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#Superheroalert: Har din tilstand gider at undersøge evidens for voldtægt?

”Kvinder bør ikke nødt til at holde en bage salg for at få retfærdighed.”

Har din tilstand faktisk teste beviser efter voldtægt?

Vidste du, mange stater ikke finansiere voldtægt kit test? For at oversætte det, nogle stater er det ikke betale nogen til at undersøge de beviser indsamlet fra voldtægt ofrenes kroppe for flere år på et tidspunkt. Missouri har en pukkel af 5000 kits, der ikke er blevet undersøgt; i Texas, kvinder er nu crowdfunding voldtægt kit test. Jeg er alle for crowdfunding, men dette er ikke en park eller en kunstmesse vi taler om, dette er strafferetlig behandling. Dette er hele punkt for regeringen; dette er, hvad regeringen eksisterer for at betale for, selv under de strengeste libertære definition af regeringen.

Er vi for alvor at betale for biblioteker og offentlige skoler og kunstmesser og monumenter, mens vi ignorerer faktiske forbrydelser mod kvinder, fordi vi ikke kan gider at betale for at teste beviser?

Gøre noget ved det.

Find ud af hvordan din tilstand gør nedenfor, og derefter sende et brev til dine repræsentanter. Du er velkommen til rip off minen.

http://www.endthebacklog.org/backlog/where-backlog-exists-and-whats-happening-end-it

Kære repræsentanter Tallahassee,

Vores stat har 14,435 uafprøvede voldtægt kits, og har vedtaget kun beskeden reform for at ændre dette.

Det betyder, at vi har 14,435 kvinder og mænd, meste fra indstillinger lav indkomst, stadig venter på retfærdighed.

Det er rystende, at finansieringen voldtægt undersøgelse er ikke vores vigtigste prioritet. Selv under den strengeste libertære definition af regeringen, Regeringen eksisterer for at beskytte folk fra hinanden. Når vi har voldtægtsforbrydere går fri, fordi vi ikke gider at gøre voldtægt kit teste vores prioritet, vi som en stat gør det klart, at vi ikke giver en damn om Florida kvinder, der lider hovedparten af ​​disse kønnede forbrydelser. Som en sundhedsplejerske og en kvinde i militæret, Jeg er forfærdet over at opdage, at vi er bag Missouri og endda Texas.

Er vi for alvor at betale for biblioteker og offentlige skoler og kunstmesser og monumenter, mens vi ignorerer rædselsvækkende vold, fordi vi ikke kan gider at betale for at teste beviser?

Gøre noget ved det.

meget respektfuldt,

Finelli Jen Veldhuyzen, MD

byjenfinelli.com

For at læse mere om emnet, Følg @FeministsforLife på Twitter, og læse deres opdatering om det her:

Kære ven,
Voldtægt kits er et vigtigt redskab til at sikre retfærdighed for overlevende af seksuelle overgreb. år siden, det blev et varmt emne i løbet af et præsidentvalg, kun for at finde ud af, at dette var et udbredt problem. Når FFL præsident Serrin Foster kiggede ind i det, forsikringsmæglere fortalte hende, det var normen. Men der syntes at være et skub for forandring.
Så du kan forestille dig vores chok og afsky, at nogle stater stadig synes at behandle voldtægt kits som en andenrangs prioritet.
I Texas, voldtægt kits erfaktisk being crowdfunded by allowing Texans to donate to a state account when they renew their driver’s licenses. Texas har et efterslæb på mere end 3,500 uafprøvede voldtægt kits, og hver kit koster mellem $500 og $2,000 at teste.
“Det er fantastisk, at folk donerer i Texas for at få voldtægt kits testet, men det bør ikke være op til crowdfunding eller donationer under kørekort fornyelser. Det handler ikke om at finansiere et fællesskab park. This is rape,” Foster sagde. “Og ofre for alvorlige forbrydelser fortjener at have beviserne testet og opbevares, indtil gerningsmanden er anholdt.”
I mellemtiden, i Missouri, et efterslæb over næsten 5,000 rape kits endelig bedtpassage af en lov creating guidelines for testing, forarbejdning, og lagring raps kits.
The state attorney general found that approximately one-third of law-enforcement agencies destroyed evidence before the Department of Justice-recommended period of 20 flere år.
“Hvis de ikke vil gøre noget med beviserne, hvad er formålet med at have en voldtægt offer lide gennem en ydmygende, invasiv procedure, herunder fotografisk dokumentation foran en politibetjent samt medicinsk personale?” Foster spurgte. “Og kan du forestille dig den frustration af politimand, som gør alt for at hjælpe ID gerningsmanden, kun at lade beviserne gå ureflekteret eller ødelagt, kende voldtægtsforbryder kunne gå videre til overfald andre?”
FFL højttaler og voldtægt overlevende Joyce McCauley-Benner deler også Fosters harme:
“Ord mislykkes mig,” McCauley-Benner sagde ved at lære, at nogle hospitaler ikke ved, hvor længe man skal bevare en voldtægt kit efter afprøvning eller selv når at sende det.
This sends a message that victims are meaningless and not a priority. And we wonder why many victims see no point in coming forward. It’s not taken seriously, and I think it’s even more cruel to do the rape kit itself and then just let it sit or destroy it. You make her relive the horror then, træde i kræft, say, 'Undskyld, Det er lige meget. Vi vil ikke komme til det alligevel.'”
McCauley-Benner fund crowdsourcing lige så rystende: “Beder om donationer bruges til unikke situationer uden for ens kontrol, NOT for evidence in criminal justice cases. Women shouldn’t have to hold a bake sale to get justice,” McCauley-Benner indgået. “We really deserve better than that!”
Ifølge Afslut Backloggen, Der er sandsynligvis hundredtusinder af voldtægt kits landsdækkende, der endnu skal testes, and over 225,000 uafprøvede voldtægt kits er blevet afsløret hidtil.
“DETTE er kriminel,” Foster sagde.
End the Backlog is a program of the Joyful Hjerteforeningen, den nationale nonprofit organisation grundlagt af skuespilleren og aktivist Mariska Hargitay.
Kontakt din stat lovgiver today and urge her or him to support FULL funding and testing of ALL rape kits. Tjek dette kort to see if your state measures up. Kvinder - og mænd - som har været udsat for seksuelle overgreb fortjener bedre.
Fordi kvinder fortjener bedre,
damian J. geminder
Medier Koordinator og redaktør
PS. “genvinde din VOICE,” FFL rettidige emne udforske #MeToo bevægelse ved hjælp af vores unikke pro-kvinde, pro-life stemme, kommer med medlemskab. Deltag eller slutte os nu, hvis din støtte er bortfaldet ($35 minimum / $ 25 for studerende).
Other evergreen theme-based back issues of The American Feminist® are also available atwww.feministsforlife.org/covetable-ting, including “Frem til lys,” “Beklageligt,” “Voices of Women - og mænd - der sørger,” og “Manipulation.” Feminister for Life var det eneste pro-liv gruppe i National Task Force om seksuelle overgreb og vold i hjemmet til at arbejde med succes for vold mod kvinder Act (såvel som den eneste feministiske gruppe for at støtte det ufødte Ofre for vold Act, aka Laci og Conner lov). Blandt andre vigtige foranstaltninger, VAWA introducerede den føderale voldtægt skjold lov og også finansierede tjenester yder bistand til ofre, herunder voldtægt krisecentre og hotlines.

Superheroalert: 5 Ways YOU can help #PuertoRico TODAY! #dogood via @VargasVidot @BillyTaub & @PonceHealthSU

Aight, Superpeeps, another superheroalert. Bottom line up front: Join me in helping Puerto Rico recover by heading to the PMSFRELIEFFUND.org and iniciativacomunitaria.org.

Iniciativa Comunitaria normally works with clinics in the north of the island to help the homeless and reach out to Guatemala and Haiti, but now, with the disaster around them, they’re turning to local aid relief. They work with Puerto Rican Senator Vargas Vidot. I don’t know much about his politics, but I can tell you, having met him in person, his heart’s huge. Please read to the end of this article to read his truly inspirational speech about saving the soul of medicine!

