Held In Common

24 Feb 19
Pie Plate Pilots

The following article appeared in the May 5, 1897 edition of the Galveston Daily News: “Was Aboard An Airship” — First Description Of The Modern Invention To Be Published — San Francisco – New York Line — Travel To Be Revolutionized Within Two Years — Speed 1000 Miles in Eight Hours — Richmond, Ft. Bend […]

24 Feb 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1604232-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1604232-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1604232-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1604232-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ When I was 17 years old, I was sentenced to die in prison for killing the man who had been trafficking me for more than five years. I was only 11 years old when the man who exploited me began to groom me for the underage selling of a child within the dark shadows of our communities. Yet, during my trial, the abuse and complex trauma I experienced throughout my childhood was not admitted into evidence. I was not allowed to speak of it. The “justice” system sentenced me — a child sex trafficking and rape survivor — to life in prison without parole, plus four years, for killing the man who stole my childhood and victimized me for nearly a third of my young life. Because of the tireless work of my legal team and community advocates, my sentence was commuted and reduced. On Oct. 31, 2013, I was paroled from Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla after serving 19 years and seven months. Despite having been free for more than five years now, my heart continues to ache at the injustice of locking up child victims of sex trafficking and sexual abuse who commit crimes against those who have abused and exploited them. What happened to me was not justice. What happened to Cyntoia Brown, despite her sentence being commuted recently by Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, was not justice. And what has happened to Alexis Martin, another child sex trafficking victim currently serving a life sentence for participating in a crime that resulted in her trafficker’s death, is not justice. None of us should have been sent to prison in the first place — a far too common response for girls of color in our country — especially for actions they take against their rapists and traffickers. Being silenced, sexually assaulted, raped, trafficked and degraded creates deep wounds, especially for children. Every day, these wounds require courage, grace and an undefined strength to overcome. Imagine if Cyntoia, Alexis or I were your own daughter. How might you respond to the vile men who exploited and abused us? Is it so difficult to understand, then, how a 16-year-old girl who was raped and abused and exploited from the time she left elementary school would end up killing the man who harmed her so? What should we do with her? Our answer to this question says a lot more about us than it does about her. When I was silenced, I felt invisible. I felt my voice and life experiences held no value and that I, as a person, had no value. It was only my act of violence that seemed to matter to the justice system, not what led up to it or what the person I had harmed had done to me. Instead, I was labeled a “child prostitute,” a “murderer,” a “convicted teen killer” and a “teen prostitute who killed her pimp.” I was left to die in a cage after being told by a judge that I lacked “moral scruples.” Nelson Mandela once said, “There is no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” What does it say about our soul if we allow our children who have been abused, raped and exploited to be sentenced to decades in prison for having committed crimes against their abusers, rapists and exploiters? I have been working alongside the survivor-led nonprofit organization Human Rights for Kids on a policy solution to make sure that what happened to Cyntoia, Alexis and I never happens again. Under our proposal, judges will be given greater flexibility in cases like ours and urged to keep us in the juvenile or child welfare system to provide us with services and care rather than keeping us in cages and silenced. Girls like us deserve to be protected by the system, not traumatized by it. Sara’s Law, as we are calling it, will make sure that happens. Sara’s Law has been introduced in Nevada as Assembly Bill 158 by Assemblyman John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, so that none of Nevada’s children has to suffer as I and so many other sex trafficked, exploited and abused children have had to. Let’s not allow the justice system to take anything else away from child sex trafficking and sexual abuse victims. We’ve been forced to give away too much already. Let’s do better so that the next Cyntoia Brown, Alexis Martin or Sara Kruzan is met with empathy, compassion, understanding and love. Sara Kruzan, a human rights advocate who fights on behalf of the victims of child sex trafficking and systemic violence, writes from California.
24 Feb 19
Solomon White

  The title of Keller’s book The Reason of God is misleading. Two views Christian apologetics are Evidential and Presuppositional. The Evidential apologetic says “let’s look at the natural world around us and humanity and through these proofs let’s reason our way up to God.” It posits that it’s reasonable to believe in God. The […]

24 Feb 19
United States Public Health Service Emergency Management Agency 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington DC 20240 (202) 208-3100

Arizona Arizona, formerly part of the Territory of New Mexico, was organized as a separate territory on February 24, 1863. The U.S. acquired the region under the terms of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the 1853 Gadsden Purchase. Arizona became the forty-eighth state in 1912. Today in History   https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history Men cannot force society to […]

24 Feb 19
Spencer's Blog

Currently, I am majoring in finance at the University of Illinois. After graduation, I plan on doing some sort of financial analysis work for my first job, as that is a common path for finance majors. Outside of that, I do not have a specific plan for my career. I may work in finance my […]

24 Feb 19
IELTSflow

The argumentative essay  ( Agree or Disagree Essay)   The argumentative essay is a genre of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic, collect, generate, and evaluate evidence, and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner. Argumentative essays must establish a clear thesis and follow sound reasoning. The structure of […]

24 Feb 19
Mii Dash Geget

This is a post I need to write while it’s still winter. The Ojibwes, like many other Algonquian peoples, had a traditional prohibition on telling sacred stories (aadizookaanag) during the warmer months. During the warmer months, unwholesome creatures — frogs, toads, serpents, and their kin — are active and may be listening. And in particular, […]

24 Feb 19
The Muslim Times

THIS CONTENT WAS PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 21, 2019   FILE PHOTO: Residents at the Kashgar city vocational educational training centre attend a Chinese lesson during a government organised visit in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Ben Blanchard/File Photo (reuters_tickers) By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – China is stepping up its diplomatic […]

24 Feb 19
VicPhysics Newsletters

The 2019 Physics Teachers’ Conference was held last Friday. Some of the presenters and the Chief Assessor, Andrew Hansen, have already provided their workshop material. Videos of the two addresses are also available. Andrew mentioned at the conference that his report on the 2018 Physics Exam is now on the VCAA website. See the link and […]

24 Feb 19
UTS Build abroad blog

January – February 2019. Recently I travelled to Thailand to complete UNBOUND’s design for social change program. This was only made possible with the help and support of the University of Technology, Sydney’s BUILD department and program. The Build abroad experience was the best way to finish off my university degree. The UNBOUND design for […]

24 Feb 19
Paradoxical Nontraditional Christian

For three years I had been going to therapy. Too reluctant on taking the step. Understanding and fighting the inner “installments” of a religious and cultural belief and stigma. As a Christian, who believes in God and the power of what He did for me on the cross.. the moment I accepted Him into my […]

24 Feb 19
World Site News

In an interview with Hindustan Times’ Kumar Uttam, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the minister for law, and electronics and Information Technology speaks of his ministries’ work over the past 58 months — a period during which the electronics and IT ministry has overseen growth in electronics manufacturing, and the law ministry dealt with a turbulent period…

24 Feb 19
Rightwingism

If you’ve ever spent any time on the internet engaging with fascists, authoritarians, or social conservatives of any kind, you’ve probably heard the term “degeneracy” thrown around a lot. The term degenerate is defined as “having lost the physical, mental, or moral qualities considered normal and desirable; showing evidence of a decline” but is usually […]

24 Feb 19
Conflicting Views

Once again, I give myself props for being a cheap bastard. Not that I had any choice in the matter, but it stands to reason that Namco has proven exactly why it is unreasonable and unthinkable to pay full price for videogames anymore. Though I will give them credit for this. Soul Calibur 6 is […]