Today, I delivered a speech outside the Bridgeport Police Department, remembering the 11 people that were killed by gun violence in Bridgeport in 2018. Today, 11 people from the audience walked one by one to the podium and held up a picture of each person that was killed and read a short bio on each of them. In my speech, I began by explaining how ironic I felt. Just a few months ago I watched thousands of young people walk up on stage to collect a college diploma and be introduced, and today I felt that these 11 individuals who were killed (MOSTLY UNDER 30) were being introduced because of their death. I felt that as a 24 year old, death is at the brim of my shoulder. How many more deaths will it take for gun violence to start mattering to people? To our leaders? We have to work hard to make sure that in 2020, we aren’t reading a statistic about our current year 2019 and the youth that were murdered. May God protect everyone.
After the short gathering, this police officer came up to me. He said that before the event, he had this pain in his heart/chest...but when I finished speaking, it went away. He said my words had a profound affect on him and that meant the world to me. Why? Because I’m not the best speaker. I’m not very articulate. I have a million flaws. I never claim to be religious or perfect. But to know that I stood up there and proudly but humbly expressed myself as a Muslim American, and my words affected a police officer today at this depth, pushes me to always speak up for justice and to always express myself as a Muslim. It’s not about pride. It’s about being confident and knowing that your voice can have a profound affect on society. Alhumdoolillah for everything.
I can feel it burning, see the smoke curling up around you. It is aching to be released, this energy within. It’s been pent up for too long, used for pain, longing, too many tears.
I see it. Everything you want to be, just below the surface. It reverberates off your skin. You are magnificent. It’s time, my beautiful friend. Take my hand and step forward. You won’t fall. .
Please continue to follow @nathanspiteri and I on a visual journey as we raise awareness for domestic violence and child abuse through our project Paper Boat Days. A story of two survivors. We share these stories not to attention seek, but in an attempt to help others. So they may feel less alone.
Supported by Australian of the Year Rosie Batty.
Photography by Cherie Abdy @flarephotographyanddesign
I once worked with a client who was paid $40,000 less per year than her male counterpart, she was more educated and experienced than he.⠀
I coached a woman who was dying to move closer to her boyfriend who lived in another state, yet persisted in her long distance relationship because she was afraid to lose her job.⠀
I sat down with a patient who talked tearfully about needing to end her marriage because she felt like a second class citizen in her relationship.⠀
Every single one of these women felt stuck, disempowered, anxious, and at the time helpless. Today it’s a different story.⠀
“$40,000 Less" is having her contract reviewed and is in line to get a raise plus, she has been recruited to work on another team with a boss she loves with all the regard and consideration of someone who is truly valued for what she does.⠀
“Dying To Be Closer” has moved in with her boyfriend, she did this and kept her job. Now she’s free to work on all the other aspects of life and love that require her attention without the stress of long distance love.⠀
“Second Class” is anything but these days. Her relationship with her husband is stronger than she (and honestly, I) ever imagined it could be.⠀
What did all these women do?⠀
They ask for what they needed; that's it. More often than not, the key to having your needs met (once you know what they are) is simply speaking up. Saying what you mean, being clear with your words can unlock a lot of seemingly impossible worlds.⠀
If you don’t ask the answer is always NO!⠀
Because it's #Friday, and on Friday we ALL deserve a bit of bloomin beauty! 🌸
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Reposted from @thegreenhub_ - The only #10yearchallenge that actually matters. This summer we're going through one of the worst droughts in living memory, experiencing more heat, less rain, severe bushfires, seeing flying foxes dropping dead in huge numbers from the extreme heat waves, watching the coral reef dying right in front our eyes, and that's just in Australia.
I'm not usually a doom and gloom kind of person. I believe in being positive and sharing practical advice on how we can all do better. But with a squabbling government who really don't give a shit and Adani's great big dirty coal mine being built in my own backyard, I'm feeling a bit pissed off and powerless.
