ISIS aims to create an Islamic state called a caliphate across Iraq, Syria and beyond.The group is implementing Sharia Law, rooted in eighth century Islam, to establish a society that mirrors the region’s ancient past.
ISIS is known for killing dozens of people at a time and carrying out public executions, crucifixions, and other acts.
ISIS is believed to be holding 3,500 people as slaves, according to a 2016 United Nations report. Most of the enslaved are women and children from the Yazidi community, but some are from other ethnic and religious minority communities.
U.S. immigration officials detained refugees, as well as holders of valid U.S. visas and green cards, from seven majority-Muslim nations: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen following the orders from Washington.
Trump signed an executive order Friday indefinitely barring all Syrian refugees from entering the United States and suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days. It also prohibits citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days, whether they are refugees or not.
The Office Inspector General (OIG) for the Homeland Security Department (DHS) announced late Wednesday that it will be reviewing DHS’ implementation of President Trump’s immigration ban, signed by Mr. Trump on Friday.
The Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia’s three-year, experiential program is one
weekend per month from September through early May, easily done while working.
Build strong clinical community
Take your skills to a more creative, risk taking, and deeper level,
Integrate yourself with your clinical work and your politics,
Learn so much about yourself in the process!
Want to get more involved? Be a part of the Host Committee! Purchase five or more tickets to receive a discount, connect with the Therapy Center network, and join us as a committee member at the event.
* 5+ tickets, use HOST5 for a 10% discount at purchase
* 10+ tickets, use HOST10 for a 15% discount at purchase
3 Continuing Education Credits
(for psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals)
Therapy Center of Philadelphia (TCP) is in its fourth year of hosting a seminar for clinicians and community to come together and engage in a clinically scholarly dialogue around social justice issues and implications for therapy. Past seminars have explored the implications of feminist therapy in today’s world, implications of social location, privilege, and marginalization in the therapy relationship, as well as clinical issues for women/trans women experiencing homelessness or the aftermath of war. Our keynotes have included Dr. Nancy McWilliams, Dr. Beverly Greene, and Dr. Maureen Walker.
Building on these themes and in response to our current national climate, this year TCP offers a clinical conversation around how different bodily experiences present in the therapy space. We want to propose that attending to the body in different clinical ways can build healing and transformation. We want to examine how the interweaving of political and cultural forces impact one’s body and how we address this therapeutically. Specifically we want to examine how our bodies become targets of marginalization that create strategies of disconnection – from the self and from each other.
Using our own social locations as well as our own embodied experiences, speakers will explore the varying ways the clinical relationship can support a client to move beyond the oppressive stance of physical disposability (how certain bodies/people/communities are treated as more disposable and experience more violence) to an experience of agency, accountability, collectivity, and presence. Building on our own agency’s journey in the last few years, we will focus on how we become disconnected from ourselves and others because of racism, sexism, and trans-phobia. The panel will discuss how we as therapists can use exploration of body experience as an important way into the clinical work, particularly as it relates to internalized oppression, shame, and lack of safety.
* Identify how our bodies can become targets of marginalization that creates strategies of disconnection – from the self and from each other.
* Learn how to recognize and make conscious the different ways that experiences of oppression and privilege become manifest in the body.
* Apply theories of embodied and gestalt psychotherapies as important ways into the clinical healing process, particularly as it relates to internalized oppression, shame, and lack of safety.
* Discuss how we as therapists can use our own social locations as well as our own embodied experiences to support a client to create an experience of agency, accountability, collectivity, and presence.
8:30-9:00 am Registration, Networking, and Hot Breakfast
9:00 am -12 pm Clinical Program
12:00-12:30 pm Closing and Evaluations
This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP). PSPP is the local Chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. This program is intended for mental health professionals of all experience levels and all theoretical orientations. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a psychoanalytic mode.
Responsibility for Content:
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.
Social Workers and Other Mental Health Professionals:
Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive 3 CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.
