Archive for September, 2015

‘Still With You’: 6-Year-Old Boy Wrote Adorable Letter To His Parents Before He Died Of Brain Infection

Note from Leland to parents

A Georgia mother took to Facebook to share a note she found from her late son after he passed away from a rare brain infection.

Amber Shoemake, of Pike County, said she was always over protective of her 6-year-old son, Leland, who was diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis, according to the family’s GoFundMe page.

Leland became ill in August and was admitted into Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where he was in critical condition for two weeks, WSBTV reported. He passed away shortly after.

When Amber went home to pick out her son’s burial clothes, she found a note on the living room table from Leland thanking her and his father for their support.

The note read: “Still with you. Thank you mom + dad. Love.”

Amber shared the note on Facebook page “Prayers for Leland” along with a heartfelt paragraph about Leland.

She wrote:

“This is Amber. This will be my only post on here for awhile. I was over protective of Leland and tried my best to keep him safe. The one thing he loved most was playing in the dirt. I never imagined that would be the thing that would take him from me. He was my world. He made me a mother. We struggled so hard to have him. He was a preemie baby but came out screaming and healthy.

He was smart from day one. He knew his abc’s, numbers, colors, shapes and 20 sight words by the time he was a year old. He was our little nerd and we loved that about him. He loved school and loved to learn. He loved the history channel, the weather channel, documentaries and anything about history. He loved ships like the titanic and learning about things like WWII. He was perfect. His favorite movie was jaws. His favorite director was Steven Spielberg. And his favorite actor was Adam Sandler. He loved his brother and his family so much. He was the life of every party. His smile could light up a city. He was the smartest, most caring, loving little boy there ever was.

He was taken from us too soon. He could have done great things in this world. We would only have a few friends in this county if it wasn’t for Leland. He never met a stranger and he loved everyone. My whole life this has been my only fear and it came true. No one should ever have to bury a child. I always said I hope it’s me that goes first bc [because] I don’t think I’m strong enough to handle something like this. It still doesn’t seem real to me. I find myself sitting here remembering things he would say and quotes from movies he would repeat. Like ‘check ya later’ from dazed and confused. Or ‘you’re gonna need a bigger boat’ from jaws. Or all the million things he used to say from Billy Madison.

He was the light of our life and the center of this family. I count the days until I can see his sweet face again and hear that beautiful voice. When Tim and I came home for the first time to get him clothes to be buried in, this is the note we found from him on the table in the living room. We have no idea when he wrote it but you can tell he was always a special child. We will love you forever Leland. Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!”

The family started a GoFundMe page to help pay for Leland’s medical bills. The page has already raised more than $9,000 as of this writing.




Menekültexodus: Salzburgig utaztunk az autópályán menetelőkkel



On September 4, 2015, approximately 2,000 refugees set out on foot from Budapest to Austria. For days prior, they had been stuck in the Hungarian capital, many of them stranded in train stations with little information. Late that night, after walking about 30 kilometers, they were finally picked up by buses, which drove them to the Austrian border. The chaos of the process, documented in the short film above, was revealing.

The European refugee influx hit Hungary hard this summer, with the country’s inadequate facilities—and the government’s inadequate response—creating a crisis that could have been avoided.

While many Hungarian citizens did their best to help the migrants with food, water, and medical aid, the official reaction around railway stations was limited to some extra mobile toilets and temporary water taps. Indeed, the Hungarian government has spent more money on a new border…

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French school makes Jewish and Muslim pupils wear red and yellow discs around their necks at meal times in chilling echoes of Nazi segregation


French school makes Jewish and Muslim pupils wear red and yellow discs around their necks at meal times in chilling echoes of Nazi segregation

  • Piedalloues primary school in Auxerre, Burgundy, ordered non pork-eaters to wear red discs and those who did not eat meat to wear yellow disks
  • Furious parents say it brings back chilling echoes of the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear under the Nazi occupation
  • Many removed children from school, which admitted move was ‘clumsy’


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“•Parents, you may want to think about who has their hands in your kids’ pockets”

  • Parents, you may want to think about who has their hands in your kids’ pockets.

A new (and creepy) PSA by France’s non-profit association Innocence En Danger (Innocence In Danger), features both a male and female being groped by a hand disguised as a cellphone, according to Ads of the World.


Both ads also include the tagline, “Sexual predators can hide in your child’s smartphone.”

