Working in the public sector can be extremely rewarding. Everyone wants to do as much good in the world as they can, which is why a lot of people look into careers as social advocates with organizations doing good for the people within their communities.
Getting the proper education is often the first step you can take into getting into a career you can feel great about.
The infographic below shows how Anna Maria College can help prepare students to work in a variety of public sectors, including grantmaking and giving services, as a civic officer, city manager, health care administrator, and more.Friday, January 4, 2013
GlobalRose has Mother’s Day Flowers, and flowers to give mom on any occasion.
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Flowers not only exist as examples of nature’s powerful and exquisite architectural talents, they are also nature’s vaginal symbols, as Alice Walker revealed in her Color Purple and as Georgia O’Keeffe revealed in her paintings. The flower is a symbol of a woman’s strength, and the place of her origin. In a dissertation published by Georgia State University, the graduate student reveals flowers as literary symbols in various works that showcased women’s artistry and rebellion. The author concludes by stating that a special connection exists between women and flowers, and that by better understanding these connections, one can better understand the contemporary social expectations, pressures and limitations that coincide with women and how they can use flowers in their concrete lives via the symbolic backdrop of literary projections. All in all, a flower represents a woman’s strengths.
Finding Mom the Right Flowers
As we know from the Victorians, flowers have their own language and each variety has a different message. If your mom lives far away you may want to give her a bouquet that features striped carnations, as their message is “sorry I can’t be with you,” or a grouping of pansies that represent “thinking of you.” Chrysanthemums convey love and truth, while gladiolas speak of strength and character. There are a number of Victorian study guides online that offer flower symbolisms and definitions. When crafting that flower arrangement for your mother, be sure to construct it based on the things about her you wish to honor and celebrate.
When you select mom’s flowers, consider making her a crafty little gift FROM the flowers—a deconstruction and repurposed project present will be completely unexpected and a great way for her to take in your creativity and passion to make it her own. For example, consider a flower arrangement that not only speaks the language of flowers, but that also contain blooms that are easy to work with. For example, making tea from dried flowers is an ideal gift, as is drying out the flowers to press into candles or other decorative arts. By taking some time to offer your mom a creative product based on flowers, you will be giving her the wonderful gift of sharing your womanly joys.Friday, August 19, 2011
I have not blogged here in over three months, but today is an amazing day. The West Memphis Three have been released from prison. This is both extraordinary and incredibly tragic, as they have served 18 years — half of their lives thus far — behind bars for a crime that they did not commit.
I slept in today. When I woke up, I took it easy; made coffee and took my time getting to my computer and settling in for the rest of the day to work — something I have not allowed myself to do in months. When I checked in on Facebook, I saw one single story pop up, declaring that Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. were finally given the freedom that they have always been deserving of. I didn’t believe it. By the time I made it half-way through the first article, several others had been posted, assuring me that it was true. This really happened. It was astonishing, and exciting, and frustrating, and depressing.
I have been following the story of the West Memphis Three for the past ten years. When I first heard about their case and watched the documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, I was only 14 years old. Like countless other people who have heard about the West Memphis Three, have seen the facts of their case, and have long witnessed the corruption at work in an already incompetent and unjust justice system, I have developed a strong emotional connection to this case; and to the three teenagers — now men — who had so many years of their lives stolen from them.
After they were tried and found guilty for the murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, Damien Echols, who was 18 years old at the time, was sentenced to death and sat for 18 years on Arkansas’ death row; Jessie Misskelley, Jr., 17 years old at the time, was sentenced to life imprisonment plus an additional forty years; Jason Baldwin, 16 years old at the time, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
One of the factors that made me so emotional from the very first time I heard of this case is that I saw so much of my teenage self in them; a feeling that a great deal of other supporters have acknowledged as well.
When I was 13 and 14 years old, I was beyond fascinated with the Salem Witch Trials (still am) and I had begun learning about as many different religious beliefs and affiliations as I possibly could, including Wicca. It was this education of all things religion that predominantly led to my now strongly-held standing as an atheist. But at the time, up until I was 17 years old, I was a black clothes- and fishnets-wearing teenage girl with knee-high, ass-kicking black boots, arms that were filled with black jelly bracelets up to my elbows, and more black eyeliner on my face than what many probably have in their cosmetic collections. If these three teenage boys could face murder charges and be convicted mostly based on the fact that their community and justice system had labeled them the “town freaks,” surely I could have been faced with the same ordeal, had I been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
That these men are finally able to go home after 18 years is incredible, but how they were able to do so is disgraceful, both to the state of Arkansas and to the entire justice system.
In order for the West Memphis Three to be released from prison today, they were forced into accepting an Alford plea deal, in which they all pleaded guilty while also being able to continue to claim their innocence. For their guilty pleas, they were sentenced to 18 years with credit for time served, as well as a Suspended Imposition of Sentence for 10 years. It is also stipulated that if they “re-offend,” they can be sent back to prison for 21 years.
It is crucial to note, in light of discovering that they were forced to plead guilty, that in July 2011, the DNA evidence from the murder scene was finally tested, concluding that the West Memphis Three are not and never have been guilty of the murders of those three 8-year-old boys. After serving 18 years in prison for a crime that there is now proof that they did not commit, the state of Arkansas would only give them the freedom that they are entitled to as long as the state could protect itself from one of the most high profile acts of injustice they have committed. What the state of Arkansas did is outrageously disgusting and an obscene abuse of power.
In response to the plea deal that they accepted, a press conference was conducted with the West Memphis Three (video below); here is what Jason Baldwin had to say about taking the plea deal:
“This was not justice. In the beginning we told nothing but the truth — that we were innocent and they sent us to prison for the rest of our lives for it. We had to come here and the only thing the state would do for us is say, ‘Hey we will let you go only if you admit guilt,’ and that is not justice any way you look at it. They’re not out there trying to find who really murdered those boys, and I did not want to take the deal from the get-go. However, they are trying to kill Damien, and sometimes you just got to bite the gun to save somebody.”
