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Month: June 2006

Thanks USA

Thanks USA

So many people like to claim “I support the troops!” They say it every now and then, hang a flag in front of their house, and put a sticker (made in China) on their car. That makes them feel better and they are done with it. A 10 year old and an 8 year old came up with way they could really show their support and offer aid to soldiers and their families. Rachel and Kelsi are sisters. Last year…

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Reuniting El Salvadoran Families

Reuniting El Salvadoran Families

The civil war that shook El Salvador from 1982 to 1990 ripped families apart. Parents feared for their children’s lives. Rather than find them dead, victims of the war, they sent them away. The total number of children sent away is unknown, though it is thought that over 700 were given away for adoption in foreign countries. A liaison between the US Department of Justice, Cal State Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, and El Salvador’s “Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños…

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The Forgotten Kids

The Forgotten Kids

Did you know that there are 500,000 kids in foster care in the United States? (Source: www.nationaladoptionday.org) At the age of 18, public assistance disappears. These foster kids find themselves on the street trying to survive without a home or a job. You may have heard of Antwone Fisher. A movie was made about his life. He grew up in the foster care system in Cleveland. At 18, he was on his own, sleeping store fronts, with nowhere to go….

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Religious Leaders Join Together Against Torture

Religious Leaders Join Together Against Torture

Prominent religious leaders across the United States are stepping up to the plate to take a stand against torture. They’ve formed the “National Religious Campaign Against Torture”. Their goal is to get the U.S. Government to get serious and ban torture. They believe that no government agency should be exempt from human rights standards. In their statement of conscious titled “Torture is a Moral Issue” they ask for Congress to end torture at U.S. detention centers. They would also like…

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Afghan Soccer Girls Earn ESPY Award

Afghan Soccer Girls Earn ESPY Award

Afghan Soccer Girls Shamila Kohestani and Roia Ahmad will accept this years Arthur Ashe Courage award at ESPN’s ESPY award ceremony. The teenagers were two of many girls in Afghanistan who played soccer and encouraged other girls to join in. In 2004, the 16 and 18 year old were part of group from Afghanistan who came to the US as part of the “Youth Sport Exchange Program.” The girls were sent to soccer camp where they learned how to play…

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