Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Judge convicted of racketeering for selling Black Children

Judge must serve 28 years

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Click the two links above for the full stories.   Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, 63, was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling Black Children to private prisons.

Filled prison beds means increased profits for correctional facilities AND in this case, increased personal profit for Judge Ciavarella and his comrade, Judge Conahan. These 'bound by the law' individuals received more than $2.6 million dollars from PA Child Care, the privately run youth center for making sure that their prison beds were kept filled.  
Juveniles with minor offenses would be sentenced for months and even years for the love of money! As well, because Race matters only one particular group were those primarily sold.  One teenage girl was sentenced to three months in jail…" for creating a MySpace page that mocked her school’s assistant principal." "Ciavarella also sentenced another teen to 90 days in jail after a simple schoolyard fight."
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.

Ciaverella is also ordered to pay $1 million in restitution.

SHOCKING - Human Trafficking statistics

SHOCKING - Share these human trafficking statistics with your friends -- if you can handle them - Living Faith - Home & Family - Catholic Online\









Most victims of human trafficking unknowingly enter the market after being lured by promises of work and opportunities by predatory individuals and organizations. Others are children that are literally sold into slavery by parents as a means to pay debt or to reduce the number of children they must feed.

Women tend to be the most frequent victims. This may be because they are fleeing gender inequality, forced marriages, or other misogynistic practices back home. In so doing, they get caught up in a cure that is worse than the disease. And sex appears to be the predominant use of females slaves.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Welcome Milwaukee Buck's Coach Larry Drew

Come out to meet and greet Coach Larry Drew, the new Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks! FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 from 5pm to 9pm at the beautiful river front restaurant - Ryan Braun's Graffito. In doing so at this event, you will help support the work of Asha Family Services, Inc., a 24 yr old non-profit domestic abuse prevention agency in ending domestic and sexual violence in our communities! Ticket donations are $50.00 (includes food and drink specials).  This is a family friendly event. As a matter of fact, to support the work of the agency, my daughter ordered the first 2 tickets to bring my 13 year old grandson!

A new business friend recently said, "Everyone can do something"... to help end violence and abuse in our homes and relationships!

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS ARE AMAZING!!  The event's Auctioneer is Business Community Celebrity Ms. Martha Love!!

ITEM 1) The Milwaukee Bucks Honorary Team Attendant Package!  OMG!! This includes an opportunity for a youth (ages 10-17) to serve as a Honorary Team Attendant for one game during the 2013-14 Season!! AND...comes with four (4) complimentary game tickets AND... an opportunity to watch pre-game warm-up!!!!

ITEM 2) Milwaukee Bucks Behind the Scenes VIP Photo Experience! OMG!!   This includes tickets for four (4) to attend a 2013-14 season game...HOLD ON THERE IS MORE!!!  This also includes a Milwaukee Bucks Center Larry Sanders Autographed Jersey, AND, an opportunity to watch pre-game warm ups AND a chance to snap a photo pre-game with Bucks Center Larry Sanders!!!

ITEM 3) Dinner For Ten!! Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue! OMG!! This includes dinner for TEN - 8 guests plus the attendance of Coach Drew and his guest in the private dining room of  the new Milwaukee downtown Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue Restaurant. This is a great GIFT!

ITEM 4) Dom P'erignon Champagne Basket!!  A beautifully packaged basket of Dom Perignon and treats!!! 

ITEM 5) Premium Wine Basket!!  Beautifully package with a selection of treats!

 ITEM 6)  Gorgeous flowing train wedding gown!!  Victoria's Beaded Wedding Gown (size 10)

ITEM 7)  $250 Tattoo Certificate - Serenity Ink Tattoo Shop Also two (2) Original Framed Wall Hangings.

Learn more about Asha or consider a donation of any kind at www.ashafamilyservices.org


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Domestic Violence Advocate Loses Her Life to Domestic Violence!

Domestic Abuse Advocates across the State of Wisconsin mourn the loss of one of their own.

Patricia "Trissa" Waschbisch 45, a dedicated Advocate at Rainbow House in Marinette, WI courageously helped many victims of domestic abuse get to safety. Tragically, Trissa herself was murdered by her boyfriend the evening of Sunday, April 28, 2013.

As an Advocate myself, Trissa's loss to domestic violence is so surreal.
It gives stark clarity to phrases many advocates use: Domestic Violence does not care about your race, religion or age. Domestic Violence does not care about how much money you make or Degrees you hold. Domestic Violence does not care about who you are, what you do, where you live and can impact any one at any time.

