Did you know that some of the world’s oldest human skulls have been found in Tanzania’s Odulvai Gorge, which is also known as the cradle of humankind? But you don’t have to go back 200,000 years to discover other interesting facts about Tanzania, this week’s #CountryoftheWeek. Learn more and get better connected with Tanzania by liking U.S. Embassy Tanzania for the latest news!
Congratulations! Tanzania is the #CountryoftheWeek.
This week is all about Tanzania, the YALI Network Country of the Week! Let us and your fellow YALI Network members know more about what makes Tanzania special, by sharing this cool graphic.
As the YALI Network features Tanzania this week, there is a lot to be proud of. The YALI Network is strong here in Tanzania, a group that now includes more than 9,700 members. As I travel around the country, I take inspiration from your efforts to engage Tanzanians to participate with their government, to put the tools and means to improve health and education into the hands of citizens, and to foster an economic environment that builds prosperity for all Tanzanians. Our Embassy shares your goals, and is energized by your vision of the future for Tanzania.
One such member is Carolyne Ekyarisiima, the Founder and CEO of Apps and Girls, whose organization is dedicated to improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) opportunities for young women. I met Caroylne in May at the University of Dar es Salaam, where she was mentoring “Team Tanzania,” a group of seven Tanzanian high school kids as they prepared for the first global robotics Olympics competition in Washington D.C. This November, at the new American Corner in downtown Dar es Salaam, several Team Tanzania members will participate in the first-ever Girls Entrepreneurship Summit, a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and Carolyne’s Apps and Girls to increase entrepreneurial awareness of more than 70 Tanzanian girls.
In August, during a trip to Arusha, many of you shared with me and my Embassy team how you are using your YALI experiences to impact the lives of Tanzanians in business, education and civil society. Martha Ntoipo, who for the last 14 years has fought for girl’s education and is leading campaigns against female genital mutilation and forced early marriages, is a great example of the dedication and energy of the YALI Network. Jacqueline Mkindi is another shining example of the energy that you all share. Following her participation in the 2012 Young African Leaders Mentoring Partnership Program, she is working tirelessly to increase investment opportunities for Tanzanian horticulture.
I am inspired by the daily effort, courage, and dedication displayed by the Tanzania YALI Network, and I call on all of you to take inspiration from your YALI colleagues as you have inspired me. Remain active. Work together. And continue to create the future for Tanzania.
Inmi K. Patterson, Ph.D.
Chargé Patterson with Caroylne Ekyarisiima and “Team Tanzania” at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Chargé Patterson discussing the importance of empowering youth with members of the YALI Network in May 2017.
Chargé Patterson meeting with the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows in May 2017.
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.
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development.
Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programs worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions.
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.
As I leave office, I wanted to take a moment to thank you. Your involvement in the Young Leaders Initiatives– YALI, YSEALI, and YLAI– has demonstrated the power of young people to make positive change in their communities. Whether you are an entrepreneur, work for an NGO, serve your government, or are still a student, you have proven that you are prepared to tackle the challenges we face as global citizens.
Wherever I have traveled around the world, I have seen the impact of this generation. You aren’t waiting for permission; you’re taking action where you see the greatest need. I’ve seen firsthand the remarkable efforts of the nearly half a million young people that are a part of the Young Leaders Initiatives in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. You’ve fought for the rights of the disabled and the LGBT community. You’re taking steps to reverse the effects of climate change. You’re starting businesses that are helping your economies grow. And, you’re using music and art to fight violent extremism and promote pluralism.
While I will no longer be the President of the United States, I will continue to find ways to empower young leaders across the world. I want to stay in touch with you. Click here [https://act.barackobamafoundation.org/Stay-In-Touch] to stay connected with me and find ways we can continue to make positive change.
I believe in you and look forward to working together in the future.
Can you believe the #YALILearns Challenge officially ends next week? It is amazing how quickly the time has gone! While you have until October 1 to earn your special #YALILearns badge by submitting your event report, the new Learn to Lead courses will no longer be available after next week. Here are the courses you could miss out on if you don’t take action now:
The YALI Network Learn to Lead #YALIGoesGreen courses not only provide a basic understanding of climate change, but also teach you how to put your green plan into action!
Many girls can’t fulfill their dreams of receiving an education or starting their own business, just because of their gender. Our Learn to Lead #Africa4Her courses will help you learn ways to address this issue in your community.
The #YALIVotes courses are a great way to learn communication, networking, and team management skills that you can use to lead your community. After you take these two courses, you will be able to organize your own grassroots advocacy campaign and connect with public officials in your community.
