Friday, May 22, 2015

♥Never Swim When There's No Life Guard And Never Swim Alone♥


Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment

Secondary drowning can cause death 48 hours after exposure to water

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Never Mix Alcohol/Drugs With Activities Near, Or In The Water! Never Swim or Boat When Intoxicated!

Never, swim out further than you can swim back to shore from in 30 seconds. 

Swim Safety The American Red Cross

Teach Children To Swim.

Picture Illustrations How to Do CPR on an Adult

How to Perform CPR

First, Dial 911


Infant/Child CPR



I just wanted to share my experiences and some good advice about swimming safety.

I keep reading in the news about young people drowning. So I wrote this for everyone, everywhere.

Rip Tides (current)

An extremely strong channel of water flowing seaward from near the shore (see photos), through the surf line. National Weather Service-Rip Current Safety

Typical flow is at 0.5 metres per second (1–2 feet per second), and can be as fast as 2.5 metres per second (8 feet per second).

Rip Current


Rip Current Identification


I grew up in Bayonne and Southern New Jersey (Brick Town. About 20 miles from Seaside Heights Boardwalk) and spent every summer swimming in its ocean and occasionally in its lakes. But mostly in the ocean.

I've swam at beaches, from Point Pleasant to Atlantic City.

The ocean is not a place for an inexperienced swimmer, no matter how calm it looks.

If caught in an outgoing tide; or rip tide, Don't Try To Swim In To The Shore. SWIM SIDEWAYS FROM ONE SIDE OF THE BEACH TO THE OTHER. Rip tides are sudden and are only in parts of the water.

Don't panic. If you swim sideways you will swim out of the rip tide affected water. It's impossible to fight the tide and try to swim in. It will just keep pulling you out further.

The ocean may look beautiful, inviting and fun, but it can also be very dangerous for anyone who is not a strong swimmer. If you don't swim really good. Swim in the motel pool and stay in the shallow end. Pools can be dangerous too.

Always wear a life jacket-(swim vest), if you are not an experienced swimmer and always when boating.

Children's Swim Vests

Adult's Swim Vests

(I have no interests in these above companies. I just wanted to provide some links where economical swim vests were available).

Use caution when swimming in lakes, rivers, streams and generally everywhere. Riverbeds, streams etc, often contain tree roots and other debris that a swimmer can get caught on. 

The fresh water, unlike the salt water of the ocean, doesn't provide any buoyancy which helps you to float .

Buoyancy Salt Water vs. Fresh Water
by Chris Sullivan
Also, the mud bottoms can pull one down.

Always wear a bathing suit when swimming (or at the most, cotton shorts and a tee shirt). Do Not wear heavy clothing, like jeans. You'll sink like a stone!

When in a desperate situation in the water you do not need an extra 8 pounds (aprox weight of a wet pair of jeans) pulling you down!

I learned how to swim by age five using a swim/life vest. I still almost drowned in a lake, once when I was a teenager.

I was just wading and stepped into a drop (also called a dip). The next thing I knew, I was over my head and going down.

I was wearing jeans and they became heavy as lead and were pulling me under and that was it!

Luckily I had the time to tear them off and then I managed to struggle back up to the surface.

At the time I was surrounded by people close enough to almost touch me. But apparently no one saw me go under.

I am a most experienced swimmer. If I can almost drown, anyone can!

NEVER SWIM, WHERE THERE IS NO LIFEGUARD PRESENT AND NEVER SWIM ALONE!

Never jump into unfamiliar water. As well as never dive into unfamiliar water.

One never knows how deep the water is, local and current tide strength, whether it's full of large rocks and other hazards that one can hit.

And Never Drive While Intoxicated! Not drunk, or stoned.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving/Quotations

Drunk Driving Prevention Tools
Make a Plan and Stick to the Plan.

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New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs US Consumer Product Safety Commission's top 10 tips to stay safe around the pool or spa article by-Jonathan Lin The Jersey Journal May 21, 2015

Never leave a child unattended in or near a pool or spa and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water.

Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa.

This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone or be otherwise distracted. Adults can take turns being a Water Watcher.

Teach children basic water safety tips.
   
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  
Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
   
Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal standards, and, if you do not know, ask your pool service provider whether your covers are in compliance.
   
Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
   
Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.
   
Install a four-foot or taller fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  
Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
   
Have lifesaving equipment such as life rings, floats or a reaching pole available and easily accessible.

