Today — my 19th birthday — I’m in Kenya visiting Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp.
Every year on my birthday I travel to meet girls who are struggling to go to school — to stand with them and to make sure the world hears their stories.
Today in Dadaab I met Rahma Hussein Noor, a 19 year-old who has struggled more than most of us can imagine just to go to school.
Rahma came to Dadaab at age 13, having never set foot in a classroom. She worked hard to catch up with her classmates and, in a few years, graduated primary school.
Rahma then enrolled in a secondary school in Dadaab. But when her family returned to Somalia last year, Rahma could not find another school to attend.
After two months, her father said her education was over and decided to marry her to a man over 50 years old whom Rahma had never met.
Rahma snuck out of her house and took an eight day bus ride back to the refugee camp…all to continue her education.
Rahma is not alone. Many girls from Syria, Burundi, Afghanistan, Pakistan and all around the world have lost so much and are then forced to fight for a right they already have — the right to go to school.
Last year, the world agreed to provide 12 years of education for every boy and girl. Yet, nearly one year after making the commitment, where do we stand?
We are facing a global refugee crisis and more and more girls like Rahma are at risk of losing their chance to go to school — and their dreams for a better future.
We cannot allow girls like Rahma to fight alone. It’s time to do right by girls — #YesAllGirls.
Today, on my 19th birthday, I’m asking you to stand with me and keep fightng for girls around the world who are denied an education. Will you make a gift today to ensure girls — #YesAllGirls — get the education we promised them?
Nothing would make me prouder on my birthday than knowing we are in this together.
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First I must admit that I never ever watched “Friends.” Not even a single solitary episode. Second, I considered Lisa Kudrow the sole intellect in the cast mostly because of her Vassar pedigree. But Jennifer Aniston has a few things to say and says them very well here.
I might not have posted this at all since celebs being pissed off at paparazzi is nothing new and maybe especially for reasons Aniston cites … until I saw this in the footer beneath the story.
… and then you have to say WTF????!!!! And Aniston is 100% right! Picking on a little baby who did not ask to be born into a royal family and, as far as I can tell, is just a delightful little baby girl!
This from Skimm today:
WHAT TO SAY WHEN THE GUY NEXT TO YOU ON THE SUBWAY IS MANSPREADING…
You’re in my space. That’s what Iraqi troops are getting ready to say to ISIS. Yesterday, the Pentagon said it’s sending another 560 US troops to Iraq to prep for a battle to retake Mosul. But, just like the 4,000+ that are already there, these won’t be combat troops. They’re just helping out behind the scenes on things like engineering and intel. Mosul is Iraq’s second-largest city. When ISIS took it over in 2014, it was the ‘oh sh*t’ moment that made the world sit up and pay attention to the group. Mosul has been ISIS’s HQ in Iraq ever since. But Iraqi troops have been moving in on the group’s territory, with the US-led coalition playing Robin to their Batman. Now, Mosul is the last major city ISIS has control over. The problem? As the group loses territory, it has focused more on lashing out with terrorist attacks in Iraq and around the world. So these days, any major wins also come with a side of caution.
Manspreading is not the best idea.
I remember this morning like it was yesterday. Actually I remember the night. I remember Geraldine Ferraro coming out on the stage, and I thought my heart would burst. I remember sitting up so straight driving to work the next morning. It was like I had grown inches.
ON THIS DAY
On July 12, 1984, the Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major party ticket.
And yes, the whole world changed.
It began with a demand for Barack Obama’s birth certificate to legitimize his presidential bid. Now, with bathroom laws in several states, you had best have your BC with you when you need to pee.
In a conference call today, Karen Finney mentioned a time when girls were not permitted to wear pants to school. Some schools, amazingly, are citing BCs as the arbiter of what may or may not be considered appropriate prom attire.
The prom is more than a rite of passage. As a school function, it is also an educational event where budding young adults first get to step into the social circle of adulthood. Choosing prom attire is part of that process. (See the movie Carrie.)
