artrepublic support an art project for the homeless, Justlife Brighton

We’re sponsoring a studio to help boost the wellbeing of homeless people.

artrepublic are delighted to announce our project with Justlife in Brighton. Justlife are an organisation that focuses on Health Engagement with the homeless people of Brighton and Hove. Their primary objective is to improve the access the homeless have to primary care. After that, they aim to improve and maintain their good health in order to improve their chances of moving on from homelessness. They offer preventative care to those in unsupported temporary accommodation, to ensure that they don’t fall into homelessness. Alongside this, they provide progressive care to those currently suffering from homelessness. Needless to say, their work is invaluable and life-saving, and artrepublic are humbled to be able to help.

artrepublic Sponsors Justlife Brighton

One of the distinguishing aspects of the work that Justlife do in Brighton is address the social aspect of homelessness. Often homeless people do not have the opportunity to socialise and build networks of support outside of their experiences on the streets. Due to this, they often are alone or in communities that do not hold their best interests at heart. artrepublic have offered to sponsor a studio for the people affected by homelessness to spend time painting and expressing themselves artistically. It is important that people that have been homeless are rehabilitated physically but also mentally and emotionally. artrepublic hopes that the safe space offered to be creative will help increase the wellbeing of the vulnerable people in Brighton. To be able to creatively express yourself is often a privilege not extended to the homeless, but it is essential to build an identity that isn’t defined by a current situation. Defining oneself as a person outside of homelessness will build confidence and hope, which is essential to build a life away from it.

artrepublic Spnsors Justlife Brighton

Alongside improving mental and emotional wellbeing of the people impacted by homelessness, artrepublic hopes that time spent in the studio can help build networks of professional support, improve skills and prospects of finding employment. Last year the Justlife Creative Studio won Best Newcomer at the Artists Open Houses Awards. The open house showcased work from the artists who have experienced homelessness, was a huge success. Building connections with the most vulnerable and creating a sense of community within them is critical in reintegrating them into society. Following from Justlife’s success last year, artrepublic are proud to sponsor the studio of the open house, and provide all of the art supplies. artrepublic are proud to be part of an incredible cause and to help enable the creative expression and rehabilitation of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Please support the work of Justlife Brighton and visit the open house when it is open.

 

For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page

The post artrepublic support an art project for the homeless, Justlife Brighton appeared first on artrepublic blog.

artrepublic blog

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

R. Kelly Headed Back to Jail After Hearing Over Unpaid Child Support

Nuccio DiNuzzo

Disgraced singer R. Kelly was taken into custody at a Wednesday hearing for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife.

The singer reportedly left “through a different door than he had entered” at his Wednesday hearing at the Circuit Court of Cook County, and his hands were reportedly not cuffed, the Associated Press reports.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said Kelly will be transferred to a county jail later Wednesday, but would not confirm the reason he was taken into custody.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

The Daily Beast Latest Articles

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Pelosi Urges Support For Resolution To Overturn Trump’s Border Wall Emergency

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for bipartisan support to a resolution to overturn President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

“I write to invite all Members of Congress to cosponsor Congressman Joaquin Castro’s privileged resolution to terminate this emergency declaration,” Pelosi said in a letter sent to Democrats and Republicans
RTT – Top Story

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

R. Kelly Owes Almost $170,000 In Back Child Support

R. Kelly charged in Cook County with aggravated criminal sexual abuse

Source: Chicago Tribune / Getty

Besides facing a lengthy prison sentence for 10 charges of criminal sexual abuse, R. Kelly is facing another legal issue. The 52-year-old owes $ 169,996 in back child support, TMZ reports.

He was found in contempt after slacking off in his payments to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly. It was ruled back in January 2009 that he had to pay $ 20,833 per month, so it seems that he stopped making payments about nine months ago. A Cook County Judge ruled that if he does not pay up by March 6th, he will be thrown in jail. Since he turned himself in to Chicago police on Friday (Feb. 22), he will still be behind bars if he does not post bail. The “Ignition” singer’s bail was set at $ 1 million yesterday (Feb. 23).

Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg said he may not be able to post is bail due to not being as wealthy as he once was. Greenberg said Kelly has mismanaged his money and “really doesn’t have any money.” He he has yet to post bail and has spent the night in a Cook County Jail.

“This is someone who should be wealthy,” Greenberg told Page Six. “I don’t think he even owns the rights to ‘I Believe I Can Fly.”

If he can’t post bail, odds are he won’t be coughing up any unpaid child support any time soon.

The nearly $ 170,000 covers child support costs, however there are other expenses that Kelly has not been paying for his three children.  The number skyrockets to $ 194,045.70 due to interest, education and health care costs.

MadameNoire

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Kim Kardashian Slams Theory She’s Selling Her Looks to Fashion Nova Ahead of Time: ‘I Don’t Support What These Companies Are Doing’ [Video]

Kim Kardashian has been accused of selling her high-end designer looks to fast-fashion brands like Fashion Nova to make a profit — but the reality star says that’s not the case.

Earlier this week, Kim wore a vintage one-of-a-king Mugler dress. The following day, a knock-off version appeared on Fashion Nova’s website with a waitlist ready for purchase.

According to Kim, Fashion Nova (and other fast-fashion retailers) simply work fast in effort to capitalize on what she wore.

There’s a twist though — days before Kim wore the dress, a Fashion Nova model posted pictures of herself at a photo shoot for the knock-off version. The photos on the screen appear to be labeled labeled ‘Kim Dress.’