In general, the organization works in 29 countries to bring awareness of protecting children from sexual abuse. In this campaign, the focus is on sexual predators that “hide” in your child’s mobile devices. The ad was designed by advertising agency Herezie in Paris, France.

In Canada, charitable organization Little Warriors has a similar mission to raise awareness and end sexual violence. In their 2011 annual report, the organization found one in three girls and one in six boys will experience an unwanted sexual act before their 18th birthday. On top of this, 95 per cent of victims know their perpetrators.

What do you think? Are these campaigns offensive or appropriate? Let us know in the comments below:

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Sweden launches sex books for disabled teens

Sweden launches sex books for disabled teens

A new series of sex education books has been launched. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Sweden launches sex books for disabled teens

Emma Löfgren · 28 Sep 2015, 16:53

Published: 28 Sep 2015 16:53 GMT+02:00

A series of sex education books has been launched to help Swedish teens with special needs get to grips with puberty, love and masturbation. The Local has spoken to the teacher behind the Project.

Puberty can be difficult enough for the average Swedish teenager. But how do you explain this challenging transition from childhood to adulthood to a child with special needs?

“Ten years ago I talked to a mother whose daughter was autistic and was wondering how to discuss menstruation with her when the time came,” Margareta Nymansson, one of the authors behind a new series of textbooks for special needs education dealing with sex, love and puberty, told The Local on Monday, explaining how the project began.

“I wrote a book explaining that all girls bleed and what happens when you do and when she got her first period she was not worried because she was prepared for it, in fact she felt proud,” she said.

A decade later, she and her colleagues Vija Bjelvenfeldt and Hillevi Tärmö have now, with the help of the education department at Uppsala Council, put together a book series designed to help pupils with special needs navigate thorny areas such as puberty, love and sex.

“It is a sensitive topic and therefore a topic where special needs education is very behind. We always felt it was something that had to be taught in class but we never had the right material. These books are supposed to form part of that future material,” said Nymansson.

She explains that children with special needs often struggle with nuances, so the idea is to explain these concept in a straightforward way.

For example, ‘sex’ in Swedish, which means both sexual intercourse and the number six, can be confusing. Instead the books use the slang word ‘knulla’ (best translated as ‘to fuck’), which may be perceived as vulgar, but has the benefit of being unambiguous.

“We don’t necessarily feel comfortable using it ourselves, but it is a word that many understand,” said Nymansson.

One book explains the love someone has for their mum, dad or pet and then when they get older and become a teenager, the different kind of love a boy may instead feel for a girl or for another boy. Another discusses masturbation.

“It talks about where and when you are allowed to masturbate and where you are not,” said Nymansson.

Yet another book, which is still in the making, discusses the right to refuse physical contact.

“It is about the right to say no, that nobody is allowed to do anything to you that you don’t want them to do. It’s not unusual that girls with disabilities get abused,” said Nymansson.

Sex education has been a compulsory subject in Swedish schools since 1955. But taboos are still being broken in the Nordic country, famous for its liberal stance on gender norms and sexual relations.

Earlier this year the new word ‘klittra’ was adopted by campaign group RFSU for female masturbation after a nationwide competition to come up with a term.


Dads In Manteca Helping Kids Cross Safely At Deadly Intersection « CBS Sacramento

Parents are taking charge to keep kids safe at what has now become a deadly intersection.

Source: Dads In Manteca Helping Kids Cross Safely At Deadly Intersection « CBS Sacramento

The Ultimate Super-Power is not Dodging a Bullet, Flying or Possessing Enormous Strength. It is Putting a Smile on Sick Children’s Faces in Hospital.

Powerful Photo 10The ultimate super-power is not dodging a bullet, flying or possessing enormous  strength. It is putting a smile on sick children’s faces in hospital. Workers from Memphis Cleaning dressed up as Superheros. Image Source: [Barcroft/PIttsburgh Tribune]

‘ Kids plead for death row mom’s life

‘Monster Walking Around Here’ After Teen Killed, Another Wounded In Kenwood « CBS Chicago


Police said two teenagers were outside around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when a car drove by, and someone inside started shooting. Tyjuan Poindexter, 14, was shot in the head, and died at the scene. A 15-year-old boy was shot twice in the leg, and was being treated at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

Source: ‘Monster Walking Around Here’ After Teen Killed, Another Wounded In Kenwood « CBS Chicago

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George Zimmerman retweets photo of Trayvon Martin’s body posted by admirer


George Zimmerman retweets photo of Trayvon Martin’s body posted by admirer

Tom Boggioni

Responding on Friday to a fan on Twitter who called him a “one man army”, George Zimmerman retweeted out a picture of the body of Trayvon Martin as lay in the grass.

