There’s nothing like the fair. Visitors can engorge themselves with deep-fried Oreos, hot beef sundaes and heaps of cotton candy. There are rides, craft displays, and, of course, barns full of animals that non-farmers rarely get to see. Yet there’s one day of the fair that’s bittersweet and, for some, downright heart-wrenching. After a year of training, feeding and caring for an animal, auction day is when many 4-H kids must say goodbye.
Every year there are photos circulating online of crying children on market day. Unlike farmers who often have dozens, if not hundreds, of animals, 4-H children work closely with one or two animals for a year, or even longer if the animal, such as a steer, takes more time to raise.
Today there are nearly six million participants in the nonprofit 4-H in the United States. The four H’s stand for “head, heart, hands and health” and as part of the 4-H pledge, members vow to use these four things for the betterment of “my club, my community, my country and my world.”
The 405th will be at Sci-Fi Valley con, June 9-11 in Altoona, Pa! It’s always a great con and a fun time!! Krystal’s Hope and WDUN Paranormal Team will be there as well!!!!! Come support us and support the awesome con and other awesome vendors as well!!!!! :)
MuslimGirl.com represents a media revolution, forging an unprecedented level of visibility for the narratives of Muslim girls and women in Western societies. Now we want to pay it forward: https://mgrl.co/meetMGF 🙏
It’s our goal to provide valuable resources to enable Muslim women in reshaping the media landscape, starting with a scholarship fund. Introducing MUSLIM GIRL FOUNDATION, our new independent, non-profit offshoot to make MuslimGirl.com’s mission accessible to all. #MeetMGF 💖
In honor of Trump’s 100th Day, I am donating the $300 raised through my Etsyto a charity that provides rescue aid to refugees. The money was largely raised through bumper stickers ridiculing Rep. Darrell Issa of California’s 49th District and Dana Rohrabacher of the 48th District. I will be donating the money in honor of them and Trump. Their hostility to basic values of decency and compassion have energized a constituency fired up to remove them from office. Even though $300 is a paltry amount given the desperate need for humanitarian aid, it’s probably more good than anything Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have done in 100 days.
Donating to nonprofits is more important now than ever before due to the Trump administration cutting funding to programs that save and transform lives. However, nonprofits cannot and should not take the place of government that has a duty to build a foundation where justice and equality can flourish.
Happy 50 followers! To celebrate our first milestone, I want to tell you a little bit about Surviving Indie.
My name is John, and I wear lots of hats in the indie industry.
I have the absolute honor and pleasure to be a independent professional in the video game industry. I have worked with Materia Collective, Obsidian Entertainment, composed music for 3 games, and lots more. My most recent project is Sound APE, my audio editing and voice over service.
I am currently developing my first game that is planned to be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC sometime between 2018 - 2019. Sound APE is a subsidiary of my main company, Affinity Pixel Entertainment, LLC located in Bryan, Texas.
Surviving Indie is going to be a non-profit organization that helps indies who are struggling find their way. We’re going to tour all over the nation holding panels at gaming conventions to promote local game developers and share their experiences with their neighbors. We’re making our debut at OtakuFair 2017 in San Antonio, Texas on the first weekend of November. I gathered some of the best talent from Austin, Texas who are ready to share their story with you. Every panel we hold will be filmed and archived on our future website.
Thank you for following us! I’ll share more information at our second milestone - 100 followers. ;)
-You stare wistfully out of your office window. There is no longer a window. Windows have been eliminated due to budget cuts. You forget the feeling of sun on your skin.
-You are on a conference call. You can’t remember when it started. You will always be on the conference call. The voices on the other end rasp painfully in a language you cannot comprehend.
-“For the grant.” you murmur as you file endless stacks of paperwork. “For the grant.” You mutter as you pass your colleagues in the hall. “For the grant.” They reply, eyes fixed forward.No one smiles.
-The message notification beeps on your computer. Then again. You navigate to your email, but the computer is not turned on. The computer has not worked in six months. The notification beeps again.
-The donor shrieks, flapping against the bars of its cage. Your heart pounds in fear, and you swallow nervously around the lump in your throat. “And in the figure on page two-” you begin. The donor shrieks again. It does not want numbers, only blood.
- Sounds of anguish fill the hall. The coffee is gone. Only herbal tea remains. The time has come. Prepare another sacrifice.