 

View this post on Instagram

 

UPDATE: See stories for a screenshot of the date of the Capture One session (it’s labeled 02-14-19). Fashion Nova Mugler knockoff shot 4 days before Kim wore it on 02/18/19. Kim, you’ll never fess up to your sneaky lil collaborations, but we got all the receipts ?. • ????????? At some point recently, a fast fashion photo shoot happened featuring a vintage Mugler dress that @kimkardashian just happened to wear on Sunday night to the Hollywood Beauty Awards…and yes, it appears to be a real dress, not photoshop. Ahead of Fashion Nova releasing the dress at 9pm EST tonight, house model Yodit Yemane may or may not have accidentally leaked a story 2.5 hours earlier of photo options from her shoot featuring the Mugler replica. The file names were even labeled “Kim dress” while it’s now being called “Winning Beauty Cut Out Gown” lol. This begs the question: Did Fashion Nova whip up the dress overnight in their Los Angeles atelier after seeing Kim in it or is she peddling her vintage finds to mass retailers ahead of debuting them for a calculated, timely release? ????????? • ? : Getty • #kimkardashian #mugler #thierrymugler #manfredthierrymugler #bodycon #cutout #barelythere #strappy #straps #black #vintage #dress #velvet #fashionnova #wiwt #ootd #kuwtk #hollywood #beauty #kkwbeauty #kardashian #ecommerce #shady #smh #photoshoot #model #fashionmodel #dietprada

A post shared by Diet Prada ™ (@diet_prada) on

Still, Kim denies any relationship with Fashion Nova or any fast-fashion company and says she doesn’t support what they’re doing.

See her tweets below.

The post Kim Kardashian Slams Theory She’s Selling Her Looks to Fashion Nova Ahead of Time: ‘I Don’t Support What These Companies Are Doing’ [Video] appeared first on lovebscott – celebrity news.

lovebscott – celebrity news

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Today in Feminist History: Valentine Messages of Support Greeted Suffrage Hikers Today in Trenton

Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond.


February 14, 1913: “Our feet may be sore,” declared General Rosalie Jones, “but they are not cold, and every one of us will stick it out to Washington.”

The hikers marching through Newark day before yesterday.

Jones; the other full-time suffrage hikers; Elizabeth Freeman, in the literature (“ammunition”) wagon, pulled by Lausanne the suffrage horse; and Olive Schultz, ahead in the scout car, all left Princeton this morning, headed to Trenton, New Jersey. The suffragist Army of the Hudson is continuing its advance on Washington, D.C.; the troops have now covered 53 miles in just three days since leaving Newark.

The pilgrims were accompanied to the edge of town by a crowd of several hundred Princeton students. They were probably the same ones who greeted the hikers so enthusiastically yesterday, and gave the weary travelers little sleep last night as they cheered outside the hikers’ hotel until quite late. While on the road to Trenton, the Princeton boys were replaced by some Lawrenceville Academy lads, who marched along for a while carrying a large “Votes for Women” banner and cheering. “Sis-boom-ah! Sis-boom-bah! Coo, coo, suffragettes!”

While the hikers were preoccupied with making speeches to the main body of Lawrenceville students at their school, a small group of boys quietly borrowed the ammunition wagon and drove around with it for about ten minutes—but it was returned undamaged and still well stocked with suffrage brochures, so no harm done. Upon arrival in Trenton, police officers on bicycles joined the pilgrims as they went through town.

The little parade was cheered by crowds along the sidewalks as the troops made their way to the Trenton Hotel. There, the hikers found many valentines waiting for them from admirers who had read of their journey in the newspapers. There is a contingent of “war correspondents” along for the trip sending daily reports back to their papers, so this tiny band of hikers is getting nationwide publicity.

Of course, 53 miles in three days is hard on the feet, and hardest of all on Corporal Klatchken. She was already hobbling a bit yesterday, but despite her blistered feet, is still refusing to accept any rides, and was voted “pluckiest of all” by the troops tonight.

Since the marchers were going through Princeton, it seemed only appropriate that General Jones should send greetings to its most famous resident. Though President-elect Wilson was in Philadelphia today, a letter was delivered to his home by Mary Boldt, bugler George Wendt, several other hikers and a number of Princeton students.

“My Dear Mr. Wilson,” the letter read, “a small band of votes-for-women pilgrims from the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio earnestly request of you an audience for not more than two minutes in Washington as soon after your arrival as possible. They desire to present a message to you. Thanking you in advance for your courtesy. I am, very sincerely, Rosalie Gardiner Jones.”

After arriving in Trenton, Jones and her army joined in a previously scheduled rally in favor of amending the New Jersey Constitution to authorize women to vote. This was followed by a banquet in the hikers’ honor, and finally an evening at the theater, where General Jones and Elizabeth Freeman were invited to make speeches between the acts.

One of the evening’s major events occurred back in Princeton, however. Mary Boldt, who had arrived there well ahead of the other hikers last night, had been somewhat taken aback by the unexpected and overenthusiastic welcome given her by a large and boisterous crowd of Princeton students. Since there were conflicting reports circulating around the campus today about the incident and her reaction to it, she motored back from Trenton to reassure the students that she held them in high esteem, and appreciated their enthusiasm.

Apparently, the admiration felt by Boldt for the students was mutual. They gave her another rally—and when she auctioned off her pilgrim’s cloak for the cause, it was cut into strips that the students pinned to their lapels as a sign of support and affection. There was also a brisk business in postcard photos of her.

Then there was one final, and much appreciated, show of support: When the automobile carrying Boldt back to Trenton broke down after half a mile, all the boys ran to her aid. They pushed the ailing machine back into town, where it was fixed, so Boldt was able to finish her return trip back to the army’s temporary barracks at the Trenton Hotel.

Tomorrow, on to Burlington!

1798716_10201996701102662_1218138272_nDavid Dismore is the archivist for the Feminist Majority Foundation.

ms. blog digest banner

The post Today in Feminist History: Valentine Messages of Support Greeted Suffrage Hikers Today in Trenton appeared first on Ms. Magazine Blog.