Twitter user @SeriousSlav tweeted out the photo, writing, “@TheRealGeorgeZ Z-Man is a one man army”

Last month, the acquitted killer of Trayvon Martin got into a Twitter fight with someone who threatened to slap him by referencing the death of Martin and writing: “We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me. Give it a whirl cupcake.”

Since being acquitted by a jury in the slaying of Martin in 2012, Zimmerman’s life has been a series of run-ins with the police and altercations with his ex-wife and girlfriends who have accused…

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Maine mayor: ‘Name and shame’ welfare recipients so special needs kids will stay out my state

Source: Maine mayor: ‘Name and shame’ welfare recipients so special needs kids will stay out my state


Pope Francis meets with sexual abuse victims, says ‘God weeps’ for them


The pope said that ‘God weeps’ for the survivors of church sex abuse.

Source: Pope Francis meets with sexual abuse victims, says ‘God weeps’ for them

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Soziale Ungleichheit

Soziale Ungleichheit: “Mein Ziel ist, alle zu versorgen”

In Alleghany County haben 28 Prozent der Kinder nicht genug zu essen: mitten im Überfluss der USA. Wo der Staat wenig tut, engagieren sich Bürger. So wie Theresa March.

http://www.thelocal.at/galleries/News/sojourning-with-syrians-in-serbia BURNING BURNING STAND UP PEOPLE FOR THESE TRAPPED REFUGEES!

Border Patrol agent indicted in fatal cross-border shooting of Mexican teen

Border Patrol agent indicted in fatal cross-border shooting of Mexican teen

For the first time ever, a U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted for murder after shooting and killing a Mexican citizen through the border fence.

Agent Lonnie Swartz was indicted Wednesday night for the October 2012 shooting of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16. Swartz fired multiple shots through the border between Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico, hitting Rodriguez 10 times.

Border Patrol agents have said that Rodriguez was one of a group of people throwing rocks at Swartz. But witnesses told Fusion in 2013 that Rodriguez had been walking home from school and was not throwing rocks.

The teen’s family have been fighting for years to get justice, and have filed a civil lawsuit against Swartz. Lee Gelernt, an ACLU attorney who’s leading the lawsuit, told me that while the indictment was good news for the family, it’s only the first step.

“We hope that the indictment will now send a very strong signal to other Border Patrol agents that they need to act within the limits of the law,” Gelernt said. “Whether this indictment represents a significant change in policy or practice going forward remains to be seen.”

Swartz’s lawyers tried to get the family’s civil suit, which is still in progress, thrown out on the grounds that the Constitution’s protections did not extend to Rodriguez, a Mexican citizen on Mexican soil. A federal judge rejected that argument in July.

At least five other Mexican citizens have been fatally shot by Border Patrol agents in cross-border shootings, but no agents have been held criminally responsible in a similar case. The charges, for second-degree murder, were brought by the U.S. Attorney for Arizona.

Swartz is expected to plead not guilty at his arraignment next month, his attorney told the Arizona Daily Star.

The National Border Patrol Council, the union representing Border Patrol agents, said in a statement said it was disappointed by the indictment. “Sadly, our agents and all law enforcement officers operate in a world of political agendas and armchair quarterbacking…We ask the public to withhold judgment about Agent Swartz while the legal process unfolds,” the union said in a statement posted on its website.

It’s unclear why the indictment took so long. An internal Border Patrol investigation this summer into 67 use of force allegations against agents closed with finding all but one of them not guilty, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told me in June.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson referred a request for comment on Friday to the Justice Department, which referred a request for comment to the U.S. Attorney in Arizona. A spokesperson for the attorney declined to comment.


