learn.think.act. - a social activism blog by ria

Sep 19

Invisible crises: have donors forgotten the hungry in Chad? -

It’s been called “disaster overload” – major crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Philippines have left the United Nations’ humanitarian response system reeling.

Sep 06


Sep 05

Eighty Years Of Fergusons -

The nightly protests in Ferguson, Mo., are receding. Sparked by the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, the scenes of protest, rioting, and an ironfisted police crackdown emerging from the St. Louis suburb shocked the world. But they shouldn’t.

Sep 04

'Don't Be That Guy' ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent in 2011 Add to ... -

The message on the poster is blunt. A young woman in red tights and a skimpy black dress is flaked out on the edge of a couch, her head turned away. A few wine bottles are on the floor.

The Times I Wasn’t Raped -

Under what circumstances should a person feel surprised that they weren’t raped? As Zoe Zolbrod’s story reminds us, carelessness does not make sexual assault an expected outcome, nor does self-protection always prevent it. I often think about the times I wasn’t raped.

Sep 02

Aug 26

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends> (washingtonpost)Fighting racism / spreading love and tolerance begins with 

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends> (washingtonpost)

Fighting racism / spreading love and tolerance begins with relationships.

Aug 21


Aug 15

Millennials and the Myth of a Post-Racial Generation -

A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past racism. Except, that’s not true. Racism is alive and well.

The Only Thing That Can Stop ISIS on Twitter -

When ISIS, the Iraqi-Syrian militant opposition group (or terrorist group, depending on who you ask) charged into the northern Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year, they were backed not only by determined and relatively well armed fighters, but also by a well-oiled social media engine.

Aug 13

“Real depression (and there are plenteous counterfeits) cannot be chosen or un-chosen. It is not something someone turns on or off like a light switch. It is not something that one can simply talk (or laugh) oneself out of.” — Michelle Labonte, on Robin Williams’ suicide and on depression in general.

There's Nothing Selfish About Suicide -

I don’t talk about it a lot these days, as I’ve reached the point where it feels like a lifetime ago. Healing was a long and grief-stricken process. There were times when I felt very alone in my grief and there were times when I felt lost and confused.

Aug 12

Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt -

So why not just laugh now? – G Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it.


Aug 08

New Brazil law supports domestic workers' rights -

It is part of new measures to provide basic protection for some seven million domestic workers long excluded from Brazil’s stringent labour laws. Employers can now be reported and fined several hundred dollars each time they break part of the code.