“Everyone has a voice. Everyone has the right to say what and how they feel. No one should have to hold that back for fear of being judged by others. Since being back from Camp, I’ve noticed that change in myself. Someone will say something in class, and I’m no longer afraid to say something. I don’t feel like I have to hide myself anymore, I can share how I feel and what I believe.” Thank you, #happyhippies for supporting our work with @SeedsofPeace that helps young people foster self-reflection, self-growth, and deep learning needed to develop as leaders and create positive change in their communities. #hh4peace#happyhippieimpact
“At Camp, I learned to listen to people, even if I don’t agree with what they say. I learned how to understand other opinions, respect them, and became more open-minded.” — Shai (Israeli Seed). We believe that young people have the courage and capacity to change—and lead change. Our work with @seedsofpeace is helping raise up a new generation of leaders to build a future on partnership, communication, respect, and the courage to lead. #hh4peace#happyhippieimpact
“The most meaningful part of my time at @seedsofpeace camp has by far been the unconditional love and acceptance that I experienced. Never have I ever felt more comfortable, safe or valid being myself around others. I’ve been able to genuinely connect with and work alongside people as a result even throughout the year.” @seedsofpeace’s leadership program starts with a summer camp experience, a safe space that allows diverse groups of young leaders to share their stories, experiences, and beliefs authentically, while exploring identity and analyzing stereotypes and misconceptions, skills that they then take home to engage their peers. #hh4peace#seedsofpeace#happyhippieimpact
Last year, #HappyHippie partnered with @seedsofpeace, a growing group of 6,400+ young leaders from the US, Middle East and South Asia who have been trained in peacebuilding and conflict resolution and are working to transform their communities and challenge discrimination in the US and around the world. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we share the impact of our work together, starting with Adham, a Palestinian Seed: “Seeds of Peace gave me hope that one day we’ll be able to live in peace—a just peace based on the elements of respect, dignity, and basic human rights and values for every Israeli and Palestinian.” #HH4Peace#happyhippieimpact
happy #nationalpetday! Pet merch available (link in bio) - proceeds support our animal companion programs that provide vet care for the beloved pets of homeless youth, as pets are a big source of emotional support for young people living on the streets
Amina, 12, and her little brother at a camp in rural #Idlib, #Syria. “My sister was killed in a shelling ... I wish if she was here with me now so we can play ... the same way we used to do before." The suffering of the children of Idlib and of all the children of Syria must not be allowed to continue. Says UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the latest reported atrocity, "The images of children choking and dying in the streets of Idlib, Syria, following alleged chemical weapons attacks, are as horrific as they are heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. If confirmed, these attacks must do more than provoke our outrage; they must compel action by those with the power and the ability to bring an end to this devastating violence." #childrenunderattack#childrenofsyria UNICEF/UN046836/Alwan
The Women's March is deeply disturbed by the shocking number of missing Black and Latina girls in the Washington, DC area — and by the fact that these numbers are not new. We call on all members of Congress to demand that the Justice Department invest resources into investigating these cases immediately. We came out in droves for our Muslim sisters and brothers, for refugees and immigrants, for women as a whole. We ask our supporters to do so again for these missing girls, for our daughters. If we do not take action to address the mass disappearance of Black and Latina girls, we cannot claim to stand for all women. We cannot claim to be true to our commitment to justice, safety, security for all. We are committed to support, advocate for and uplift the work of local organizations that have long been dedicated to finding and caring for these girls, and for all missing youth — including trans and gender nonconforming youth. We will not rest until they are brought back safely. While some are just now turning their attention to the issue of the disappearance of girls of color, this crisis is far from new, and it's on the rise. We will not rest until all women and girls and femmes are able to live free from violence. #FindOurGirls
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A headline from a March 21, 2017 Grio.com article written by George M. Johnson reads "Black women and girls are missing, and no one seems to care." Below the headline appears a photo of a sign of a missing Black girl, Relisha Rudd. At the top of the sign is the word "Missing." Below the photo of Relisha Rudd reads "Bring Relisha Home."
The @empirestatebldg is on board for #EarthHour 2017! Are you? Every year, hundreds of millions of people around the world switch off their lights for one designated hour to demonstrate a commitment to fighting climate change. Earth Hour takes place TOMORROW at 8:30 p.m. local time. There’s never been a more critical moment for the world to show solidarity for and a strong commitment to fighting climate change. By going dark, local government, cities, companies, landmarks, and individuals send the message that we will remain steadfast as we deliver on the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Momentum is on our side. The world is looking toward a renewable future. This Earth Hour, turn up the dark and get loud about climate action.
Students in a Utah GSA have been learning about our client #GavinGrimm and anti-trans laws that have been popping up in states across the country. Their members drew pictures and wrote letters to Gavin to let him know how much he has inspired them and that he has their support, and we wanted to share a few with all of you out there who are afraid of what these bills do to empower profiling and expelling trans and non-binary people from public spaces. The law is on your side and we're with you every step of the way ✊️ #StandWithGavin#transrights#lgbt#lgbtrights#transisbeautiful#gsa
"'It's not a trend. It's just that now it's acceptable to discuss it. It's acceptable to come out now. It was so scary before,' Cyrus tells TIME. The 24-year-old says that going public about her feelings, and providing support to LGBTQ youth through her nonprofit Happy Hippie Foundation, is what she's most proud of in her career. Examples like Cyrus can help young people who feel they are constantly explaining themselves to doubters." -Excerpt from this week's @time cover story about gender featuring our founder @mileycyrus along with @tywrent, @glaad, and other leaders. #Repost@time ・・・
TIME’s new cover: How a new generation is redefining the meaning of gender. Photograph by Jody Rogac (@jodyrogac) for TIME; animation by @brobeldesign
Today marks 6 years of brutal conflict in #Syria. More than 8 million Syrian children are in immediate need of aid — including more than 2 million child refugees. We’re helping to provide basic immediate items like medical care and food to Syrian refugee children with @unicef, and there is so much more work to be done. Learn more and donate at bit.ly/HHSyria
#ICYMI: Presenting the inaugural group of @myfriendsplace youth interns! Thanks to your support, we were able to help start this new program that helps youth develop employment skills. We are so inspired by their passion, dedication and hard work! #MotivationMonday#HappyHippieImpact
Thousands of Native Nations and supporters, led by the @standingrock tribe, rose together as a show of solidarity against a federal government that had long pushed aside tribal concerns on a range of environmental, economic, and social issues.
So honored to have our founder @mileycyrus narrate this inspiring video about the powerful activism of @elizabethtaylor. Her legacy of advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable populations inspires us to keep speaking out and fight for justice every day!
Now more than ever we must #ProtectTransKids!!!
Here's how you can get involved:
1. Get the facts about the withdrawal of federal guidance on transgender students at transequality.org
2. Contact your local representatives to speak out for transgender students. Text CALL CONGRESS to 30644 @humanrightscampaign#transequality
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