Category Children’s Rights

A Vigil for Children: Four Steps You Can Take To End Violence Against Youth

The turnout was small, but not lacking in passionate voices at the San Diego vigil for youth(age 23 and younger) killed by police in San Diego, and nationally. Since majority of people killed by police are non-white, racial profiling was brought up as a main issue along with police brutality, biased media reporting and how […]

Seeing Girls in the Media Building, Creating, Engineering

I love the recent pushback against marketing princess and sweetness to little girls. I often wonder if I would have been a happier teen had there been more feminism in my childhood toys and interests. I  had a feminist mom, trailed after my older brother and sister playing outside, rode a bike, built with Legos, […]

What Do Little Girls Want? The Same as Little Boys, To Create, Build and Design; That’s Why We Need Black Girls Code

Girls just want to have fun… playing with science and techonology. This isn’t news to me as most of my female friends have pursued careers in engineering and science, but I look around and see they are the exception not the rule. There is a lot of talk about the need for S.T.E.M.(Science, Tech, Engineering, […]

Book Review: Hope’s Boy a Memoir by Andrew Bridge

If you never had any experience with the USA foster system this book will be startling. If like me you have volunteered in the system or been entangled for another reason than it will be uplifting. Andrew Bridge was placed in foster care as a child and stayed in the system for 11 years.  I […]

Fierce Fridays: Drama, Gossip, and Bullies

   Welcome to week eleven of sharing excerpts from the book, Fierce: A New Generation of Female Empowerment. This book is for those who have a desire to get the most out of life. Those who want to make positive change, but are not sure how to make it happen. It is for any age female […]

So You Have a Deaf Child?

It is not easy to be deaf and not easy to have a deaf child, but it is important to remember that deaf is not a “bad” or “dumb” aspect, just like being blind, in a wheel chair or missing an appendage does not make someone dumb.  Dumb is thinking that you are better than […]

A Guide For My Son

Dear Son, You are an amazingly talented and loving boy who will grow up to be a strong, altruistic man. The world will give you so many conflicting ideas of what you should be, what you should want and how you should act.  I wrote this guide for you. When you are in doubt, when […]

A Guide For My Daughter

Dear Daughter, You are an amazingly talented and compassionate girl who will grow up to be a strong, altruistic woman. The world will give you so many conflicting ideas of what you should be, what you should want and how you should act.  I wrote this guide for you. When you are in doubt, when […]

The P Word

Repeat after me:  “Prostitution is NOT empowering!”   Next time someone gives you that bullsh*t line tell them to up shut because prostitutes are forced, coerced, threatened, bribed, lied to, and sold into the sex trade. The few women(1%)  who CHOOSE to sell their bodies for sex do it for MONEY,  not empowerment. Women are […]

Prose and Poetry Empowers

I am so honored to be a part of this post on the Somkritya blog. Why are we teaching children to be so awful to one another and to judge so harshly based on appearances or economic status? I think it is mostly laziness and fear of anything different. I suppose that since I grew […]