Ms. Magazine Blog

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Studies lend support to ‘grandmother hypothesis,’ but there are limits

Humans are unusual in that women go through menopause and stop reproducing long before reaching the end of their life expectancy. One theory holds that this aspect of human life history may be explained by the evolutionary benefits associated with the role of grandmothers in helping their grandchildren. Now, two studies add to evidence for this so-called ‘grandmother hypothesis.’ However, they also show that there are limits.
Parenting News — ScienceDaily

SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL UPDATE:

The governor didn’t get what he needed most out of his press conference: Reaffirmation of support from some of the biggest names in Virginia’s Democratic circles

If Ralph Northam hoped to use his extraordinary press conference on Saturday to convince top Virginia Democrats to side with him as others call for his swift resignation, the governor failed.


CNN.com – RSS Channel – HP Hero

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Pressure intensifies on Northam to resign as key allies pull their support

Pressure was mounting on Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam late Friday to resign.


CNN.com – RSS Channel – Politics

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

International Talent Support to Unveil New HQ

ITS, A NEW HOUSE: Italy’s International Talent Support design contest — also known as ITS — has found a new home.
Named ITS Arcademy, the new space will house the organization’s headquarters and offices, as well as the remarkable ITS Creative Archive, which features outfits, accessories and talents’ portfolios, gathered from the talent scouting contest’s past 16 editions.
The archive, which features items from Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, Mark Fast, Peter Pilotto and Richard Quinn, among other designers, currently occupies a small attic inside an 18th-century palazzo in the center of Trieste, Italy, where ITS is based.
In addition, ITS Arcademy — a name merging archive and academy — will host workshops, educational and training activities involving former finalists, winners and jurors.
“The talents we bring to Trieste will be coming back as accomplished professionals to share the depths of their soul in a land that has always been, historically, a place for exchanging and sharing. New talents, new professionals will be allowed to blossom, nurturing the sensibility and receptiveness of this territory,” explained ITS founder and director Barbara Franchin, who had already hinted at the project last June during the 2018 edition of the contest.
Housed inside the building occupied by Fondazione CRTrieste — a local institution

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Read More…
WWDWWD

BEST DISCOUNT ONLINE:

Mixer Adds Premium Currency to Support Streamers with Real Money

Microsoft’s streaming platform Mixer has added a premium currency in order to allow viewers to more directly support their favourite streamers.

An update to the Mixer blog explains this new currency is called Mixer Embers and is already in early access for mobile app users. Once purchased the Embers can be used to buy skills which include animated stickers and full-screen effects, much like the already established free currency, Sparks.

Sparks are earned by watching streams on Mixer and can be spent in the chat of a Mixer Partner’s channel. Where Embers will differ is that Sparks go towards achieving milestones to unlock cash bonuses while Embers will translate directly to cash. Viewers will also be able to purchase different premium skills with Embers as opposed to Sparks.

Continue reading…

IGN All

SHOPPING DISCOUNT UPDATE:

GameStop, Inc.

Trump threatens years-long shutdown for his wall as GOP support begins to fracture

The president claims he has the power to declare the national emergency to build a border wall without Congress — while also vowing to keep the shutdown going.
Politics

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Boerse Stuttgart To Launch Crypto-exchange With Support From SolarisBank

German stock exchange Boerse Stuttgart Group is partnering Berlin-based fintech company solarisBank to help develop the infrastructure and systems for a new cryptocurrency trading platform. It is set to be launched in the first half of 2019. The new crypto-exchange will initially open trading in established crypto currencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH).
RTT – Top Story

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Aisha Tyler Comes Out In Support Of Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas

Aisha Tyler doesn’t have time for anti-Chopra/Jonas trolls. As the world knows, Nick and the Quantico alum recently got married in India, however, their age difference has sparked the ire of some of their most judgmental fans. Tyler isn’t pleased with those online who would choose to look at Priyanka and Nick’s romance pessimistically.

On the 10th of December, the actress took to her Twitter to say, “their passion is infectious, they are wildly generous, and their company is a delight.” The 48-year-old actress went on to add, “Haters please feel free to suck it.”

During a conversation with Raz on Spotify, Jonas said that it was a “real dream” for him to raise a family with the Indian-American actress. It’s been a long withstanding hope.

According to the brother-of-three, he’s had to grow up in more than one manner very quickly, and there are a number of different ways of looking at that.

Nick said that he could look at life being “unfair,” however, he chooses to understand himself as someone who was given a gift at a young age, and now is able to see things from a different perspective than others.

As for Priyanka, she admitted to E! News in October that she was considering having kids sometime soon. She said that all of her friends are having babies right now, and she needs to “catch up.”

Meghan Markle, one of Priyanka’s main friends, is reportedly pregnant with her first child with Prince Harry. Chopra was even at her wedding in May of this year, arguably the biggest wedding of 2018, just before the summer months kicked off.

As it was previously reported, Nick and Priyanka just got married in India, despite their 10-year age difference. In the past, people have criticized both Priyanka and Nick for their decision to get married, arguing that the idea their romance would work out for the better was a pipe dream. It looks like both parties are determined to prove those theories wrong, however.

Celebrity Insider

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

This airline banned puppies and kittens as emotional support animals—but don’t get mad yet

This airline banned puppies and kittens as emotional support animals—but don’t get mad yet


This airline banned puppies and kittens as emotional support animals—but don’t get mad yet

If you’ve traveled by air over the past few years, chances are you’ve encountered an emotional support animal or two. But while these cuddly companions can be a big comfort to passengers with anxiety and chronic health issues, they’ve also attracted a lot of criticism. Now, Delta Airlines is tightening the restrictions surrounding emotional support animals—starting with puppies and kittens.