There's a time for positivity and practicality. Making sustainable lifestyle changes at a personal level and encouraging others to do the same. There's also a time to get angry and start demanding the change we desperately need to see in the world. Now is that time. 👊
Get informed on the issues. Write letters to your local government for policy change. Sign a petition. Pull your money from banks who invest in coal and deforestation. Join a march. Volunteer with an environmental NGO. Collaborate with your community to create change. I firmly believe the power is with the people and if we all yell loud enough, our collective voices will be heard. 💚🌏 - #climatechange#iceismelting#speakup#itistime
I came to my mat for the first time a couple years ago those who know me know what I was going through at the time my whole life was turned upside down and I was suffering, it's been a long road to get back to being the man I am today I still have a lot of work to do on myself but my yoga practice has helped me deal and cope with so much its helped me understand more its helped me grow and it always gives me a place to go to deal with situations in a healthy way, I'm putting this out there both as a cleanse for myself it feels good to get it off my chest and I'm comfortable speaking out about my feelings and it could help or inspire someone else to do the same im always here for a chat I'm always willing to help, This is what I do, This is what I love, This is who I am, ❤👣 #speakup#mentalhealth#meditation#mindfullness#reallife#yoga#yogapractice#love#peace#happiness#mudra#zen#fitness#reachout #2019
One Muslim man and bomb squad members saved hundreds of Christian lives.⠀
Egyptian Imam Sheikh Sayed Askar saw a terrorist planting bombs on the roof of the Virgin Mary and Father Seifin Church in Nasr City, near Cairo, Egypt. The terrorist planned to detonate the bombs during the church’s orthodox Christmas Eve service on January 6, when hundreds of Christians flock to this Christmas Eve service.⠀
Askar alerted the police, and a specialized bomb squad began to defuse the bombs. Tragically, one of the three bombs detonated. One bomb squad member lost his life, and three others were injured.⠀
Please join us in thanking these courageous men & their families by signing a letter of recognition and honor. Find it linked in our profile today, or go to , click on the "Take Action" dropdown, and choose "Thank You Letter."⠀
Growing up, I hated science. I didn't understand it. Or care to.
So how did I get here? So into learning what is in everything, how it's made & how it effects us?
Because once I saw things, I couldn't unsee them. Once I starting learning, I couldn't stop.
The beginning was literally a desperate cry as a new mom to help my baby sleep. (Swipe to see Avery with actual bags under her sweet little infant eyes. We were living in Struggle City, you guys)
Then I learned what was in baby products. And household cleaners. And OTC medicines.
And then we miscarried a baby. And a lot women told me they did, too. And a lot of my friends struggle with infertility. And I hate it.
And now literally almost every baby I know that is Alijah's age has food allergies.
And I'm not okay with all of those things. So I keep digging in & asking questions & reading & watching & knowing more, little by little.
You have to start somewhere. It's okay to know nothing. COME AS YOU ARE.
I started the walk down that road 3 years ago & I'll gladly come back to the beginning & take your hand.
Young Living Starter Kits are insanely on sale right now (down to $119 from $160🤯) It contains everything you need to start knowing better & doing better for yourself & family.
Love you, friends. I want you all to be happy & healthy ❤
1 274 days ago
one of the most important moments of 2018 for me. i have always been very anxious about talking in front of people. but from little one, i could not tolerate any kind of injustice, a little word would always leave my mouth defending those that were being hurt.
and i wish someone had told me earlier that i was being hypocrite while believing i could love animals and nature while paying for animals to be killed. i used to get told all the time “you will get sick if you stop eating meat”. but it was when i educated myself on veganism that everything made sense. i was done getting manipulated by society just because they need us to believe their stories, like everyone that wants to sell us a “product”, they need us to want things even if they are bad for our health, environment or others.
how can mcDonald’s call a menu that has a dead body in it “happy meal”? or how can a grocery store put a smiling cow on dairy products when they get raped and spend days crying because their babies get taken away from them on the same day they are born? as a vegan you hear lots of hurtful jokes from people, and wrong assumptions, where you have to keep calm even when it feels impossible.
but it was on this day, that everything accumulated, and i felt a fire in me. i told myself “it is not about me, it is about them” and used my voice for the innocent. i felt support, this made me believe in humanity. there are mindful people that will save this world and you!
just try to listen to people who care and not to people that just want your money.
if you want to educate yourself, watch some videos of @earthlinged or read his book online for free , watch “dominion”, “earthlings”. believe me, you won’t regret it. i saw how wrong i was and how i could not be against animal cruelty and pay for their misery. 🌛
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