Happy Universal Children Day 2014.

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Children’s Day is a special event to honor and protect children around the world. This event was created in 1954 to protect children from long working hours and dangerous situation in the workplace as well as give every child a chance to get an education. Above all, the event is also geared to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. It was also chosen as the day to celebrate childhood.

The United Nations General Assembly suggest all countries to celebrate Children’s Day on any appropriate day according to each country. Thus, different countries may observe different date of Children Day. Universal Children Day is celebrated on 20 November every year.

Therefore, Today is a great day to celebrate your kids! Fix their favorite meals, have some special mom/dad and me time, fix their favorite meal! Hug your kids.

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Background of Children’s Day
On October 1953, Children’s Day was celebrated for the first time in Geneva with International Union for Child Welfare as the sponsor. This Children’s Day celebration inspired United Nations General Assembly to observe Universal Children’s Day in 1954. As the anniversary of the adoption of Declaration of the Rights of the Child, 20 November was then chosen as the observance date of Children’s Day every year. Nowadays, Children’s Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries even though the date of Children’s Day observance varies in each country.imageimage

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Parents Want School Officials Held Accountable…

…After Brutal Hallway Brawl.
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The “State of Suitland” has hundreds of parents and teens calling for change.

With so many deaths still on the hearts and minds of many in the county, hundreds of people flocked to a rec center Monday night to discuss the spiraling problem and seek genuine solutions.

“He was a kid you will never forget. We loved him dearly. He was precious to us,” Drew Freeman Middle School Principal Marla Dean said of 15-year-old Charles Walker Jr. “He had a plan for his life.”

Walker was killed during a robbery attempt a week ago.

Some like Dean came to the meeting, in part, out of grief for her former student. Others came to denounce the lure of violence and guns. They also talked about the lack of options and hope, which drive some to the life of a thug.

Law enforcement officials made an appeal to parents.

“How do we get to them? How do we change their behavior? How do we change their attitudes? We need your help,” police said.

While the vast crowd included many adults and a spattering of children, a few present were in the targeted age group – teenage males, who are most often linked to gun violence in the county.

“The kids are on the corner, the kids are not going to come here and hear this so this type of conversation or this type of action or this type of action needs to go to the corner.”

Wayne and Kimberly Matthews came out of concern and are eager for answers to the violence problem. But they left waiting for something.

“I mean, I was looking for a resolution that I haven’t gotten,”

Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/02/parents-police-discuss-state-of-suitland–85665.html#ixzz3JaCsthfV
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Dr. Kevin Maxwell seemed like a good fit in the very beginning but has proved himself to be something else. He is clearly being used by Mr. Rushern Baker regime and others for selfish motives including for high salaries at the expense of poor children and for improper influence within PGCPS District. Every time he gets criticized for making mistakes, the county leadership or some other external forces promotes him for some kind of an award to confuse the public everything is ok.  In the meantime, kids are suffering through endless fights and everything is being kept hush hush as scandals swell. Where is the outrage?

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. Lately, he appears busy lining up his pockets. What happened to common decency?

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People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you. ~ Samuel L. Jackson

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Charges filed in Suitland High School student beating.

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SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) — Charges have been filed against two juveniles involved in a fight at Suitland High School that put a 16-year-old student in the hospital, according to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

A family member of 16-year-old Drequan Yates, who was beaten up in the fight, says he is now back home. Yates’ jaw is wired shut and it will remain that way for approximately 8 to 10 weeks, according to the family member.

Yates was beaten Friday in a school hallway during a fight. The mother of one of the students involved in the incident says Yates stepped in to protect her daughter.

Drequan Yates underwent five hours of surgery Monday, according to a tweet from a family member.

It is unclear who started this fight and what happened.

Parents say they are concerned and they say this is a pattern. In fact, the mother of the girl involved from the fight says these problems are nothing new. She said her daughter has had problems with one of the children in the school all year long. She says she reported it to the school and nothing has been done.

>>> Read more WUSA9

>>> Read more Dr. Kevin Maxwell takes a bizarre turn!

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell seemed like a good fit in the very beginning but has proved himself to be something else. He is clearly being used by Mr. Rushern Baker regime and others for selfish motives including for high salaries at the expense of poor children and for improper influence within PGCPS District. Every time he gets criticized for making mistakes, the county leadership or some other external forces promotes him for some kind of an award to confuse the public everything is ok.  In the meantime, kids are suffering through endless fights and everything is being kept hush hush as scandals swell. Where is the outrage?

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. Lately, he appears busy lining up his pockets. What happened to common decency?

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Board of Education for Prince George’s County fools the Public and the Court.

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A discrimination lawsuit that pitted a former Maryland school secretary against her principal — and included allegations that the head of Largo High School bullied her staff — was never settled on September 16th, 2014 despite wide spread reports that it was. Board of Education for Prince George’s county attorneys fooled the court and the public that there was a settlement when there was none. It appears the act was a stupid move to delay the resolution of the issues and there was never any proper negotiations or settlement offers.   As a result of these legal maneuvering, the attorney for Tracy Allison was forced to go back to court and file a motion to reopen case and schedule a trial on the merits. >>> Read more ~> Motion to reopen case and schedule trial.

On their part, Board of Education attorneys are resisting the current move by the plaintiff Tracy Allison and filed a response Motion opposing the reopening of the case stating that “School Board was not allowed an opportunity to file an Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion to Reopen…” >>> Read more  Board of Education response.