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This Syrian boy refused to be separated from his dog as he sought refuge in Europe

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Ein Bild von Horror und Hoffnung – Syrian child made a picture: Horror & Hope

Ein Bild von Horror und Hoffnung

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Ein Bild von Horror und Hoffnung

Sebastian Krass vor 4 Std.
Der Horror in der Heimat Syrien, die Hoffnung auf ein neues Leben in Frieden in Deutschland. Mehr muss man zu dem Bild eigentlich nicht sagen. Man schaut es an und ist sprachlos.Verbreitet hat das Bild die Bundespolizei in Bayern über Twitter:Was ist die Geschichte hinter dem Bild? Fabian Hüppe, Pressesprecher der Bundespolizei in Bayern, war vorgestern in Passau und hat das Foto gemacht. Und er kann weiterhelfen, zumindest ein bisschen.Das Bild muss entstanden sein, als das Kind in der Registrierungsstelle in Passau gewartet hat. Sie ist in einer angemieteten Lagerhalle untergebracht. Es kann eine Weile dauern, bis man drankommt, vier Stunden, manchmal auch sechs. Für die Kinder gibt es dort Malutensilien.Manche schenken ihr Werk einem Polizisten, es bleiben aber auch Bilder einfach liegen. Inzwischen haben die Beamten begonnen, die Bilder an einer Absperrwand aufzuhängen. Eine kleine Galerie ist so entstanden. Dieses Bild ist eines davon.Wer ist das Kind, das dieses Bild gemalt hat? Mit wem ist es unterwegs? Wo ist es jetzt? Wie geht es ihm?

Auf diese Fragen kann Fabian Hüppe keine Antwort geben. Kein Polizist hat mitbekommen, von wem das Bild stammt. Das Kind wurde registriert und dann weitergeleitet, vielleicht in die Erstaufnahmeeinrichtung in Deggendorf, vielleicht nach Zirndorf oder ganz woanders hin – wie Tausende andere Kinder, die in den vergangenen Wochen in Deutschland angekommen sind.


Europe’s Roma Struggle to Reclaim Their Arts Scene

Europe’s Roma Struggle to Reclaim Their Arts Scene July 31, 2015   by Delaine Le Bas & Tímea Junghaus

Europe’s Roma Struggle to Reclaim Their Arts Scene

Visual humiliation was central to the Nazi propaganda machine, and laid the groundwork for the destruction of the “Other.”

August 2 will commemorate the mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti men, women, and children by the Nazis and their collaborators across German-occupied Europe. Commemorations are important tools to keep atrocities from being lost to history. But to prevent them from ever happening again, it’s equally essential to reflect on what made the atrocities possible in the first place.

In the case of the Roma genocide, part of what made it possible was the Nazi regime’s use of visual humiliation—mocking caricatures that ridiculed and demonized Roma to erode public empathy for them. The visual humiliation politics culminated with an exhibition called Degenerate Art, organized in 1937 by the Nazi Party in Munich, which showed countless caricatures of supposedly inferior races—among them Roma and Sinti—along with representations of Romani individuals by the German expressionist painters Otto Mueller and Otto Pankok, themselves declared “degenerate artists.”

Visual humiliation was central to the Nazi propaganda machine, and laid the groundwork for the destruction of the “Other.” After these campaigns and the genocide they helped to enable, reconstructing dignity and restoring a positive—or at least human—perception of Roma and Sinti was a strenuous task.

For Romani arts in particular, re-establishing respect in cultural circles was difficult. Not until the first World Romani Congress in 1971 were Roma writers, artists, and film directors reintroduced into mainstream discourse. Until that time, Roma productions were still described by the “experts” as naive, barbarian, primitive, and primordial.

Slowly, however, that began to change. In 1979, the First National Exhibition of Self-Taught Roma Artists was shown in Hungary, organized by the activist Ágnes Daróczi. Sandra Jayat, the French poet, writer, and painter, organized Première Mondiale d’art Tzigane (First World Exhibition of Roma Art) at the Conciergerie in Paris in 1985. The struggle for regard culminated with the establishment of the First Roma Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Contemporary Art Biennale in 2007.

Since then, however, these gains have deteriorated. Individual artists have continued to maintain an international presence, but a collective recognition of Romani cultural production in the mainstream has failed to gain traction. Romani creative production is in worse shape today than it was in the 1970s.

Today, over 10,000 works by Roma artists are present in state collections and storage in Europe, but only two of these pieces are exhibited in the permanent collections of majority spaces. Roma are deprived of their right to access their cultural heritage, and of their right to the production, presentation, and interpretation of their own Romani culture.

In several majority spaces, “minority art” is seen as ignoring the aesthetic norms canonized by the majority of society. Aesthetic discrimination—its motivations not so different from racial or gender discrimination—continues to rule the art scene.

