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I Can Vote! I Can Vote!

We all know July 4th as a national holiday, but what about June 4th? One month before we light the fireworks and grill, let’s remember another momentous turning point in history: the 19th Amendment was passed on June 4, 1919, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Yes! I, as a woman, have the right to […]

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Lighting the Dark & Crooked Road: Tools for Youth Who Want to Stop Slavery

When faced with stories of abuse and exploitation suffered by victims of human trafficking, sex trafficking, and modern-day slavery, even one person’s story, we often don’t know what the appropriate response is, as Rebecca Nagle, founder and co-director of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, suggests about the public’s sometimes confused reactions to survivors’ testimonies of sexual […]

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This Is My Rally Cry: Because in New Brunswick, ‘liberty’ is only yours if you lack a uterus. (#NBProchoice)

 It takes a special kind of person to work at an Abortion Clinic. You need to possess just the right combination of kindness and compassion, combined with courage, determination, and a whole lot of humility. Not something you can put on a resume, and I highly doubt it’s something you can learn from an overpriced […]

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On A Random Day in the US There Are More Than 66,000 Requests for Help Escaping Domestic Violence

On September 17, 2013, the National Network to End Domestic Violence took a random snapshot of requests coming in to domestic violence shelters and resources across the country. On that day, 66,581 requests for help were made by people living with abuse. There were 20,000 calls made to hotlines — that’s one every 14 minutes. Nearly TEN THOUSAND (9,641) requests for […]

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Red Lines: Rape is a Prohibited Weapon

World leaders continue to do a high-wire dance on the red line of Syria’s use of chemical weapons.  Chemical weapons are prohibited for good reason.  But, not all weapons are created equal. Take rape.  Rape is an unlawful weapon during conflict, but how many states can you name that have been challenged for use of […]

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Girl Be Heard: Staging the Revolution via Theater

Girl Be Heard (originally known as the Project Girl Performance Collective) is a not-for-profit theater group that is the brainchild of Ashley Marinaccio, Artistic Director, and Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director. They have melded their talents and backgrounds to create “social justice theater.” The new name reflects a rebranding, as the organization moves beyond its New York City roots to take on worldwide issues.

Part of the arts and activism movement that has been embraced by Culture Project and Eve Ensler, among others, Girl Be Heard has gained traction as part of the Manhattan theater scene—no easy task. With a strong Board of Directors and high profile supporters that include Gloria Steinem and Peggy Kerry, they already have a string of performances under their belt, from presentations at the White House to the United Nations.

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