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Elischia Fludd is a longtime gender justice activist, humanitarian and the Founder of EOTO World. She continues to lend her energy to movements that affect the world to become more fair, safe and equal for all. Elischia is a member of the Creative Activist community at Creative Visions Foundation.

*The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of
Creative Visions Foundation. Personal opinion of the author only.*

Entries by Elischia Fludd

Men Need to Check Each Other About Violence Against Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 11:04 AM

As International Women's Day approaches, I find myself reflecting on relationships and the dangers of being a woman even within small spaces that appear safe. As an activist, I have been well aware of the tide of violence against women worldwide, but lately, it is within the smallest...

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It Will Take More Than Protests To Make Black Lives Matter

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:15 PM

It started in Ferguson; protests around the U.S. that have spread internationally with support from places in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, all coalescing in a cry of solidarity dignifying black lives with a single phrase: Black Lives Matter. There appears to...

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The UNGA May Not Grasp It, But Civil Society Does

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 9:12 AM

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its 69th session September 30. The focus of the UNGA session included continued work toward a blueprint to implement post 2015; the extension of the work necessary to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The UNGA session provided an opportunity for...

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Hares Boys Anniversary Still Worries Global Activists

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:47 PM

March 15 was the one-year anniversary of the arrest and detention of five Palestinian boys from Hares accused of attempted murder by way of stone throwing. The Hares Boys are a symbol of oppressed youth under occupation rule. The events surrounding the arrests and subsequent trials held in Israel instead of the West Bank are causing new waves of concern about the injustices the occupied peoples face.

Reports on the details of the alleged crime vary, but a few factors remain constant from different news accounts of events:

• On March 14, 2013, Adva Biton and her young daughter Adele, Israeli settlers from Yakir, had an accident on road 5 near the Palestinian village of Hares. The vehicle crashed into a stationary truck. Adele suffered serious injuries.

• Days after the accident, rumors started that the crash was caused by Palestinian youths that were throwing stones. The cause of the accident was labeled as a terror attack.

• The Israeli army and secret service conducted a series of night raids on Hares and Kifl Hares, arresting 19 boys ranging from 16 to 17 years old. After being tortured, five boys confessed to the crimes in military custody. Ammar Souf, Mohammed Suleman, Ali Shamlawi, Tamer Souf and Mohammed Kleib were each charged with 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of stone throwing.

• "The Hares Boys," as they are known, are incarcerated at the notorious adult Meggido prison in Israel without due process. The boys are being charged as adults.

Activists continue to be concerned about the case of the Hares boys for a few reasons, not limited to:

• The arrest and detention of the Hares boys were inhumane. Palestinian youth were harangued, abused and railroaded on the presumption of guilt from the start.

• Israel breached article 76 of the 4th Geneva Convention by allowing the torture of the youth and their detention in an adult prison on Israeli soil.

• The use of terms by the Israeli military are misleading to some within the international community that interprets them in fair, democratic ways.

• The lack of due process in the case is especially egregious given the nature of the charges and the ages of the accused.

• There seems to be a major lack of evidence that there was a crime that took place and even less evidence that the Hares boys committed them. Al Jazeera reported that 20 drivers had submitted claims to their insurance that rocks had caused their accidents, however, there were no eyewitness reports of the boys throwing stones at the location and time of the accident.

• Original accounts by both drivers effected by the accident did not mention stones thrown. Subsequent methods of investigation by Israeli police found a stone in the car days after their initial investigation that yielded no stones. In an Australian TV interview, Biton stated that she had a building block thrown at her vehicle which hit her daughter in the head and caused her to hit the back of the truck. Road 5 is full of stones, so the presence of stones at or near the accident is not significant. Building blocks are quite large and hard to throw. The absence of a building block on the scene of the accident is significant.

• For the first time, there is a push to treat stone throwing as serious as attempted murder by gun fire. Such a conviction would be dire for the Hares boys.

• The accident is being used as a political football to further justify Israel's occupation.
The likelihood that the Hares boys will be convicted is comparable to an estimated rate of 99.7 percent and court hearings as short as 60 seconds for youth in the occupied territories. The rounding up of individuals in night raids are a common occurrence, along with other human rights abuses reported by activists on the ground.

The treatment of the Hares boys is symbolic of the iron crush that Israel has over the occupied territories. Fully addressing Israeli oppression would encompass a range of human rights issues including but not limited to Israeli illegal land rights, inadequate water supply, easing travel restrictions, providing equal opportunity development and the liberation of the occupied peoples. Moreover, decades of a culture of violence and racism between Arabs and Jews will need to be a focal point of reconciliation throughout society as a concerted effort of the international community to ensure peace.

As the boys await their fate, the international community of activists continue to ban together to show solidarity. A campaign was successful in raising funds to help the families cover expenses while their children are incarcerated, bloggers maintain a faithful watch and protests continue to place pressure and accountability on the Israeli military court...

