buffalo native; detroit living; world loving. a tattooed loud music listener, book collecting, incense burning tea drinker.
on the pursuit of equality by way of human rights activism. passionate about immigrant/refugee/asylum-seeker's rights.
program assistant/case manager at freedom house. peace.
a project that needs attention. it needs shares and likes and tweets and posts.
it aims to shed light specifically on the plight of LGBT African asylum-seekers—and ultimately the need for reform and progress needed in countries that receive LGBT asylum-seekers. (the latter can happen easier and needs to be done, at least until awareness increases and the minds of those persecuting LGBT individuals realize that LGBT individuals are human and love just the same and them.)
so many issues.
the four video testimonies are incredibly powerful.
please watch. (they’re only 5-6min each.)
peace and love, a boy united in the plight for justice and equality
"But despite potential passage of the bill and a hostile environment stoked to an ideological inferno by American evangelicals proselytizing in Eastern Africa, Ugandan LGBTI people have a simple message: We are here. We are Ugandan. We will not be silenced. […]
“Even though many Ugandan government and religious leaders have abandoned them, these Ugandans have not abandoned their country or their faith. Above all, they are proud to be Ugandans,” says Robinson. …”
Incredibly courageous and inspiring. I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it today: until equality reigns, I am Ugandan.
"I write because I know the time of rape and male domination can and will come to an end and the energy of hoarding and pillaging and hurting will be transformed into sharing and including and feeling the heart inside each heart."
"In 1993, he was arrested and taken to a military camp where he was interrogated under torture. For five weeks, he was repeatedly beaten and humiliated; some of his teeth were pulled out.
He was released but was arrested, tortured and imprisoned several more times, he said.
After General Eyadéma’s death in 2005, the military installed his son Faure Gnassingbé, and then engineered his formal election; that election incited a tide of violence and civil dissent. Mr. Idrissou said the situation became even more dangerous for him.
In September 2006, one of his sons warned him that men had come to their home to arrest him again. Fearing for his life, Mr. Idrissou did not return home but fled to the United States, where he was granted asylum. “
"If Ugandan parliament passes this Bill into law, they will in effect have one of the most discriminatory legal regimes in the world for sexual minorities," said Canton. "Uganda already has anti-gay laws in its penal code left over from British colonial rule that provide legal cover for the harassment of its LGBTI people. With this additional legislation, LGBTI people could face increased levels of physical and sexual abuse, intimidation and harassment, arbitrary arrests, and extortion."
i’m scared. for the people of Uganda. for the people of Africa. for the people of the world. [for me.]
this could directly lead to an increase in the population that i work with, either at my organization or others throughout the country. while i’m sad one is driven to flee her/his own country due to such blatant denial of her/his fundamental rights, i will welcome them with open arms.
as most of you know, i’ve just began my second year of post-graduate volunteer work. i’m working at Freedom House, a shelter that provides comprehensive services for political refugees seeking political asylum.
i’ve been putting this off for too long and need to get serious: i need to know French.
i only earn a $100/month stipend, so cannot afford a class or to purchase the levels of Rosetta Stone i need myself.
anyone have Rosetta Stone to learn French they can give me? i know basic French but need more.