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Thanks to caring supporters like you, 70 Romanian bears are free and now able to live as bears. But we still need you to help free the remaining estimated 15 illegally captive Romanian bears.
Holidays are for warmth and togetherness. Yet for bears held captive illegally in Romania, it’s a time for despair. These bears pace relentlessly in tiny cages alone, freezing and hungry.
Romanian bears have been captured illegally, stolen as cubs and sold for private or commercial use. Some have even seen their own mothers brutally murdered.
Confined in metal cages with damp floors that can cause paw deformity and arthritis, these bears are tormented, often existing without shelter from harsh weather and suffering from malnutrition. After many years in these brutal conditions, many bears resort to abnormal behavior that includes chewing metal bars – their only way of coping.
Last year, your kind support allowed us to complete the final enclosure of the Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary, providing a natural home for 70 Romanian bears that you helped free.
Gheorge and Doru (the last two remaining bears rescued from the closed Onesti Zoo), along with other bears you helped rescue, are now free to live as nature intended.
Thanks to helpful donors like you – these bears now have a life far from the prison-like cages they once knew.
Please make an urgent donation today to help illegally captive Romanian bears and other animals across the globe. We can’t do it without you.
If you’re with her, then we want to hear from you. Click here to join us in demanding action to end gun violence once and for all:
Note From Her:
We can’t, we won’t give up.
Simple, commonsense solutions like background checks, a ban on high-capacity magazines and a dedicated law to combat illegal gun trafficking would help to prevent senseless tragedies; and the vast majority of Americans support these meaningful reforms to save lives.
For far too long, obstructionists in Congress and the Senate have prevented us from taking steps forward on this critical issue. As you know, the gridlock in Washington runs deep — so much so, that we have been prevented from even getting a simple up or down vote in the House on a bill to require universal background checks.
But, we can’t simply give up. This issue is too important.
It’s time for Congress to take action. That’s why I’m standing with colleagues across the country who are committed to putting an end to gun violence. If you stand with me, if you stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who support commonsense reform, please add your name:
Together we can make our voices heard. It’s time for Congress to act.
Thanks for standing with me,
Tasmania, Australia, is home to wildlife species that exist nowhere else in the world, including the eastern quoll, the Tasmanian pademelon and the shy Tasmanian bettong. Golden possums, echidnas, potoroos – they also call Tasmania home. Of course, the Tasmanian devil lives there too.
All of these have been rescued by the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, one of many organizations around the world supported by IFAW that rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals. This year the Bonorong sanctuary received 6,000 calls about animals needing immediate assistance.
One of them was Trooper, a baby wombat who was found still in the pouch of his mother, who had been struck and killed by a car. Little Trooper, so small you could hold him in your palms, needed overnight emergency care.
Trooper will live at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about surviving as a wombat in the wild. When he is 2 years old, he’ll be released into the wild to live his life in his own natural surroundings.
IFAW is helping Bonorong build Tasmania’s first-ever wildlife veterinary hospital to provide much needed critical care for animals like Trooper.
Your past generosity shows how much you want to help animals. I am grateful for your kind support of animals who need care and protection. Just like me, you choose to make our world a better place for animals.
That’s way I had to tell you about the great work IFAW is supporting at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Will you please help animals like Trooper by making a holiday gift today? Working together we can do so much for animals.
IFAW’s support for Bonorong is just one example of the ways we’re helping to rescue animals in Australia and around the world. Here’s how you can help:
IFAW works around the world to protect and care for animals. The unique and lovable animals of Tasmania, like Trooper the wombat, need us for protection and healing. Won’t you help Trooper and other animals in need with a holiday gift today?
Thank you, and happy holidays
Any day now, the Michigan legislature could vote on a radical measure that targets women and their families. We need you to raise your voice against this blatantly discriminatory initiative.