In parallel, the visual humiliation of Roma continues. In many European countries, an increasing number of paramilitary organizations, racist and neo-Nazi groups, and nationalist formations are using visual propaganda in their campaigns to amplify anti-Roma hatred and violence. Those representations are fueling attacks on Roma bodies: across our continent, Roma people are subject to physical attacks, forced evictions, mass deportation, economic exploitation, cultural depreciation, and political exclusion.

We need to deconstruct and counter the visual language of hate and humiliation, which makes attacks on Roma acceptable, by promoting Romani contemporary art and cultural production. Anti-Roma visual propaganda is here, bearing an unnerving resemblance to the propaganda that led to the Roma genocide 80 years ago.

This is why we ask majority cultural spaces to give a place to Roma contemporary art, and why we support the planned European Roma Institute, which will transform the negative discourse about Roma into a discourse of cultural recognition and respect. The current cultural underrepresentation of work made by Roma coupled with the continuing stereotypical representation of Roma by non-Roma allows our repression to continue.

Nothing about us without us.



And a Mother has such love for her children that she would die for them!!!!

“Why Liberals should Support Banning Lateterm Abortions”


Mother Of Special Needs Student Is Heartbroken When She Finds Her Son Wearing A Trash Bag In School


September 24, 2015

Mother Of Special Needs Student Is Heartbroken When She Finds Her Son Wearing A Trash Bag In School

Nyesha Terry is a heartbroken mother who wants answers after she found her son with special needs wearing a trash bag when she went to his kindergarten classroom.

Nyesha says that she found her 5-year-old son, Lloyd, who has epilepsy and is non-verbal, wearing a trash bag while seated at a desk that was moved away from the other students at Wentworth Elementary, reports WGN TV.

“My heart broke,” she said.

She calls allowing her son to be treated this way dangerous, disrespectful, and absolutely unnecessary.

According to Nyesha, she complained to her son’s teacher, who told her that she was concerned that Lloyd would get sick from a wet shirt.

Concerned about the situation, Nyesha decided to visit her son’s classroom the next day. She once again found her son separated from the other students and wearing a trash bag, reports Fox 2 Now.

Because Lloyd has epilepsy he often has issues with saliva dripping onto his clothes. She says Lloyd’s other school used bibs or changed his shirt. She adds that Lloyd’s wet shirt does not explain why he is not allowed to sit with the other children.

“He is the only child that was isolated,” Nyesha shared on her Facebook page. “We (parents) should not have to worry about our children being mistreated by someone we SUPPOSE to trust. I recommend that every parent should visit your child school/daycare unbeknownst to the teacher because we don’t know how they are REALLY being treated! I have seen videos of kids being beaten by staff at schools/daycare and it’s so unfortunate for special needs children because they get it worst, we all have rights as parents and CPS thinks we don’t know how to take action! I swear i wanted to do so much to that teacher but because I learned to humble myself I decided to play it safe and deal with them on a more professional level.”

She says that she has taken her concerns to the principal and has called CPS, but she has not received a response.

After being contacted by the media, CPS issued the following statement.

“We work to ensure all students are comfortable in their learning environment. This incident is inexcusable and CPS has launched an investigation. We will take all appropriate actions to ensure this issue is resolved and prevented from happening again.”

[Photo credits FOX 2 Now andQ 13 FOX screen shots]

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2445263/mother-of-special-needs-student-is-heartbroken-when-she-finds-her-son-wearing-a-trash-bag-in-school/#RyxZqx3eK2orTRlZ.99

Charity gives London’s young homeless tickets to sleep on night buses


Charity gives London’s young homeless tickets to sleep on night buses

Bus tickets distributed to vulnerable rough-sleepers, as official figures show number of new households deemed homeless in England rose by 5%

Bus tickets are given to homeless young people when every other avenue has been exhausted, say charities.
Bus tickets are given to homeless young people when every other avenue has been exhausted, say charities. Photograph: Alamy


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Syrian children during a break from class, in the morning shift of classes at the Fadil Zadeh school. The schooling centre, housed in a mosque complex runs shifts to provide education to as many children as possible with limited space and resources.

Syrian children during a break from class, in the morning shift of classes at the Fadil Zadeh school. The schooling centre, housed in a mosque complex runs shifts to provide education to as many children as possible with limited space and resources. …