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Tania's Birthday fundraiser for the Red Brigade, Lucknow

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It is that birthday time of year again! Yay! I've decided to make birthday fundraisers a yearly tradition from now until I'm outta birthdays. Consider it a fundraising party! I may not have a magic wand to fix everything in the world, but with your help, we can all chip in to make it a little better. Last year we helped raise $701 for the Children's Aid Society of NYC. This year I've chosen to raise money for the Red Brigade in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. The Red Brigade Lucknow is a grassroots organization in one of India's poorest regions. It's formed by a group of brave young women who are survivors of assault with no protection or justice under the law. They have come together to *literally* fight back against sexual violence and discrimination by teaching young girls and women life saving martial arts and protesting to end child marriage and oppression. Please watch the documentary trailer about their remarkable mission then check out this feature CNN did on them here> http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/13/world/asia/india-red-brigade/index.html . The money raised goes to build and support a residential Red Brigade Academy to house and protect young women who are no longer safe in their abusive homes. It will also help the Red Brigade continue to provide self-defense training to more and more women in India. Please visit the Red Brigade website http://redbrigade-lucknow.org/ and can follow their progress and press coverage on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/usharedbrigadelucknow/ 

So, instead of buying me a birthday drink or dinner, a card or socks, I ask that you please deposit that love in this electronic donation bin and let's help the incredible ladies of the Red Brigade keep kickin' ass! Feel free to share this with everyone. Thank you so much! Happy birthday to me :)

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