The proposed measure would forbid private insurance companies from providing women abortion coverage, and force women to purchase a separate insurance rider to get the services covered. No exceptions. Not for victims of rape or incest, nor for women facing serious health complications. All women.
This requirement aims to strip Michigan families of the ability to make personal health decisions about their lives and futures. These decisions don’t belong in the hands of a few extremist politicians, because they don’t represent what Michigan voters really want.
We have a chance to stop this rider from becoming a reality. The legislature has the opportunity to let the proposal go to a public vote, and we strongly believe that Michigan residents would vote down this disrespectful, discriminatory initiative.
By banning insurance coverage for abortion, Michigan legislators would clearly violate the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, taking away coverage for abortion care that many women already have. They’re rolling back the clock, returning Michigan to a world where being a woman is considered a “pre-existing condition,” complete with higher costs and elevated stigma.
That’s why we must demand that the legislature let Michigan voters make the decision for themselves. Your voice can make this happen. Please take action and speak out on behalf of Michigan women.
Thanks, as always, for all you do,
Stop Michigan from passing a discriminatory law that would put personal health decisions in the hands of politicians instead of with women and families.
An undercover investigator named Taylor Radig worked at Quanah Cattle Company to document the violent abuse of baby calves, some of which were too young to have been taken away from their mothers. The cows are shown in the footage being dragged around by their ears, tossed onto their heads, and kicked until they cry.
Taylor helped document and report the abuses, leading to three of the workers being charged with animal cruelty. But then the sheriff charged her with a crime for simply witnessing and documenting this animal cruelty!
I started a petition on Change.org because I know other whistleblowers have have won campaigns against reporting factory farming abuse. Now I’m hoping I can help Taylor for her bravery. Click here to sign my petition asking for the charge against Taylor Radig to be dropped immediately.
Going undercover in factory farms and slaughterhouses is becoming more and more dangerous as states around the country start passing laws that make it illegal to film or photograph inside of them. That’s why it’s so important that people like Taylor aren’t punished for doing the right thing.
Animal welfare experts describe the footage from Quanah as unacceptable treatment and severe abuse. Without this evidence, baby cows would have continued to face violent beatings and cruel treatment without any recourse.
I believe that Taylor is being charged with animal cruelty as a way of intimidating other people who want to ensure humane conditions for livestock animals, even though she helped blow the whistle on these atrocious abuses. Pressuring the district attorney to drop the charges is important for whistleblowers like Taylor and for protecting farm animals everywhere.
With only 21 days until the New Year, what does a Tea Party victory in 2014 mean?
The kook that invited ted Nugent to some event lately is running against what they consider to be not far right winged enuff, inJohn Cornyn down inTX. All Cornyn did say was that fake filibuster by ted cruz was a waste and so now they put up a tea Potty guy (Steve Stockman) to go against him next year. The thing is that if we do NOT let them in like some of the other ones in 10, its futile who they add to any campaign. The problem is whether we are dealing with a gerrymandered state and it is TX. so i am sure it is all GOP in any district although this is for senate so it would not even come into play so to speak. Now, it is a matter of how far right it is but honestly, Stockman going up for this senate spot sorta shocked me. I also think that a message can be sent either way. And, so on to 14….when again, we must get the people that waste our time and money out of that seat or we cant let em in other cases, like this one…although, why do I care about this election? I think I am sick of people making a mockery of this government. at same time, its age old that a dem or GOP can place anyone into office….that dates back to the 40s when the dem’s did it with the dude from MS…may have been truman actually….I think the head of the dems said they could place a monkey into office….regardless…..We were wowed by how many of you stood up as dedicated Democrats and demanded the GOP end the reckless shutdowns.
But we haven’t yet reached our goal and some of the radical GOP groups that championed the last shutdown are starting to rear their ugly heads again.
We can do it – we can stop another shutdown – but we’ve got to have your support.
Join us and add your name today: http://action.thehousemajoritypac.com/stop-the-shutdowns/
Today marks just over a month before our country could face another Tea Party GOP shutdown.
