I’m reading the article on the anti-gay bill reintroduced in Uganda, and we seem to have a tug ‘o war happening with development aid there. It goes a little bit like this: West: Leave LGBTQIA people alone or you can’t play with us and our money! Uganda: We don’t want to play with you! GoContinue reading “Playground Politics”
Here is a list of senators that oppose the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Sen. Lisa Murkowski(R-AK) Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) Sen. James Risch (R-ID) Sen. Chuck GrassleyContinue reading “SHAME LIST”
I am a pro-choice person. Being one completely changed my life. I had lost my direction and gotten lost in a bottle or two (or four). I started volunteering because I needed something in my life that made me feel good about myself, good about my life, just good. Because of taking that first step,Continue reading “Pro-Choice and Proud”
In Saturday’s International Herald Tribune, Lisa Shannon has a great piece on why excusing mass rape in Congo as part of “their culture” is ridiculous and dangerous. It is hard article to read, for me because I do not like feeling complicit in another person’s suffering, and that is what my culture is doing toContinue reading “Rape Culture Excuses Itself”
Sixth grade in my school system is the first year of of Intermediate School. For me, it was the year I got my period, but that is not this story. My history class did a unit on the Holocaust. I had one of those special teachers you get every once in awhile who goes theContinue reading “A Lesson of Consequences: A Child’s Story”
I just received an email from the International Women’s Health Coalition. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have introduced legislation to permanently end the Global Gag Rule.
Measuring development is difficult (it’s complicated, as my Comparative Development class likes to say). There are so many moving parts and ways to view and define development, that any one measurement or set of measurements is sure to miss the whole story. But measure things we do, in order to track progress, compare countries, andContinue reading “HDI and GDI: What is Human?”
congrats, houston! let me tell you, it is getting easier to tell people that i am from texas (without having to explain that i am one of the ones who left). congrats to houston! i am really heartened too to see gender identity included in this order, because too often the mainstream community leadership hasContinue reading “congrats, houston!”