We are an informal small community of concerned citizens located in Boca Raton, Florida and convened by St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
and the Islamic Center of Boca Raton. The steering committee of our group includes Dr. Bassem Alhalabi and his wife, Maha Albitar, from ICBR and
Carl House and Jon & Joel Hursting from St. Gregory's Episcopal Church. We will also become linked to people who share our concerns in other
communities and presently we are pleased to have Harry Muscadin of the
M A Foundation, Inc.
with us. His work and his home are in Haiti, but he is often in Florida and is good friends with the ICBR Imam.
We are concerned about the state of the planet (and the nation) and intend to encourage those who are helping us heal.
We will do this by helping create & promote lectures, workshops, fund raising and civic participation as opportunities emerge.
We have studied where our planet needs healing thru
114 "study themes"
and have determined that the
empowerment of women
will be among our top priorities.
While the good sense of this is easily intuitive, we feel it has also be proven in the
rejuvenation of Rwanda since the genocide of 1994
and in the research and analysis by UNESCO and others about Rwanda and the role that women have played and are playing there.
It is also demonstrated in the peace brought to Myanmar (Burma) by Aung San Suu Kyi (their female leader) who won the Nobel Peace Prize and
who has led to the conversion of rule from violent Buddhist military leaders to the installation of one of her followers as the new president.
We are likely to work with and help a variety of organizations. Presently we will seek to help an organization in Madagascar
which has been helping women in stress in their country for many years.
Miaraka, A Time to Dance.
We also share concern for the subject of seed. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds.
Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind.
SEED: The Untold Story is a new film set for release 9/23/2016.
It follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.
In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.
As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers
fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story,
these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
We respect a non profit located in Ft. Myers called
Charity Navigator named Echo the top international charity organization in Florida.
We will take a trip to
Ft. Myers to visit it soon.
The links below expand on our selecting the worldwide empowerment of women as our top issue.
The Status of Women (56 links)
- The Evolution of Human Consciousness (Christopher Chase, 20160925, Creative Systems Thinking, 5)
- Obama Pledges to Lift All Sanctions Against Myanmar (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, 20160914, NYT, 1)
- Boca Planetary Healing (Carl House, 20160911, StG&ICBR, 5)
- Are Women changing the World? (Azriel ReShel, 20160308, upliftconnect.com, 3)
- 16 Courageous Women Standing Up to Violence (Kristin Williams, 20160307, upliftconnect.com, 5)
- Malala Yousafzai - The right to learning should be given to any child (Malala Yousafzai, 20151010, , 5)
- 17 Ways That Science Proves Women Are Superior To Men (Lorenzo Jensen III, 20150729, , 1)
- Jimmy Carter: 'Losing My Religion For Equality' (Leslie Salzillo, 20150423, Daily Kos, 2)
- In Chinas Modern Economy, a Retro Push Against Women (Didi Kirsten Tatlow & Michael Forsythe, 20150220, NYT, 5)
- Schoolgirls Are Facing More Threats, U.N. Reports (Rick Gladstone, 20150209, NYT, 2)
- Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Speech (Malala Yousafzai, 20141211, , 5)
- No Longer Ignored, Evidence Solves Rape Cases Years Later (Erik Eckholm, 20140802, NYT, 3)
- Women in Post-genocide Rwanda Have Helped Heal Their Country (Swanee Hunt & Laura Heaton, 20140414, National Geographic, 2)
- Rwandas women make strides towards equality 20 years after the genocide (Alexandra Topping, 20140407, The Guardian, 2)
- Two Decades After Genocide, Rwandas Women Have Made the Nation Thrive (Nina Strochlic, 20140402, Daily Beast, 2)
- The Rise of Rwanda's Women: Rebuilding and Reuniting a Nation (Swanee Hunt, 20140330, Foreign Affairs, 2)
- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20523863-a-call-to-action (Jimmy Carter, 20140325, Goodreads, 2)
- The Best (and Worst) Countries to Be a Woman (Sarah Green, 20131025, Harvard Business Review, 2)
- How Women Are Leading Change in Politics, Policy and Their Communities (Kay Bailey Hutchison, 20131017, , 3)
- Tackling The Roots Of Rape (Frank Bruni, 20130813, NYT, 3)
- Women as a Force for Change (Nicholas D. Kristof, 20130731, NYT, 2)
- In Afghanistan| Fathers Barter Daughters to Settle Drug Debts (Fariba Nawa, 20130731, TheAtlantic.com, 3)
- Why Empowering Girls Is Key to Ending Poverty (Ravi Kumar, 20130421, huffingtonpost.com, 2)
- The Feminization of Farming (Olivier De Schutter, 20130303, NYT, 2)
- Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Special Using Social Media (Brooke Shelby Biggs, 20120926, PBS.org, 5)
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (, 20120926, PBS.org, 2)
- Empowering women for better results in development (Rai Bachchan, 20120925, UNAIDS.org, 2)
- This is My Body (Jason Stefaniak, 20120722, YouTube, 6)
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Movement Trailer (HalfSkyMovement, 20120511, YouTube, 2)
- 10 Psychological Gender Differences (Dr. Debra Laino, 20120000, Shave Magazine, 1)
- UN MDG Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women (, 20000908, U.N., 2)
- Gender Differences in Leadership (Barbara B. Moran, 19920000, , 1)
- Compete & Collaborate: What is success in connected world? (, 2008000, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 5)
- VDAY & Eve Ensler (, , , 5)
- empowerment for women (, , , 5)
- Women Empowering Women - Women Leaders Share Their Wisdom (, , , 5)
- I AM THAT GIRL - Empower Yourself. Empower Others (, , , 5)
- Why womens empowerment is essential for sustainable development (, , , 5)
- Why Women Will Save The Planet, Earth - University of Chicago Press (, , , 5)
- 12 reasons why empowering women should be the worlds top priority (, , , 5)
- Empowering women and families to build healthy communities and a ... (, , , 5)
- Empower Women for the Health of the Planet (, , , 5)
- Empowering Women: The Key to a Sustainable Planet (, , , 5)
- Climate Solutions Empower Women and Help the Planet (, , , 5)
- Why Empowering Poor Women Is Good for the Planet (, , , 5)
- How Women Can Save the Planet - Scientific American (, , , 5)
- Organization for Women - Empowering Women & Girls (, , , 5)
- Want to Empower Women? - finca.org (, , , 5)
- We believe strong women build strong nations. (, , , 5)
- Charities For Women (, , , 5)
- Aung San Suu Kyi (, , wikipedia, 1)
- Persecution of Muslims in Myanmar (, , wikipedia, 1)
- The Role of Women in Reconstruction: Experience of Rwanda (Jeanne Izabiliza, , UNESCO, 1)
- Two decades after the 1994 genocide, the great untold story of Rwanda's rise is how women rebuilt the nation. (, , Inclusive Security, 1)
- The Return of the Divine Feminine (, , Facebook, 5)
- Womankin (as created by Carl House with inspiration from KKelly) (Carl House, , , 5)