Wednesday, November 25, 2020

International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women: November 25, 2020

I never thought I'd need to be protected from someone I loved.

Growing up, it is every little girl's dream to live happily ever after with the Prince of her dreams.

Unfortunately, reality and life can turn out a whole lot different that what you envision your life to be if you make one slightly wrong turn or decision.

Fortunately for me, I was able to finally get away from my abusive ex. It took me five years and a lot of depression, hurt and fear -- until I came to the point that I would rather die than to live like that anymore -- to be able to finally pull it off.

We will never be able to eliminate all violence against women. But, we can make life hard for those who dare to inflict the pain that some women have to endure -- emotionally, mentally, financially and physically...and spiritually.

You should suspect someone is being abused if:

  • Their Partner Insults Them In Front of Other People.
  • They Seem Constantly Worried About Angering Their Partner.
  • They Make Excuses for Their Partner’s Behavior. Some victims often make excuses or blame themselves for their partner’s behavior.
  • Their Partner Is Extremely Jealous or Possessive. A partner asking for your social media password can be a sign of possessiveness.
  • They Have Unexplained Marks or Injuries. Victims often lie about injuries or marks because they feel ashamed and embarrassed.
  • They’ve Stopped Spending Time With Friends and Family.
  • They Are Depressed or Anxious, or Display Changes in Personality.
  • Read 9 Ways to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence

    Read the UN official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Read also:

    'Invisible pandemic': Domestic violence worsens amid COVID-19 worldwide, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Better access to justice needed for victims of gender-based violence

    Friday, October 23, 2020

    National Pharmacy Week (October 18-24, 2020)

    Pago Pago - October 23, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted National Pharmacy Week, which recognizes the contributions of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

    “Thank you to our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for all you do!” said Aumua Amata. “The pandemic, along with all the changes it brought to our economy and activities, has had a way of showing us how truly valuable many jobs are that might have been too easily taken for granted. When anyone is ill, after seeing a doctor, pharmacists are often the last health professional we see as we go fill our prescriptions, and they have a key role in medical care.”

    Pharmacy Week is celebrated in October, the third full week of the month, to acknowledge the contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to the entire health care effort, including patient care in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and any other healthcare settings.

    “We rely on pharmacies for correct medicines,” Amata concluded. “Pharmacies are often resources for such health services as blood pressure checks, flu shots, and important reminders of important details in how and when to take medications.”

    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Five Keys to Stop Bad Arguments

    Northbrook, IL - October 5, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- Americans are witnessing one of the deepest political and cultural divides in our nation's history. Compounded by the worst health crisis in a century and a reckoning on racial justice, our collective future depends on Americans' ability to come together. That doesn't mean we should stop arguing, though, according to leaders at The Better Arguments Project.

    It means we should argue better.

    "The word 'argument' shouldn't be a bad word," says Eric Liu, director of the Aspen Institute and former White House speechwriter and deputy domestic policy adviser. "We believe arguments can bring people together. Our goal isn't to get everyone to agree, it's to help people learn more about our differences, and to challenge each other to think about positions other than our own." Liu's position is built into the framework of the Better Arguments Project – a civic initiative founded by The Aspen Institute, The Allstate Corporation and Facing History and Ourselves. During this time of rigid polarization, the group is making free tools and resources available for anyone looking to bring people together in almost any situation, from the virtual office to schools, dinner tables, and even social media.

    "People are afraid they'll be driven further apart from their neighbors, coworkers and even their loved ones because of their beliefs or values," says Stacy Sharpe, senior vice president of Allstate Corporate Brand. "We should never be afraid to stand up and argue for what we believe in, but we need to do it in a better way. The only thing we should fear is the status quo, where unhealthy arguments will continue destroying civility, decency and the chance to thrive."

    The Better Arguments Project resources are based on five principles to achieve civil conversations:

  • Take winning off the table
  • Prioritize relationships and listen passionately
  • Pay attention to context
  • Embrace vulnerability
  • Make room to transform

    The Better Arguments framework will be featured as a key theme at the Aspen Ideas Mini Fest Oct. 20-21. The virtual event will bring together top minds to discuss some of the most important issues of our time.