We saw what happened last time: uncertainty, instability and a cost to our economy of $24 billion. That’s why as of 10 a.m. today, over 250,000 of our top Democratic activists have announced they’re standing with President Obama to send a clear message to Tea Party Republicans: no more shutdowns. Will you join them?
With so much at stake, we’ve got to stand up and defeat the Tea Party’s radical and reckless agenda here and now. Will you become one of the One Million Americans standing up to GOP recklessness? Add your name today and make it clear: no more shutdowns.
President Obama said it best when he declared that we need to stop governing from crisis to crisis and start working together. Enough of the Tea Party recklessness!
Let’s kick the reckless Tea Party out of the House Republican Caucus once and for all.
Meanwhile, if we win — if we keep Republicans from flipping the Senate and make progressive gains in the House — we can aggressively pursue a progressive legislative agenda that includes election reform to get big money out and expand voting rights — like overturning Citizens United and strengthening the Voting Rights Act — as well as passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), immigration reform, and more.
And we can continue to make significant gains on judicial nominations, restoring urgently needed balance and fairness to the federal courts.
Your help now, by donating to renew your 2014 membership early, could make all the difference.
Just days before the Holidays, the Tea Party extremists in Congress have blocked completion of critical, must-pass legislation. Congress needs to act soon to avoid another partisan government shutdown that our country’s economy cannot afford.
Just as awful, the Farm Bill is about to expire while the Tea Party pushes harsh cuts to nutritional assistance programs for hungry children. And Congress hasn’t passed the annual defense authorization act, stopped harmful cuts to Medicare physician payments or finished work on an important water resources bill. Yet, Speaker Boehner says their work is done!
Meanwhile, Politico reports that “the House Republican’s campaign arm will hold a tony getaway for donors in New York City” this weekend rather than stay to finish legislative work.
We need to send a clear message to Congress that we won’t tolerate this kind of nonsense. Join with me and tell John Boehner and his extremist cohorts that it’s time to come to sensible solutions and pass meaningful legislation. Add your name to our online petition here >>
You know that I will always put you first and work towards common sense solutions and do what it takes to get real progress achieved.
Performance Will Be Streamed Live and Available On Demand on CBS.com and VEVO
CBS Interactive’s award-winning webcast concert series, LIVE ON LETTERMAN, presented by AT&T, will feature Academy Award winning singer-songwriter Glen Hansard performing live from the world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and webcast on CBS.com and VEVO, Thursday, Dec. 12 (9:00 PM, ET/6:00 PM, PT).
Glen Hansard’s LIVE ON LETTERMAN performance will feature songs off of his latest EP, Drive All Night, which was released earlier this month, and his 2012 debut album Rhythm and Repose.
The LIVE ON LETTERMAN franchise, which has garnered more than 200 million views to date on CBS.com and VEVO, has hosted some of the most established bands and musicians across the globe, staged in an intimate and dynamic setting for worldwide followers to enjoy. LIVE ON LETTERMAN webcasts have included some of music’s biggest stars, including Coldplay, Alicia Keys, The Killers, Depeche Mode, John Legend and Mumford & Sons.
Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard is celebrated as the principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the group The Frames, one of the most influential bands in Ireland. Known for his dedicated following and grounded, real-life songs, Hansard garnered a reputation as an unparalleled front man. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” from the Once soundtrack. Hansard and Irglová continued the success of Once with the 2009 release Strict Joy under the namesake of The Swell Season. In 2012, Hansard released his first solo album, Rhythm and Repose, featuring favorites “Love Don’t Keep Me Waiting” and “High Hope.” Glen Hansard’s newest release, Drive All Night, offers a four-song recording with three original tracks and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s classic song “Drive All Night” featuring Hansard’s friends and fellow musicians Eddie Vedder, Jake Clemons and Joe Henry.