According to CNN, starting on December 18th, passengers flying with Delta will not be allowed to bring emotional support animals younger than four months old. On flights longer than eight hours, emotional support animals of any age will be prohibited. A press release published by Delta on December 10th does note that if you bought your ticket before December 18th and have already requested a support animal, you’ll still be allowed to travel as originally planned—as long as you’re flying before February 1st.

The age restriction on traveling companions comes out of legitimate health concerns. The Center for Disease Control notes that dogs can’t be vaccinated for rabies before they’re three months old, while cats must wait until they’re two months old. Once an animal gets their shots, they are not considered officially immunized until a month later. Delta’s age restriction basically helps to ensure that animals on flights won’t be spreading a deadly infection.

Additionally, in its announcement, Delta wrote that from 2016 to 2017, there was an 84% increase in accidents involving service and support animals on flights—including animals relieving themselves on flights and biting passengers. The ban on emotional support animals on long flights is likely a change made in reaction to this.

John Laughter, Delta’s senior vice president of corporate safety, security, and compliance, said in the release that the airline would continue to review its policy.

“These updates support Delta’s commitment to safety and also protect the rights of customers with documented needs–such as veterans with disabilities–to travel with trained service and support animals,” he added in his statement.

For now, at least, it looks like we won’t be seeing any more emotional support puppies on Delta flights.

The post This airline banned puppies and kittens as emotional support animals—but don’t get mad yet appeared first on HelloGiggles.

HelloGiggles

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Faherty Creates Capsule to Support LGBTQ Community

Faherty is in the giving spirit this holiday season.
The New York-based casualwear brand has created a new women’s collection, the Rainbow capsule, and will donate 10 percent of sales to The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.
The collection, which will be available starting Monday, consists of a sweater poncho for $ 269, a pom beanie for $ 78 and a cotton-acrylic scarf for $ 118.
To promote the initiative, Faherty will team with Brooklyn-based fashion blogger Allison Graham of “She Does Him,” who will produce and share a campaign featuring the Rainbow capsule with more than 27,000 of her followers.

“When we designed the Rainbow Sweater Poncho and matching beanie and scarf for our holiday collection, its bright colors and cozy softness evoked in us the warm and fuzzy feeling of the holidays,” said Faherty president Kerry Faherty. “But we also know the holidays can bring up feelings of sadness and loneliness for many. We reached out to The Trevor Project to set up a partnership and donate a portion of our Rainbow Collection sales to the organization. We’re deeply inspired by and grateful for the organization’s incredible efforts in the LGBTQ community and we’re honored to support them during

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Read More…
WWDWWD

BEST DISCOUNT ONLINE:

Support Groups Aid People Impacted by Shooting and Fire Tragedies

Beginning this week for 8 weeks, Kaiser Permanente is offering free crisis support groups to communities impacted by the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting and the devastating Woolsey wildfire. Licensed mental health professionals will lead the sessions, which will be held in the California cities of Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and Woodland Hills.

The shocking Borderline shooting occurred on November 7 in Thousand Oaks, killing 13 people, including the suspect. The next day, the destructive Woolsey fire ignited near Simi Valley, eventually spreading through parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. From loss of loved ones to ravaged homes, those affected are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together in the aftermath of these tragic events.

“These communities are dealing with multiple layers of tragedy — there has been an onslaught of trauma, destruction and grief” said Anna Garcia, PsyD, a licensed marriage and family therapist and the director of Behavioral Health at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. “Many people in the Ventura area are also still dealing with the effects of last year’s Thomas fire. These events strike at the very core of people’s sense of safety and equilibrium.”

The weekly support groups focus on teaching participants self-care skills to help them recover from trauma, work through their grief, and begin moving forward in their lives. Attendees also receive assistance connecting them to other resources and services.

“We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond — how we can use negative experiences to make us stronger and more resilient,” said Garcia. “Providing a place for people to come together and share their feelings helps them process what happened.”

Borderline Tragedy Support Group in Thousand Oaks
Kaiser Permanente, 145 Hodencamp Road, Suite 100, Thousand Oaks. Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Begins Novemer 29. Facilitated by licensed marriage and family therapists Nicole McCarthy and Diana Bennett. Call 805-449-3442.

Wildfire Support Group in Ventura
Kaiser Permanente, 4949 Market Street, Ventura. Community Room Building (outside in front of the main building). Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Begins November 28. Facilitated by licensed marriage and family therapist Lorena Ferrari and Melissa Cole, a licensed clinical social worker. Call 805-449-3442.

Wildfire Support Group in West San Fernando Valley
Kaiser Permanente, 21263 Erwin Street, Woodland Hills. Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Begins November 28. Facilitated by Adriana Rubio, a licensed clinical social worker. Call 805-449-3442.

 

Main RSS Feed – Kaiser Permanente

NEW PARENT ESSENTIAL UPDATE:

Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna Have No Co-Parenting Issues Amid Child Support War

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna might be duking it out in court over money to care for their daughter — but turns out there’s a measure of peace behind the scenes. Sources connected to both parents tell us Rob and BC are a well-oiled co-parenting…

TMZ.com

SPECIAL DEAL UPDATE:

African American Art Galleries and Museums to Support for Black Solidarity Day

As the anticipated International African American Museum gears up for a grand opening in 2020, we couldn’t help but find out what other black-centric museums and exhibits around the country are worth checking out right now.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most intriguing and thought-provoking exhibits, some by African American artists, but all of them about African American life for African American viewers, whether they’re art enthusiasts, art geeks, or just simply looking to learn something new.

Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Brooklyn Museum

This exhibit takes viewers through the most political and revolutionary period of American history. The more than 150 artworks displayed throughout the exhibition aim to address the unjust conditions that African American artists faced from 1963 to 1983, a time of political and social revolution.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 14, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, New York Historical Society Museum & Library

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggles African Americans faced for full citizenship and racial equality. It is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights how African Americans advocated for their rights during that time. The exhibit opened in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 7, 2018-Mar. 3, 2019

Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past, African American Museum in Philadelphia

The exhibition features 35 large-scale photographs, as well as an installation and altarpiece by artist John E. Dowell, all aiming to “explore the dichotomy between the beauty of the plant and its inexorable link to the horrors of chattel slavery in the U.S.”