My heart’s got a special place for the PHSU foundation, too. Since the crisis began, the students/faculty have provided medical and psychological support services and have been delivering over 100,000 lbs of privately donated goods and supplies to the residents, most of whom lost their homes and all of their possessions in the hurricane. That’s my alma mater, people!

Other initiatives:

Send nutrition, baby care, and beauty product care packages to Puerto Rico with my buddy Bill Taub. A prolific film consultant, Taub has volunteered his Arbonne business to join LYNC8 Project. He’s shipping these packages at cost free, meaning no profit—so if we can just cover the costs of making the products and shipping them, a Puerto Rican mother can care for her baby and feel a little more like a lady again. Contact him at billtaubarb AT gmail! Of note, iniciativacomunitaria.org is located in the North, and Ponce’s relief fund towards the South, but LYNC8 is located in the WEST, around the dam, where people got hit the hardest. I’d give to all three if I were you.

Sign this petition to deploy 50,000 US troops to help Puerto Rico rebuild. In the words of Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, “Puerto Rico is a bigger and tougher mission than Katrina, and we had 20,000 federal troops.” Yet only 4,400 federal troops have been deployed. What’s wrong with that picture? Puerto Ricans are American citizens. They’re not them or they. They’re us. US. If you search “Puerto Rico” on change.org, you’ll find a number of other petitions worth joining.

Sign this petition to get rid of the totalitarian Jones Act, which even without the hurricane prevents Puerto Ricans from getting food and necessary supplies. It’s a law that means that all ships that go to Puerto Rico have to land in Florida first–even if it would be closer to go to Puerto Rico! Shipping monopolies love this law because it gives them tons of money. Puerto Ricans hate this law because it means everything takes longer to get to them, and is nearly double mainland prices sometimes. End the discrimination against the poor!

-I’m trying to get in touch with my old Social Medicine group, and our sister organization, Amor Que Sana y Casa Ana Medina, in the South of Puerto Rico. Stay tuned. Samaritan’s Purse may also be doing good in the island.

But more than anything, I want you to join LOCAL organizations, by joining iniciativacomunitaria.org, and psmfrelieffund.org.

When Dr. Vidot came and spoke at my medical school graduation, surrounded by brilliant lights and brilliant minds, decked in fine robes and tassels on a stage of tropical splendor, he told us a passionate story about the humble little black case doctors used to carry. It’s a story you need to hear, so Senator Vidot gave me permission to share his speech—and I think now is a better time than any.

Hagamos Sonreir

by J. Vargas Vidot

SPANISH ORIGINAL

Vivimos en un mundo complicado. Ustedes reciben un diploma que se convierte de inmediato en un emplazamiento moral, en una factura por cobrar, en un dilema ético. Y en que consiste?

Este dilema ético consiste en el desafío de escoger entre la gente y usted. Por delante les queda todavía unos cuantos años de una extraña combinación de retos y lamentos—todavía el sistema no los va a soltar a la realidad desprotegida de las paredes fuera del claustro académico. Todavía le quedan años de pasar o no pasar entre los cuales serán enfrentados en forma escalonada con las obscuras realidades que ensombrecen a la medina de hoy en día.

Antes aspirábamos a tener un pequeño maletín negro que no necesitaba bata blanca o nombres de prestigiosas universidades o centros medicos. Era un maletín negro incomodo para guardar las herramientas de rigor, pero con suficiente espacio para tener las herramientas que nos conectaban con la vulnerabilidad del prójimo. El pequeño pero venerado maletín del medico era símbolo de tantos sueños de esperanza, y cuando se llegaba a una casa las personas hasta buscaban donde situar este maravilloso icono de humildad y de reconciliación.

(When Dr. Vargas told this story on stage, he told us about how when he was a little boy, and the doctor came to his house, they made him move out of his chair so the little black doctor bag had a place to sit—it couldn’t be on the floor! He regaled us with stories of the famous, highly-esteemed doctor who still respectfully greeted/saluted his poor, lower-class grandmother when they passed on the street. Dr. Vargas then told us that achieving that little black doctor bag wasn’t expected for a boy like him. When he told his doctor he wanted to practice medicine when he grew up, the doctor asked him, “what neighborhood are you from, boy?” Upon hearing Dr. Vargas’ answer, the doctor shook his head. “You should consider nursing instead.”)

Mi papa, un hombre trabajado, aspiraba, mas que a otra cosa, a regalarme ese pequeño maletín en donde cabina tantas ilusiones, en donde no sabia un pet scan o un sofisticado lap top con miles de digas capaces de transportarnos a la medicina moderna pero tristemente desafiliandonos de la mas intima relación de transmutación con la persona que requiere mis servicios. Y hoy ganamos diplomas y reconocimientos que definitivamente son la mas intensa manifestación de tus logros, pero de ahi, en adelante, el maletincito se perdió en la inmensa complejidad irreducible de los que hoy es la medicina.

La sociedad espera grandes cosas de ustedes, pero las mas excelsas, las de mas transcendencia, las virtudes que este mundo hastiado de burocracia, pedantería e indiferencia basada en la ambición de protagonismos, espera, es que tu seas tu, es que puedas ademas de haber memorizado miles de algoritmos diagnósticos, puedas abrir el mas importante espacio de tu corazón, de tus emociones para recibir con solidaridad amorosa a prójimo.

(At this point, Dr. Vargas told us a story about one of his missions to Guatemala. He was running a clinic of children, and reporters came by to interview one of the boys he’d examined and treated. He ran up to the camera to explain to them, with great pride, all he’d done for the boy—but they said, “no, let the boy talk.” So they asked the boy, “what did the doctor do for you?” The boy stood quietly, and Dr. Vargas became stressed: the boy didn’t talk about how he listened to the boy’s heart and examined his abdomen and found the right medication, and instead just stood there, silently. “Did the doctor do anything for you?”

“He made me smile,” said the boy.

That was what the patient wanted.

“En cambio,” or on the other hand, Dr. Vargas told us of a rushed ER doc who said the patient’s lungs were clear…and the patient looked, and noticed the doctor didn’t even have the stethoscope in his ears. Was this a problem of a system that overworks the doctor in the name of higher pay, to exhaustion? Was this a problem of an individual who in that broken system no longer had the heart to care? Was this the future doctor we, sitting in that audience, would become? Or would we have our stethoscopes in our ears, and listen?)

Los haitianos que fueron parte de mi misión en Haiti a tres o cuatro meses de su tragedia, parecían alegres y se proponían con verdadera pasión volver a soñar, ya mi me resoluto extraña esa actitud tan alegre cuando todavía el mundo lloraba el terremoto. Ante mis preguntas, preocupado de que sus alegrías fueran interpretados como insensibilidad, fueron contestadas de la siguiente forma,

“Nosotros los haitianos hemos sufrido siempre, mucho antes del terremoto, ya sufríamos y a través del tiempo aprendimos a superar el dolor rápidamente porque de lo contrario el dolor nos mataría. Y la forma en que lo hemos logrado es cargando muy poco. Y le damas las gracias por lo que usted nos enseña, porque el día en que ustedes tengan que pasar por lo que nosotros pasamos, les va a ser imposible levantarse, porque ustedes cargan mucho, porque ustedes dependen de tantas cosas, porque ustedes le llaman éxito a tener lo que no necesitan.”

Antes el medico solo necesitaba una pequeña maleta, porque la mas grande virtud, la cargaban en su alma, en su espíritu de servicio, en su humildad y entrega.

Hoy ustedes están obligados a ser la mas revolucionaria transición entre una medicina que los viejos hemos prostituido convirtiéndola en una vergonzosa medicina corporativa, y la necesidad de regresar alas raíces solidarias de esta noble profesión. Recuerde la nobleza de nuestra clase no ni residía en el pasado en la maleta negra, ni en el presente reside en la brillante bata blanca, ni en el futuro inmediato residirá en una tecnología que desafía el ciclo natural del humano; la nobleza de nuestra clase reside en los actos nobles que usted logre evidencia en su conducta profesional y personal.

Los niveles de depresión, ansiedad, el alcoholismo, y el uso de drogas, e inclusive el suicidio y el rompimiento de familias por divorcio es una realidad que sirve de contra punto paradójico a la ilusión de que el medico es el mejor que esta. Es a ustedes a quienes les toca volver a encontrar una senda de paz que sin rechazar la ciencia y los avances, pueda devolver al medico la sencillez del maletincito negro.

Y create, la inversion en el bien no es una característica de los débiles—es la virtud de los verdaderamente fuertes. Los vientos de futuro soplan hacia la incertidumbre y es en esos vientos en donde usted debe de navegar su nave. Le puedo garantizar, como dice Facundo Cabral que, “lo que se pierde en nombre, se gana en eternidad.”

El amor que nos trajo, es el que nos va a permitir sobrevivir.

Ustedes no reciben mete diploma gratuitamente—este diploma es un contrato social en el que usted debe, por encima de cualquier cosa, redimir la mediocridad del pasado, abriendo puertas de esperanza, entendiendo que no es necesario cargar mucho. Nuestro maletín es interno con intension de brillar a lo externo.

Seamos la puerta al amor, seamos el candado que encierra a la desesperanza; el Dr. Izquierdo Mora, mi maestro, decía que mas que un buen medico, seamos un medico bueno. Seamos buenos, no perdamos la capacidad de indignarnos, no perdamos la capacidad de soñar, no perdamos la capacidad de alcanzar el camino que en la sencillez nos devuelve al principio del amor.

Hagamos sonreír.

~Jose Vargas Vidot

LOOSE ENGLISH TRANSLATION

We live in a complicated world. You receive a diploma that immediately becomes a moral ground, a bill receivable, an ethical dilemma. And what does it consist of?

This ethical dilemma consists of the challenge of choosing between the people and yourself. Ahead there are still a few years left of this strange combination of challenges and regrets–the system doesn’t allow you yet into the unprotected reality outside the walls of academic cloister. There are still years to pass or not to pass before you become confronted in a staggering way with the dark realities that overshadow medicine today.

Before we aspired to have a small black briefcase that did not need a white coat or names of prestigious universities or medical centers. It was an uncomfortable black case to keep the tools of rigor, but with enough space to have the tools that connected us with the vulnerability of others. The doctor’s small but revered briefcase was a symbol of so many dreams of hope, and when people came to a house they even gave up their seats for this wonderful icon of humility and reconciliation.

(When Dr. Vargas told this story on stage, he told us about how when he was a little boy, and the doctor came to his house, they made him move out of his chair so the little black doctor bag had a place to sit—it couldn’t be on the floor! He regaled us with stories of the famous, highly-esteemed doctor who still respectfully greeted/saluted his poor, lower-class grandmother when they passed on the street. Dr. Vargas then told us that achieving that little black doctor bag wasn’t expected for a boy like him. When he told his doctor he wanted to practice medicine when he grew up, the doctor asked him, “what neighborhood are you from, boy?” Upon hearing Dr. Vargas’ answer, the doctor shook his head. “You should consider nursing instead.”)

My father, a working man, aspired more than anything else to give me that little briefcase where I had so many illusions, where I did not know a pet scan or a sophisticated lap top with thousands of gigas capable of transporting us to modern medicine–but sadly disaffiliating us from the most intimate relationship of transmutation with the person who requires our services. Today we win diplomas and recognitions that are definitely an intense manifestation of your achievements, but I fear briefcase has been lost in the immense irreducible complexity of what today is medicine.

Society expects great things from you, but the most exalted, the most transcendent virtues, the ones that this world really awaits as its blasted with bureaucracy, pedantry and indifference based on the ambition of prominence–the greatest virtue is that while you memorize thousands of diagnostic algorithms, you can also open the most important space of your heart, of your emotions, to receive your neighbor with loving solidarity.

(At this point, Dr. Vargas told us a story about one of his missions to Guatemala. He was running a clinic of children, and reporters came by to interview one of the boys he’d examined and treated. He ran up to the camera to explain to them, with great pride, all he’d done for the boy—but they said, “no, let the boy talk.” So they asked the boy, “what did the doctor do for you?” The boy stood quietly, and Dr. Vargas became stressed: the boy didn’t talk about how he listened to the boy’s heart and examined his abdomen and found the right medication, and instead just stood there, silently. “Did the doctor do anything for you?”

“He made me smile,” said the boy.

That was what the patient wanted.

“En cambio,” or on the other hand, Dr. Vargas told us of a rushed ER doc who said the patient’s lungs were clear…and the patient looked, and noticed the doctor didn’t even have the stethoscope in his ears. Was this a problem of a system that overworks the doctor in the name of higher pay, to exhaustion? Was this a problem of an individual who in that broken system no longer had the heart to care? Was this the future doctor we, sitting in that audience, would become? Or would we have our stethoscopes in our ears, and listen?)

The Haitians who were part of my mission in Haiti three or four months after their tragedy seemed happy and proposed with real passion to dream again, and that happy attitude struck me as strange when the earth was still crying over the earthquake. I questioned them, worried that their joys would be interpreted as insensibility. They answered:

“We Haitians have always suffered, long before the earthquake; we already suffered and over time we learned to overcome pain quickly because otherwise the pain would kill us. And the way we have achieved it is by carrying very little. And we thank you for what you teach us, because the day you have to go through what we go through, it will be impossible for you to get up, because you carry a lot, because you depend on so many things, because you call it success to have what you do not need.”

Before the doctor only needed a small suitcase, because the greatest virtue, loaded in his soul, was his spirit of service, in his humility and dedication.

Today you are bound to see the most revolutionary transition between a medicine that we old people have prostituted, turning it into a shameful corporate medicine, and the need to return to the roots of solidarity of this noble profession. Remember the nobility of our class did not reside in the past in the black suitcase, nor in the present resides in the bright white coat, nor in the immediate future will reside in a technology that challenges the natural cycle of the human life; The nobility of our class lies in the noble acts that you achieve, evidenced by your professional and personal conduct. The levels of depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug-use, suicide, and divorce among doctors serves as a paradoxical counterpoint to the illusion that the doctor’s way is the best one. It is up to you to find a path of peace so that without rejecting science and advances, you can return to the simplicity of the little black suitcase.

And believe me, investment in good is not a characteristic of the weak-it is the virtue of the truly strong. The future winds blow towards uncertainty and it is in those winds where you must navigate your ship. I can guarantee, as Facundo Cabral says, that “what is lost in name, is earned in eternity.”

The love that brought us here is the one that will allow us to survive.

You do not receive a diploma for free-this diploma is a social contract in which you must, above all, redeem the mediocrity of the past, opening doors of hope, understanding that it is not necessary to carry a lot. Our briefcase is internal with the intention to shine externally.

Let’s be the door to love, let’s be the lock that locks the despair; Dr. Izquierdo Mora, my teacher, said that more than becoming a “buen medico”–or good doctor–we need to be a “medico bueno”–a doctor who is good. Let’s be good, let’s not lose the ability to be indignant, let’s not lose the ability to dream, let’s not lose the ability to reach the path that in simplicity returns us to the principle of love.

Let’s make smiles.

~ Jose Vargas Vidot

Meditate on this a little, even if you aren’t a doctor. How is your life a social contract for good? When you’re done pondering, join Dr. Vargas at Iniciativacomunitaria.org, and join my fellow medical students and teachers at PMSRELIEFFUND.org. Puerto Ricans like Dr. Vargas aren’t victims who need your pity; they’re heroes who need your action. And we can be their supporting cast as they rebuild.

How will you build your #superheroalert response today?

I know a hero when I see one. #superheroalert #dogood

This guy knows a hero when he sees one!

