April 22, 2014

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My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize

‘My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize’ is a great memoir that Nobel Peace Prize winner and our friend Jody Williams just completed. What Mia Farrow says about Jody’s book… “An Activist’s activist.” Get Jody’s book today!
As Eve Ensler says in her inspired foreword to this book, “Jody Williams is many things—a simple girl from Vermont, a sister of a disabled brother, a loving wife, an intense character full of fury and mischief, a great strategist, an excellent organizer, a brave and relentless advocate, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. But to me Jody Williams is, first and foremost, an activist.”
From her modest beginnings to becoming the tenth woman—and third American woman—to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams takes the reader through the ups and downs of her tumultuous and remarkable life. In a voice that is at once candid, straightforward, and intimate, Williams describes her Catholic roots, her first step on a long road to standing up to bullies with the defense of her deaf brother Stephen, her transformation from good girl to college hippie at the University of Vermont, and her protest of the war in Vietnam. She relates how, in 1981, she began her lifelong dedication to global activism as she battled to stop the U.S.-backed war in El Salvador.
Throughout the memoir, Williams underlines her belief that an “average woman”—through perseverance, courage and imagination—can make something extraordinary happen. She tells how, when asked if she’d start a campaign to ban and clear anti-personnel mines, she took up the challenge, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) was born. Her engrossing account of the genesis and evolution of the campaign, culminating in 1997 with the Nobel Peace Prize, vividly demonstrates how one woman’s commitment to freedom, self-determination, and human rights can have a profound impact on people all over the globe. By University of California Press
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“Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she became the 10th woman – and third American woman – in its almost 100-year history to receive the Prize. Since her protests of the Vietnam War, she has been a life-long advocate of freedom, self-determination and human and civil rights.”
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A look at LGBT coverage and careers in journalism

NLGJA-LA and the Los Angeles Press Club present: Out in the Newsroom: A look at LGBT coverage and careers in journalism.
A panel of openly gay journalists will share experiences and advice on being out in journalism today. What are the pros and cons of being out to your superiors, co-workers, sources? What is the responsibility of a gay journalist when it comes to a news organization’s LGBT coverage? Has sexuality become a non-issue, an advantage? A disadvantage?
Event moderated by Variety political editor Ted Johnson. Panel includes CNN’s Miguel Marquez, Pulitzer Prize winner Bettina Boxall of the LA Times, Emmy winner Mekahlo Medina of NBC4, Former LA Times Assistant Travel Editor Jane Engle, and 2013 GLAAD Media Award nominee Phillip Zonkel of the Long Beach Press Telegram to our panel!
11 am to 1 pm at Los Angeles Press Club’s Steve Allen Theater: 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Event has a suggested donation of $5 to benefit NLGJA-LA scholarship fund. Lunch will be provided, so RSVP ahead of time via Facebook page if you’re sure you’ll be there.
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“BULLY” it’s time to take a stand!

This Thursday join The BULLY Project and CNN for a day of action against bullying! Set your DVR’s for 10pm EST, as CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 will be debuting the hour long special “The BULLY Effect”, a chronicle of how BULLY as a raw, powerful documentary helped ignite an inspirational, grassroots anti-bullying social movement over the course of a year.
Last spring, tastemakers around the globe joined together to amplify the message that bullying impacts over 13 million children per year. That action in partnership with Twitter reached over 232 Million People – making it one of the most effective organic actions ever on Twitter. We must continue building on this momentum to help end bullying and this Thursday, we will do just that with your help.
Be a part of the conversation by getting on twitter and tweeting the following throughout the day on Thursday:
I’m standing with @AC360 & @bullymovie by joining the movement to end bullying in our generation! RT now bit.ly/feBbaH #bullyeffect
Don’t forget that our Educator’s DVD and Toolkit is now available for pre-order! It comes with an in-school public screening license, as well as tools to help you powerfully use BULLY in your schools, and resources to help create year round lasting change that are FREE to implement – and much more! Valued at over $200.00, we are making the Educator’s DVD and Toolkit available for only $29.99 with your pledge to implement the tools within the kit. Pre-order now, shipping begins March 25th!
Thank you so much for your continued support! We very much look forward to your participation as we continue to grow this movement and stand up to bullying in our communities!
Warm regards,
Lee Hirsch
Director/Producer
The BULLY Project
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Directors Guild of America today announced that the 66th Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Directors Guild of America today announced that the 66th Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.
77 years since its founding in 1936, the DGA has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; established strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today we represent 15,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media.