It also looks at the often overlooked history of slavery in the north.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 15, 2018-Jan. 21, 2019

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture, National Museum of African American History & Culture at the Smithsonian

This special exhibition features the life of the media mogul, philanthropist, and actress and will also showcase her roles as a film producer; TV host, with her successful daytime talk show; and educator. Visitors will be able to explore Winfrey’s influence and the impact that she has on the world. The museum will feature artifacts from the very first Harpo Studios in Chicago and much more.

Find out more information, here.

June 2018-June 2019

AFreauX, Zucot Gallery

The exhibit features a group of African American artists who express their artwork through the gritty, colorful, and dynamic trends of the street art movements. In a press release on the exhibit, their collective artwork is described as, “a rebellious response” and a “departure from current trends,” speaking to the African American narrative and experience.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 22, 2018-Nov. 16, 2018

Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

With this exhibit, the Detroit museum plans to honor Aretha Franklin’s life and legacy. The exhibit will feature photographs— loaned by photographers to help honor the late Queen of Soul—showcasing her work and life.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 25, 2018-Jan. 21, 2019

Facing the Rising Sun Freedman’s Cemetery and The Souls of Black Folk, African American Museum, Dallas

The two exhibitions, “Facing the Rising Sun Freedman’s Cemetery” and “The Souls of Black Folk,” present two views of African American art in life and art in Dallas, Texas.

Visitors will get the chance to see and hear from people who knew about Freedman’s town, later known as North Dallas, through interactive video, historical documents, objects, and photographs.

Over 500 objects are on display in “The Souls of Black Folk” courtesy of the Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection.

Visitors can also check out a few other exhibits housed in the museum, including, “Genesis: African American Artists,” which shows the work of 36 local Dallas artists.

Find out more information, here.

On-going

International African American Museum, South Carolina

The highly anticipated museum is set to open in 2020. The IAAM will explore the deep-rooted history of African Americans, presenting untold and under-told experiences and contributions of African Americans. The museum has so far received a variety of donations from companies such as BMW, Viacom, and BB&T and a $ 10 million donation from the Lilly Endowment. This museum is definitely one to keep on your radar.

Find out more information, here.

Opening in 2020

The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes, North Carolina Museum of History

The exhibition will showcase many original paintings and artifacts of artist and Durham native, Ernie Barnes. Barnes was known for his exquisite and unique style. His iconic “Sugar Shack” painting was featured on the hit show, Good Times. The painting also appeared on the Marvin Gaye I Want You album cover. According to the museum, he is the first professional American athlete to become a noted painter.

Find out more information, here.

June 2018- March 2019

The post African American Art Galleries and Museums to Support for Black Solidarity Day appeared first on Black Enterprise.

Lifestyle | Black Enterprise

FASHION DEALS UPDATE:

US troops support operations on the southern border

Associated Press

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Black Restaurant Weeks to Support

Black Restaurant Weeks happen all throughout the year in different cities all across the U.S. for the last 25 years. A restaurant week provides the opportunity to experience cultural diversity and try new food while at the same time stimulating local economies and promoting awareness of minority-owned businesses.

Not only is it good for black-owned businesses but it also showcases community engagement and gives restaurant owners a chance to think outside the box with meal specials and deals that would not normally be on the menu or that are offered at a higher price.

Usually, customers who attend restaurant weeks wind up coming back; according to Toast.com, 80% of diners who try a restaurant during restaurant week are likely to return.

Here’s our list of black restaurant weeks around the nation that you should support if you’re ever in one of these cities.

UPCOMING

DMV Black Restaurant Week, Washington, D.C.

DMV Black Restaurant Week is designed not only to highlight the black-owned establishments in and around the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area but to also empower up-and-coming talent. And it’s not just about restaurants; it’s also inclusive of black-owned bars. Some events include bartender competition, mixology classes, and a conference about entrepreneurship and financing. It’s the first restaurant week of its kind to offer such a diverse array of programming that caters to patrons, entrepreneurs, and aspiring business owners.

Find out more information, here.

Nov. 4-11, 2018

Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP) Black Restaurant Week, Columbus, OH

The organizers of Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP) Black Restaurant Week believe that supporting black restaurants plays a crucial role in empowering their community. The event, they say, is also a chance for the black-owned restaurants in the Columbus area to offer dining deals and raise awareness of their business.

Visitors can try some of the newer black-owned restaurants while also supporting the established ones.

Find out more information, here.

November 11-17, 2018

2019

Chicago Black Restaurant Week, Chicago, IL

Chicago Black Restaurant Week, located in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs, was designed by PR guru Laura Smith with the intention of putting a spotlight on African American eateries. With growing support from local residents every year and over 20 restaurants participating, there is sure to be something for every patron to enjoy.

More information can be found here.

Feb 10-17, 2019

Black Restaurant Week, Dallas, TX

This event is the first of its kind in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Visitors can sample the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisines at participating restaurants like Wings World, Peace Love & Eatz Smoothie Bar, and OMG Soul Food.

Find out more information, here.

Oct. 13-27, 2019

PAST RESTAURANT WEEKS

Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, Richmond, VA

The Richmond Black Restaurant Experience is a celebratory week dedicated to supporting Richmond’s black-owned restaurants and promoting the Richmond regions growing culinary tourism scene. It aims to counter economic disparity within minority-owned businesses with fun and interactive solutions that engage, excite, and ignite a deeper understanding and love of Richmond food culture.

Find out more information, here.

