Apolis = “Global Citizen”

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Who knew this sophisticated and well-dressed corporation was lingering in the great city of Los Angeles? This Certified B Corporation has invited everyone to become a Global Citizen. “Living and breathing social enterprise that equips and empowers people through opportunity. Apolis is a pioneer in the socially responsible apparel industry and creates opportunity by forming unique manufacturing partnerships around the globe.”

Global CitizenshipThey “believe that the commonality between currencies, flags and languages is people. It is people who are the innovators, the advocates, and the revolutionaries. Apolis is a small group of social entrepreneurs who believe that the most valuable practice in creating lasting change is by investing in people.”

Their Model: “Apolis co-creates products with manufacturers and directly allows the market to determine the future of each item [they] produce. It is a hands-on model to provide people access to opportunity called “advocacy through industry.”

Advocacy Through IndustryTheir “model of “Advocacy Through Industry” is a revolutionary way to harness the power of business to create social change. This model is founded on the simple idea that people can live better lives when they are given equal access to the global marketplace.”

History“In 2004, brothers Raan and Shea Parton founded Apolis with a simple idea that business can create social change. Their travels abroad immersed them in personal stories of struggle and survival and inspired them to create a business model that bridges commerce and economic development. Along with their commitment to global advocacy, they also understand the importance of sourcing and manufacturing locally. Whether it means partnering with manufacturers in Uganda, Peru, Bangladesh, or around the corner in Los Angeles, the Partons have used their model of “advocacy through industry” to empower people to determine their own future.”

Shop Advocacy:

Bangladesh  Uganda  India  Peru  Honduras  and  Middle East

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To learn more about Apolis, click here.

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International Women’s Day 2014

For International Women’s Day 2014, The Guardian has put together a lovely collection of Mothers and Daughters around the world-in pictures. To view the original post, click here.

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Charlotte Stafarce, 49, and her daughter Scarlett, 9, pose in the living room of their home in Zebbug, outside Valletta, Malta. Charlotte is an actress and freelance drama teacher who finished her education at 17. Charlotte hopes her daughter will be a scientist when she grows up. Scarlett says she would like to be a vet. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi//Reuters

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Alicia Chiquin, 43, and her daughter Fidelina Ja, 18, stand together at their home in Pambach, Guatemala. Alicia has no education and has always worked the land. Her daughter Fidelina also has no education and when she grows up she says she will continue to work at home and on the land. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

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Lucia Mayta, 43, and her daughter Luz Cecilia, 12, pose for a photograph inside their bodega in La Paz, Bolivia. Lucia studied until the fourth grade of primary school, and knows how to read and write and do basic maths. She runs a bodega, and the family live in a back room. She hopes to build a house in the future. Luz Cecilia is in seventh grade and wants to be a singer. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

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Saciido Sheik Yacquub, 34, poses for a picture with her daughter Faadumo Subeer Mohamed, 13, at their home in Hodan district IDP camp in Mogadishu. Saciido, who runs a small business, wanted to be a businesswoman when she was a child. She studied until she was 20. She hopes that Faadumo will become a doctor. Faadumo will finish school in 2017 and hopes to be a doctor when she grows up. Photograph: Feisal Omar/ReutersOumou Ndiaye, 30, and her daughter Aissata Golfa, 9, pose for a picture in their house in Bamako, Mali.

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Oumou, who is a housewife, did not go to school. As a child she hoped to marry a local businessman. She hopes her daughter will marry someone from their ethnic group when she grows up, and that she will stay in education until she is 20 years old. Aissata says that she will finish school when she is 18, and hopes to be a schoolteacher when she grows up. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

All photographs and commentary are taken from The Guardian, click here to view the post.

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Breaking Out of a Broken System

Let’s combat Malaria. Check out Breaking Out of a Broken System written by Seth and Chandler Bolt and you can help save a life. Available March 4th on Amazon. All funds from this book support the Palmetto Medical Initiative.