Act 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in Pennsylvania. If you need Act 48 credits, please be sure to bring your PPID number to the event. Act 48 credits are processed by PSPP, and you will receive a letter in the mail documenting that you have earned 3 Act 48 credits a few weeks after the conference.
Participant’s Accessibility and Non-discrimination, and Ethics:
TCP, PSPP, and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.
If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Courtney Slater, Ph.D. at 267-225-1522 or e-mail email@example.com.
There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.
HIRING A CLINICAL SUPERVISOR – SOCIAL WORKER
TCP is hiring a new Clinical Supervisor to join its supervisory team. The team, led by the Clinical Director, provides clinical oversight and supervision to all clinicians, including senior level therapists, associates obtaining hours for clinical licensure, and students. In line with its mission, the team also plays a strong role with the Executive Director and Board to guide program and policy directions for the agency.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced clinician with special interest and experience in clinical work, gender, and social justice issues. The Center is growing, and as we expand the supervisory team, our focus is on giving clinical staff opportunities for varied clinical expertise and style. Our clinicians come from diverse backgrounds and offer expertise in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, gestalt therapy, and contextual family therapy approaches; CBT, and mindfulness. TCP has specific programs focusing on trauma work utilizing EMDR, trauma – sensitive yoga, music therapy for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and a program for LGBT prospective parents. TCP is fully trans-affirming and inclusive.
This is an independent contractor position. The average hours are 10-15 a month. Opportunities to carry a small case load of clients can be considered too.
We Rise With Yazidi Women! One Billion Rising & Yazda Call on the World for Global Solidarity With and For Yazidi Women on 3 August
This 3 August marks the two-year anniversary of the brutal attack of the Yazidi people in Sinjar Province in the Northern region of Iraq, Two years since IS or ISIL (also known as ISIS or Daesh) stormed towns, villages, and historic homelands of the ethno-religious group, killing over 5,000 men and elders, enslaving over 7,000 women and children and displacing over 400,000 more. Two years since the humanitarian crisis in which thousands of internally displaced Yazidis were trapped on Sinjar Mountain, surrounded by Isis fighters determined to exterminate the indigenous group, dying of exposure and dehydration. Two years since the ongoing genocide of the Yazidi people began, including the desecration of homes, holy sites and women’s bodies.
The recently published Chilcot report in the UK, which revealed that former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and his major allies – including former US President George Bush had illegally waged war in Iraq in March 2003 and militarily occupied it – further reiterates the connection that the Iraq War contributed to the rise of IS or ISIL in the region.
Nadia Murad is a 23-year-old victim of Isil’s crimes in Iraq and one of the thousands of Yazidi women who were abducted and enslaved by IS or ISIL. She was brutally raped by more than 12 members over a period of three months and was among the more than 5,000 Yazidi women taken captive when IS or ISIL swept through the group’s communities in Northern Iraq. After her escape, Nadia spoke out about her horrific experiences at the hands of IS or ISIL fighters to draw attention to the ongoing genocide. She has described how she and other young women were forced to pray before they were raped, and how they were treated as they were bought and sold like “sabia” – slaves.
“We were not worth the value of animals. They raped girls in groups, They did what a mind could not imagine. They commit rape and genocide crimes in the name of Islam. When they took me to Mosul to rape me, I forgot about my mother and brothers. Because what they were doing to the women was more difficult than death” – Nadia Murad
YAZDA is a global Yazidi organization who provides support for the victims of the genocide.
ON 3 AUGUST, WE CALL ON THE WORLD TO SHOW SOLIDARITY FOR NADIA MURAD AND THE THOUSANDS OF YAZIDI WOMEN AND GIRLS SOLD AND CAPTURED AS SEX SLAVES – AND CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE CAPTURED 3,000 YAZIDI WOMEN.
WE CALL ON THE WORLD TO HONOR THE GENOCIDAL ATTACK ON SINJAR TWO YEARS AGO. WE AS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY, MUST KEEP THEIR STORIES AND THEIR SITUATION VISIBLE WITH THE STRENGTH OF OUR SOLIDARITY.