Mar. 4-11, 2018

Memphis Black Restaurant Week, Memphis, TN

Created to help local minority-owned businesses gain exposure and support from the community, Memphis Black Restaurant Week was born. According to the website, its mission is to create an “opportunity for black-owned restaurants to offer dining deals to bring in new customers and raise awareness.”

Find out more information, here.

Mar. 5-11, 2018

Black Restaurant Week, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

This is Philly’s first black restaurant week, with the city of brotherly love showcasing African American, Caribbean, and African cuisine. In addition to diners being able to support businesses like Booker’s Restaurant and Bar and Rose Petals Cafe & Lounge, there is also a culinary panel and a cocktail competition.

More information can be found here.

June 10-17, 2018

Detroit Black Restaurant Week, Detroit, MI

Detroit Black Restaurant Week features casual dining and fine dining restaurants and offers several events that highlight and promote different aspects of the culinary scene in Detroit, particularly the black culinary scene.

It first kicked off in 2017 and is supported by Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, a Detroit-area resident who is passionate about showcasing black-owned Detroit businesses. His aim is to bring people of all backgrounds together for Detroit Black Restaurant Week and expose them to establishments and owners that they might otherwise not have encountered.

Find out more information, here.

Aug. 20-26, 2018

Atlanta Black Restaurant Week, Atlanta GA

For two weeks, Atlanta celebrates the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisines. Participating restaurants include Mangos Caribbean Restaurant, Café Songhai, a West African eatery, and The Spice House.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 2-16, 2018

Charlotte Black Restaurant Week, Charlotte, NC

More than 20 black-owned restaurants participate in Charlotte Black Restaurant Week and will offer special menu items and prices. The event also takes one night to honor the best black chef and it also includes black-owned food trucks. According to their website, the organizers and the black business owners of Charlotte realized the need to ramp up excitement about the black restaurants that have either planted roots in Charlotte or survived among closures.

Find out more information, here.

Oct.14-21, 2018

Taste of Soul L.A., Los Angeles, CA

Eater.com calls it L.A.’s biggest street food festival, and it features plenty of black-owned establishments. It has been going strong for 13 years with organizers claiming annual attendance of more than 350,000 people.

The annual, family-friendly festival, often held in October, features a variety of different food vendors all dishing up BBQ & soul food, Jamaican cuisine, as well as traditional African and American dishes. A beer garden is usually on deck along with live entertainment including music, comedy, and gospel singers.

Find out more information, here.

Oct. 20-21, 2018

Bay Area Black Restaurant Week, Bay Area, CA

Hosted in what is considered one of the best food cities in the country, this two-week Bay Area event has something for every restaurant-goer. Enjoy a dining experience with a variety of choices including barbecue, soul food, and even vegan options. A portion of the proceeds from this restaurant week will go back into the community and donations will be given to the Oakland Food Pantry and Farms to Grow in San Francisco. Patrons will be able to enjoy a great meal while also contributing to worthy causes.

More information can be found here.

Oct 21-28, 2018 

The post Black Restaurant Weeks to Support appeared first on Black Enterprise.

Lifestyle | Black Enterprise

FASHION DEALS UPDATE:

U.N. special envoy Jolie voices support for Venezuelan refugees

U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie speaks about the plight of Venezuelans forced to leave their crisis-stricken homeland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


Reuters Video: Entertainment

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Shop eBags’ Winter Sale & Clearance Event – Up to 75%* Off Your Favorite Brands!

Amy Schumer Will Refuse Super Bowl Ads in Support of Colin Kaepernick

Comedian Amy Schumer said Friday she would not do a Super Bowl commercial this year, in support of ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Her message came the same day reports surfaced that singer Rihanna turned down being the next year’s Super Bowl half time performer, also in support of Kaepernick.

Schumer posted the message to her Instagram, saying she believes more white NFL players should kneel during the national anthem to show their support of their black teammates. Taking a knee has become the main form of protest in the NFL against police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S.

“I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote. “I know it must sound like a privilege-ass sacrifice, but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.”

Schumer also said that Maroon 5, who is set to perform as next year’s halftime show, should also back out.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked a wave of NFL national anthem protests against racial inequality, beginning in 2016. His actions have enraged many, including President Trump. This has led Kaepernick, who is currently an unsigned free agent, to claim he has been blacklisted by NFL leadership.

Schumer has taken more public political action recently, including getting arrested with Emily Ratajkowski earlier this month while protesting the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In her Instagram post, she did not specify whether she had been offered any Super Bowl advertising opportunities.


Entertainment – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Amy Schumer Will Refuse Super Bowl Ads in Support of Colin Kaepernick

Comedian Amy Schumer said Friday she would not do a Super Bowl commercial this year, in support of ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Her message came the same day reports surfaced that singer Rihanna turned down being the next year’s Super Bowl half time performer, also in support of Kaepernick.

Schumer posted the message to her Instagram, saying she believes more white NFL players should kneel during the national anthem to show their support of their black teammates. Taking a knee has become the main form of protest in the NFL against police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S.

“I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote. “I know it must sound like a privilege-ass sacrifice, but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.”

Schumer also said that Maroon 5, who is set to perform as next year’s halftime show, should also back out.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked a wave of NFL national anthem protests against racial inequality, beginning in 2016. His actions have enraged many, including President Trump. This has led Kaepernick, who is currently an unsigned free agent, to claim he has been blacklisted by NFL leadership.

Schumer has taken more public political action recently, including getting arrested with Emily Ratajkowski earlier this month while protesting the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In her Instagram post, she did not specify whether she had been offered any Super Bowl advertising opportunities.

Sports – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

It’ll be tougher to travel with your emotional support animal on Spirit Airlines

Those hoping to travel on Spirit Airlines with emotional support animals will now have to jump through a few more hoops.