As a housing provider, you can play a big role in supporting the education of young people experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, a federal law, governs the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program. Currently, there are over 26,000 K-12 students in Pennsylvania (2014-15 data) that may need additional support due to their homeless status. These students include those children and youth who:
are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals;
have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
are living in cars, parks, public spaces or abandoned buildings, sub- standard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
are “migratory children” (see further information regarding homeless students in the Education for Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular at www.education.state.pa.us/homeless)
There are many resources to assist in these efforts through the regional network of ECYEH coordinators – go to http://homeless.center-school.orgto see the regional map for local program contact information. And if you are not connected with the local school district homeless liaison/s in your area, visit the statewide online liaison directory at http://homeless.center-school.org/ homeless directory for a complete liaison listing. At this site, you will also find a listing of family/youth shelters available to families with children and unaccompanied youth. If your program/agency is not listed, or if the information needs to be updated, please contact your ECYEH regional coordinator.
Free leadership development training is available for families of children who receive Infant-Toddler Early Intervention or Pre-School Early Intervention Services. Competence and Confidence Partners in Policymaking for Families in Early Intervention (C2P2EI) will be offered in four 2-day sessions: October 28-29, December 2-3, January 27-28, and April 28-29 at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center. For more information contact Cathy Roccia-Meier at cathyRM@temple.edu or visit http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/leadership/c2p2ei.shtml
According to amnesty international, Police in Philadelphia handled protesters very well fulfilling their duty to protect people’s right to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, police officers from other states should learn something from Philly police
PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO PROTEST
Amnesty International USA deployed a delegation of human rights observers to monitor protests and marches in Cleveland and Philadelphia for the political conventions – in order to help ensure that people’s human right to protest peacefully is respected.
Our observers in Cleveland saw mostly peaceful protests, with police securing march routes and taking steps to ensure the safety of protesters and the public. We are still reviewing notes and videos of the citations that police gave to protestors to better understand the context and the police response.
Now in Philadelphia, our team has been seeing peaceful protest, with police largely appearing to be fulfilling their duty to protect people’s right to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. You can read more about the delegation of human rights observers here. You can follow more updates on our Twitter and Facebook.
In the weeks ahead, Amnesty will send letters to law enforcement leaders in both cities – and state and federal policymakers – outlining what the observers saw and what lessons can be drawn from how the protests were handled.
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE
We’ve had powerful reminders this month of how important it is to ensure that people’s rights are respected everywhere, with the shootings of and by police in the U.S., the attacks in Nice, Mogadishu, Munich, Baghdad, Dhaka and Kabul, the brutal crackdown following the failed coup in Turkey, and so many other events.
Amnesty International’s work has never been more critical – and it’s never been more important for us to have a strong voice in the U.S. that’s connected to our global movement.
Last week, AIUSA Board Chair Ann Burroughs and I were in Barcelona to meet with the directors and chairs of other Amnesty International sections across the globe and plan our shared work as a movement. It was inspiring to share experiences and ideas with our colleagues from around the world. We addressed a number of key issues including governance reform proposals that would replace the current International Council Meeting (ICM) with a new Global Assembly; a new procedure for discussing and adopting contentious policies; and the new global campaign for refugees which launches in September. We’ll be sharing more about these discussions with you in the weeks and months ahead.
From AIUSA’s observer delegations in Cleveland and Philadelphia to researchers documenting human rights crises in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and all around the world, Amnesty is always focused on defending the human rights of every person–no matter who or where they are.
None of this work is possible without you. Your support and activism make Amnesty the powerful force for change in so many places around the world.
Interim Executive Director
Amnesty International USA
TURKEY: HARD-WON RIGHTS CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY
The Turkish authorities’ reaction to a bloody failed coup attempt on July 15 was swift and brutal, unleashing a troubling crackdown.
Detainees have been denied food, water and medical treatment, and verbally abused and threatened. Some have been subjected to severe beatings and torture.
Amnesty International is pressing Turkish authorities to condemn torture and other ill-treatment in places of detention, and take concrete steps to end abuses. We need to make sure hard-won human rights in Turkey are respected, protected and fulfilled. The state of emergency must not roll back human rights in Turkey.
The evidence is mounting—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 obstruct justice for possible war crimes.
Saudi Arabia has executed minors, killed civilians in airstrikes and blocked investigations into possible war crimes, all since joining the UN Human Rights Council. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have come together to demand that the international community hold Saudi Arabia accountable.
Raif Badawi, a blogger in Saudi Arabia, withstood 50 excruciating lashes. His full sentence requires a total of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of confinement – all because he published a blog that promoted religious freedom.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s government sits on a key human rights body – the UN Human Rights Council.
The 2016 Regional Conferences promise to be some of the best we’ve ever had.No matter which AIUSA region you call home, you’ll have an incredible time hearing from inspiring speakers, networking with other activists, learning about the most pressing human rights issues of our time, developing your organizer skill set and shaping AIUSA policy.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity. Stay in the loop by saving the date and learning more about your regional conference on our website.