A portion of Damien Echols’ statement is below, you can read it in its entirety here.
“I have now spent half my life on death row. It is a torturous environment that no human being should have to endure, and it needed to end. I am innocent, as are Jason and Jessie, but I made this decision because I did not want to spend another day of my life behind those bars. I want to live and to continue to fight for our innocence. Sometimes justice is neither pretty nor is it perfect, but it was important to take this opportunity to be free.
I am not alone as there are tens of thousand of men and women in this country who have been wrongfully convicted, forced into a false confession, sentenced to death or a lifetime in prison. I am hopeful that one day they too will be able stand with their friends and family to declare their innocence.”
That last part is incredibly important. The West Memphis Three were lucky. They have an incredible amount of supporters and people who have dedicated so much of themselves to doing whatever they could to ensure that these three men would see the freedom that they deserved; including an entire film crew who have worked tirelessly for years to put out two documentaries about their case that have reached countless people and supporters. Without the notoriety that these men received at the hands of their many high profile supporters, they could very well still be in prison, and Damien Echols would likely have been executed years ago.
They were lucky, and yet there are so many people living right behind bars and on death row right now serving sentences for crimes that they did not commit. So, with that in mind, please check out The Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing, and who strive to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Here is the press conference video, conducted with Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. after their release from prison today:Monday, May 16, 2011
Yesterday was International Day of Compassion, an activism outreach blogging event created by BlogCatalog. The day was declared in honor of Dr. Patch Adams, a man who through great struggle in his life — including being hospitalized three times in one year due to suicidal tendencies after being relentlessly bullied in school — declared to himself that “you don’t kill yourself; you make revolution.” And that is precisely what he has done throughout his life.
In 1971, Dr. Patch Adams founded the Gesundheit! Institute where each year, he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries dressed as clowns in order to bring humor to the people, patients, and orphans of those countries. Everything Dr. Patch Adams does in his life is because of the compassion he has in his heart. I never saw the movie, Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams. Everything I know about Dr. Patch Adams was researched prior to and while participating in yesterday’s International Day of Compassion. After my research, I can very comfortably say I am in awe of this man; especially considering he is against insurance policies, as they dictate who is worthy of receiving the highest quality medical care, and in essence, who is worthy of living a happy, healthy life. A doctor who refuses to see health and merely sees people, and has a burning desire to bring humor and health to those people, is worthy of not only being respected, but celebrated. I am extremely happy that I had the opportunity to learn about him.
I wrote a post for International Day of Compassion yesterday over at my other blog, Woman Tribune, also known as my day job. While writing that post, however, I noticed that I was writing from a place I haven’t really touched in months; the place within me that oozes passion and heart and everything that has always bubbled to the very surface of my being and kept me writing away here for years.
So, let’s be frank here. Woman Tribune is my livelihood. It is the reason why I have a roof over my head and food on the table. The downside is that is has a completely different tone than anything I have written here, ever. It is upbeat, happy, and frivolous, and as such, it pays. When Woman Tribune took off and started receiving more attention, and thus my bank account started seeing more action, Menstrual Poetry took the backseat in my life in a pretty drastic way. As a result of that, it has been over a year since I have blogged here more than two or three times a month. It has been so long since I have been able to write with the amount of heart that I wrote that post with last night, and once I began to feel that vulnerable, exciting, and sort-of anxious feeling that I have always had while writing every post on this blog, I knew that my passion was returning. Finally. And it is amazing.
And as for that International Day of Compassion post…
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
There is so much in our world that needs to be changed. It is possible; do not ever — not for a second — let anyone tell you that the world you envision living in isn’t possible, or that you don’t have the power within yourself to initiate or contribute to lasting change in the world. Take the lead of Dr. Patch Adams and other revolutionaries throughout history, and every time you get knocked down, stand up again and declare your truth louder each time.
Compassion is what contributes to the greatness of humanity; if more people were to look inside themselves and exhibit compassion in everything they do, we would see so much less suffering in the world. We would see the world in the way we have always envisioned it could be; with less struggling, less hunger, less homelessness, less ignorance, less sickness, less silencing; and with more love, more understanding, and more peace.
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International Women’s Day is exactly one week from today — Tuesday, March 8th. This is a day that first began in 1975 during International Women’s Year and was announced by the United Nations as a day to celebrate achievements and struggles of women all around the world.
Women have accomplished absolutely amazing things throughout history and we continue to do the same today. Without the diligent, kick ass, and inspiring activism of women, we as a collective people would not be who we are today and our worlds — no matter how seemingly different in culture from one location to the next — would not be what it is today. And there is so much more to do.
There are countless women’s rights activists, feminists, womanists, humanists, and socially-conscious people who participate in celebrating International Women’s Day every year. There are currently upwards of 1500 events taking place all over the world this year alone posted on the official International Women’s Day website.
Bloggers have also come to celebrate this day through their blogs, such as the series of interviews the super amazing and fantastic Renee Martin of Womanist Musings conducted with bloggers who make up a good portion of the society and culture blogosphere in 2009. Then again, I could be biased since I was one of the women she interviewed, which you can still read here.
Each year there is a running theme associated with International Women’s Day; this year’s theme is “Equal access to education, training, and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.” Going along the vein of this theme, Gender Across Borders is asking bloggers to think about any of the following questions in regards to the U.N.’s theme for International Women’s Day:
- What does it mean to have equal access to education, training and science and technology for women, and how do we get there?
- Describe a particular organization or moment in history that helped to mobilize a meaningful change in equal access to education, training, and science and technology for women.