Floating coffins


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Dear friends,The most persecuted peoples on our earth are right now taking to ‘floating coffins’ to flee violence and seek sanctuary for their families. But instead of responding with humanity, our governments are closing their doors, letting them starve and drown at sea.

The Mediterranean and Andaman Seas are becoming graveyards.

Burma is driving the Rohingya out, and thousands of families are drifting helplessly at sea, forced to drink their own urine because Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia had turned them away. Syrians and Africans risk drowning every week off the coast of Southern Europe, braving the terrifying crossing as their last hope to escape torture, hunger, and traffickers.

We are facing the biggest refugees crisis since World War II, but so far governments have let them die in a climate of rising xenophobia. Now it has reached a crisis, and our community has a unique chance to jam the culture of fear with a wave of compassion.

If we each chip in a small amount now, we’ll help fund rescue operations at sea; build an Avaaz refugee team to assist those missions and resettlement, and create effective lobby cells to get leaders to open up borders; and launch ads to counter the racism.

Together we can help rescue refugees, and rescue our shared humanity.

Unless we act fast, 2015 could become the year of the boat people!

Pledge to urgently launch the Avaaz refugee campaign — Avaaz will only process your donations if we raise enough to start saving lives:

To pledge another amount, click here.
Avaazers have already kick-started this campaign in the UK. The government has only allowed in 143 Syrians out of the 4 million refugees! In response, over 1,000 Avaazers have joined forces to challenge this disgraceful policy by offering to help refugees resettle, and calling on their local councils to give homes to 50 Syrian refugees each. Already 4 councils have agreed and with our pressure, we hope many more will too.

But this isn’t just a UK and Syria problem. It is a crisis of humanity when our planet’s most vulnerable are treated as criminals and left to die. Here’s a five point plan of the most critical actions Avaaz could take if we raise enough together:

  1. Support organisations that are bravely rescuing the refugees at sea.
  2. Launch Flotillas for Humanity with more private boats to assist rescue operations.
  3. Build an Avaaz refugee team to lobby governments, the EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to push for effective search and rescue operations, and increased numbers of refugee places.
  4. Support local groups in Europe and South East Asia to provide assistance to refugees arriving in reception centres, and into communities.
  5. Run hard hitting billboards and newspaper ads to counter the culture of xenophobia.

30 thousand refugees could drown in the Mediterranean this year. These families are fleeing terror and misery, and their choice to board a boat may be the only choice they have. Let’s join forces to stop these tragedies at sea. Pledge now:
Our community is one of the only in the world with millions of citizens in both the countries from which these families are fleeing and the countries they are seeking help. We have already funded extraordinary work to tackle Ebola and humanitarian work in Nepal. Now let’s take on this emergency and catalyse change with acts of inspired love and inspired bravery.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Ben, Oli, Diego, Mais, Emily, Dalia, Ricken and the Avaaz team

SOURCES:

Myanmar Muslim migrants abandoned at sea have been ‘drinking their own urine’ to survive  (The Independent UK)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/myanmar-muslim-migrants-abandoned-at-sea-drinking-their-own-urine-to-survive-after-thailand-refuses-boat-entry-10249854.html

Syria Refugee Regional Response (UNHCR)
http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php

Mediterranean migrants: Details emerge of deadly capsize (BBC)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32399433

Lost at sea, unwanted: The plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya ‘boat people’ (CNN)
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/19/asia/rohingya-refugee-ships-explainer/

Stranded Rohingya migrants say: ‘We’re dying on board’ (Al Jazeera)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/stranded-rohingya-migrants-dying-board-150517130244345.html

Help turn EveryTown orange… June 2 for Hadiya


Our daughter, Hadiya, was the light of our life — and she shined even brighter after performing with her marching band at President Obama’s inauguration in 2013.Everytown for Gun Safety 

We never imagined that one week later, she would be murdered with a gun — shot at a park near her school in Chicago.

