March 31, 2012

"See, It's Not About Races..."

The latest headlines regarding (alleged) racial profiling really struck a cord with many people across the world -people are angry, confused, heartbroken at the state of human relations.

Trayvon Martin and Shaima Al – Awadhi aren't the first victims of alleged hate crimes; however, these two cases have reopened and expanded the conversation about race, gender, and cultural differences.
Since the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960's, we have seen many minorities make progress around the world. It is depressing, in the year 2012, we still ask the following question- "How could this happen?!"

I didn't plan on posting anything about these current events,
but I couldn't keep silent. Trayvon, Shaima, and so many others can't speak up for injustice...we must be the voice of unity and love.
With that being said, here is a something I put together: let's keep the conversation going and find ways to make the world a better place.

If you see me in a hoodie,
If you see me with tattoos, 

If you see me in a store at midnight,
does this really give you a clue?

If you see my hair in locks,
do I seem unambitious?
If you see me in Timberland boots...
do I come off suspicious!?

If you see me, you should a reflection:
I'm a dreamer,
I'm a fighter,
I want love and affection.

Look at the reflection, the "Man in the Mirror"-
if you see me looking back at you, the message will get clearer.

So if you see me in a hoodie,
see yourself in a hoodie, too.
If you see me for who I am,
I will see you for you.


March 21, 2012

Children´s Day, March22nd 2012 - Justice for Children Of War

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 a special children's day  took place in The Hague, Netherlands.
After 10 years (!) the International Court of Justice gave its very first decision  focused exclusively on the use of child soldiers:

The International Court of Justice convicted the Congo Child Army leader, Thomas Lubanga Dyilos.

photo credits: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Lubanga Dyilos was accused of recruiting and training child soldiers during a devastating ethnic conflict in Ituri, Eastern Congo, between 2000 and 2003. The international criminal court found Th. Lubanga Dyilos guilty of war crimes and that children as young as nine were forced to fight in Congo.  Sometimes it takes a  long, long time - but  this verdict should strengthens our faith that warlords must make atonement for abuse of all those uncounted nameless child soldiers in the long run. Read more about the Lubanga Case.

May Thomas Lubanga Dyilo´s conviction send out a warning to other war criminals! This message has not reached yet another rebel leader: Joseph Kony, the Ugandian  rebel leader, sought worldwide. Our webteam wants to  turn your attention to the movement "Invisible Children", demanding for justice and intending to finally arrest Kony by making him and his crime famous all over the world.

For more than 25 years Joseph Kony   raped  and killed men, women and children.
Joseph Kony, sought worldwide...

Now the war criminal himself  gets hunted: millions of people all around the globe are "chasing " Joseph Kony, leader of the so-called "Lord's Resistance Army" LRA., by making him and his crime public via their Twitter - and Facebook accounts, blogs and websites.

It is said, that Kony does not use modern media because he is fearing it;  ironically it seems that the new media has become a real powerful weapon against him. The organization "Invisible Children", located in San Diego, California, has a lavishly produced film on the Internet. Over a week  80 000 views were counted!
In the video clip filmaker J. Russell talks (in a subjective and very emotional  way) about the history of the tyrant Joseph Kony, and what to be done about it.

Take half an hour to watch Jason Rusell´s video:

 Uganda said that it would catch Kony dead or alive, after the video attracted a wave of international support.

Russell's mission: catching the mass murderer with the help of Facebook and Twitter.
The Action Package, which was offered by J.Russell and his team for $ 30 with posters, stickers and wristlets, was sold out within a few days.

 More informations:
  •                                                                                                         You might also like to read more about
  •  Children of War (2009),  a unique and incandescent documentary which follows a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center.

Our plea hasn´t changed since 2010: let´s do something...
  •  get facts
  •  stay informed
  •  spread the word
  •  sign petitions                       
  •  shop for the cause
  •  donate
  •  join the movement                                                                                                                                                                                  ....and never forget to care about the "lost children".           Thank you for reading.


After this article was nearly finished, we had to learn the the filmmaker J. Russell, who has dedicated his complete adult life to the  Kony cause, was taken into custody after acting in a bizarr and irrational manner. 
His wife stated, that the criticism about the video may have contributed to the behaviour and that he never took drugs . "... Because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal and Jason took them very hard," said the statement.
The mind is a  very fragile thing and people can´t take too much without snapping. The It´s-All-For-Love-Webteam appreciates J.Russell´s dedication to the tortured people of Uganda and sends out heartfelt wishes to get better soon. May mass media  leave him alone until he is fully recovered and able to clearify.
No one knows the truth or the cause of  Mr. Russell´s bizarre acting, which also could be the result of an attack that made him taking drugs unwittingly, intending to take him down...).