was good or bad. His father had been…distant, lately. Focused on the tenuous alliance between the Executor and the Rebellion, moving pieces into place for their coup – it felt dangerous to be even thinking about it. As such he’d been impatient lately, almost curt with Luke. 
Hopefully he wasn’t about to be scolded for wasting time.

When he arrived on the bridge of the super star destroyer, he found Vader staring out into the stars, contemplatively. He felt surprisingly peaceful, which was encouraging. Luke passed the Admiral and Ciena Ree, getting a sense of an oddly furtive attitude about them. He paused to glance at them oddly, then resumed walking, coming to stand just to Vader’s right.

“Luke,” the rumbling baritone made it sound almost like a question.

“Father,” Luke nodded and tried not to fidget as Vader turned to glance down at him.

“Son, come with me.” 
He gestured, and then left the bridge, with Luke trailing behind.

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 They come from Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. They are young adults and unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and entire families. They gather here in Ventimiglia, Italy, a small town on the Mediterranean coast, major transit point for refugees, and final frontier of the dangerous journey to Europe.

As many migrate north to nations like France and Germany, they pass through Ventimiglia, but recent increased policing along the borders here has prevented people from crossing successfully. As a result, the population of refugees and migrants is growing. With camps full, people look to the urban landscape for shelter, sleeping under bridges and overpasses. Some even sleep along the banks of the Roia river.

Citizens engaged: citizens on both sides of the border have stepped up to help the growing population. In Ventimiglia, Sant Antonio church has transformed into a temporary shelter and food kitchen; local bars offer refugees meal discounts and free electricity to charge their phones, since makeshift shelters lack power. MSF began collaborating with these local efforts in fall of last year to provide care for migrants in transit, especially for expectant mothers and to address the effects of mental trauma. Often, the trauma from the migration route leaves individuals with feelings of depression, abandonment and anxiety.

While people wait for the next step in Ventimiglia, not every asylum claim is approved by the government. When these applications are denied, the options are limited, though a last effort remains: to walk the five miles from Ventimiglia into France, a journey along the highway known as the “Pass of Death.” Since September, 10 have died on this route attempting to cross the border, and some, avoiding the highway altogether, travel along the equally dangerous railroad or mountain path instead. It is along this route that Roya Citoyenne, a local community group across the French border, has created a temporary shelter where, if only for a moment, refugees can safely rest as they seek their final destination.

Brisbane! Anyone free tonight and/or tomorrow? A 24-hour protest and vigil for the refugees on Manus Island started tonight at 6pm outside Peter Dutton office at 199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine so we need people there until 6pm tomorrow (Thursday 9th). I’ve been for a few hours already and am having a quick sleep now before going back from around 2am. 

See below if you’d like a basic explanation on the current situation and why it’s so important to stand up for these refugees now.

What is happening on Manus Island? 

The Australian government has cut power, water, food, medicine etc. from the detention centre where 600 innocent men (seeking asylum is not illegal) have been held for up to 4 years, waiting to be brought to safety in Australia. Their basic rights were stripped a week ago in an attempt to force them to move to the centres on Papua New Guinea. Conditions on Manus are worsening every day - people are getting extremely weak and sick, tropical mosquitoes are plaguing everybody, and tensions are rising dangerously in the community. The Australian government have blocked free people like Manus missionaries from bringing the refugees food, and rejected offers from New Zealand to settle men.

Why won’t the refugees go?

It is not safe and the refugees fear for their lives there. The centres are not properly prepared or equipped, and the people already there do not receive adequate food, healthcare, etc. They are under constant threat of violence and there has been attacks in the past. The refugees have also been imprisoned long enough - they don’t need to be reshuffled to yet another camp, they need to be permanently housed. Consider how bad going must be to make these men stay in Manus without anything instead!

Dutton can be swayed. The constant rallies outside Lady Cilento Hospital for refugee baby Asha last year were successful. Persistent people power works! If you can’t get to this vigil though, it’s okay! There are already plenty more organised (follow Refugee Action Collective Queensland RAC or Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) for updates) and you can also call Dutton on 07 3205 9977 plus find your MP’s number online. We cannot give up on our fellow humans. Six have already died in detention. Let’s not allow that number to rise - and it will if things don’t change very, very soon. We must have and give hope!

republicans: homeless people are lazy and pathetic they should just get a real job and stop expecting handouts! We should also drug test people when they apply for food stamps!!!!

*people support Muslim refugees*

republicans: UMMMMM SHOULDNT WE WORRY ABOUT HOMELESS PEOPLE AND CHILDREN GOING HUNGRY BEFORE WE WORRY ABOUT THEM

UGANDA. Near Gulu. September 23, 2016. At the Pagarinya refugee camp in Adjumani District, Jeffrey Michael, a severely disabled boy crawls in the dirt near his tent. 

For the mentally handicapped living in the refugee camp is a constant struggle to get proper medication, and wheelchair access. The outbreak of violence in the capital Juba last July created a humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda as thousands of South Sudanese sought refugee there. The country is hosting the lion’s share of South Sudanese refugees, with 373,626, more than a third of them arriving since early July. The fighting was a major setback to peace efforts in South Sudan, coming as the troubled new nation prepared to celebrate its fifth anniversary, amid a short lived peace deal between supporters of President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

South Sudan now joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries which have produced more than a million refugees. While some South Sudanese may attempt to head for Europe, the numbers within east Africa are comparable in scale to recent refugee flows to Europe from the Middle East, and their traumatic experiences due to war are often just as hellish. More than 85 percent of the refugees in this recent influx are women and children. Many children have lost one or both of their parents, some forced to become primary caregivers to siblings. With the large influx of refugees in July 2015, relief agencies had to implement stringent food rationing in the refugee settlements. Currently the international humanitarian organisations lack the necessary funds to meet the needs of the more than 200,000 refugees. 

Photograph: Paula Bronstein

“What’s important is that you deliver assistance for children in need.”

Paul Molinaro has been the Regional Chief of Supply and Logistics at UNICEF Middle East and North Africa for the past three years. He has previously worked with UNICEF country offices, Supply Division and other UN agencies. 

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I’m bringing this up as an example of how white people SHOULD handle nazis… When I lived on Crete my landlady told me that like 5 years ago the Nazi group Golden Dawn moved into the office next to hers and within, like, a WEEK most of the residents of this tiny little city formed a freaking MOB and CHASED THEM OUT OF TOWN. but their anti Nazi crusade didn’t end there! Because being an ally doesn’t just stop when you get rid of the obvious problem. Since then that town has become an accepting hub for refugees and residents regularly give away all their spare clothing and food to any refugees that need it. That’s what it means to take action. If you are not chasing Nazis out of town what are you doing!!!