ORGANIZE SOLIDARITY EVENTS AND ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITIES. Here are some suggested actions:
MARCHES. VIGILS. WALKS. SOLIDARITY VIDEOS AND PHOTOS
SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY ONLINE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. LETS FILL THE GLOBE ONLINE WITH OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR YAZIDI SISTERS AND OUR DEMAND FOR JUSTICE FOR THEM.
Government leaders must prioritize human rights, and I was proud to take that message to the leaders of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico this week in Ottawa. I joined the heads of Amnesty International sections from Canada and Mexico in meeting with senior officials in all three governments in advance of an annual summit of the three countries’ leaders.
On behalf of 2 million Amnesty International supporters in Mexico, Canada, and the United States, we’re calling on the three countries’ leaders to make concrete commitments to protecting human rights. In particular, we’re urging them to do more to protect refugees—and to immediately end the detention of immigrant children. Nearly half of the world’s forcibly displaced people are children. Since the beginning of 2016, more than 39,000 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras have arrived at the U.S. border without parents or other adults. In many cases, these children are being put into prisons in the U.S., without access to any assistance or even translators, and then deported weeks or months later—sent back into the extremely dangerous conditions they were fleeing.
We’re fighting to protect those children—and to protect the rights of all refugees and migrants. Hundreds of thousands of Amnesty International supporters are demanding that government leaders do more, while we’re also engaging in direct advocacy with key decision-makers. We won’t stop until every person’s human rights are fully protected.Please take action to join us.
ORLANDO, SOLIDARITY AND ACTION
During this month, Pride month, we witnessed the horrific mass shooting in Orlando—where 49 people, many of them LGBT people and people of color, were killed in a place they came to find community and joy.
The world responded with incredible solidarity, but meanwhile Congress failed to pass legislative measures to prevent the growing human rights crisis of gun violence. Instead, they introduced a wave of legislation playing on fear and prejudice toward Muslims.
We stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors in Orlando. We are committed to helping end gun violence in this country and to combatting anti-Muslim hate and bigotry in all its forms.
WHAT DOES THE AMERICA YOU BELIEVE IN LOOK LIKE?
With a climate of fear and hate sweeping the United Sates, it’s time to take a stand.
Together, we’re rejecting anti-refugee legislation, harassment of American Muslims, and calls to respond to terrorism by committing torture and war crimes.
Don’t let fear win. Participate in our photo action to show what the America you believe in looks like.
Sham, pictured here, is a six-year old girl from Syria who fled to Europe in a rubber boat after bombs destroyed her home.
Amnesty International crisis investigators met her and her family when they were trapped in a ferry terminal in Greece after European governments closed their borders to refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. She was sleeping on the floor.
Help us surpass our $200,000 June goal to advocate on behalf of refugees like Sham and her family. Donate now.
BLOCK THE BOMBS FROM THE U.S. TO SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia has committed gross and systemic violations of human rights abroad and at home, and used its position on the UN Human Rights Council to effectively obstruct accountability for possible war crimes.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch this week are calling on the United Nations to suspend Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council. We also need to make sure that no more US bombs are delivered to Saudi Arabia and used in human rights violations.
AIUSA’s 2016 Regional Conferences are set to take place in October and November, and they will be an incredible opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, network with other activists, learn about the most pressing human rights issues of our time, develop your organizing skills, and shape AIUSA policy. We’ll have information soon on agendas, speakers, and more, but you can check out dates and locations on the regional conferences website.
If you’re a member and want to present at one of the conferences, don’t forget tosubmit your proposal for each conference by July 15.
TAKE ACTION FOR LEONARD PELTIER
Leonard Peltier is 71 years old now, and he has served 40 years in prison in a case that has long raised troubling questions—including from the judge who heard his appeal. He has an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and his health is deteriorating rapidly. If properly treated, Leonard could make a full recovery, but if the aneurysm ruptures, he has roughly a 10% chance of survival.
Amnesty International staff recently visited Leonard in federal prison in Florida, and he told us: “If I don’t get clemency, I’m going to die here—and not from old age.”
