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Wonder Girls Hosting Anti Trafficking & Awareness Summit on January 21st at Dominican College

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In support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Wonder Girls, a non-profit | after-school program for middle, high school, and college girls with a mission to build confidence, leadership, community and business skills powers back up for its annual anti-child trafficking campaign. Their mission is to fight back, educate, and prevent trafficking from happening in their communities by using their voices as vehicles of change.

“Human trafficking is not talked about enough in the United States and we are using our platform to bring awareness. We often think it happens overseas, but sadly, it’s happening right here, and right now in our own backyards. Through our campaign, we are showing our girls how to protect themselves or someone they know while also demonstrating what it means to be strong brave leaders of their own lives,” said Natalie Maniscalco and Irene Zervoudis, Co-Founders of Wonder Girls.

This month-long initiative is dedicated to helping teens stay safe on and offline and providing teens, parents, and educators with facts and important information on how to keep our children safe. The campaign features a PSA with Wonder Girls from Cliffside Park and Lyndhurst High Schools and also includes volunteer days in partnership with The Center for Safety and Change at all of the school locations, a virtual workshop, and a free community Summit at Dominican University in partnership with The Center for Safety and Change and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The Summit, held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. is open to teens, parents, and educators, and will be led by child trafficking advocates, experts and survivors to discuss the impact of child trafficking in our communities and preventative measures that we all need to be aware of including self-defense and online safety workshops. Wonder Girls will also grant a $1,500 scholarship to a high school senior or college student who is interested in or studying within the fields of law, criminal or social justice, security, cyber security and / or law enforcement.

For more information, please visit wondergirlsusa.org and you can follow them on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn for monthly posts dedicated to bringing awareness to this important cause.

If you or someone you know is being trafficked or abused, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline—a 24/7, confidential, multilingual hotline for victims, survivors, and witnesses of human trafficking at 1-888-373-7888 or Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE). Learn more To donate to Wonder Girls, please visit: www.wondergirlsusa.org

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Rockland LGBTQ Pride Sunday Celebrates 25 Years June 9th

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On Sunday, June 9 from 11am to 5pm, the Village of Nyack will host the 25th Annual Rockland Pride Sunday, the oldest LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Pride celebration in the Hudson Valley.

This year’s event features a parade, which steps off at 11:30am, vendors, live performances, music, speeches, and activities for children, families, and teens. 

Why is June Pride Month? Because it was in June of 1969 that New York City’s Stonewall Riots took place in New York City, giving birth to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

As it does each year, Rockland County Pride Center will host a family-friendly street fair designed to celebrate LGBTQ+ history,  elected officials to show their support for our community, and give parents of LGBTQ+ young people an opportunity to see happy, successful LGBTQ+ adults. 

This year’s event is supported by grants from the Rockland County Department of Economic Development & Tourism and Arts Westchester. A full sponsor list will be available at the event. 

WHAT:               25TH Annual Rockland Pride Sunday

WHERE:            Downtown Nyack, NY

WHEN:               Sunday June 9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

                             Parade step-off: 11:30 a.m., Memorial Park

                             Speaking Program: 12:00 noon, Hezekiah Easter Park Gazebo

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Remember The Incredible Sacrifice Our Brave Men And Women Made For Our Continued Freedom

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On May 27th we are honoring and remembering the military servicemen and women whose lives were lost while serving this great country.

There are some days throughout the year when it feels great to be an American. One of those days is Memorial Day. It’s the first official cookout of the year. It becomes acceptable to eat watermelon straight from the rind and corn on the cob. Memorial Day weekend is when pools open and moms start nagging their kids about wearing enough sunscreen and not tracking water into the house. We are on the verge of popsicles, hamburgers, and cakes with strawberries and blueberries in the shape of an American flag.  

When life is good, we wrap ourselves up in it and so often forget the meaning of days like today. Like so many other holidays, the meaning of Memorial Day is often lost in the midst of celebration and relief at days off of work and school. What exactly are we celebrating? Today is the day we remember the fallen. We remember those who gave their lives fighting for a better tomorrow.

 

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