United Nations, New York, 12 July 2013 – Education activist Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.
Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan — targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now back at school and continues to advocate for every child’s right to education.
In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), on 12 July — declared as “Malala Day” — the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education with the support of A World at School initiative are organizing the UN Youth Assembly, where more than 500 young leaders from around the world will convene to accelerate the goal of getting all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015.
This multi-racial Cheerios commercial has provoked a barrage of racist comments on YouTube, Reddit, Facebook and other social media.
The commenters were outraged by the very idea of a interracial couple. By the idea of a multi-racial family. They got made because the black father in the commercial stayed with his family. Instead of being a deadbeat dad.
As The Canadian Press reported earlier this year, the bank nixed non-whites and gays from it’s new series of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 polymer bills introduced a few months back.
Last summer, Canada’s white supremacists saluted Harper after the Conservatives passed Bill C-304. The bill by Alberta Conservative backbencher, Brian Storseth, repealed Canada’s hate speech laws. It scrapped Section 13 of the Human Rights Act, which bans Internet or telephone-based hate speech.
Last year, we learned that crack cocaine-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had posed for a photograph with a white supremacist, Jon Latvis, during the 2012 New Year’s Levee at City Hall. Latvis is a member of the neo-Nazi band RAHOWA (Racial Holy War).
I’m digressing. Progressives had the last word with the Cheerios commercial.
“Having been mixed in the 70′s, I’d like to thank everyone at Cheerios for making a commercial with an interracial couple! Going to buy boxes today! Many thanks for reflecting what my family looked like,” said Beschelle Lockhart.
Camille Gibson, the vice president of marketing at Cheerios, told Gawker in a statement, “Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”
And from the woman who played the mother in the commercial, Whitney Avalon:
Dan Mathews has done us all a favor, with his educational documentary, as he reveals common misconception in how we deal with banks. Watch and laugh as Dan catches our politicians off guard with some simple questions. These questions are simple, but you’d be surprised who actually has trouble answering. In the end Dan brings to light the impracticality of private interests controlling us and our money …through a unnecessary debt-based currency.