  • Sunday, September 27, 2020

    35 Years of Farm Aid Still Going Strong

    Cambridge, MA - September 27, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- Farm Aid marked its 35th anniversary today with Farm Aid 2020 On the Road, a three-and-a-half-hour, virtual at-home festival featuring 22 artists who helped showcase the critical need for family farmers, the food they produce and their care for soil and water amid a time of unprecedented upheaval in our country, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary calls for racial justice.

    Since its start in 1985, Farm Aid has connected to farmers through its hotline and farm organization partners and deployed funds and resources to help farm families address multiple challenges. The 2020 festival comes amid extreme stress in the farm economy, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. As a result, thousands of family farmers are at risk of going under. Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said there is now even more urgency to support local farm communities and Farm Aid.

    "The pandemic has shown everyone that our corporate-dominated food system is fragile and unjust," said Nelson. "Now more than ever, it should be clear to all of us how much we need family farmers and why it's so important to listen to them and support efforts — at home, locally and nationally — to keep them on the land."

    Nelson joined a Farm Aid 2020 On the Road lineup that also featured Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, along with Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jon Batiste, Kelsey Waldon, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones, Particle Kid, The Record Company, Valerie June and The War And Treaty.

    During the virtual festival, Rhonda Perry and Roger Allison, farmers and founders of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a vulnerable dominant food system that works intentionally to maximize corporate power and profits, while putting the health of soil and water, farmers and workers, communities and people at risk.

    The virtual festival also showcased the diversity and strength of family farmers, demonstrating that a thriving movement — especially of young farmers; Black, brown and Indigenous farmers; and women farmers — is leading the way for conversations, strategies and change to create a more democratic farm and food system. Louisiana farmers Angie and June Provost discussed their experience with racial discrimination in lending that ultimately resulted in the loss of their farm. Many other farmers from across the country were featured in video montages that showcased the reasons farmers do the work they do, the challenges they face, and their hopes for the future of agriculture.

    The goal of the virtual festival is to raise critical funds for and awareness of the organization's mission, which it typically does through ticket sales to the annual in-person music and food festival. Farm Aid accepts donations at Farm Aid 2020 merchandise, which also supports the organization's year-round work, may be purchased by clicking HERE.

    Additionally, Farm Aid's online silent auction launched today with exclusive trips and artist-signed memorabilia, including several "from the vault" guitars and prints from previous Farm Aid festivals. The online auction can be accessed at until Friday, Oct. 9. All proceeds will benefit the organization. Sponsors of this year's event include ButcherBox, Farmer Focus, Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs, and Horizon Organic. Stories of sponsors' farmer suppliers were also featured in the festival. Farm Aid 2020 On the Road aired on, YouTube, and AXS TV, as well as on SiriusXM's Willie's Roadhouse (channel 59) and Dave Matthews Band Radio (channel 30). The program will be available for viewing in its entirety for the next five days on Farm Aid's mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised nearly $60 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

    Velázquez, Chabot Introduce Resolution In Honor of National Small Business Week

    Washington D.C. - September 23, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) introduced a resolution to recognize September 22nd to September 24th as National Small Business Week. The week has been observed annually since 1963 to commemorate the contributions of small business owners and their more than 60 million employees.

    “National Small Business Week is a celebration of America’s 30 million-plus small businesses and all that they do for our communities and economies,” said Chairwoman Velázquez. “As we celebrate this year, small firms across the country face unprecedented challenges, but their entrepreneurial spirit remains as strong as ever. As Chairwoman of this Committee, I am proud to fight for these businesses daily and work to ensure that they have the resources needed to recover. With this resolution, I join Ranking Member Chabot and many of my colleagues in acknowledging the achievements of American small businesses and the impact that they have every day.”

    “While this year’s National Small Business Week looks a bit different than years past, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to America’s entrepreneurs. From the corner deli to the high-tech startup, small businesses drive innovation and play an outsized role in our economy,” said Ranking Member Chabot. “This year, even as they faced monumental challenges, they have demonstrated incredible resilience and ingenuity. I am proud to stand with Chairwoman Velázquez to honor and recognize their contributions to our nation.”