Trissa's warm smile and presence will be deeply missed by her beloved family and the Advocates she worked along side in the daily fight against domestic violence. 

What I know about Advocates is that they share a deepened strength and resolve. Trissa did not die in vain. Her death I am sure will unify and fuel the spirits and souls of Advocates alike.

Click the link below to Trissa's Obituary
Obituary For: Patricia "Trissa" Waschbisch | Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home

Thursday, March 7, 2013

RAPE IN THE MILITARY -The Invisible War Official Trailer - Kirby Dick Movie (2012) HD


500,000 military women have been raped while serving. A woman in the military is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by the enemy.

Invisible War Movie Trailer # 1 http://youtu.be/3fBaFQk6aE0

Invisible War Movie Trailer # 2 http://youtu.be/5kGGvzRPpNI

Invisible War The Devil is in the DETAILS....The devastating impact of rape and assaults on returning military women and their families:   http://youtu.be/L2KvCmARV9Q

Congresswoman Gwen Moore received Justice for ALL Victims!

VAWA cleared the House!  Congresswoman Gwen Moore received justice for all victims!

President Obama signs VAWA into Law today March 7, 2013 1:55pm EST
- http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/

Congresswoman Gwen Moore fights for Tribal women Protections.


Included in President Obama's statement on the House Passage of VAWA...
"I want to thank leaders from both parties – especially Leader Pelosi, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Senator Leahy – for everything they’ve done to make this happen. Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk."
Link to The War Room video


Women's History Month Tidbit:
In celebration of Women's History Month, it is important to know that Congresswoman Gwen Moore is the first African-American woman in Wisconsin history to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Gwen Moore took her official oath of office on January 4, 2005. In January of 2011, Congresswoman Moore was elected Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus by her fellow female colleagues. In this capacity, she has become a leader on issues like health insurance reform, women's health, domestic violence and maternal and infant mortality – problems that affect women both at home and abroad. She served as Democratic Vice Chair from 2009 to 2011.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Murder at Home and Returning Military: In his own words

Murder at Home and Returning Military

Returning Iraq war vet Benjamin Sebena age 30, ambushed and murdered his wife (top photo below), Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena also age 30 in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve 2012 while she was on duty. Domestic Violence is critical to us all on yet another level.

Slain Officer Jennifer Sebena
Reporter, Dan Egan of The Journal/Sentinel captured the video of returning Marine, Benjamin Sebena before his church who had posted the video on YouTube took it down. Click the http link below to see the powerful 10 minute video of Benjamin Sebena (pictured below) in his own words describing in detail the effects of war he experienced. Benjamin Sebena, states that while in Iraq, he watched 50 of his friends die; He himself killed people including a child who tried to kill him.
Returning Marine Benjamin Sebena charged with wife's murder.


The video, was made for Elmbrook Church's No Regrets Men's Conference in 2010. The video is compelling as Benjamin Sebena talks about his experience as a Marine in Iraq and how the church helped him after his two tours of duty were finished.  Happier times are seen in the photo of Jennifer and Benjamin below, however, a lot more help for Benjamin was greatly needed.

Benjamin said, "I came back home to Wisconsin and started spending more time with Jen and our love flourished. We became actually infatuated with each other and then one day I asked her if she would be happy to spend the rest of her life with me and she said yes."
As we know today, the experiences of Benjamin in Iraq, came home with him and the devastating effects of combat continue to have wide-spread Ripple of Consequence on many who knew them.

Consequences for victims are wide and they include domestic violence, sexual assault, murder and murder/suicide to name a few.

Benjamin Sebena said, "We're trained to kill. We're trained that death is OK. Wasn't trained how to deal with the death, but we're definitely trained to kill."

As an Advocate and practitioner in the field of violence against women, I ask myself, what role did we as a Nation and communities play in failing both THE Jennifer's and Benjamin's in this country? You see, this is not an isolated case. There are many other such cases around the country.  We often do not make the link between military and domestic violence because we don't get the information. What is concerning is the fact that too often, we are not linking and/or the media is not reporting in cases of murder, shootings and aggravated assaults...that the perpetrators in these incidents have military backgrounds.

It must be addressed...What can we do better to heal the wounded returning and save the lives of others at home? Reality Check Folks: There are returning vets already home and more are coming. What Benjamin Sebena describes in his video is not isolated to him.  Did we prepare for this? In addition to that, we must ask ourselves, what about the returning Contractors who are working right along side deployed Military personnel?
We can't forget about them.

More to come!

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