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Dear Friend, 

In the face of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile many are asking what they can do to stand with Black and Brown people in the face of such brutal violence. Please understand that silence is a response that says that Black and Brown lives do not matter. 

We cannot accept this and ask each and every person related to Pact to take action to stand up and speak out against the violence, take actions for all of sakes, most especially our children.

Below are a few ideas and projects you can get involved in.


In solidarity,

Beth Hall

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Actions Pact Families Can Take to Help End

Police Killings of Black People and People of Color

  1. Sign the petition demanding accountability for Philando Castile and Alton Sterling's murders. The Color of Change--an excellent organization that specialized in net-roots activism that elevates the voices of Black people and their allies--has initiated a petition demanding accountability for Philando Castile and Alton Sterling's murders. Background information and how to sign and share the petition is at: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justice-alton-and-philando/?t=2&akid=5955.1641751.0Bz6WY
  2.  Sign the MoveOn.org petition calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to track, document and publish data on police killings nationally: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-us-need-to-track
  3.  Write to your local police department and ask them to mandate anti-bias training with all of their personnel. A sample from this week's MinnPost is linked below:  https://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2016/07/wake-philando-castiles-death-minnesotans-must-address-implicit-racism-now-n
  4.  Support the Black Youth Project's Agenda to Build Black Futures-a set of economic goals and structural changes, and a call to action, to improve the lives of Black people. You can help publicize this agenda developed by young Black people and donate to support their work. http://agendatobuildblackfutures.org/
  5.  Learn more about what you can do to promote justice in policing. Here's a helpful resource.Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing http://www.policylink.org/sites/default/files/JusticeInPolicing-9.pdf 
  6. Connect to racial justice organizing by white people. Join Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and connect to a local SURJ affiliate in your area to learn about ways you can be an ally and activist for racial justice. http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/about
  7.  Keep talking with your children about race issues and racial justice. Some resources are Embrace Race: Raising Kids in a World Where Race Matters at http://www.embracerace.org/  and Raising Race Conscious Children: Resources for Talking about Race at http://www.raceconscious.org/ 

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White Outrage 

BlackLivesMatter Video Project

Dear Fellow White People,                                                                     


We are white people who are outraged by the senseless murders of black and brown people here in the United States. There have been 532 deaths of brown and black people already in 2016.  Where are the white people?  Where is the white response to the horrors of police brutality against people of color?  While some is getting done, it is not enough.  


We want to add to the response and demonstrate our support for the Black Lives Matter Movement.  This is some small way ask white people to step up and state your outrage.  


We are putting together videos of white people holding up a sign made by them with a statement. Please see the sample of what we are describing.  Here are the instructions.


1.     Have your phone or camera in a horizontal position and with HD.    

2.     Please make a sign on white letter size paper stating what you want to say.  Write clearly - short messages or max 1-2 sentences.  

3.     Put #Blacklivesmatter on the bottom.

4.     On a half a sheet of white paper please write your city and state.

5.     Hold your sign at your chest and the paper with your city and state below it. 

6.     Start recording:   "I am a white ______________ (person, man, mom, dad, grandparent etc.) and I am outraged. "  Then say the message you have written on your sheet of paper and then stop recording.  

7.     This should only be a few seconds, max 10sec.

8.     Send your recording to whiteoutrage@gmail.com

9.     In the email title: city, state you are from.

10. Send it to us as soon as possible, we will be putting the first videos out on Sunday July 10th.


We are asking you to send this out to the white people you know so we can have a significant number of white people visually and verbally taking a stand against radicalized police brutality from all states. 


Our hope is to create videos by state. When we send them back to you, you can send them to your representatives and senators, as well as to your police stations.  

Here is an example. Other people have included statements such as: end police brutality; demilitarizing the police; it's no officer's job to be judge, jury and executioner; stop profiling, assaulting and murdering black men, women and children; our black children deserve safe; tears and outrage are not enough, take action to end state-sanctioned murder; stop killing innocent black drivers; if all lives mattered, we wouldn't need black lives matter etc...  


Here is a video sample.

WhiteOutrage _BlackLivesMatter

WhiteOutrage _BlackLivesMatter

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50 Cent

Daunte Culpepper, NFL Player

Gerald Ford, Former US President
Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple Computers
Malcom X, Civil Rights Leader

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Activist

Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy's
Tom Monaghan, Founder of Domino's Pizza

Alonzo Mourning, NBA

Marilyn Monroe, Iconic Actress
Nicole Richie, TV Personality
Snookie, Reality TV Personality

Jamie Foxx, Actor and Comedian


And of Course this wouldn't be a complete list without these beloved iconic adoptees...

Our Angel In Adoption: Melinda Randa

We are so proud of our Angel in Adoption Melinda Randa! What a wonderful honor to have her as part of our family and we can't think of a more deserving individual to receive this award. Congratulations Melinda and Thank You!

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption™ Program honors individuals, couples, and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families. These heroes hail from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and represent the wide spectrum of individuals involved in the adoption and foster care process. Since the program’s inception in 1999, almost 2,000 Angels have received this honor. CCAI also awards a select number of National Angels in Adoption™. As the name implies, these are individuals whose contributions in the fields of adoption or foster care have had a national impact. Past recipients of this award include Korie and Willie Robertson, Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley, Ne-Yo, PEOPLE Magazine, Nia Vardalos, Scott Fujita, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, First Lady Laura Bush, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kristin Chenoweth, Rhea Perlman, Deborra-lee Furness, Bruce Willis, Al Roker, Muhammad Ali, Patti LaBelle, Jane Seymour, Henry Winkler, and CBS Studios. In addition to giving Members of Congress a firsthand look at the foster care and adoption related work taking place throughout the country, the Angels in Adoption™ program seeks to draw media attention to raise public awareness about the positive difference adoption makes in the life of a child. Last year’s event alone resulted in 140 human interest stories being published in newspapers throughout the nation. These stories serve as inspiration for others to step forward to consider fostering or adopting. The Angels in Adoption™ travel to Washington D.C. to participate in three days of events all designed to train them in using their personal experience to affect change on behalf of children in need of homes and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issue.

Source: http://www.angelsinadoption.org/

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Fraud in Ethiopia

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
February 11, 2014

Four current and former employees of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption services provider, have been indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina for allegedly conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with IAG’s adoption services in Ethiopia.IAG is a South Carolina company that identified children in Ethiopia for adoption and arranged for their adoption by U.S.-based parents.

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New Pre-Adoptive Support Group
I wanted to pass along this group to anyone you know, that might be interested in joining for support. This group was formed for pre-adoptive families(waiting families)in NE WI.
Pre Adoptive Family Support Group of NE WI was founded by a pre adoptive parent and her sister-in-law, a therapist with several years of experience working with children, youth, and families.
Our hopes are to provide support to each other through Facebook and monthly face to face meetings. This support would include beneficial speakers, presentations, and activities to support one another through the adoption waiting process.

About Crystal:
My name is Crystal and my husband and I have been waiting to adopt a newborn, since June of 2013. While it has only been a short amount of time, it still feels like forever. With adoption I know there can be many different situations and circumstances. I also know not all adoptions are the same. However for us, waiting has definitely been our biggest struggle so far. I think by creating this support group, it will give us all a chance to share our stories, offer advice, and just be a big support system for one another while we wait to be blessed with a tiny miracle. I invite you to my page as well to folllow our journey. www.facebook.com/WaitingForBabyBrown

