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New Year - Take a Stand for Something

Updated on January 21, 2015

Looking back from 10 – 15 years ago, there are so many things happening now, that if they were predicted all those years ago, we would have sworn on our lives, that it will NEVER happen.

a) Who would have known that religious fanatics would have the audacity, not only to take Westerners / Americans as hostages, but start be-heading them, no matter how much their families plead. Many are innocent volunteers who go to help such countries and what do they get in return? This has even gone downhill, in light of innocent kids being shot at in Schools by terrorists recently.

b) Who would have known that kids would not only take guns to schools, but fire these weapons at their own peers and teachers ~ taking lives and ending dreams?

c) Who would have know that women in certain countries would be put to death for reporting they were assaulted by a man or young women learning in School would be kidnapped from the classroom by ignorant, insensitive, religious groups, while their parents have sleepless nights for months and some even die from the stress?

We never saw it coming!

Mariam Ibrahim arriving in Italy to see the Pope

Do you remember the Sudanese woman, Mariam Ibrahim? She was sentenced to death and delivered her baby in prison because she converted from Islam to Christianity to marry her Christian husband. If the world didn’t get involved, especially via Social Media, she wouldn’t be alive now, but she was one of the lucky ones. Many have already faced the consequences.

It’s shocking, it’s painful but those who are taking a stand will continue to. They have to continue because “every time we stand up for those who can’t stand for themselves, we are promoting Peace and Love.”

Happy New Year to You. (◕‿◕)


In this New Year, we can stand up for Something.

How can we?

  • Write about it.
  • Retweet any important tweets and raise more awareness, also on other Social media.
  • If need be, sign a petition with other people for the government to get involved.
  • Point people in the right direction. E.g to groups / Charities that can help them. Child Abuse / Violence / Citizen Advice Bureau etc.
  • Donate to relevant Charities. E.g Red Cross, Amnesty. £5 or $5 a month or every 2 months?

These are just a few ways. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. ~ by Howard Zinn ¸.·*♡


Is there anything close to your heart, that you take a stand for or would like to? Feel free to share in comments and raise awareness.


Update January 11, 2015

Nice to see over 1 million people (including Presidents and Prime Ministers) march in solidarity in Paris, on 11 January. A demonstration against Terrorism in light of the Terrorist shooting some days ago. It was also to honour the 17 people killed in the attack, which targeted a Satirical magazine, a Kosher Supermarket and Police.

Place de la Republique, France - Unity March


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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      @Poetryman6969 It's great that you are supporting those causes and I am sure it is having a positive effect. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      @Viryabo - Thank. I totally agree with you and appreciate you stopping by.

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      viryabo 2 years ago

      As you rightly said, we must continue to take a stand! Even in the face of harassment and intimidation, we must fight this collectively in our own little ways.

      Indeed, it is truly sad that the world is coming to this . . . But it is certain that one day, in the near OR far future, love, harmony, and peace may reign again.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      An inspirational hub. Lately I have been speaking out about violence against third world women. I want people to see what they can do to stop:

      1) Female genital mutilation

      2) Punishing rape victims

      3) Honor killing

      4) Strapping bombs to children

      5) Sexually enslaving women

      6) Murdering homosexuals

      7) Child marriage

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK



      Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Happy 2015. :-)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A good 'wake-up' call.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It is sad of the way such issues prevail sometimes pleas do show good results. Interesting and thought provoking situations.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Hello MsDora, it's painful watching families / Mothers plea live on TV for Terrorists to set their sons free. Innocent Sons. No doubt it grieves everyone's heart to see the heartlessness of these people towards innocent kids too. It could happen anywhere. They are in every continent now. Even Australia was attacked about a week ago.

      Anyway, thanks for your encouragement. I hope we can all somehow make a little difference. Happy 2015 to you. xx

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      @Minnetonka - Thanks Linda. No doubt people are thinking about it and tired of it. Even helpless, for those close to it. As you noted, it's insane. I truly hope there is some control over it.

      Happy New Year and Thanks so much for all the RTs. xx

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      @Aways_Exploring - Thanks Ruby. You are so right. People are joining everyday. So sad...some brain washed. Writing about what's around us will help too - I believe it will stop youngsters from joining. You made a brilliant Point.

      Have a lovely New Year. xx

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lady E, your plea is so relevant as we consider improving our lives and the lives of others in the New Year. Thanks for your attitude of courage and compassion.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Elena-I think all this violence and chaos is on everyone's minds these days. I thank you for giving us suggestions to stand up to the violence and help to create peace. There are some ways we can have control over the insanity. Happy New Year to you :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, so good to see you here again. We all must stand up and do our part to make this world a better place. So many look the other way when they see someone in need. Guns in the hands of children, how can that possibly be? It is up to the parents, teach them what is right and what is wrong. The terrorist attacks, how can they be stopped when men are joining them from all over the world. Maybe writing about the evil around us will help..Thank you...