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Half the Sky: Your Call to Action

Last year, Nancy and I read the incredibly empowering book Half the Sky. We were simultaneously outraged and inspired. The book describes the horrifying atrocities waged against women every day all over the world regardless of class or ethnic background. In affluent homes and destitute quarters, women–wives, daughters, friends–are abused and raped. Despite these overwhelming facts, the authors also highlight how women themselves have overcome these oppressive situations, how they have found the strength and hope required to persevere, and in doing so have enabled the people around them to also overcome. Research supports that claim. The authors site a research study conducted by the World Bank entitled: “Engendering Development through Gender Equality in Rights, Resources, and Voice.” The study concluded that investing in women reaps “a double dividend.” Story after story is told of how when women are given the opportunity, their success has a ripple effect that can change the lives of entire communities.

By the time, Nancy and I reached the conclusion of the book, we were both crying, inspired, and ready to DO something. I think that’s the very definition of empowered: “crying, inspired, and ready.” We both wanted to sign up for nearly every organization listed in the conclusion, which brings me to the point of this post. Nancy came up with the fantastic idea of using Colourize as a direct way to take action, and I loved it. We have some ideas for what we want to do in the future…community projects, micro-business sponsorships, but to get us started we have a woman that you can help NOW.

Two months ago, my sister-in-law Abbie and her husband Jon opened up their home to a woman and her three young children. She courageously left her abusive husband despite all the challenges she knew that would bring, including raising three little ones on her own without much support. She has been searching for a place of her own since arriving at Abbie’s, but has experienced discrimination at every turn. She has been working with her local non-profit organizations and even then has faced barriers. An opportunity has finally opened up today that would enable her and her small family to get their own apartment. She needs $1,800 in order to pay for the security deposit, first month’s rent, and a few necessities.

Obviously, you don’t know this woman, but if you have been wanting to join hands with other women in solidarity against violence, this is your opportunity. So many times, I am overwhelmed by all of the different organizations I can support. With this particular situation, know your money will go directly to help a young woman who is using her incredible strength to stand up for her herself and for her children. I hope you join her in her personal fight against domestic violence, just as Abbie and Jon did. Together we can “hold up half the sky.”

To donate funds, click on the PayPal link below. That will link you with the official Colourize PayPal account. I will be forwarding those payments to the account set up for her and will report back here with the results.


Reading Rainbow, Blog Edition

You do remember the tv show, right? And who could forget LeVar Burton? I can still hear the intro song in my head with the little rainbows springing out of books and dancing across the screen.

Sadly, the show is off the air; however, reading recommendations need not end. My friend Verna is an educator who has a passion for literacy. From that vantage point, she writes the Reading Rainbow blog, reviewing literature that might not always get the mainstream attention it deserves. As she says, the blog is “a collection of children’s and young adult literature authored by individuals of color to provide meaningful and authentic cultural perspectives while building literacy and activism amongst young readers.” It’s the perfect resource to assist you in developing a more well-rounded library for the children in your life. Check it out!

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