The following are NJDCA's additional safety tips for beaches, lakes and rivers:

At beaches, lakes and rivers, make sure your children swim only in areas designated for swimming.
   
Don't let children dive into natural bodies of water; open water may have currents, undertow and hidden hazards under the surface.
   
Always make sure your child wears a life jacket approved by the US Coast Guard, when riding in a boat. Wear one yourself, for your own safety and to set a good example.
   
Avoid alcohol consumption when boating or swimming.
   
Ensure your boat's safety by taking advantage of free "Vessel Safety Checks" offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons.

The CPSC's Pool Safely campaign provides information on the simple steps that parents, caregivers, and pool owners should take to ensure that children and adults stay safer in and around pools and spas.

The CPSC invites everyone to visit www.PoolSafely.gov/Pledge to take the pledge to help reduce drownings in the United States.

Stay Safe Everyone!
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Greater Newark/New York Fresh Air Fund Sends Children To Summer Camp

Sunday, May 10, 2015

♥Note To A Marine♥

Hi Joe
♥I'm Still Here, Waiting♥

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-TALK (8255 and dial 1)
Gov't And Social Services Links For Our Marines♥ All Our ♥Troops And ♥Veterans

United Veterans Of America

Because; we never do anything, nice and easy!


Jango Social Radio/Videos Free music-internet radio that plays what you want!


I'm Not Laughing At Him, I'm laughing with him. It's complicated.
If you knew him, you'd laugh at some of his antics too! The King of Drama!
Yes, You, Joe Brennan. I am making fun of you. But in a good way. Where the heck are you?



Vietnam Veterans Of America Legislative Issues
Vietnam Veterans Of America
8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
phone: 301-585-4000
fax: 301-585-0519 
Toll Free: 1-800-882-1316

Donate Your Old Car
Car donation proceeds benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vehicle Donations



from, Georgia

A Home For The Homeless
The Brothers of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated at the campus of Kean University have started an initiative to build a home for a homeless family currently residing at the Sierra House Homeless Shelter in East Orange, NJ.

Supportive Housing And Shelters-By State And Town
List of housing resources Homeless Shelters, Supportive Housing, Housing for Low Income, Halfway Housing, Transitional Housing, Day Shelters, Low Cost Housing.

The Greater Newark/New York Fresh Air Fund Sends Children To Summer Camp
Sign Up Your Child

♥Never Swim When There's No Life Guard And Never Swim Alone♥

Momma's take their daughters in whenever we go out! 
Gotta Love Them! 
Video is loud. You might want to turn your sound down.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Love Is All♥Playing For Change



Take to the Hills! is a Douglas, Arizona based project that collects clothing, food, water, blankets, building supplies, medical supplies, school supplies and other items then delivers them directly to communities in the Sierra Madres, Sierra Alta, Rio Sonora and other regions of northern Mexico.

Del Cabarga
Program Director
1214 11 Street
Douglas, Az. 85607
(520) 236-4675 Cellular
dcabarga@aol.com




Purple Mountain Institute
Animal-facilitated programs offered to at-risk youth, veterans, and developmentally disabled participants include Hiking with Goats, Hoods in the Woods, and Horse Sense.



It's almost that time of year again. In some parts of the US, it already is. So I just wanted to share.
Never Swim When There's No Life-Guard And Never Swim Alone!
Natural Insect Repellent Plants And Pesticides

Mosquito Repellent Plants

Have you heard about the large cattail punk rods that grow in wetland areas. They look like two foot incense sticks, You dry them out and light them. They burn and smolder. A natural way to keep the mosquitos away. The kids next door to me used to gather them. But maybe you can find them at a farmer's market too.

We were discussing these on a diary a couple of weeks ago. One diarist called them punk rods. You were correct!

Cattail Punks Typha Latifolia
wikipedia


Another really good thing is, Electronic Pest Repellers
Electronic Pest Repellers Wikipedia

Don't use electronic pest repellers if you have pets. It could cause irreversible damage to their nervous system and damage their hearing among other things.
✰Good Nutrition, So Important/Resources✰
Let’s Move!


Some Good Quotes, I've Collected.

No man's error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it. Thomas Hobbs

Revolutions go not backward. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. Euripides

Gandhi
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Be The Change You Want To See In The World!
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. Confucius

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. George Bernard Shaw

Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. Muhammad Ali

Love Conquers All. Virgil

♥Marriage Equality, Long Overdue♥

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Tell Pres Obama, Please Don't Let Another Gulf Coast Oil Spill Happen!


♥For All My Friends And Good People Everywhere♥ TerraCycle Nationwide Program.
♥HUD Helps Public Housing Residents Become Homeowners. And More Great Links.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund Seeks Supporters To Send Children To Camp

♥For All My Friends And Good People Everywhere♥ TerraCycle Nationwide Paid-Recycling Program.
♥HUD Helps Public Housing Residents Become Homeowners And More Great Links.
The Newark Day Center, founded in 1803 as the Newark Female Charitable Society, is a multifaceted, innovative, pace-setting community agency serving children, youth, adults and seniors.
The agency has a rich history. Many of the social service agencies in existence today, including the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, the American Red Cross of Newark, the Newark Boys and Girls Scouts, the Conference of Jewish Charities, the Salvation Army and Newark Beth Israel, St. Barnabas and Presbyterian Hospitals, had their origins at Newark Day Center. As the oldest volunteer social service agency in New Jersey and the third oldest in the nation, the Center stands as a beacon of stability to the community.

Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund: Inner-City Kids, Parents Prepare For Summer Camp Experience

Fresh Air Fund

Newark Day Center Offers Follow-Up Services For Newark Fresh Air Fund Campers

Let's Get As Many Children As Possible A Week Or Two In The Cool Country And Off Those Hot City Streets!

Please Send A Dollar Or A Donation To
Fresh Air Fund‎
43 Hill Street
Newark NJ 07102-2649
phone 1 (973) 643-571

The Fresh Air Fund
633 Third Ave 14th Floor,
New York NY 10017
Donate Online

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The Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Audio Recording and Transcript of
Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King's Nobel Lecture

The Kids In Need Foundation
* Has distributed more than $300 million in school supplies to low-income schools free of charge
* Serves 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually
* Has awarded $1 million in grants to teachers



If  Your School Needs Help
Contact:
The Kids In Need Foundation

3077 Kettering Blvd.
Suite 114
Dayton
OH 45439
phone +1-937-296 1230
How You Can Help

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The Newark Youth Leadership Project The major focus of Greater Newark Conservancy's Job Training Program is the Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP).

The NYLP is a year round job and leadership training program
which provides Newark, NJ high school and college youth with job training experience, leadership development, and exposure to different career options in environmental and horticultural fields and opportunities for pursuing a college education.

In addition, job training interns are given the chance to participate in outdoor horticultural activities that they would probably never experience otherwise.

Through this program the Conservancy seeks to improve conditions in the urban community by increasing employability and earning potential. The year round NYLP has now been in operation for over ten years and has had hundreds Newark youth participants.

♥♥
Links To Government And Other Kid's Sites
Explore, learn, and have fun!
Kids.Gov

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Liberty State Park
Morris Pesin Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07305
201-915-3440

Park Policies
Barbecues are allowed. You must supply your own grills (charcoal, not propane).
Alcoholic beverages of any sort are forbidden.
Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
Recreational sports are permitted.
If you are planning a group outing (a company picnic, for example), call 201-915-3440 and choose Special Events from the voice mail menu. The Special Events Coordinator will work with you to ensure an enjoyable day.

Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305
phone (201) 200-1000
Liberty Science Center is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation dedicated to offering exceptional science learning experiences onsite, offsite and online. Located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, we engage learners of all ages in science excitement, provide professional development for teachers, and actively connect people of all backgrounds to pivotal science and society issues.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

♫St Patrick's Day! Immigration Info Free US Gov't Links, History, Leprechauns, Music♬

♥For My Grandfather Michael Murphy♥ He worked on the Central Railroad; in Jersey City, NJ, (100 years ago). Unloading box cars with a big hook.
He and his fellow workers, sweltered in the summer and froze in the winter!

Videos

My Mother told me that when she was a little girl.
The young guys who hung out on the street corner of her Montgomery Street; Jersey City, NJ neighborhood would always ask her, "Mary Murphy, what nationality are you?"
And she'd say, "Proud Irish!"
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

USCIS will secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship.

USCIS Forms USCIS Forms are Free.