Fans can watch Glen Hansard’s webcast live or on-demand on CBS.com at http://www.cbs.com/shows/liveonletterman/. Also, during CBS.com’s live webcast, fans will have access to interactive features such as multiple camera angles, “Share the Moment” instant photos, the ability to pick the last song in the band’s set and more. Additionally, the webcast is available live and on-demand through CBS properties, select CBS RADIO stations’ websites, on Radio.com, and on-demand via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 8. Also, the webcasts are offered on VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, through VEVO.com and its free mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and iPad. The on-demand performances are available across the entire VEVO platform, including VEVO.com, its mobile and tablet apps, mobile website, connected TVs and syndication partners.
Glen Hansard’s LIVE ON LETTERMAN webcast will precede his appearance on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN that same evening, Thursday, Dec. 12 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
For more information on LIVE ON LETTERMAN, please visit http://www.cbs.com/shows/liveonletterman/ and follow LIVE ON LETTERMAN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Desmond Tutu‘s Lively Tribute to Nelson Mandela: “He Gave Us An Incredible Gift”. Nelson Mandela & Fidel Castro: A Video You Won’t See on the Evening News. President Obama: Nelson Mandela “Freed Not Just the Prisoner, But the Jailer as Well”. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff: Mandela Gave World “An Unmatched Example of Humanism”. Poet Maya Angelou’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela: We Lift Our Tearful Voices to Say ‘Thank You’. Cuba’s Raúl Castro Praises Nelson Mandela’s “Unwavering Dedication to the Revolutionary Struggle”. ”A Pan-Africanist Hero”: Nelson Mandela Remembered By African Union Commission Chairwoman.
Former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Desmond Tutu attended today’s memorial for Nelson Mandela, but did not speak. But he led a lively tribute Monday evening to honor his close friend. After the fall of apartheid, Tutu headed the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is now 82 years old. The intimate gathering where Tutu spoke in Johannesburg was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Watch full coverage of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on Democracy Now!
Tens of thousands gathered at the FNP Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg today for a memorial to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95. Nearly 100 heads of state traveled to South Africa for the memorial, including President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro. Mandela’s body will then lie in state for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was sworn in as president in 1994. He will be buried on Sunday in Qunu, his ancestral home. We begin our coverage of the memorial with President Obama’s address. “It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailer as well,” Obama said. “While I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be a better man.”
At today’s memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was among the foreign leaders to honor the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader. “He also was a source of inspiration for similar struggles in Brazil and across South America,” Rousseff said. “His fight reached way beyond his nation’s border and inspired young men and women to fight for independence and social justice.” Watch full coverage of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on Democracy Now!
In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to meet with then president Fidel Castro on one of his first international trips after being freed from prison. Mandela called the Cuban Revolution, “a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people” and thanked Cuba for supporting the African National Congress at a time when it was banned in South Africa and condemned by the United States. “Who trained our people, who gave us resources, who helped so many of our soldiers, our doctors?” Mandela said to Castro. “You have not come to our country — when are you coming?” Earlier today, Cuban President Raúl Castro spoke at the Mandela memorial in South Africa.
Cuban President Raúl Castro was among the speakers at today’s memorial to Nelson Mandela. In an unprecedented exchange, President Obama shook Castro’s hand as he made his way to speak at the podium. “Let us pay tribute to Nelson Mandela,” Castro said. “The ultimate symbol of dignity and unwavering dedication to the revolutionary struggle, to freedom and justice, a prophet of unity, peace and reconciliation. As Mandela’s life teaches us, only the concerted effort of all nations will empower humanity to respond to the enormous challenges that today threatens its very existence.” We also air a video clip of the 1991 meeting between Mandela and Fidel Castro in Cuba. Watch full coverage of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on Democracy Now!
