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  • Children Of The Sex Trade (Full Documentary) – Real Stories

    In 2019 Human trafficiking and sexual abuse of minors is still alive in this world…

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    This exceptional film follows two young sisters in the Philippines who help former Australian police and Special Forces officers rescue underage girls from sex bars. In the Phillipines, over 800,000 women and children work in the sex-trade. Police corruption makes local law enforcement ineffective in protecting the most vulnerable groups from abuse. 16 year-old Michelle and 19 year-old Marisol were both abused by foreign men as children and had also worked in Subic Bay’s sex bars. They now work at PREDA, a human rights foundation set up in 1974 by Fr. Shay Cullen, an Irish Catholic priest. Together, with former Australian Federal Police officers, the group sets out on a sting operation to bring child-abusers to justice. With exclusive access, this is a gripping investigation into an urgent crisis led by the brave, teenage sisters who sacrifice their own safety to save others from the same fate.


  • Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: We Don’t Want Prayers From Politicians

     JANUARY 29, 2019 BY MICHAEL STONE3

    After four Houston police officers were shot while serving a warrant, a frustrated Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tells politicians to forget the thoughts and prayers and address the public health epidemic of gun violence.

    Speaking at a news conference Tuesday morning related to the tragic shooting, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo scolded politicians for offering the obligatory “thoughts and prayers” while doing absolutely nothing to address the out of control public health crisis caused by guns.

    At the news conference Chief Acevedo said:

    We don’t elect people to pray for us. We elect people to lead for us.

    Acevedo added:

    I appreciate your prayers, but frankly, we’ve got a community to pray for us. The question is, what are policy makers willing to do besides prayers to address a public health epidemic?

    Acevedo continued:

    I would express my personal frustration at lawmakers that know we have a public health epidemic in this country we call gun violence. It doesn’t just impact law enforcement. It crushes communities, tears apart families, cuts lives short, every single day.

    Watch Chief Acevedo’s remarks below:

    Acevedo makes a good point. Both Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton offered their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims while making absolutely no effort to address the public health crisis caused by gun violence.

    Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement in which he said:

    I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for the officers injured, and for the continued safety of all law enforcement officers who protect our communities.

    And Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement:

    The thoughts and prayers of countless Texans are with the officers, their families, and the Houston Police Department.

    Chief Acevedo is right. We don’t need prayers from politicians. Prayers will not stop bullets. Prayers will not change the gun laws. Prayers will not change the culture of the gun that plagues the U.S. Prayers will not stop the terrorist organization known as the National Rifle Association (NRA).

    As a nation we live with and tolerate a culture of gun violence. All the while any proposal to enact sensible reform to curb gun violence is squashed by the the NRA and the attending all powerful gun lobby.

    Indeed, the NRA and the gun lobby intimidates and bullies politicians, while spreading deception and misinformation to the general public. They are the equivalent of the 20th century tobacco lobby, merchants of death, claiming their product is safe while countless Americans die.

    The fact is America has a fetish for guns, and that perverse fetish for guns will not be cured by thoughts and prayers.

    Bottom line: Cheers for Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo who has the courage to tell politicians to forget the thoughts and prayers and address the public health crisis caused by gun violence.

    Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: We Don’t Want Prayers From Politicians (Image via Screen Grab)
    Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: We Don’t Want Prayers From Politicians (Image via Screen Grab)

  • DeVos Demands Taxpayer Money For Religious Schools

    DeVos Demands Taxpayer Money For Religious Schools

    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to lift constitutional restrictions on taxpayer money being used for religious education.

    Last week DeVos was in New York, where she went on a two day tour of private religious schools, but refused to visit any public schools.

    On her tour of private religious schools, DeVos spoke during a breakfast meeting hosted by the Alfred E. Smith Foundation. At the meeting Devos defended the use of public money for religious schools, telling the guests in attendance, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, that constitutional restrictions on spending tax dollars for religious schools should be overturned.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

    We haven’t checked in with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for a while. She spoke yesterday in New York City to the influential Alfred E. Smith Foundation, which raises money for Catholic causes and charities.

    Her speech doubled down on her belief that American parents should be free to use tax dollars to send her children to religious schools, a point she underscored by visiting two New York City schools, neither of which was a public school. DeVos visited two Orthodox Jewish schools.

    Speaking about her desire to use taxpayer money to support religious schools, DeVos told her audience:

    I know very well there are powerful interests that want to deprive families their God-given freedom. I know that those sycophants of ‘the system’ have kept legislators here from enacting a common-sense program that would open options to thousands of kids in need.

    Making her case for public money to be used in supporting private religious schools DeVos cited a recent Supreme Court decision:

    As many of you know, the Supreme Court ruled in last year’s Trinity Lutheran case that it was unconstitutional for a playground restoration program funded by state-taxpayers to exclude a school ‘simply because of what it is – a church.’

    These amendments should be assigned to the ash heap of history…

    The amendments DeVos is talking about are known as Blaine Amendments, “constitutional provisions in 38 of the 50 state constitutions in the United States that forbid direct government aid to educational institutions that have a religious affiliation.”

    So when the Secretary of Education says “these amendments should be assigned to the ash heap of history” she is in essence saying the separation of church and state should be assigned to the ash heap of history.

    Note: Advocating for an end to the separation of church and state is standard operating procedure for theocratic Christian conservatives like DeVos.

    Commenting on the story, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers told Shareblue Media:

     

    Her actions have repeatedly demonstrated her disdain for public education. 

    DeVos is about defunding and destabilizing public schools, not strengthening and building the public schools she’s charged with overseeing and improving.

    The fact that DeVos wants to destabilize public schools while shifting taxpayer money to religious schools is not a surprise.  In fact, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a radical Christian extremist who wants to use American schools to “advance God’s kingdom.

    Previously, when asked about spending taxpayer dollars on private and religious schools, DeVos declared:

    There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education…[versus] what is currently being spent every year on education in this country…Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s Kingdom.

    Indeed, DeVos is a religious extremist who has made it clear she wants to destroy public education and use taxpayer money to fund Christian schools. She is an anti-secular theocrat with no experience working in public education. However, she has used her immense wealth and influence to try and destroy public education in America.

    DeVos never attended public school. She did not send her kids to public school. She has never worked in a public school. She does not have an education degree, and she has never been a teacher. In fact, she has demonstrated an open hostility to public education, and a desire to destroy public education by using taxpayer money to subsidize private, religious schools.

    Last year, an alarming report was released by a conservative Christian group with ties to DeVos advocating for the promotion of Christianity in public schools and putting an end to the Department of Education.

    And DeVos is not alone in wanting to use taxpayer to subsidize the religious indoctrination of children. During his address before a joint session of Congress last year, President Donald Trump repeated his campaign pledge to provide taxpayer money to fund private, religious schools.

    Bottom line: DeVos is demanding that taxpayer money be used to fund private religious schools while suggesting that the separation of church and state be “assigned to the ash heap of history.”

    DeVos Demands Taxpayer Money For Religious Schools (Image via Wikimedia)


  • U.S. moves THAAD to South Korean site as North Korea boasts fire power

    Reuters

    U.S. moves THAAD to South Korean site as North Korea boasts fire power

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim,Reuters Tue, Apr 25 4:54 PM PDT