The company is enforcing stricter rules as of Monday, following the lead of other airlines also cracking down on creatures being crammed into their cabins.

If you’re traveling…

Life Style – New York Daily News

EMPLOYMENT SEARCH UPDATE:

Jimmy Kimmel Made a Video to Support His Theory About Melania Trump’s Trip

First Lady Melania Trump just completed her first solo excursion in a political capacity, touring Africa for five days and stopping by hospitals and orphanages, hanging out with elephants and visiting famous sites like the Sphinx and the Pyramids on her journey. And while plenty of attention has been paid to both her ongoing promotion of her ‘Be Best’ campaign and her fashion choices for the jaunt, Jimmy Kimmel wants to focus on something different: her facial expressions.

Kimmel drew a sharp contrast between the First Lady’s seemingly joyful spirit while photographed and videoed during her public engagements in Egypt, Ghana, Malawi and Kenya in comparison to clips of her taken while back in the U.S. at the side of her husband President Donald Trump for a spoof.

“This is Melania’s first trip overseas, and she really seemed to enjoy herself,” Kimmel suggested. “It’s not scientific, but draw your own conclusion.” (They added in some ominous Star Wars music for effect to really draw out the stark difference between her U.S. self versus her cheerful African tourist self.)

Now that she is back on U.S. ground.

Here’s Kimmel’s spoof below.


Entertainment – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Celebrities support Strictly star’s ex amid scandal

Celebrities and members of the public have rushed to show support for the girlfriend of Strictly star Seann Walsh, who released a powerful statement saying she is “not a victim” after he was pictured kissing his dance partner.
Entertainment News – Latest Celebrity & Showbiz News | Sky News

ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALS:

Hulu Plus – New Subscribers Only

Mike Bloomberg’s super PAC spends over $2 million to support 7 Democratic women in House races

The commitment comes after Bloomberg declared he would be pushing ahead with an $ 80 million investment to support Democratic candidates.
Politics

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save 50% Today! Get 24/7 Access to Your Credit Scores & Reports with TransUnion

Kavanaugh Confirmation Nearly Guaranteed After Collins, Manchin Express Support

Virtually guaranteeing Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., announced their support for the federal appeals court judge’s nomination on Friday.
RTT – Top Story

SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Key Republican Jeff Flake will support Kavanaugh’s confirmation barring big changes

The Arizona Republican says he would support Kavanaugh shortly after he voted to advance the judge's nomination to a final vote, which is expected Saturday.  
Politics

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save 50% Today! Get 24/7 Access to Your Credit Scores & Reports with TransUnion

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $119,000 in Grants to Support Health Care Workforce and Economic Development

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 119,000 in community benefit grant funding to three nonprofits seeking to promote economic opportunity and support workforce development throughout the state.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing the shortage of health care workers and promoting economic opportunities in Hawaii,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Supporting Hawaii’s health care sector, and helping small businesses grow and create jobs are among many ways we are committed to a thriving Hawaii.”

Hawaii Community College (via UH Foundation) was awarded $ 69,333 for the school’s nursing program to help address health care labor shortages on Hawaii Island. Ninety percent of the school’s nursing graduates — approximately 40 students per year — go on to work in health care positions on Hawaii Island, addressing a critical need for care providers in rural areas. The grant will be used to purchase a simulation mannequin that provides essential clinical education and hands-on skills learning to maintain accreditation for the nursing program.

Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, in partnership with Mana Up (via YWCA Oahu), received $ 35,000 to promote economic opportunity, counseling and training for locally owned small businesses, with a specific focus on women’s leadership development. The nonprofits will offer a 10-month professional development course for 11 emerging women leaders, as well as a 12-week accelerator program for 20 local small businesses.

Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation received $ 15,000 to expand scholarships for health care students in Hawaii. A shortage of providers in primary care, specialty care, mental health and oral health care, especially on neighbor islands, affects the health of the entire state. HHERF plans to offer scholarships ranging from $ 500 to $ 2,000 to 15 or more Hawaii health care students pursuing degrees in nursing, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy and health care IT.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

The post Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $ 119,000 in Grants to Support Health Care Workforce and Economic Development appeared first on Kaiser Permanente.

Main RSS Feed – Kaiser Permanente

NEW PARENT ESSENTIAL UPDATE:

The FBI inquiry could provide wavering Republican senators the cover they need to support the nominee

Brett Kavanaugh’s chances of reaching the Supreme Court appeared to get a significant boost Thursday as key Republican senators reacted positively to the results of a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against him.


CNN.com – RSS Channel – HP Hero

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Lady Gaga Surprises Fans at A Star Is Born Screening and Tearfully Thanks Them for Their Support

Lady GagaLady Gaga surprised hundreds of her little monsters on Wednesday by attending a screening of A Star Is Born in New York.
The six-time Grammy winner walked onto the stage in a sparkly red…

E! Online (US) – Top Stories

FASHION DEALS:

Take an Extra 20% off Clearance at Zales.com!

#CancelKavanaugh: Survivors in Los Angeles Spoke Out in Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

A large crowd gathered in front of Los Angeles City Hall Friday as part of a nationwide day of action that followed in the wake of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing mounting allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct, to the Supreme Court.

Activists gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as part of a nationwide show of solidarity with survivors Friday. (Kohinur Khyum)

When the demonstration was organized, a floor vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination was scheduled to take place just days after heart-wrenching testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the committee, who is alleging that he sexually assaulted her in high school. But before it came to a close, an FBI investigation into her accusation, which feminists had been demanding in the weeks since Blasey Ford came forward, was finally authorized by President Donald Trump.

Protesters gathering in solidarity with Blasey Ford and the other women who have come forward since she exclusively told her story to the Washington Post, however, weren’t about to rest on their laurels. Feminists are continuing to demand information on the extent of the investigation after rumors that the White House had directed its focus and limited its scope—and activists are pushing for Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination entirely.