Green Card And More Info

♥We Are All The Children Of Immigrants♥

Hi Joe♥
Gov't And Social Services Links For Our Marines♥ All Our ♥Troops And ♥Veterans

Happy Saint Patrick's Day Everyone

The Irish Lobby For Immigration Reform (ILIR) News

National Immigration Forum Facebook

Irish Traditions
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
Tel 212-982-8420

Saint Patrick's Day Recipes

Saint Patrick And The Shamrock

Shamrocks


Irish American wikipedia

Irish Catholic Immigration To America The Library of Congress

The Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation Free Search, Ellis Island/Port Of New York Immigration Records

Statue of Liberty National Monument The Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum are a popular tour activity for visitors to New York City.

Ellis Island, The historical gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States.

1892 to 1924 America's "Golden Door"



Castle Garden From August 1, 1855 through April 18, 1890, immigrants arriving in the state of New York came through Castle Garden. America's first official immigrant examining and processing center, Castle Garden welcomed approximately 8 million immigrants.

Castle Garden; (Castle Clinton or Fort Clinton), was once a circular sandstone fort, located in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, New York City, in the United States. It subsequently became a beer garden, an exhibition hall, a theater, the first immigration station (predating Ellis Island) and finally a national monument. 26 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005-1996 (212) 344-7220



97th Regiment

by dozens of them

The High Kings Official Home




Peace And Justice
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I knew all the words to these songs, even as a young child.

"The strangers came and tried to teach us their ways. They scorned us for being as we are.
But you might as well go chasing after moonbeams, or try to light a penny candle from a star."






 
My Grandfather Mike, is the one who taught me to love Irish music. He would play the Irish records for me. He played the Darling Girl From Clare over and over and over. Mike really loved me.

My Uncle Timmy Murphy (Mike's Son), is the one who taught me to love to read.

When I was real little maybe 3, I had a fairy tales book as big as myself.

My Uncle Timmy would read it to me for hours.

He'd read a couple of stories and say, "I have to go now." I'd say, just one more story.

He'd read another story and say, "Ok? I have to go now." I'd say, just one more story.

We would repeat this until I fell asleep. This would go on, through many stories.



♥The Statue Of Liberty; Thanks You All. For Your Activism♥ (Still no news of the Court's decision in Jersey City's case/appeal, to stop the spectra natural gas pipeline. I read nj.com everyday, it should be news)?



St Patrick's Day, My Birthday, Spring And Blogging 7 Years


March, sure is a great month!



Irish Country
Ya, ha, San Antone!


Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday To Me




My Birthday Is In 2 Weeks. I couldn't wait. I plan on celebrating from here on.

I learned how to use a computer for the first time in March, 2008. Never touched one before. But I'm a fast on a typewriter.

I started blogging, because I wanted to help our Troops and Veterans and The Young People Everywhere.

Politically; the good of the people, is my concern, as a Sociologist.

I'm from New Jersey aka The Garden State, but not called that, recently. I lived in Northern NJ (Bayonne, Hudson County) and Southern NJ (Bricktown, Ocean County). So having seen how beautiful untouched nature is and then seeing how big energy destroys, I'm an environmentalist.

I had an Irish Mother and A Jewish Father. I'm from a very small town. Three miles long and one mile wide.

We're the poor relations; but my Father's family practically built Bayonne. So there was always a lot of scrutiny about me.

Since My Birthday is four days after Saint Patrick's Day; I'm always convinced that my hometown parade, (only partly kidding), is for me. (The Parade's always held the Sunday after Saint Patrick's Day and often; it actually is, my Birthday).

No one there, has ever contradicted me. If you know me; you can guess, I'm the best friend they ever had. And I'm the only one; who knows all the words, to every song, that the bands and pipers are playing.

From when I was a baby until 2nd grade (when we moved down to South Jersey). I spent a lot of time being dragged around in one of my Father's bars. 

I was always the way I am now.

When I was little, 4, 5, years old, some of the local/neighborhood guys (customers), used to scream every time I walked in the door with my Mother.

Epithets like; "Oh no, the holy terrors here, or Oh no, it's the little hurricane". They had several, names for me. Total exaggerations! I promptly squirted them, with my little red water gun. My Mother would say "don't shoot the boys with your water gun", but I did anyway. I didn't want to even be there. I would have rather been home, coloring in my coloring books with my 64 box of Crayolas or watching tv.

I was not anti-social. I had tons of Sailor friends who used to take me to the toy store and buy me anything I wanted. No one was allowed to have a beer until they did. Well ok one or two. The bar was about 5 blocks from our town's; then, Naval base. I knew Sailors from all over the world. My best friend, was from the Cayman Islands.

