Category Archives: Viva!

Did You Get The Call? | Rebelle Society

DelRita Butler

Did you get the call?

I did.

Did you hear your name

in the middle of the night?

That voice egging you on,

nudging you to awaken.

The silent alarm vibrating

through your heart,

bursting your confusion,

this nameless knowing.

This tumult

of soul seeking truths

Are there words

for this disposition?

Come out,

add to the dialog

this hiding no longer suits you.

You’re on the brink

of transformation

and you need to jump in

or defy gravity,

and float

into the collective

of indie souls.

Or, into the cast

of nameless and


seekers of change,

your new family.

So go out.

Be the change.

By doing,



Walk the walk

and talk the talk

in your gifted way,

your language.

Paint the story,

write the story,

sing, dance,

play the story.

Pass it on,

teach it, grow it,

word by word,

by mouth.

Be the person

you want to be.

Be the person

you need to be.

Take your hat off.

Sit down

and journal this pause.

Put on sneakers,

grab a towel,

and run this moment.

Pick up your mat,

find space,

and meditate this moment.

But however you do

what you do,

carry someone with you,


Talk to them,

touch them,

share fears,

share joys,

speak ideas.

Collectively we cannot

effect change by only watching.

We are the town criers.

via Did You Get The Call? | Rebelle Society.

Jimmy Carter: World powers should rethink approach to Hamas | Maan News Agency

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Former US president Jimmy Carter said in an op-ed Monday that in order for the Israel-Gaza status quo to change, the international community needs to recognize Hamas as a “legitimate political actor.”

“Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise,” an op-ed written by Carter and former Irish president Mary Robinson said.

“Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor — one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people — can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons,” the op-ed, published in Foreign Policy, said.

“Ever since the internationally monitored 2006 elections that brought Hamas to power in Palestine, the West’s approach has manifestly contributed to the opposite result.”

Carter and Robinson called for an “partial lifting” of the eight-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip, and said an international force should be put into place to monitor border crossings.

The presence of an international force is also necessary to hold both sides accountable for ceasefire violations, they said.

The op-ed was also heavily critical of the Israeli army’s handling of its offensive on Gaza.

“There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war,” the op-ed said.

“Hundreds of Palestinian noncombatants have been killed. Much of Gaza has lost access to water and electricity completely. This is a humanitarian catastrophe.”

The op-ed also noted “unacceptable” actions by Hamas, but stressed that while Gaza militants have killed three civilians, the vast majority of the 1,875 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces throughout the assault have been civilians.

Both Carter and Robinson are members of the Elders, a non-governmental organization that describes itself as a group of “independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights.”

Carter is among the most notable American public figures to criticize Israeli policy toward Palestinians. He is the author of “Peace Not Apartheid,” a book for which he has earned praise for its frank speech about Israel and Palestine. Some key American figures, however, accuse him of being biased against Israel.

via Jimmy Carter: World powers should rethink approach to Hamas | Maan News Agency.

Home comfort after China earthquake

A child, cuddling a cat, rests under a shelter at the earthquake zone in Ludian county, Zhaotong, Yunnan province. An earthquake in China on the weekend triggered landslides that have blocked rivers and created rapidly growing bodies of water that could unleash more destruction on survivors of the disaster that killed 410 people, state media reported on Tuesday.


via Home comfort after China earthquake.

Alabama Admitting Privileges Law Ruled Unconstitutional | National Women’s Law Center

Yesterday, a federal judge in Alabama held that the state’s law requiring abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges was unconstitutional as applied to the clinics that brought the suit. Enforcement of the law would have closed three of Alabama’s five abortion clinics.

via Alabama Admitting Privileges Law Ruled Unconstitutional | National Women’s Law Center.

A Practice of Gratitude. | Rebelle Society

Take that gratitude and write it, speak it, dance it, paint it. Let it shine bright, for you and for all of us. So that when darkness falls, this thank you is the salve on your wounded knees, the balm for my broken heart, the friend who holds us all during aching times of loneliness.

Be gratitude.

via A Practice of Gratitude. | Rebelle Society.

Is there a Rihanna sex tape? No, it’s a malware scam on Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

There is no sex tape of Rihanna and her boyfriend doing the rounds online. You can’t see who’s been looking at your Facebook profile. And you can’t change your Facebook colour either.

This may all sound obvious, but according to antivirus firm Bitdefender, these are the most popular malware scams on the social network in 2014.

The company has published a list of the top 10 Facebook scams, with the fake app promising to tell you your Facebook views and visitors by far the most popular, accounting for 30.2% of bogus links it identified on the social network this year.

Clicking on any of them will lead Facebook users to sites that try to install viruses on their computers, as malware developers continue to seek new ways to spread their software to unsuspecting victims.

The chart is good news for Taylor Swift and Disneyland, who both featured in Bitdefender’s list a year ago. Swift’s non-existent sex tape and an offer of a free trip to Disneyland have fallen from the top 10 over the last 12 months.

“Why do people still want to see who has been taking a peek at their profile, despite all security warnings? I think they believe these are legitimate apps,” said chief security strategist Catalin Cosoi.

“This is social engineering at its finest – a challenging mental game that pushes the right psychological buttons. The baits have changed over time, with stalkers, peekers, admirers, overly attached girlfriends and exes haunting you, but the reason this scam works is simple: human nature.”

via Is there a Rihanna sex tape? No, it’s a malware scam on Facebook | Technology | The Guardian.

Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right : Workers & Economic Inequality : Our Work

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently announced plans to introduce legislation that would make labor organizing and union activity a legally protected civil right. Inspired by the work of TCF fellows Moshe Marvit and Richard Kahlenberg (who detail just such a proposal in their book Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right), Rep. Ellison has taken up their mantle and seeks to codify this needed change into Federal law.

via Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right : Workers & Economic Inequality : Our Work.