It’s a Walk-Off.

Empower Yourself to Change the News.
February 5, 2016 Edition

Pretty sure my bin has more corn kernels than your bin.

“What is this? A Center for ants?…It has to be at least…3 times bigger than this!” -Derek Zoolander

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an election this year. And on Monday the first of the Primaries happened – i.e. Iowa Caucuses. So the rad thing about Iowans is that they caucus, which means they all sit around and duke it out with their neighbors as to which guy (or gal) they feel is the best to be the captain of the big boat called ‘Murica. It is sheer awesomeness (and a tribute to how boring Iowa is in February – I know this as fact) that over 350,000 people actually sat around discussing politics with people they disagreed with. Bam. Democracy. Want to help spread it? On it.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

help international political involvement vote

Well, unless you’re in New Hampshire, that party isn’t actually happening any time soon. So throw a party already. For those of you living outside of the U.S. (we love you!!), check out this awesome org. It’s nonpartisan (we swear. we seriously check that out, because we’re tired of all of the Real Housewives drama that’s going on in politics right now), nonprofit, and nongovernmental. Very Nihilist of them. What they ARE is an amazing org that works in every part of the world to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Now that? We can get behind that. Give to the National Democratic Institute here.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

Throw a Primary Party to help increase political involvement

This is one of our faves. Maybe because it’s all our idea (we’re modest like that). Yep, the peeps that bring you this project? Team Aina. So here’s the skinny: We’re throwing a rad Primary Party to make sure that our lady voices are heard this year. We’re going to get off of work (hah! that actually never happens) and we’re all going to grab some wine at my place (except me. I’m DD). Then we’re piling in my van, cranking up some Adele, and rocking out to the polls. After we get that fab sticker it’s back to my place for some red and blue drinks, some politically themed appetizers, and some ridiculous games while we chat about which one of those crazy guys or gals wins our primary. Oh, and yep, we’ll be making some fun crafts to help educate the next gen of voters. Get all of the deets here and join us.

Feral Cat vs. Bucking Horse.

“Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!” – Mugatu

SUPER BOWL 50!!!!!!  Yep, it’s finally here. And while we personally will be shoveling in as much chili and queso as possible, we’re less concerned about the football and more concerned that Beyonce kicks some major ass and that last year’s trend of incredibly depressing commercials ends. Something else we’re concerned about? The insanely massive increase in human trafficking whenever a Super Bowl happens. Seriously. Not only is this just disgusting and shameful, it’s also a for reals big ass problem that we as women should be doing more about. So while our guys are rooting for the teams, we ladies will be making our party into a giving party to support some of the courageous that have escaped. Want to join?

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

Create a Woman's Aid Kit for Victims of Trafficking

This.Org.Is.AMAZING. Yes, Kristin, I used the word amazing again because it IS. The Samaritan Women takes one of these victims off the street, puts them in a transitional house for 3-4 months and supports them as they break out of their own personal barriers. Then they graduate to the resident house, where they are trained – often by former victims – to live on their own and to escape the cycle. Now this org is working on buying a Graduate House that gently transitions the women into having to pay for rent and operate their life on their own. It’s truly amazing and actually helps women escape slavery. For good. If you’re asking yourself if this REALLY happens in the U.S., ask no more: over 1,000 youth in Ohio ALONE are trafficked . We have two awesome projects for you: put together a kitor make one of these ladies a treasured journal.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

help stop international human trafficking

According to the United Nations, 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law. Dude, 4 billion. There are only 7 billion of us – that’s more than half. That means that their public justice systems – their police, courts, and laws – are so broken, corrupt and dysfunctional, that there is nothing to shield them from violence. Guess who the huge majority of them are? The poor and people lacking community. Can you imagine calling the police and no one answering?? International Justice Mission peeps are fixing this issue – and much of the human trafficking that comes with it – with a four step model: Rescue, Restore, Restrain, and Represent. And they’re insanely successful. In Cebu (Philippines), they recorded a 79% drop in the availability of minors for sexual exploitation after just 4 years of partnering with IJM. Bad. Ass. Drop em some dimes here.


So yeah. Still haven’t figured out why God made mosquitos.

“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is” -Derek Zoolander

First Malaria, now Zika. This week the World Health Org officially freaked outabout the spread of the virus, and now everyone’s on alert. If you, like me, thought maybe Zika was a new clear beverage that all of the teeny-bopper girls were flocking to, let me ‘splain. It’s actually this gnarly virus that’s spread by mosquitos (and now apparently by conjugal visits, too) and causes birth deformities in babies of moms that have been infected. While we realize that Raid-ing all mosquitos is prob not great for the environment, we’re kind of down with that at this point. Check out some other options below.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

help prepare for zika virus

So this whole week as we’ve been examining this project I’ve been hearing the song “Be Prepared” run through my head over and over. And while, yes, the song was sung by the bad guy, the message is still appropes. We don’t want to have our lives ruled by fear, right? Best way to overcome that: Band together and support each other through the poop life throws your way. While we can’t stop Zika from spreading, we can form strong communities of support – throughout the globe. I get it – I can’t travel to South America. But if it gets here and my fellow preggers sisters need help? Damn right I can organize a mosquito net drive and mail them where they need them. Get the deets here.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

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Between the insane weather and all of these festive occasions coming up (Super Bowl! Valentine’s Day! Skiing!), we get that you might be swamped. So we found you this amazing org that is battling Zika for you. MAP International is a global Christian health and relief organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities. They work all over, they’re amazing and we’ve vetted them – they’re legit, people. What are they doing about Zika? They’re using their on-the-ground team to fulfill field requests for strong mosquito repellants, pain relievers and antibiotics. Give em a $10 here.

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