Donald Trump has claimed that the mounting sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are a “con job.” Kavanaugh called one woman’s allegations “a joke.” (Kohinur Khyum)

In Los Angeles, prominent feminist groups declared their support for Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school, when she was just 15; Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that he aggressively exposed himself to her without her consent while they were both in college; and Julie Swetnick, who declared in sworn testimony that Kavanaugh was involved in a routine practice of gang-rape at high school parties. They also urged the protestors gathered in the city’s Downtown district to remain engaged in November and make their voices heard at the ballot box—and made space for local survivors to share their own stories.

Times Up Entertainment co-hosted the protest; Nithya Raman, the Executive Director, spoke first, reminding the crowd of the power of women in the streets and at the polls. “They think that a few senators can silence the voice of Dr. Ford and of all women who have come forward. We will not allow that to happen,” she declared. “Women are watching and listening. When we come together we are undefeatable.”

“Today and every day, one of Raman’s colleagues added in a speech to the crowd, “we will take our power back because they never should have had it in the first place. This is about what side of humanity we will be on. Let’s us give our children an example of the future.”

Survivors and allies at the protest emotionally told their own stories, and bore witness to—and proclaimed their support for—those who came forward and those who could not or would not. (Kohinur Khyum)

Monica Ramirez, who earlier this year was honored at the Global Women’s Rights Awards for the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms., also spoke at the rally. As the leader of Alianza de Campesinas, the only organization representing farm worker women, Ramirez expanded the conversation happening in Los Angeles and around the world as the #MeToo movement continues to fuel a re-invigorated fight against sexual harassment and assault.

“The eyes of the world are upon us,” Ramirez noted. “What example will we be? What compassion will we show? This is the moment when senators have the opportunity to show their courage and leadership and show how this nation treats, believes, and stands with survivors.”

Ramirez, who was met with loud cheers and whistles, was followed by representatives from another organization representing women who face epidemic levels of sexual exploitation—but too often lack a platform and a voice in the national media.

“This is a moment where we are looking at an issue of our democracy,” representative from the National Domestic Workers Alliance told the crowd. “It is our moment as a nation to say that we will no longer dismiss the voices of women. It is women and everyone in our society that is standing up to take this power back.”

Feminists nationwide have been loudly proclaiming that they believe survivors in the wake of dismissals of Blasey Ford and other women coming forward during Kavanaugh’s nomination process.(Kohinur Khyum)

Sarah Bradshaw, former Feminist Majority organizer, empowered the crowd by including them in her time at the microphone. “For those of us who lived through Anita Hill, are we still angry?” she asked. “For those who have experienced rape and harassment, are we still angry? Will we still march? Will we show up to vote? Will we find others to get out and vote? Will we precinct walk and phone bank?”

Once the crowd responded to each question with a responding “yes,” Bradshaw laid out her marching orders: “Let’s get to work, folks.”

Survivors, some of whom had never shared their stories publicly or privately, then took the mic.

“It’s been six years since I was assaulted,” Rosalind, who identified herself as a 22-year-old feminist, told the crowd in an unwavering tone. “It’s been six years since I’ve spoken about it to anyone. My message to lawmakers and especially to Kavanaugh is that the 10 days you waited was a lifetime to us. We have all been discredited. I will fight like hell to make sure every lawmaker who supports Brett Kavanaugh loses their seat. The reckoning is here!”

“I’m 43 years old,” another defiant woman shared through tears. “Over and over our government tells us we don’t matter, your experience doesn’t matter. When do we get to be citizens of this country? It’s 2018! When do we get to be respected?”

Another brave survivor’s story was a testament to the reasons why many women don’t report their assaults. “It’s been almost a year since I was drugged, raped and violently beaten,” she explained. “I reported the incident to my university and the DA never filed charges. We must take justice into our own hands. We must come together. As survivors, we are here to demand justice.”

Building on her declaration, another survivor reminded the crowd that victim-blaming creates a culture of silence—and assured all those gathered there that she believed them. “When I was 16, until the age of 17, I was repeatedly assaulted,” she shared. “When I was in college, I told someone and he said it must have been something I did. I want to remind survivors that it is never because something we are wearing or something we drank.”

“When I was 5 years old, my dad’s best friend thought it would be a good idea to grab me and sexually assault me,” one survivor shared. “When I told someone at the age of 10, no one believed me. This week has been triggering. We must believe Dr. Ford.”

“The sad thing that kept happening,” another survivor shared, “is that everyone said [Kavanaugh] reminds them of their dad, or that guy in high school, that, as soon as he was backed in a corner, he began to cry—as if his tears meant more than hers. And you know what, Mr. Kavanaugh? You’re going to have to cry a lot better than that for anyone to believe you.”

Punam, a 36-year-old woman from Los Angeles, didn’t just make room for her own story—she made room, she told the crowd, for “my rage.” Remarking on the one-week delay granted for Kavanaugh’s eventual vote in order to allot for an investigation, Punam declared: “I don’t think one week is sufficient. They can take three weeks. They can take the entire month.” She told the crowd that her uncle molested her years ago, and that she sees that the culture of sparing sexual predators is continuing.

Punam, like women across the country, refuses to let that happen.

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

Victoria Sheber is an editorial intern at Ms., a debate instructor at Windward School and a member of the JusticeCorps at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Victoria is currently a senior at UCLA studying American Literature & Culture and History; she is also the President of the American Association of University Women chapter on campus and Assistant Section Editor for Fem Newsmagazine. She loves to read and write about feminist literature. 

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

ms. blog digest banner

The post #CancelKavanaugh: Survivors in Los Angeles Spoke Out in Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared first on Ms. Magazine Blog.

Ms. Magazine Blog

BEST DEAL UPDATE: