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April 28, 2017
BENEFITING: Human Rights Watch
Hi all...today is my 35th birthday!!! And I am asking for your help to support a cause extremely important to me: Human Rights:
Venezuela. Chechnya. Syria. Libya. USA. So many places.
Thanks to the internet and social media every year for my birthday there is such a beautiful outpouring of birthday messages from so many of you to me. We may know each other from long ago or we may have met recently; we may be living in the same city or we may be living far away from each other... what is consistent is that each and every one of those messages brings me warmth: they put a smile to my face and they are always so appreciated. Thank you!
This year I want to do something I have never done before for my birthday: I want to help a cause that can make even just the smallest contribution towards helping others who are in need and in desperate & dire situations.
I ask that for the time you may take today to congratulate me today- or for that drink that you would maybe invite me for my birthday- that you instead use the time and money to support Human Rights in the world. Even just $1USD would be a helpful contribution. Even more would be better.
I thought long and hard about which causes/ organizations I wanted to support. Some of the situations that have been troubling me deeply as of late are:
1) The suffering of my dearest Venezuelan people as they fight for democracy and freedom against a repressive and dictatorial regime.
2) The African and Middle East refugee crisis: most specifically the suffering and human rights violations of people from various African countries being held indefinitely in detention centers in Libya with no legal rights for having been caught attempting to cross the Mediterranean: men, women and children.
3) The troublesome and dangerous state of Gay right in many places in the world, most recently Chechnya according to extremely worrisome reports which suggest the intention to "eliminate (the) gay community by end of May" in Chechnya.
4) The rise of hate crimes and inhuman immigration policies due to xenophobia and racism resulting from hate speech and policies by nationalistic and right-wing governments around the world that capitalize on fear.
All of these unjust, unfair, frustrating, heart-wrenching and inhuman situations all amount to HUMAN RIGHTS.
After some research of reliable organizations I decided to support Human Rights Watch. HRW is a respectable and reputable organization which consists of a team of human rights professionals that investigate and report 'accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting' of human rights conditions around the world. A lot of these people risk their own safety and lives to investigate the facts concerning human rights issues around the world and report them in order to bring about change. This is specially important now a days with so much misinformation, fake news, contradicting reports and repressive governments out there.
Lets help those who work hard to shed light on human rights violations around the world. Lets help those without a voice in desperate need of help.
Join me in helping a cause that affects us all!
Again, even just $1USD would be a helpful contribution. Even more would be better.
Everyone deserves dignity. Everyone deserves equal human rights.
Thank you! Gracias!
Please donate directly since the CrowdRise and HRW donation link is not working and they have not determined how long it will take for it to be fixed:
"Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world."