About Melissa:
I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you all to our page! My name is Melissa and I've been working with children, youth, and families for the past 15 years. I recently started my own private out-patient counseling practice offering affordable individual, couple, and family counseling in the Manitowoc area. I believe in a mind/body/spirit approach to healing and wellbeing and encourage that approach with the clients that are open to such. Over the years I've had the privilege of serving individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and many different family makeups. I've worked with couples and children who have adopted out of the foster system as well as private adoption. I've worked with single parents, teen parents, blended families and I am personally a step-parent. I've also been a foster parent for a 16 year old girl and I recently became a Mom to a precious baby boy. So I've experienced Motherhood on many different levels and have supported many other Moms in various stages of their journey. One specific Mom-to-be I've had the privilege of walking alongside is my sister-in-law, Crystal. Crystal and her husband recently found out that they were unable to have biological children, and thus began their journey towards adoption. I've gained a greater understanding of what adoptive parents go through by watching her persevere through this process filled with so many ups and downs. Crystal is an amazing woman and will make an amazing Mommy! I can't wait for her to receive that call and welcome Baby Brown home! That being said, through this experience we have come to realize how few resources and supports are out there for waiting parents. So both of us being the go-getters we are, we saw a need and decided to try to fill it... at least a little bit! So here we are... starting a support group! I'm incredibly excited to start this new adventure and I look forward to being able to support each of you on your journey toward parenthood. The process of becoming a parent is exciting and overwhelming, joyful, and scary. There are ups and downs, laughter, and tears. Whether you are carrying your child in your belly or in your heart, the journey is like none other you will ever experience. And every person will experience this journey differently. A husband will take one path in preparing and a wife may take another. One partner may experience great fear, while the other great hope. How we process this experience as people is as individual as we are. That being the case, I believe that an adoptive parents journey has its own set of challenges as well as blessings. My hope is that this page and support group would be a place where you can come and share your thoughts, feelings, fears, and hopes. That we would walk hand-in-hand, encouraging one another through the process that can feel like it takes forever and then rejoice with each other when that precious little bundle arrives.

Please let us know if you know of anyone who may be interested or direct them to our Facebook Page. Also, please feel free to pass along our group to any of your co-workers so they can pass along the word to the community as well.

Thank You,
Crystal & Melissa

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ABC's "The Katie Show" is airing a segment on Embryo Donation and Adoption Monday September 30. Check your local listing for time.

Three families and their children arrived in New York City recently to tape a special embryo donation and adoption focused segment of 'The Katie Show'.
Kelli and Dan Gassman visited the show along with their 9-month-old son Trevor who was adopted as an embryo through the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program. The Gassmans discovered embryo adoption as a solution to their infertility and were thrilled with the ability to carry and nurture Trevor throughout Kelli's normal pregnancy!  

Other families appeared on the show including Jodi and Larry Dillworth and Rachel and Diony Victorin (donor and adopting families, respectively) who were matched through Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park. Katie was particularly interested to learn about the events that took place when the two families first met one another face to face.
As Katie explored the family's experiences with embryo donation and adoption she also turned to two experts seated in the audience, asking clarifying questions about the process. Dr. Robin Poe-Zeigler from the New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine in Virginia discussed her clinic's anonymous embryo donation program.
Kimberly Tyson, Marketing and Program Director for The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center answered questions about the legal elements of embryo adoption protecting both the donor and adopting families.
You won't want to miss it! Tune in, or set your DVR so you catch every minute of this exciting opportunity to raise awareness and participation in embryo donation and adoption. 

Story Compliments of Kimberly Tyson at the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center.

A new fertility support group meest the second Tuesday of the month at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah or Appleton Medical Center.
Hopeful Moments Fertility Support Group meets at 7:00 pm the second Tuesday of each month at the following location:
October 10, November 14, January 9, February 13, April 10, May 8, July 10, and August 14 at Theda Clark Medical Center Neenah, Aylward Bariatric Conference Room
December 12, March 13, and June 12 at Appleton Medical Center, Iromwood Conference Room


Anderson, Cheryl. "Newly Formed Fertility Group Offers Support." Post Crescent 14Sept. 2013: Family First Pg. 8

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