  • Palmetto Medical Initiative is revolutionizing the approach to medical intervention in the developing world by moving beyond relief to achieve long-term improvements in health.
  • In a world where nearly half the population lives on less than $2 per day (Source: UN, 2013), socialized healthcare BOLT 2 ystems are overcrowded, poorly equipped, and underfunded. PMI is bridging the gap between ineffective, socialized care and unaffordable, private care. PMI exists to transform communities by improving the quality of accessible healthcare through a model of empowerment andsustainability.
  • 1.2 million people die from malaria each year because many villages receive only 3-4 months’ worth of medicine for an entire year. PMI is able to provide medicine to people in life-or-death situations thanks to donations made by generous people like you.
  • When we found out that one $4-pill could save a family of children from losing their father — and a mother from losing her child — our first thought was “how can we come up with 10,000 of those pills?!”
  • That became our mission and it forced us to come up with a creative way to raise money for charity using art, entrepreneurship, and social media to save our brothers and sisters from dying of a curable disease. For each book we sell, $4 is donated to PMI. Thank you for making a difference!

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Portrait of Love

To all our Texas friends, join LOVE146 on February 15th to end child trafficking and exploitation.

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“Love146 has made significant strides in [the] first months in the Lone Star State. [They] have reached over 945 youth with our Prevention Education curriculum in just over 2 months, and have been invited into more schools than [they] can fit into our schedule right now. [They] need your help to reach vulnerable Texas children before pimps and traffickers do.

Come join us as we: 

  • Celebrate the launch of their Texas office
  • Enjoy entertainment, dinner, drinks, and inspiration
  • Highlight the success of their Texas Prevention Program
  • Cast vision for protecting vulnerable Texas youth
  • Feature Love146 President and Co-Founder Rob Morris
  • Host a silent auction and interactive art exhibits

When: February 15, 2014 at 7:00p,

Where: Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. Houston, TX 77002

Contact: texasinfo@love146.org

To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.

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FBI: Kids 13 to 17 rescued from Super Bowl prostitution

High school students, teens as young as 13 and other children reported missing by their families were among 16 juveniles rescued from forced prostitution during Super Bowl festivities in and around New Jersey, the FBI said Tuesday.

Authorities arrested more than 45 pimps and their helpers, some of whom said they traveled to the New York region to traffic the women and juveniles at the NFL championship at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The teens, ages 13 to 17, were found in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. More than 50 women coerced into sex for money were also saved, the agency said. Some of the victims had been involved in international sex trafficking.

Six children were rescued in both New Jersey and New York, and four others in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the FBI said.

Social services, which included food, clothing and referrals to health care facilities, shelters,were provided to 70 women and juveniles.

The FBI and more than 50 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies spent six months preparing for the two-week operation that recovered the victims. Hospitality workers, airport employees and others were trained to look for signs of sex trafficking, and New Jersey authorities put up billboards near the stadium as part of an anti-trafficking campaign, the Asbury Park Press noted.

“The FBI and our partners remain committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and putting those who try to profit from this type of criminal activity behind bars,” saidRon Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.

The number of prostitution-related arrests jumped in the week leading to Sunday’s match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

New York police arrested a Florida mother Wednesday for allegedly traveling to Manhattan to prostitute her 15-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors are pursuing felony charges against 39-year-old Yolanda Ostoloza, of Hollywood, Fla., after her daughter agreed to have sex with an undercover officer for $200 in a midtown hotel. Her case was presented to a grand jury Tuesday, and an indictment could be returned Friday, the New York Daily News reported.

Her lawyer said that “at no time did she ever encourage or do anything … that would promote that activity with her 15-year-old daughter.”

She reportedly told police she thought her child “was just going to do the fetish stuff.”

It wasn’t clear whether her daughter was among the juveniles recovered in the FBI operation.

This article can be found at USA TODAY and was written by Michael Winter. To view the article, click here.

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