Don’t be that dirty A word: Activist Like a viral disease It always starts in college took that sociology or ethnic studies class joined that outreach recruitment center for underrepresented youth of color you wanted to hold it down for the struggle at the rally for undocumented student rights and then it happens you become an activist the symptoms will kick in fast and heavy
Your parents will tell you to get a real job Fox news will tell you you’re unpatriotic Your friends will call you too sensitive Your family will call you too liberal Your community will call you too communist
You’ll work at a non-profit organization cause you said you want to make a difference cause you certainly aren’t making any money even though your official job title is just program coordinator You’re really also the organization’s social media director youth outreach manager office technician staff personnel therapist grant writer program assessment evaluator and in-house cultural competency trainer You’ll wonder how many top ramen will it take before you give up on your close to impoverished 50hrs a week $800 Americorps monthly living stipend You will buy extra lip balm for all the future ass kissing you will do to potential grantees and funders all in the name of community …and to keep you job …cause your grant contract ends by the 2017 fiscal cycle way to stick to the man
You’ll feel guilty for listening main stream hip-hop and that your favorite song is Tyga’s Rack City even though that song represents everything that you stand against misogyny, male patriarchy the commodification hypersexualization and dehumanization of womyn that beat is still so DAMN good rack city, rack rack city I mean Sac City, Sac City…ssstitch
Don’t be an activist because you’ll just be angry angry because you learned that everything evil in this world is rooted from colonialism, white patriarchy and capitalism
Paulo Friere called it when they made the matrix once become conscious, you can never go back and with liberation comes burden that burden sits heavy like asthma
Ignorance must really be bliss because it’s exhausting looking through Facebook newsfeed without saying “gooddammit this shit is fucked up” without seeing white people throw peace signs and make squinty eyes in pictures with the #asianpose without having another “conversation” with your well-intentioned but racist ass friend who commented on your scholarly post on “microaggressions in the classrooms” without seeing another fraternity throw another cinco de drinko “cross the border” party without seeing another newscaster blame the victim and defend the rapist without another black body being shot by another gunman named officer
and feeling like you can never do anything ironically enough you try to brush it off so you can procrastinate on your 8 page sociology paper on institutionalized racism in the California prison system
It will hurt it will hurt because it will come from your own people they tell you, you too cocky that you’re an opportunistic that left South Sacramento for a job at UC Davis and that you a sell out and so you buy into their thinking and they said you were never REALLY down and so you tell yourself that you were never REALLy down and they called you out for saying something problematic so you think of yourself as a problem you didn’t get enough petition signatures you didn’t stay long enough at the town hall meetings you didn’t mentor enough youth you weren’t there for your community when they needed it most and so you questions everything that you are everything that you stand for you hit this point of confusion of what it all means and you succumb to self-doubt and burn out you get tired of being tired and you tell yourself “I just want to be normal just like everyone else”
That heavy anxiety sitting on your shoulders makes you want to scratch your skin off but then you realize normal normal is that bystrander effect that MNC chokehold that stops you from raising your voice and forces you to turn you head away from injustice and face down at iphones screens Normal is making it easier for you to keep up with the Kardashians than to keep up with the sake of humanity Normal is that basic shit! Normal is that stuff that makes people cynical cause being cynical is always easier than critical Normal is making society a status quota number of soldiers pulled out the dowe jones down unemployment up climate change doesn’t exist Racist republicans still do and so we confuse normal for this substance that cynicism made ugly validation, acceptance, love
and you finally realize that it was never about you and it wasn’t about them but it was about everybody It was about humanness - Ubuntu a justice that institutions are incapable of achieving so you’ve been forced to dream you check your privilege for low paychecks to implement your social justice be the monkey wrench in the machine
activism is not a sprint it is a lifelong marathon and your most crucial asset in your run is the not the power in your legs but the strength of your heart so you must protect it You must pace to it to give it resiliency you will be your biggest critic but the minute you look far too much in your own steps you will lose vision so you must keep your head upright never lose sight of your finish line
this world does not need normal it needs relentless unafraid pursuit of compassion every action or inaction disrupts or perpetuates that power of oppression but you choose to upset the set up disrupt the corrupt stand against the standardization hunger strike for the hungry
you were meant to be different you are greater than Normal you are more than an activist you are deeply and truly necessary
We’ve reached our $15,000 goal for the Spring 2017 Sterner Match
Challenge! Our deepest gratitude to Andy Sterner and family for matching
your donations and to everyone who donated to help us get here.
In order to promote hygiene and improve school health infrastructure, J/P HRO established the USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project to serve as a model for health-related best practices.
The goal of our WASH program is to strengthen knowledge, attitudes, and interests of the 25 schools in Delmas 32. Our beneficiaries total roughly 3,500, including directors, parents, students, and support staff.
In phase one of the project, 10 schools were equipped with modern sanitary facilities. Remonne Etienne, 15, has memories of her old school toilets. “It was just a hole dug in the floor. The space was nauseous and dirty, with streaks of urine everywhere and we had to stand in line because it was a single latrine.” Remonne also explained how she caught an infection due to these conditions, which required 5 days of antibiotic treatments.
Many students in the beneficiary schools experienced poorly maintained toilets and facilities, such as these, prior to our WASH program implementation. For Aldy Cherestal, a 17-year-old at the l’Institution mixte de l’Espoir, the old toilets were “a nightmare.” Aldy says that even in the classrooms the odor from poor sanitation infrastructure prevented students from concentrating.
Despite the challenges and constraints, the WASH program has been able to provide improved sanitation for girls, boys, and staff in 10 schools.
The new sanitary facilities mark a new era. Teachers and students speak of “before” and “now.” The new sanitary blocks are: more hygienic, more spacious, more comfortable, cleaner, and more beautiful as described by the beneficiaries. Many used the word pride when speaking of this project.
Pierre Marie Wilda Charles, Director of l’Ecole Bethléem, says that raising awareness to keep these facilities clean has been made easier. In several schools, student committees have been set up to promote peer education and ensure proper maintenance of facilities.