This Week’s
Verses: Psalm 34: 4,5
4 I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to the Lord are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” â€• Martin Luther King Jr.A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
Shameless/Jpal Article: by Rachel Held Evans: 
“If L’Oreal wants to join the feminist movement for real, how about they begin by not perpetuating the stereotype that girls are so bad at math and science that they’ll go out and buy a product that promises to “millionize” their eyelashes.? I mean, what’s next? A “trillionizer?” A “gazillionizer”? When you start with “millionize,” there’s nowhere else to go but crazy town. 
It reminds me of the text on the back of my shampoo bottle, which promises that all my dry, frizzy hair needs is a little “fortified fruit science” and all will be well. 
Fortified fruit science. 
Because that’s a thing. 
You gotta laugh at this stuff to keep from crying.” 

Poem on Beauty Looks by Julie Cadwallader-Staub (source: The Writer’s Almanac)
“Perhaps everyone else has forgotten it,
but in the days when my mother
poured her midsection into a girdle;
when she gathered her nylons into flimsy donuts
before unrolling them, up one leg and then the other;
in the days when we, her daughters,
fastened bulky sanitary napkins
to sanitary napkin belts,
there was Dippity Do….”

Read the entire poem here
Good News For Justice: 
This time last week, 42 men, women and children were living as slaves in a brick kiln. But now, they are free. IJM Chennai got the call late at night. A government official several hours away was planning a rescue operation to free families trapped in forced labor slavery. He had attended an IJM training about the laws against slavery earlier this year, and he was calling IJM for advice.
Over the next several hours, IJM staff offered guidance. Working through the night, with his training materials as a guide and supported by the team on the phone, the government official found and freed eight families from slavery.
Since 2010, IJM Chennai has trained more than 1,000 government officials just like this one. “It might seem like training government officials is just a drop in the bucket, but it actually has a ripple effect,” explains Saju Mathew, IJM’s Director of Operations in South Asia. “When government officials outside the districts where we work start spreading freedom, we know transformation is happening.”
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