I wasn't spoiled either. Half my toys used to always disappear. I had lots of poor cousins. One of my Aunt's had 10 children.

As everyone knew my Father and Mother, everywhere. They all knew me on sight.

So I could never get away with anything. Even though I did get attention and away with a lot.

My Irish Mother was great on the guilt tripping. That, and with the help of Saint Jude, to whom she prayed every day. I escaped the sixties without getting into too much trouble (it was the seventies, eighties and nineties that were murder).

I was born in Margaret Hague Hospital, Jersey City New Jersey. It was an excellent hospital. Art Deco styling. The best and it was free.

Yes, on the first full day of Spring. My Mother said that on the day I was born; it rained, it snowed and the sun shone.

A Chinese Lady Doctor delivered me. She told my Mother, that in her country, they would call me "Spring Flower." Apparently, I was a Hippie from birth. My Mother named me Georgia. Thus my ga, sig.

Born at the Margaret Hague Facebook

I don't listen to the negative talk about Mayor Hague. He did a lot for Jersey City. Frank Hague Mayor of Jersey City 1917-1947.  

Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital

Jersey City Medical Center 


       
♥Hi Joe♥ Just in case you forgot, again♥


Righting the Roma Foundation
B-4810 Mary Street
Port Alberni BC
V9Y 7H2
1-250-724-6438
Facebook

Peace And Justice
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Birthday Party! Music, Music, Music, Almost.



(Images-Birthday Cakes)

I'm a poet, and you know, I know it!
Besides, how could I lose with all this great talent.



EPA/Environmental Protection Agency

Fossil Fuel Disasters in the US

Petition Stop DuPont Chemical from Poisoning New Jersey Families

Interactive Map: Toxic Chemical Releases in NJ 

GreenPeace



♥Saudi Arabia-Free Blogger Raif Badawi♥

Tell Pres Obama, Please Don't Let Another Gulf Coast Oil Spill Happen!


Marcellus Shale Reality Tour



Thank You Phil, You're A Great Teckie! 

Thanks to; my Mother And Father, College Professors, Everyone who has helped me survive, grow and get where I am today. I learned so much from all of you.  I couldn't have done it without  your help and guidance



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Good Nutrition, So Important/Resources

For All My Friends And Good People Everywhere

Michelle Obama and Ellen 'Uptown Funk'

Let's Move

 





For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Mandela 

Irish Youth Foundation
DogPatch, Unit 1
The CHQ Building
Custom House Quay
Dublin 1
Ireland
Tel + 353 1 676 6535
Fax + 353 1 676 9893
Email:info@iyf.ie

♥♪♥✿♪Happy Birthday To Me, Happy Birthday To Me♪✿♥♪♥
GazaToyDrive.org



Saturday, February 7, 2015

☆♥Happy Birthday Bob Marley♥☆


Robert Nesta Marley

I've been thinking of Bob Marley the past few days. Now, I just saw on Google, that today's his birthday.

All Marley All the Time



Soul Rebel, Indeed♥ Wailers are great too.











☆☆☆☆☆♥Happy Birthday Bob♥☆☆☆☆☆








Sound goes out for a few seconds on Iron, Lion, Zion, but comes right back.


Updated ♥Lakota Children Taken♥ Petition To Keep Them With Their Families♥









Lakota Child Rescue Project Please Sign The Petition Here Only takes 1 minute.

Get someone you know to sign the petition too. If everyone has a friend sign the petition, we can reach the goal of 100,000!

Every additional signature, further impacts the Native Foster Care discussion in Washington DC.

The petition can influence potential funding that would be essential for South Dakota’s Tribes to move forward to develop Child and Family Service Programs.

With significant help from A Positive Tomorrow, two South Dakota Tribes have been awarded Title IV-E Planning Grants, each worth $300,000, to begin planning the infrastructure of their own child and family planning service programs.

This is a great victory for the Standing Rock and Oglala Sioux Tribes as they can now create a foster care run by Lakota, for Lakota children.

In addition to this, five other Tribes have applied for the Title IV-E Planning Grants this year, and although they have not received such grants, the Lakota People's Law Project has not lost hope and will be calling an inter-agency meeting with the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, and Health and Human Services in Washington DC later this month. At this meeting, the funds will be requested so that Lower Brule, Flandreau, Crow Creek, Cheyenne River, and Yankton tribes can begin the process towards the creation of their own foster care system.

Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition. 50,000 Signatures, so far!

Contact Pres Obama/Whitehouse

Tell Pres Obama, Stop State Kidnapping by South Dakota.
Tell him to instruct his agencies to help the tribes bring the Lakota children home.

Contact Government-Contact information for US elected officials, government programs, departments, and agencies. USA.gov

Lakota People's Law Project Problems and Solutions

This short film; “Hearts on the Ground.” Film director; Kalyanee Mam, documents South Dakota’s Forced Taking of Lakota Children.

The video, is at the center of a new “Bring Lakota Children Home” Campaign. The epidemic of child taking by the State of South Dakota is tearing thousands of Lakota Sioux families apart.

The campaign, on behalf of thousands of Lakota Sioux families whose children have illegally and forcibly been removed from their families and tribes, demands that President Obama compel the Department of Justice to enforce the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, and stop the State of South Dakota’s war on Lakota children.

Every day, Lakota Grandmothers are illegally denied their right to foster their own grandchildren.

The South Dakota Dept. of Social Services rejects grandmothers for such trivial reasons as too few rooms in a home, too small of a home, too old, decades old crimes, and even rumors. "

South Dakota continues to violate the federal law by placing 90% of the 750 Lakota foster children it seizes each year into non-Native homes and facilities, instead of with relatives or tribal homes.

Both federal law and the United Nations define this behavior as genocide. Only tribal programs are placing foster children with their relatives.

President Obama has the authority to order three federal agencies (the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services), to provide resources to train and develop tribal family service programs and foster care systems for the nine Lakota Sioux tribal Councils.

Within a short time, the $60 million in federal funds that currently go to the State of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services to illegally remove Indian children and force them into foster care, can instead be spent and managed by the tribes, as they work to keep children with relatives, while restoring tribal sovereignty.

Lakota children are more than ten times more likely to be forcibly removed from their parents and comprise about 60% of all foster children in the state.

In more than 90% of the cases, simply alleged “neglect,” as opposed to sexual or physical abuse, is given as the reason for the forced taking, sometimes at gunpoint, sometimes while at school, or in the middle of the night. Poverty equals “neglect” in the mind of the State workers.

What is happening to Lakota children and families in South Dakota today is precisely the sort of activity that Congress intended to stop when it passed the Indian Child Welfare Act, 1978.

The Act mandates that when states remove Native American children from their parents, they must be placed with relatives from their extended family, or with other members of their tribe, or with members of other tribes.

Only when an active effort for such placements fail are states allowed to place Native Americans in White foster homes, or state run foster care facilities
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The Department of Social Services in South Dakota continues to deny child placements to willing and capable relatives, while “stripping” parents of all parental rights to ever see their children again, for “violations” as trivial as failing to show up at parenting classes.

South Dakota designates every Native child in its foster care system as “special needs,” receiving up to $79,000 from the federal government for their care annually.

Then forcing many to take mind-altering drugs, even some as young at 18 months of age. Medicare spending for foster care child prescriptions in South Dakota increased more than 1,000 percent in the recent decade, while suicide rates for young Lakota children are 12 times the national average, and among the highest in the world. Some of the suicides are clearly related to the forced medications.

More than a century after being forced from their ancestral lands onto reservations, the 70,000 members of the Lakota Sioux nation remain the poorest, most oppressed people in the United States.

Let's turn around 150 years of cruel abuse to Lakota families.

Nat Geo Highlights Lakota Resilience in South Dakota-but We Are Struggling to get our Children Back by Kossack, Madonna Thunder Hawk

Lakota People

Lakota Language

Oglala Lakota Nation, Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Oglala Sioux Tribe

Lakota

Lakota Culture And Spirituality

✰HOPE✰

Help For The Okiciyap Community Food Pantry/And A Links "Information-A-Thon" For Everyone.

Love, Peace And Justice
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If you're ever in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; Visit, Sister Crow's, Native American Store.
Call 603-356-2444

Open 11am-4pm. Facebook

Beautiful Handmade Native American, Everything! Clothing, Jewelry, Dolls, Books, CD's, Cards, Herbs, Incense And More.

I have no interests in this store. Sister Crow is a very nice lady and has beautiful, quality merchandise. So I wanted to share.