Before the chicks fly at graduation, they get to test their wings and identities at the social event of the season sponsored by the school. They will fledge as the products of their alma maters. They should be allowed, whatever educators have stuffed¹ in their heads, to choose the feathers they feel best identify their individual varieties and should feel protected and resplendent in their right to do so.
¹“There are three things to remember when teaching: know your stuff; know whom you are stuffing; and then stuff them elegantly.” – Lola May
The rally itself was featured at Still 4 Hill yesterday as part of the regular reportage on Hillary Clinton’s activities and campaign. The protest outside the campaign was mentioned there based on news reports. Since then, my friend Jennifer Hall Lee has sent me her personal account of having been caught up among the protesters.
Bernie Sanders, his campaign managers, and surrogates have stirred up a hornets nest and cast Hillary Clinton as the enemy. The Republican Party is in chaos over its unqualified and out-of-control presumptive nominee. For the United States to elect the only clear-headed, sober, and qualified candidate, the Democratic Party must pull together. This will not happen while Sanders contends, as he continues to, that unifying the party is the sole responsibility of the front-runner. He should bear a good deal of the burden having attacked Hillary personally at his rallies and having sown seeds of distrust and, at worst, hatred for her and her supporters.
He has been running for President of the United States. It is time for him to prove his leadership chops, rein in the anarchy, and make it clear that the alternative to the all but certain nominee on the Democratic side is President Donald Trump and a cultural shift too extreme and dangerous to entertain.
Here is Jennifer’s report.
05/07/16 Edited to add additional reports.
Bernie Sanders Zealots Are Now Shouting Obscenities in the Faces of Hillary Clinton Supporters, Including ChildrenBernie Sanders very likely couldn’t stop this madness even if he wanted to.
The only person who can and should be charged with stopping these obscene protests is Bernie Sanders. If he cannot accomplish that, how would he ever stand up to Assad, Putin, and the Chinese? If he cannot, he is no different from Marcell Dockery who didn’t think the fire would get so out of hand. We might hear an excuse like that from a 10-year-old. It’s deplorable!
Also sharing this.
I arrived with one of my student reporter colleagues to our first presidential rally at East Los Angeles College on May 5. After a drive in the usual L.A. traffic, I found myself in the realm of professional trail-birds and journalists who join a campaign trail and ride it through to the November election. We approached the media check-in desk and handed them our press passes. The people checking us in saw my student media badge and checked that we were on the list.
Hillary supporters were lined up around the block. I was glad we didn’t have to wait in that line. My colleague Cory Jaynes and I went in and snagged a spot with a good vantage point to cover the former Secretary of State. There were reporters from CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Fox, Univision, local station KTLA, and so many more. I was in with the big kids. It was easy to stay professional on the outside, but inside I was screaming. Not only was I reporting on a campaign trail, but I was also getting to see Hillary Clinton speak.
She was eloquent, clear, collected, and inspiring. The crowd inside loved her and so did the media. Her supporters were loud and enthusiastic, hardly able to keep quiet. There were a couple of Berners who were tossed out, but neither Clinton or her supporters acted with aggression. She even said, “We don’t need to shout at each other; that’s the other side. So let’s talk instead of shouting.” She wanted to bridge the divide between Berners and her own supporters. It was obvious that she wanted to unite the party.
But a storm was brewing . Reporters kept going outside and when they returned, many had come to the same conclusion: the Berners were scary.
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During this election cycle, a great deal of attention is being placed on domestic issues, and to listen to the Republicans, the rest of the world can go to blazes. Hillary Clinton not only has experience out there in the larger world, she also knows that closing doors, erecting walls, and wearing blinders against the rest of the world do nothing to eradicate global problems. Human trafficking is a global crime. No other candidate is speaking out against this widespread and malignant phenomenon. No one. It is not alien to us. It happens right here in this country and across borders. It touches all of us.
Here is Hillary’s essay on how, as president, she intends to address it.
Here’s How I Plan to End Modern Slavery
In 2012, I visited a shelter in Kolkata…
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