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Charlize Theron will be awarded the Honorary Chair of this year’s Cinema for Peace Gala

Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron will be awarded the Honorary Chair of this year’s Cinema for Peace Gala on February 9th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Berlin.
The South African actress and United Nations Messenger of Peace is the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which calls for medical education and battles against the spread of HIV. Charlize Theron will receive the Cinema for Peace Honorary Award for her commitment against the spread of the disease among young South Africans. More than 300,000 people die each year of AIDS in South Africa alone; an estimated 5.6 million people are infected with HIV or AIDS in South Africa and 34 million worldwide.
“As a South African, Charlize Theron cares deeply about the human suffering of those infected, their families and friends due to HIV and AIDS. Every day thousands of people die of this disease. Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project contributes tremendously in the concerned areas, helping to educate children and minors about HIV and AIDS as well as to support affected persons,” Cinema for Peace founder Jaka Bizilj explains and mentions that “since the FIFA World Cup and a premiere with Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu in 2010, the Cinema for Peace Foundation has been fighting AIDS by presenting cinema screenings of the movie ‘Themba’ to young people in rural areas.”
This year, Africa plays a major role in various program acts of the gala. Fatou Bensouda from Gambia, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will present the “Cinema for Peace Justice Award.” This category features movies such as “Class Dismissed” with Malala Yousafzai, who barely survived an assassination attempt last October after having refused to accept the Taliban decision not to go to school anymore. Other nominations in this category are “Invisible Children – Kony 2012,” “The Act of Killing,” “The Central Park Five” and “No.” Inspired by the portrait of a campaign leader, who triggered off the fall of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet by using creativity and a 15 minute advertising film, and will tell the story of how one of the most brutal and notorious dictators of the 20th century has been removed by peaceful means.
The “International Human Rights Film Award” category, presented by Amnesty International, the Human Rights Film Network and the Cinema for Peace Foundation, will award the movie “Call Me Kuchu,” the late founder of Sexual Minorities [...]

Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights – Get involved

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award seeks to identify and honor people who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief in the power of individual moral courage to overcome injustice. Founded in 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center) has honored 44 human rights defenders working in 26 countries since 1984. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureates are individuals who stand up to oppression at grave personal risk in the non-violent pursuit of human rights.
Each year, we invite the public to nominate outstanding champions of human rights who are leading efforts to secure dignity for all people.
Click here to nominate someone for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Do you know someone who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to bringing justice and human rights to the people who need them the most, despite serious personal risk or sacrifice? If so, please nominate your own human rights champion for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
2013 marks the 30th year anniversary of the Award. Please help us honor Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy of advancing social justice for all by nominating a human rights defender today. We depend on our friends and allies like you to help us find our next partner working for a better, more just world.
The Award recognizes the work of outstanding individuals and provides support for the work of the Laureate through litigation; public awareness campaigns; advocacy to governments, the United Nations, regional bodies, other international entities and non-governmental organizations; and by generating domestic and international support for their cause.
Please note that nominations must be submitted in English. An independent panel, all experts in the field of human rights, selects the recipient based on their dedication and accomplishments toward social justice and the non-violent and effective tactics used to achieve their goals.
I hope you will take a moment to learn more about the nomination process, and if you know someone fighting every day for justice, please submit their name.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 1, 2013.
Click here to nominate someone for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Thank you for your help.
Sincerely,
Santiago A. Canton
Director, Partners for Human Rights
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
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“Bully” to receive the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award

The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that critically acclaimed documentary feature BULLY will be honored with the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony. Director Lee Hirsch and producer Cynthia Lowen will accept the award on Saturday, January 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Stanley Kramer created some of the most powerful and acclaimed works in the history of American motion pictures, including such classics as INHERIT THE WIND, ON THE BEACH, THE DEFIANT ONES, and GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER.
Previous recipients of the Stanley Kramer Award include such films as THE GREAT DEBATERS, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, HOTEL RWANDA, IN AMERICA, ANTWONE FISHER, PRECIOUS and the 2012 honoree IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY.
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Chris Brown cancels concert over protests

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Brown recently canceled a concert in Guyana after a number of protests were made about the upcoming show.
Apparently, a number of women’s rights organizations protested the show which caused him to pull out, states RadarOnline. The concert promoter commented that the protests made Brown “uncomfortable” with performing there.
The show was to take place on December 26th.
Brown has been struggling to win some fans ever since his domestic violence incident with Rihanna.
What do you think about him canceling his show?
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Cameron Diaz talks women wanting to be objectified

HollywoodNews.com: Cameron Diaz certainly gets a lot of attention for her looks, and by the sound of it, she wants it that way.
Diaz recently opened up about women and appearances as she feels like most women want attention simply for the way they look, states UsMagazine.com. “I think every woman does want to be objectified. There’s a little part of you at all times that hopes to be somewhat objectified, and I think it’s healthy,” Diaz said.
And even though some might not agree with that, Diaz has no shame in her sexuality: “I’m a woman, I know how to handle myself. I know what I feel comfortable doing, and I know my sexuality.”
Do you agree with her quotes?
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Nicole Kidman opens up about private life with Keith Urban

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like Nicole Kidman has found a good match for her in husband Keith Urban as she is crediting him with opening her up sexually.
Kidman recently revealed to ‘Harpers Bazaar’ that Urban gave her confidence to explore her sexuality, states RadarOnline. “He just gave me confidence through just being very kind to me and understanding me, opening me up to trying things, my sexuality, those sort of things,” Kidman commented.
She also revealed that she wasn’t really comfortable in her marriage with Tom Cruise as it was Urban who changed things for her.
What do you think about her comments?
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