It’s time to bring him home to his family. Take Action.
Last week was the 95th memorial anniversary of white folks’ bloodthirsty murder of 300 Black men, women, and children and also white folks’ wholesale destruction of 1,000 Black-owned businesses and homes on “Black Wall Street” in the Greenwood community of Tulsa, OK from May 31-June 1, 1921. Although I could justifiably rail against this destructive white devilment, I’ll instead praise this instructive Black economic independence.
When Blacks today moan and groan and whine and complain and sue because whites won’t hire or promote us, I simply shake my head in disgust. And then I wonder why we expect anything good from the very same people who yesterday kidnapped us, sold us, bought us, enslaved us, raped us, lynched us and who today use their police departments to murder us, their judges to treat us like Dred Scott, and their prison officials/politicians/corporations to impose their new Jim Crow.
White corporations and employers, generally speaking, don’t like us and don’t want us. They never did and never will. That’s why there are only five Black CEOs in the Fortune 500 and only two in the elite Dow 30. We must “do for self” like our “Black Wall Street” ancestors did nearly 100 years ago. And we can, as proven by the fact that Black-owned businesses currently show a growth rate three times the national (i.e., white) average. If our ancestors could succeed back then- and they did- we damn sure can now.
That 1921 rampage was born out of a 1916 Tulsa ordinance that banned Blacks from living on any block on which whites constituted at least 75 percent of the residents. So did the Blacks moan, groan, whine, complain, or sue? Hell no! They “did for self” by unifying economically and culturally. As a result, they created a community consisting of a multitude of separate Black-owned, Black-operated, and Black-patronized businesses- including (but not limited to) law firms, hospitals, newspapers, hotels, schools, restaurants, construction companies, real estate offices, and 24 supermarkets! As so insightfully stated by professor, author, and attorney Dr. Hannibal B. Johnson, “Legal segregation (in Tulsa and throughout the nation) limited the commercial options of African-Americans. This economic detour- this diversion of dollars- spurred business development and economic prosperity in the Black community. A talented cadre of African-American businesspersons and entrepreneurs rose up.
The problem is not that we don’t have the money to “do for self.” We got money! We have more than 35,000 Black millionaires in this country and a whopping 1,826 billionaires in the world. We also have earnings of $1.3 trillion annually in America. The problem is that, unlike other ethnic groups, we spend it with outsiders as soon as we get it. For example, a dollar remains in the Asian community for 28 consecutive days but only six hours in the Black community. Outrageous and embarrassing!
To paraphrase the classic line from the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and the 1974 film Blazing Saddles, “Jobs? We don’t need your stinkin’ jobs!” We can do our own thing. But, in regard to government employment, don’t get it twisted. Although we don’t need white folks’ municipal, state, or federal jobs, those jobs are owed to us because we built this country and because we continue to be denied high salary and top-level positions despite our unimpeachable qualifications. For example, in Mayor Jim Kenney’s first couple of weeks in office, he appointed about 80 top officials, 66 percent of whom are white in a city that’s only 36 percent white. However, despite the fact that African-Americans make up 44 percent of Philly’s population, only 22 percent of his appointees are African-Americans. Former Mayor Michael Nutter was nearly as racially insensitive at best or racially discriminatory at worst with 64 percent of city employees who received salaries in excess of $70,000 being- you guessed it- white.
As reported this week by Eric Ture Muhammad in The Final Call, the preeminent S.B. Fuller & Joe L. Dudley Sr. Foundation held a “Mastermind Business Group Meeting” on May 26 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC as a gathering dedicated to Black entrepreneurship. It brought together business leaders from all across the country and emphasized the critical importance of creating a “collaborative economic framework” for community wealth rather than focusing primarily on personal wealth.
A number of the event’s presenters, including networking mogul Dr. George Fraser, spoke about the Black community having foolishly adhered to an “economic welcome mat” policy that “allows anyone who isn’t Black easy access to Black dollars and consumers.” They pointed out that “anyone else can walk in, meet some community needs, wipe their feet on Black consumers like a doormat, and exit with tens of millions of dollars put in banks outside the community.”