To us in the Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County, the conduct of Board of Education attorneys and the administration towards  discrimination cases  currently in progress in the whole county are becoming bizarre by the day.  Every citizens who cares about this county needs to take a proactive stance and demand an end to this unethical practice. We all have social responsibility to each other. Being Socially Responsible means that people and organizations must behave ethically and with sensitivity toward social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. Striving for social responsibility helps individuals, organizations and governments have a positive impact on development, business and society with a positive contribution to bottom-line results.

“The individual social responsibility includes the engagement of each person towards the community where he or she lives, which can be expressed as an interest towards what’s happening in the community, as well as in the active participation in the solving of some of the local problems like discrimination. Under community we understand the village, the small town or the residential complex in the big city, where every one of us lives. Each community lives its own life that undergoes a process of development all the time. And everyone of us should take part in that development in different ways, for example by taking part in cleaning of the street, fighting racism  etc.

“There is no question the county leadership is racist and protecting racist principals while mismanaging resources.” one concerned parent said.  “They can do better than this.” She added.

Ms. Tracy Allison who is African American woman, worked at Largo High school, alleges that she was racially harassed by Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus of Largo High School, who is African American. On February 28, 2014, a federal jury, at the Greenbelt, MD federal courthouse, issued a verdict that means Prince George’s County Public Schools can be found liable under Title VI for race discrimination and retaliation. Specifically, the jury decided that Prince George’s County Public School received federal assistance, starting in 2009, which had the primary objective of providing employment. In 2009, PGCPS, which has an annual budget of approximately $1.7 billion, received $140 million in federal stimulus funds which it used to avert laying off hundreds of teachers and other school workers. >>> Read more

Tracy Allison legal team now consists of attorney Neil R Lebowitz, based in Downtown Columbia, Maryland.

Attorney Bryan Chapman who handled the first phase of the trial last year, is no longer in the case after mishandling several cases deliberately.

Superintendent William Hite Jr has since left the Prince George’s County school District.

>>> Read more Dr. Kevin Maxwell takes a bizarre turn!

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell seemed like a good fit in the very beginning but has proved himself to be something else. He is clearly being used by Mr. Rushern Baker regime and others for selfish motives including for high salaries at the expense of poor children and for improper influence within PGCPS District. Every time he gets criticized for making mistakes, the county leadership or some other external forces promotes him for some kind of an award to confuse the public everything is ok.  In the meantime, kids are suffering through endless fights and everything is being kept hush hush as scandals swell. Where is the outrage?

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. Lately, he appears busy lining up his pockets. What happened to common decency?

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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill.

Happy World Toilet Day 2014

Take Action.

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World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation.

It is a day to do something about it.

Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.5 billion people do not have improved sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Women and girls risk rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy.

We cannot accept this situation. Sanitation is a global development priority. This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. This day had previously been marked by international and civil society organizations all over the world but was was not formally recognized as an official UN day until 2013. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders.

Equality and dignity

Equality and dignity is the theme of World Toilet Day 2014. The campaign will inspire action to end open defecation and put spotlight on how access to improved sanitation leads to a reduction in assault and violence on women and girls. More about this here. 

Having to defecate openly infringes on human safety and dignity. Women and girls risk rape and abuse as they wait until night falls because they lack of access to a toilet that offers privacy.

Where toilets do exist, additional inequalities present in usability. Toilets generally remain inadequate for populations with special needs, such as the disabled and elderly, and women and girls requiring facilities to manage menstrual hygiene.

Without accessible toilets for these populations, they remain excluded from opportunities to attend school and gain employment.

>>> Read more NPR

>>> Read more UN WATER

A Message from the UN-DSG for World Toilet Day

A video address from Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, to attendees of a WaterAid and Unilever joint event in the European Parliament on World Toilet Day 2014.

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Opposition mounts to high school for English-language learners.

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Some parents in Prince George’s County are upset about a plan to make Largo High School one of the locations for the school district’s new international high schools, telling school board members that the community has asked for additional programming for the students who already attend the school.

The president of the Largo High School PTA and a state delegate asked the board and Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell to reconsider their decision to place one of the schools, which are designed specifically to help recent immigrants and second-generation students adapt and succeed in school, at Largo.

“The PTA and the community deserves to keep us as one whole school with one principal,” said Aisha Braveboy (D-Prince George’s), an alumni of the school. “It is not compatible with the needs and desires of the community. We must represent the needs of the community that we are serving.”

Valerie White, the president of the PTA, said she was concerned because the community did not have input in the decision. She asked for transparency as the process moves forward.

>>> Read more Washington Post

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Family: Suitland High School teen out of surgery after beating!

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SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) — A 16-year-old Suitland High School student is out of surgery after being severely beaten Friday inside a hallway at the school.

Drequan Yates remains in the hospital and underwent five hours of surgery Monday, according to a tweet from a family member.

According to WUSA9, it’s unclear who started this fight and what happened, but a mother of one of the students involved did reach out to eye witness news. She said her daughter was first attacked in the fight, and then her daughter’s boyfriend, Yates, stepped in to help protect her. >>> Read more WUSA9

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell seemed like a good fit in the very beginning but has proved himself to be something else. He is clearly being used by Mr. Rushern Baker regime and others for selfish motives including for high salaries at the expense of poor children and for improper influence within PGCPS District. Every time he gets criticized for making mistakes, the county leadership or some other external forces promotes him for some kind of an award to confuse the public everything is ok.  In the meantime, kids are suffering through endless fights and everything is being kept hush hush as scandals swell. Where is the outrage?

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. Lately, he appears busy lining up his pockets. What happened to common decency?

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