Hadiya’s high school classmates will be graduating next month. While Hadiya won’t get to walk across that stage, her friends are all going to wear orange on June 2 in her honor — and to inspire action to stop the gun violence that takes too many lives in this country. We’re writing to ask for your help.

Pledge to wear orange on June 2 and show that you’re one of the millions of Americans who believes we must do more to end gun violence in our country. People from all over the country will come together online and in person to declare June 2 National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Wear Orange on June 2: Take the Pledge

Hadiya’s friends chose the color orange because it symbolizes the value of human life. Hunters wear orange to alert other hunters that they’re there. It is a way to take care of their own life and the lives of others.

For us, it also represents the enormous potential that is lost when a young person like Hadiya is killed. By wearing orange, we reaffirm the right of every American to live a life free from gun violence.

This day is especially close to our hearts because June 2 would have also been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. We’ll be wearing orange to honor Hadiya and all the love and joy she brought to our community here in Chicago.

Please join us in wearing orange for your loved ones, your city, and our country.

Click below to automatically fill out your pledge, and you’ll receive a reminder to wear orange on June 2 for National Gun Violence Awareness Day:

http://act.everytown.org/sign/wear-orangeGun violence touches every corner of America. We don’t have to live in a country where shootings happen every day. If we all stand up together and demand change, we will succeed.

Thank you for being part of this movement with us.

Sincerely,

Nate and Cleo Pendleton

Cleo and Nate Pendleton

As a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies, we depend on contributions from supporters like you to fund important work to reduce gun violence.

SWAY June 5 & 6, 2015 ::::Read through the info for special offers ::::


Thank you so much for your interest in SWAY: A Dance Trilogy. Without fans like you, who truly appreciate good dancing, we would never be able to create such a production.

SWAY is coming back this summer on June 5th and 6th with three spectacular shows. We will have a Friday evening show (7:30PM), Saturday matinee show (1:00PM) and a Saturday evening show (7:30PM).
It will take place in one of New York Cities finest theaters, the Hammerstein Ballroom.
For those of you who have never been, Hammerstein is a beautiful 12000 square foot, 3 level theater with a capacity of 2200 people and a 32 foot stage.

We are still finalizing details regarding cast and choreography, but we are certain that we are bringing back Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy to this run of SWAY. We have also confirmed some of your favorite lead dancers such as Ilya Vinikovskiy, Vlad Kvartin, Alex Samusevich, and Teresa Garcia.
You know we’re always trying to make each SWAY better than the last, and we are aiming to feature another star-studded cast while making improvements and additions to the choreography. We’re also superstitious and don’t want to make any promises until everything is finalized, but you certainly will not be disappointed.

Tickets will go on sale officially on March 16th, but we are doing a private pre-sale through our studios for our #DWMFAM members. If you are interested in purchasing tickets before they go on sale to the public please provide us with your best contact number and a dedicated SWAY representative will get back to you as soon as possible.

There will be an exclusive meet and greet after each show for Premium VIP Orchestra ticket holders as well as the Official SWAY Afterparty with the entire cast and all the stars for any VIP ticket holders. Meet and greet tickets and after party tickets can be purchased separately, but there is limited availability due to capacity restrictions.
Ticket prices start as low as $69. For your convenience the link to the seating chart is with all price levels. Please let us know the tier of seats that you are interested in.

We hope you can make it to this fantastic production, and share the joyful celebration of dancing that is SWAY.
One more thing, if you live in the Tri-State and have never taken any dance lessons at Dance With Me Studios we will give you a complimentary introductory lesson at a studio of your choice. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity.

Sincerely,Sway Management

Join us June 4: Luncheon at the Westin ~~ RSVP


Join the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility for our 3rd Annual Luncheon: June 4, 12:00pm , The Westin Hotel , 1900 5th Ave, Seattle

SWAY IS BACK!


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<p>2/27 Maks reposting the Sway video already posted