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The World's Poor Need the UN to Step Up

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 11:21 AM

On September 25, the UN General Assembly laid out a partial road map toward the post-2015 agenda to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Rio+20. The agreed outcome document outlines how the UN open working group and financing committee will provide...

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Gaming for K-12 to Motivate a Classroom Near You?

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:50 PM

The K-12 education in the United States has some serious issues. Seems like enough key people are talking about it, but not enough is happening to reverse the damage. The conversations for lay people, like me, have been one, big, head-pounding exercise of wading through a cauldron of educated pundits,...

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Baruch Students Add Social Enterprises to Influence American Behavior

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 4:31 PM

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SmartPitch winners pose with CUNY IVE and IBM execs. From left to right: Ronald Zorrilla, Anelisa Lauri, Christoph Winkler, Morris Sued, John Fout, Dwight Peters, Rolando Franco, Stuart Schulman and Eli Attias.
Photo credit: CUNY IVE

Five Baruch College students...

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A Youth Protester Speaks From Turkey

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 6:43 PM

As the international media reports live events out of Turkey, there have been pleas from Turks for attention to be drawn to their stories. Frustration is evident on the streets of Turkey, but what do Turks have to say about what is going on? One young Turk is...

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American Businesses Should Influence Less Energy Consumption

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:25 PM

According to the International Energy Agency, in 2010, the Americas consumed 46.7 percent of total energy in the world. As the largest consumers of energy in the world, the American people need more education about green products and services. Businesses have a unique role in helping the public...

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Sandy Projects Still Need Volunteers

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:33 PM

It will be six months since hurricane Sandy ravaged the shores of the East Coast, six months since residents in hard hit areas of Staten Island, the Rockaways and parts of New Jersey have struggled to get their lives back on track. For some residents, relief has been slower than...

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Rape Exists Because We Condone Violence

(5) Comments | Posted March 16, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Can we please stop framing rape as only about male perpetrators harming female victims? Rape is an extension of a cultural obsession with violence, not solely an issue of just one gender being violated. Let us not get confused; yes, there are specific ways that gender is targeted through rape...

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World: Engage a Plan for Women Post-2015

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 5:00 PM

As online consultations move forward regarding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) post-2015 framework, civil society, academia, governments and the UN continue to grapple with what priorities to set for an agenda that will be a no-holds-barred assault on poverty. Resoundingly, the peoples of the world that have been...

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New Yorkers Have One Million Reasons to Care for Trees

(5) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 11:55 AM

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New York neighborhoods are changing thanks to Mayor Bloomberg's initiative MillionTrees NYC (MTNYC), which is making the landscape of the city greener, one tree at a time. MillionTrees NYC is on a mission to plant and care for an additional million trees throughout the...
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Small Acts of Peace Make a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 3:04 AM

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Happy International Day of Peace!

Every year, September 21st is the day that is dedicated to works around the world toward peace, one person, one act at a time. An international day focused on peace provides simultaneous opportunities to stop...

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9/11 Is Not An Excuse to Continue War

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 12:09 PM

Eleven years after 9/11, I remain deeply disturbed about its symbolism in our society. The day the towers fell was the day that Americans began to overtly beat war drums with widespread popularity. What it should have been was a day that Americans stood up wholesale and demanded that our...

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Gender Notions

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Disclaimer: Names and places have been altered to protect identities.

I began to identify and resist the unfair expectations of females at the age of 8. There were a handful of boys in my school that I would play with from time to time that were 1.5-3 years older than...

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Rio Dialogues Part III: Impact on Rio+20 and the Way Forward

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Last week, the Rio Dialogues culminated in a three-day panel discussion that engaged Rio+20 conference participants in a grand civil participatory process. The top thirty recommendations were chosen from parallel processes that included the online dialogues top ten picks from a million votes world-wide, the top ten picks from 111...

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Rio Dialogues Part II: Gaining Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 4:33 PM

Now in full swing, the Rio Dialogues continue to provide an opportunity for the civil, scientific, public and private communities to take their ideas center stage. Among the ten topics, recommendations were viewed and voted on by the platform community on June 3rd. The next round of crowdsourcing is on...

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Rio Dialogues Part I: WHY Should I Even Care?

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 5:12 PM

In the big lead up to Rio+20, the community concerned about sustainable development is all a-buzz. There is talk of PrepCom, side-events and dialogues at the Rio+20 conference. Despite all the momentum, critics note that the level of civil society input lacks luster. There...

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Saving the Girl Child

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Trigger warning: Some links within this post may be disturbing and can potentially cause emotional and psychological stress. Please indulge in positive self-care if you experience such reactions and seek out a friend or professional to talk to.

There is a public video on Facebook that depicts what appears to...

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