World Press Freedom Day

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“As the [COVID-19] pandemic spreads, it has also given rise to a second pandemic of misinformation, from harmful health advice to wild conspiracy theories. The press provides the antidote: verified, scientific, fact-based news and analysis.”

– UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Today is the observation of Press Freedom Day.

Looking back on the past three years in the United States, I am both disappointed and worried for the freedom of the press. It is one of the most important concepts enshrined in our Constitution. I have watched not only the President run roughshod over the press, but I have witnessed the Republican party grab onto his coattails to lie, to offer misinformation, to defame, and to endanger the press across this country and the world.

We should all remember the sacrifices made by journalists throughout the world, whether they’re covering politics, environment, culture, war zones, and any other subject. They deserve and have earned our admiration and our support.

UN’s Observance of Press Freedom Day

Previous Observances (after clicking the link, scroll to the bottom of the page for the list)

Safety Guide for Journalists

Society of Professional Journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists

[In honor and memory of all those journalists injured and killed while doing their jobs and getting the information to the public.]​

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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The observance of this day was actually yesterday as determined by the United Nations, but I think that it’s important enough, especially in this era of #metoo and the Trump Administration’s corruption that I think it’s important to bring up before and after the determined day. We need to address the violence against women every day, and it needs to be talked about by everyone, whether we’re women, are involved with women, and any other arbitrary excuse that we should care about violence against women.

Congress first passed the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, and each time it comes up for reauthorization, primarily Republicans argue against it because of the NRA or somehow they think that women aren’t deserving of protection from violence and abuse. Is there any other legitimate reason/argument that  they could have?

Here are some helpful and informative links for you to read at your convenience, but please read them, and talk about them with your family and friends.

VAWA (Wikipedia)

Congressional Reauthorization
National Domestic Violence Hotline (VAWA)

Press Freedom Day

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Today is Press Freedom Day. Now more than ever, we need to protect our access to news and world events from a free and independent press. Here are some links that should definitely spend some time today reading:

World Press Freedom Day

Bipartisan Call to Protect Journalists
Why the Times is taking down its paywall (and at the end of the three days, think about subscribing)

Taking Stock on Press Freedom Day

Committee to Protect Journalists

World Book Day

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World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration of books and the written word organized and proclaimed by the UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). On their page can be found information and resources on their programs and the reasoning behind the beginning of this observance and its choice of date.

Books I’ve Read So Far This Year:

January

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling (on the 1st)

Women of the Bible: A One Year Devotional Study – Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda

The President is Missing – A Novel by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story of the Single Biggest Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast – Tim White, Randall Richard, and Wayne Worcester

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction – Neil Gaiman

February

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero – Timothy Egan

March

The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump – Andrew G. McCabe

Believe Me: a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens – Eddie Izzard

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance – Barack Obama

April

A Holy Mosaic: Love, Diversity, and the Family: Inspiration from a Pope Francis – Michael O’Neill Mcgrath OSFS

Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law – Preet Bharara

Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus – James Martin, SJ

Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent 2019 – Mary DeTurris Poust

Lenten Reflections – Bishop Robert Barron


I’m currently reading these three books:

Rejoice and Be Glad: Daily Reflections for Easter 2019 by Michelle Francl-Donnay, Jerome Kodell, Rachelle Linner, Ronald Witherup, Catherine Upchurch, Jay Cormier, Genevieve Glen

A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals – Selected and edited by Jonathan Montaldo

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

I use my library’s ebook library extensively and I take advantage of deep discounts or sales through Book Bub on Facebook and through Email. My Kindle is never without one or two books that I read simultaneously.

Who are your favorite authors?
What are your favorite books?
Answer in comments.

Happy Reading!

Who Run The World?

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​March is Women’s History Month. And today is International Women’s Day. The earliest observance of a Women’s Day was February 28, 1909, and was adopted by the UN in 1975 with its first official International Women’s Day. There are several groups that observe and celebrate women with media, books, and activities. 

It is commemorated throughout the world with a day of protest and/or a day of celebration, depending on where you are and where it got its start. 

The UN declares a theme yearly and the theme for 2019 is Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change

Who are the women who inspire you?

Related Links:

International Women’s Day

UN International Women’s Day

Five Innovations that Have Advanced Women’s Rights

International Women’s Day – About

Here’s to strong women:

May we know them,

May we be them,

May we raise them.