We end our special coverage of the Nelson Mandela memorial with a video message delivered by the renowned poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou in his memory. They first met in 1962 before he was imprisoned. “Yes, Mandela’s day is done,” Angelou said. “Yet we, his inheritors, will open the gates wider for reconciliation. And we will respond generously to the cries of blacks and whites, Asians, Hispanics, the poor who live piteously on the floor of our planet.” Watch full coverage of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on Democracy Now!
African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to lead the organization, spoke at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. She is a former anti-apartheid activist who served as South Africa’s Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999, under President Mandela. She recalled how Mandela was part of a broader Pan-African struggle for independence. “Wherever he went on our continent, doors were opened, he got military training and he got support for the struggle,” she said. Watch full coverage of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on Democracy Now!
we’ve got 5,270 signatures, help us get to 6,000
However, officials at New York JFK airport have ordered the shooting on sight of any Snowy Owls — three have already been killed. Please sign and demand that the Port Authority immediately cease this unnecessary killing.
Empower Local Governments To Protect Animals!
Years of hard work by animal advocates across the state may soon be undone—we are calling on you to stop that from happening.
The long-suffering dogs in our state’s substandard breeding facilities and pet stores are one signature away from a major victory, but we are up against the clock and strong opposition. We urgently need your help to get A.740-A/S.3753-A, the pet dealer bill, signed by Governor Cuomo to give local governments the ability to crack down on unscrupulous dog breeders and pet stores.
New York is the only state we know of with a law expressly prohibiting its cities and counties from regulating pet dealers. This inability of local governments to exercise their home rule authority has had terrible consequences for dogs in substandard breeding facilities and pet stores—dogs whose protections under state and federal laws are woefully inadequate.
The pet industry profits from this lack of local regulation and is desperately trying to prevent this landmark animal protection legislation from being signed into law. We cannot let that happen.
What You Can Do
It is more critical than ever that the governor to hear from animal advocates like you. Will you call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 politely urging him to sign the pet dealer bill into law?
Please follow up by sending an email to Governor Cuomo from the ASPCA Advocacy Center. And don’t forget to pass this on to friends and family who live in the Empire State!
Thank you for being a voice for animals when they need it most.
“America is the number one country in the world. We have a standard of living unparalleled in the history of mankind, and that’s why they swim, crawl, scrape and climb fences to get here,” says professional wrestler Oliver John. In professional wrestling, or “lucha libre” as it’s called south of the border, there are wrestlers we love and wrestlers we love to hate. In the 1970s, AWA wrestling fans loved to hate the goose-stepping Baron von Raschke. Today, Mexican Americans who attend Pro Wrestling Revolution events love to hate border patrol agent Oliver John, “el Patron de la Migra.” Reason TV recently traveled to Watsonville, California to catch a match between Oliver John and the masked Mexican wrestling hero Anibal Jr.. Approximately 4 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning. Visit http://reason.com/reasontv for downloadable versions and subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube Channel to receive automatic updates when new material goes live. Click here to go directly to the channel, and please visit S2e TV to watch at anytime!
This petition will help so that person who killed poor Elizabeth is held responsible for her death and prosecuted.
Attn: Sheriff J.W. Byrd,
Elizabeth, the poor cat who was set on fire by a teenager in Darlington County, South Carolina, lost her battle today. She died as a result of her injuries by being set on fire by a teenager in Darlington County. Way too often, animals are tortured and abused by sick individuals and the offenders get away with a slap on the wrist or are never charged at all. The teenager who hurt her and cost her her life should be punished for this crime. Please investigate and prosecute this abuser so that he or she pays for what happened to her and doesn’t hurt another animal again. The teenager must be charged with animal cruelty and justice must be served. Please, don’t let Elizabeth die in vain.
North Arlington, NJ
Law enforcement officials in South Carolina are considering charging a 16-year-old boy after he was accused of throwing a cat into a fire last week.
In a Saturday Facebook post, the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue explained that the cat named Elizabeth had been brought to the shelter by its owner after a 16-year-old neighbor tossed it into a fire. However, some reports said the boy was only 13 years old.
“She is burned over the majority of her body – and was in incredible pain,” the post said. “Yet, she still purrs and head butts even when her painful burns are being cleaned.”
“We had a hard decision to make when she came in – euthanize her or try to make a difference for this abused sweetheart. We opted for the latter – we are hoping our community friends will support us in this endeavor and prove that we made the right choice for Elizabeth.”
And on Monday, WPDE noted that the Humane Society had found an appropriate foster home for Elizabeth.
The organization also asked that people focus on helping the animals instead of posting negative comments about the 16-year-old suspect: “The outpour of love and help have been wonderful but the negative, nasty comments are coming in faster then we can keep up. It’s not productive and saddens me to have to constantly go in and block all the vulgar language that was getting through. I know people are upset and want to vent but it isn’t helping. Thank you for caring.”
Darlington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to WPDE that the teen boy was being investigated for allegations he threw the cat into the fire.
New data from the White House Office of Management and Budget shows the dangerous impacts of carbon pollution like never before — that’s no surprise to 97 percent of climate scientists who know that climate change is real and man-made. But climate change deniers are trying to bury this report’s findings.
It’s time to face the facts. Stand up to tell the OMB you support an honest, scientific assessment of the social cost of carbon.
Climate science shows that carbon pollution is the biggest contributor to climate change.
Now, thanks to new information from the White House Office of Management and Budget, we have better data than ever on how much each ton of carbon emissions costs us.
These new numbers on the social cost of carbon are thorough, well-researched, and sound — but climate change deniers in Congress and their allies in the polluter lobby are trying to bury them.
These climate change deniers would have us believe that the jury is still out on the science of climate change. That couldn’t be further from the truth — 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is man-made and real.
The impacts from climate change already include increased droughts and floods, longer wildfire seasons, and we’ll see decreased food production and growth in respiratory illnesses.
This is serious business. Just last week, we found out that dozens of the biggest companies in the world — including big oil companies — are already estimating the costs of carbon to their businesses, showing just how out of touch these climate change deniers are.
These are real problems, and they’re already affecting millions of Americans every year.
Add your name now to stand up to the climate change deniers, and say it’s time to face up to the very real costs of carbon pollution:
Thanks — more soon,
Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson cancelled after petitions on Change.org urged them to do so. The petitions were started by fans who saw the documentary; they collectively received over 20,000 signatures.
SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck told CNN:
“While we’re disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld by Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, we respect the bands’ decisions”
“The bands and artists have a standing invitation to visit any of our parks to see firsthand or to speak to any of our animal experts to learn for themselves how we care for animals and how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals.”
Gollattscheck originally said Willie Nelson cancelled due to scheduling conflicts, but Nelson said: “I don’t agree with the way they treat their animals… It wasn’t that hard a deal for me“.
Please join In Defense of Animals and Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants for a demonstration on Saturday, December 14th at the Oregon Zoo. The zoo is celebrating the holiday season with ZooLights all month, but it’s important that we remind the public that the elephants, and all animals held at the zoo, have nothing to celebrate—ever.
Signs and handouts will be provided. You can RSVP for the event here.
The eight elephants at the Oregon Zoo spend their lives in tiny, barren paddocks and barn stalls. The zoo’s cramped and unnatural environment causes elephants to suffer, leading to health problems directly related to captivity. The zoo’s own medical records document the elephants have health issues including chronic foot disease, severe joint disease, recurrent abscesses, lesions, ulcers, and fissures.
Further, the zoo’s reckless breeding program subjects more elephants to harmful conditions without taking any meaningful measures to improve the lives and welfare of the elephants already at the zoo. A planned offsite preserve originally pitched to voters as a second home for the zoo’s elephants will now be used as breeding facility, providing no relief to the existing elephants. The zoo needs to revise its vision to create the kind of preserve that voters supported in the 2008 zoo bond measure.
Thank you for speaking out!