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Petition for Social Protection Floor

5 May 2012

Many of you have asked if it is too late to sign your name in support of the Social Protection Floor for all people. NO! it is not too late – even though we presented the signatures you sent us so far, as part of the opening ritual for the Commission for Social Development, they still are being collected (we are hoping for a million!)  They will be used by the International Labor Organization at a ceremony in June.  So if you have not signed on, you can do so on the website below.  Thanks, UNANIMA communities!

Internships—Plan NOW!

5 May 2012

It’s not too early to plan for an UNANIMA Internship, for anywhere from 1-3 months. Remember that we find you a good place to live and pay most of your expenses, except for travel to and from New York. The deadline for the mid-September through December experience is July 15, and the deadline for the mid-January through April experience is November 15. The Board is considering other possible “shapes” for internships, but one thing we all (including the Board and all the other interns we’ve had) agree on is this: to get the most out of the experience, the intern should have a working knowledge of English, and the ability to walk several blocks each day. All our former interns have agreed on another thing—the experience transformed their lives.

Women—Still Waiting at the Tomb

5 May 2012

The document we hoped to see emerging from this year’s Commission on the Status of Women is still delayed, awaiting approval. The political “power plays” involving some of the resolutions apparently have not been settled. But women have a friend in Secretary General Bang Ki- moon, who said at the CSW “As I go around the world, men squirm and think I sound like a broken record – but I say what is broken is the system that does not let women develop to their potential,” referring to the fact that “rural women are 1/4 of the world’s population, but are at the bottom of every social indicator, and their low status affects the whole community. Investing in rural women is smart!”

Indigenous People: Our Apologies

5 May 2012

As the UN prepares for the Forum on Indigenous People this May, some of the religious NGOs are planning to ask the UN Representative for the Holy See to consider some sort of symbolic gesture that would ask forgiveness in all our names for the suffering caused by the Doctrine of Discovery (what we would call “land grabbing” now). Beginning in the 1400’s, papal approval was given for civil rulers to claim non-Christian lands in the name of their own countries. Though this mandate has been rescinded at various levels by popes and bishops, many laws around the world are still based on this doctrine, to the detriment of Indigenous Peoples.

Hello and Goodbye!

5 May 2012

Hello to our new half-time Assistant, Morgan Jue (2nd from left) from San Francisco, a graduate of NYU with a major in French/ Linguistics and a minor in Creative Writing. She’s a whiz with computers!  Goodbye to intern Carmenza sds (3rd from left). She returns to Colombia with – she says – “much wealth” for her work with women/ children and with trafficked persons, and having a new understanding of how her own country fits into the global reality. Other office mates at the party: Elsa from India (left) and Mary from Australia (2nd from right)–both pvbm–Mary Corbett cnd (right), and Michele osu (more or less in the middle). Yes, we have a lot of parties.