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Heartbreaking news: a vital voice for justice is silenced.

Prominent Rights Activist Assassinated

June 26, 2014
(Tripoli) – Human Rights Watch today issued the following tribute to Salwa Bughaighis, a prominent human rights and women’s rights activist who was assassinated in Libya on June 25, 2014.
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On Wednesday, following countless threats against her and her family, Salwa was assassinated, shortly after she voted in Libya’s parliamentary election. With Salwa’s death, the original idealism of the 2011 uprising that overthrew Gaddafi’s tyranny has received another crushing blow, and many Libyan women have lost a role model.

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Congratulations from across the pond to the Duke and Duchess! Wishing you the best of luck and a bit of advice: It Takes a (Royal) Village!

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Seneca Falls, 165 years ago today, began a movement that remains the unfinished business of the 21st century.

Declaration of Sentiments

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.

We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves, by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of the women under this government, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand the equal station to which they are entitled.

The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

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Back on February 15 of this year, after Hillary was honored at the Pentagon by departing Secretary of Defense Panetta, I posted this rationale for a Library/Museum in Hillary Clinton’s honor specifically in Seneca Falls – the only appropriate venue for our Hillary who occupies a very special place in women’s history in our country and in the world.

Hillary Clinton Deserves a Library/Museum Now!

Over her 20 years as First Lady, NY Senator, and finally Secretary of State,  Hillary Rodham Clinton has been honored with many awards.  Yesterday, she received another.   Through all of those years, she has also had a public office in which to keep and display them.

When she was preparing to vacate her office at the State Department,  I was wondering where on earth she was planning to put all of these medals and awards.  As she is planning (this is one thing we know for certain) to write another book, it seems logical for her to have a Library/Museum where she can display publicly her work and all of the honors she has received.

As the woman who has come closest to having smashed that hard glass ceiling (which she still might do), and as a New Yorker,  she certainly deserves a special place in Seneca Falls.  So let’s roll out this idea.  Why wait?  She needs a place for her honors, and she needs it now.

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*Like* this page on Facebook to help get the ball rolling. 

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Today I’m reminded of Invictus, a poem Mandela used to recite in prison. You’re truly an “unconquerable soul” Madiba. Happy 95th Birthday.

 

INVICTUS

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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It has been quite a week for our Hillary beginning with her launching her new Twitter account.  She has collected more than 500K followers with only four tweets,  one of which is a selfie with Chelsea.

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In Chicago since Wednesday for CGI America, she was able to participate fully as a private citizen for the first time.  Dedicated,  as we know she is  to the social nets,  she announced her early childhood initiative,  Too Small To Fail,  via an adorable video.

At the moment people are tweeting @HillaryClinton as they line up for this event, her final scheduled in Chicago, ending a very busy and productive week.

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America’s Tweetheart and primary glass-ceiling-cracker passed 400,000 followers on her second afternoon on Twitter.  With only one tweet, and a profile displaying her lighthearted sense of humor, her list of followers  just keeps growing!

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You can’t blame Tweeters for wanting to follow her!

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Her Twitter account went live some time yesterday,  and the news went viral around midday.   In less than a day back on Twitter,  and with a single tweet, Hillary Clinton garnered  an amazing 300,000 plus followers.   Some say, incorrectly, that this is her Twitter debut.  It was Hillary, back in 2008, who introduced me to Twitter.  She had a Twitter link at HillaryClinton.com, and I started my account then just to follow her.  This return is stupendous!  Go Hillary!  The world is your oyster!

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In the time it took me to prepare this post she surpassed that particular benchmark and the number continues to climb.  Go Hillary!

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