We must economically “rise up” as Dr. Johnson mentioned. And we can do it by creating Black-owned businesses and/or by buying exclusively from the more than two million Black-owned businesses (or the many predominantly Black-employed businesses) at least once a week starting this week, then at least twice a week next week, then at least one week next month, and eventually at least six months every year.
We can do it by following the lead of the 15 young Black businessmen from the Black Male Entrepreneurship Institute (BMEI), which partners with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC). BMEI did it last year when they sought out a Black financial institution and found Industrial Bank in Washington, DC where they made an initial deposit of $5,000. As stated by Ron Busby, CEO of USBC, “In order for there to be a strong Black America, we must have strong Black businesses. In order to have strong Black businesses, we must have strong Black banks.”
So let’s do the Black bank thing and the Black business thing- which means the Black power thing.
The words from David Walker’s Appeal, written in 1829, and the words of Christopher James Perry Sr., founder of the Tribune in 1884, are the inspiration for my “Freedman’s Journal” columns. In order to honor that pivotal nationalist abolitionist and that pioneering newspaper giant, as well as to inspire today’s Tribune readers, each column ends with Walker and Perry’s combined quote- along with my inserted voice- as follows: I ask all Blacks “to procure a copy of this… (weekly column) for it is designed… particularly for them” so they can “make progress… against (racist) injustice.”
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Stand as one with people forced to flee conflict and disaster
Today, June 20th is World Refugee Day.
I’m not an expert on the refugee crisis, but I am just like you – a human, a woman, a mother, a daughter, and a friend. When I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children, it totally took my breath away! It left me to wonder what if this was me? My sons? My family? My life?
I want you to imagine if you were a refugee if you were the one torn from the arms of your families and loved ones….one of 60 million people displaced with nowhere to call home. What would you do? How would you feel?
These are the questions my new film,Let Me In, seeks to answer. We’ve partnered with Care, Oxfam, and War Child, on a campaign to raise awareness and reinvigorate the conversation around the global refugee crisis.
The film is set to my new song “Hallelujah,” and reimagines the refugee crisis on America’s shores, displacing thousands in the Los Angeles area who must seek safety by crossing the border into Mexico.
Sadly, some seek to fan the flames of division and turn us against our fellow neighbors, but We Are Here to make the case for love and compassion.
Please take a few minutes to watch the filmand think about what millions of families are going through around the world. These are people just like us, with families and careers and dreams. Let’s tell them we’re standing with them.
Today is International Albinism Awareness Day, and Amnesty International just released a report that shows at least 69 crimes against people with albinism have been documented since November 2014.
Amnesty International and other organizations on the ground are calling on the government of Malawi to adopt measures protecting the rights to life and security of people with albinism by providing increased levels of visible policing in rural districts and taking action when attacks occur.
Today, prisoners of conscience Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing were released along with other protesters who had been arrested in Myanmar for their activism.
This is a huge victory for human rights and human rights defenders.
The detention of Phyoe Phyoe Aung (on the right in the picture) followed nationwide student protests, which started in 2014 and ended with the beating of students by police in Letpadan in March 2015. Scores of students and their supporters were arrested and detained throughout the country.
Finally, the demand for their freedom has been heard, and alongside many others, Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband now walk free.
While this is a step in the right direction, the government of Myanmar must release all remaining prisoners of conscience and ensure wholesale reform so that the country can end the cycle of discrimination, politically motivated arrests and imprisonment, and other human rights abuses once and for all.
Phyoe Phyoe Aung and other human rights defenders are vital to shaping the country’s future—it’s crucial that the government works to create space in civil society for them to operate freely.
With the world’s attention on Myanmar, we will celebrate the release of the protesters and challenge the Myanmar government to break away from the deeply repressive policies that for years have fueled arbitrary arrests and repression.
Yemenis walk on the rubble of a wedding hall which was reportedly hit by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition air strike. The U.S. Government risks complicity in the actions of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition as they commit violations of international humanitarian law.