It’s another superhero alert–this one jokingly, to talk about how to warn people of danger. Don’t be a pretentious douchebag: if you believe in hell as an actual reality, for example, you should totally warn people about it, but there’s more than one way to have that conversation. If I don’t believe in it, you screaming at me probably won’t back my spirit away from the cliff I can’t see. It’s the same with suicide, alcohol abuse, or a brick on the street that might make a guy stumble. You come off as a jackass when you think you’re somehow special, somehow better than someone else.

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You Boycott Halloween to Save Black Cats (#superheroalert for @blackcatrescue #adopt)

from buttersafe.comThought that was pretty cute, huh? Buttersafe’s cool, you should check them out.

I wanted to bring up black cats for this #superheroalert because we’ve got Halloween coming up. More black cats are tortured and killed around this time of year than any other month, and that’s pretty messed up. The stereotypical activity of a superhero—rescuing a cat out of a tree for some little old lady, right? We should do that.

This year, I’m “rescuing” by boycotting Halloween.

“Wait, what? Why you gotta hate on Halloween? Why can’t you just NOT torture cats?”

Great point, imaginary person I invented for the sake of argument. Here’s the deal. If you look into the history of Halloween across multiple Western (usually Catholic) cultures, you’ll find it almost always revolves around people placating some dead spirit (benevolent or otherwise) or demon, which is actually kind of anti-humanist. You know, like we have to bow to cruel forces, rather than rebelling, because of fear. Fear’s a great thing to talk about, as hero-wanna-bes, because it’s a healthy way for us to remember our place in the Universe. We’re not the biggest thing. We’re not even the best thing. Fear is healthy sometimes. But when our fear becomes a celebration of, and a submission to, the tyranny of evil, we have a problem.

“Oh, silly Jen, you’re over-exaggerating. Dressing up as ghosts isn’t a ‘submission to the tyranny of evil.’”

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Michael Timm programs “#PokemonGo for water” to save his city! #superheroalert

Michael programmed a “Pokemon Go for water” to teach local Milwaukee natives how to protect their water—and to connect them with the history of the Great Lakes around them. He also made a board game for kids to learn about invasive quagga mussels–it helps them think practically about how to protect their environment from invasive species. Here, he gives tips on grant-writing, water conservation, and using your creative capacities for community good. All this and more in the above water stories with Michael Timm: using apps and games to improve environmental sustainability!

What will you do for your #superheroalert?

Check out other #superheroalerts at http://becominghero.ninja (search for superheroalert), where I talk about how to become a superhero!

Download Water Story Here: http://refloh2o.com/water-story/

Check out Michael’s other stuff at matimm.com

What I’ve learned about heroes by playing one (#actor @RickyDaVision) #superheroalert

I have a lovely treat for you Superpeeps today! Wanna become a superhero? This is kind of an interview/guest post by superhero film actor @RickyDaVision: what can we learn about heroes by pretending to be them?

There are a lot of words that people often use to describe a superhero. Courageous, brave, sincere, compassionate, determined just to name a few. To be all of those things ultimately doesn’t require having the strength to move mountains or ability to read people’s minds.

(Although that definitely helps.)

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You live in a #scifi! How will you save the world? #superheroalert

I’m writing from the past to tell you that YOU live in the future.

I don’t mean that metaphorically. You live in a wild science fiction world that many people can’t even imagine, and you can impact and change that scifi tale if you want. Let me show you. Or, as a freaky man once put it, “I’d like to play a game.” Tell me which of these three technology scenarios is in development–or already working!–right now.

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Help kids who can’t afford #pediatriccancer treatment by scaring yourself! #horror (#superheroalert)

Do you have a family member with cancer? Do you know a child with cancer?

We talk a bit about responsible shopping and consuming here on the #superheroalert blog, and I love this anthology because all the writers involved, all the editors, just came together to give money to families who can’t afford cancer treatment, through the National Children’s Cancer Society. If you like horror, it got nothing but good reviews. So yeah.

Click the picture to read my story “I Am Disease,” a zombie fairytale about addiction and cancer, in the acclaimed Bleed anthology. Let’s scare cancer silly.

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