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Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corp with Charles Shaughnessy Advisory Board Member

“Justice, dignity, equality – these are words which are often used loosely, with little appreciation of their meaning. I think that their meaning can be distilled into one goal: that every child in this country live as we would want our own children to live.” Robert F. Kennedy
I am very proud to be an Advisory Council member and long-time supporter of Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corp. This is an organization that does so much to help Chldren in crisis.  For over 40 years, RFK Children's Action Corps has been a leader in child welfare and juvenile justice, operating a number of programs and services for at-risk youth and families, providing a safe haven for children who come to their door with nothing.Their work includes community based initiatives, residential treatment and juvenile justice programs, partnering with national organizations and state agencies to use proven methods and develop new ways to advance practices in the care of those most vulnerable. They help individuals and families overcome difficult challenges and situations by providing the tools and skills they need to heal, grow, and thrive. Everything they do is based on the belief that every child deserves the chance for a brighter tomorrow.


  1. This is a wonderful organization who do so much for so many children. I was just wandering if they do work in other states or do they operate only in Massachusetts?

  2. TERROR!

    Dear Janelle and Charlie, dear Thoughters here,

    I would like to share something with you today so sorry if I write my comment here on this blog about the RFK Action Corp...

    Remember when I told you -on the occasion of your show with Robert Kovacik- about the very famous french Newspaper ("Le Canard Enchainé") I had a subscription to, who accepts no publicity and denounces all sort of political, economical and judicial scandals in France and worldwide?
    There is a second one of whom I am a subscriber too and who works on the same basic principle : "Charlie Hebdo"... maybe you will hear about it today on the news even in the US... About these 12 murders...

    There are only 2 newspapers like that in France, 100% free to talk and think, in fact pretty rare in the world...

    "Le Canard Enchainé" is the serious one with a lot of reportages & contents and "Charlie Hebdo" is the young rebel with much more caricatures, fun and farce but the same insubordination, the same goal to feel totally free to write about ANY subjects! Even if it's highly provocative!

    We lost 4 of our biggest cartoonists this morning (Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinsky), free thinkers since decades and very famous in France... I liked them very much... They were very committed in "Charlie Hebdo" but also drew and wrote regularly in "Le Canard Enchainé"... A big loss...

    I hope we -the french- will be all together, fighting for the freedom of expression and information but also keep generous and openminded and won't equate Islam and terrorism in case these assassins are indeed fundamentalists!

    I am so sad today...

    1. I watched the news from France with a very sad heart. It was a terrible atrocity and a blow to freedom of speech everywhere. All of us who believe in free speech are with the people of France, and you Nadia, at this time.

  3. I would like to add something at what I wrote wednesday...
    Because I am reading some very weird comments here and there on the internet right now (we all do I suppose)...

    Charb -editor-in-chief of "Charlie Hebdo" (just to speak about one of the members) always said the following things : they were first of all CLOWNS and nothing more, even if they had very strong convictions and weren't stupid at all, able to write seriously about tough topics, or polemical ones.
    Clowns that wanted to be able to laugh about everything and defend this right to laugh about ANY subjects...
    That is something they shared with most of all the cartoonists or caricaturists around the world...

    Charb also said that he could perfectly and sincerely understand that anybody could be shocked by their drawings (esp. about religion, any religion)... as he could be himself shocked by what he could sometimes heard in some churches, synagogues or mosques... but that the answer, the indignation had to be of course non violent, using words or pens...
    He regularly joked about the fact that the imams, rabbis and bishops should learn to draw too? in order to make fun about people like them aka unbelievers!

    Anyway Charb was preparing a book about islamophobia, his wife was french/algerian, advocate, involved in the fight for human rights & equality, against racism and discriminations... He also was cartoonist for a kid's newspaper with a very cute character who was loved by the little ones...

    These terrorists who apparently shouted "Allahou akbar! The prophet was avenged!" when they killed them are like the other worldwide : SO far away from the values of religion they say they are representing!

    I would like to finish with these very wise words of one of our former minister of justice, Robert Badinter, a very famous contemporary historical figure of France, who is warning us about the goals of this kind of extremists to divide us and create hatred between the different communities :

    Extract (hope you'll find the english translation, sorry) : «(...) Enfin, pensons aussi en cette heure d’épreuve au piège politique que nous tendent les terroristes. Ceux qui crient "allahou akbar" au moment de tuer d’autres hommes, ceux-là trahissent par fanatisme l’idéal religieux dont ils se réclament. Ils espèrent aussi que la colère et l’indignation qui emportent la nation trouvera chez certains son expression dans un rejet et une hostilité à l’égard de tous les musulmans de France. Ainsi se creuserait le fossé qu’ils rêvent d’ouvrir entre les musulmans et les autres citoyens. Allumer la haine entre les Français, susciter par le crime la violence intercommunautaire, voilà leur dessein, au-delà de la pulsion de mort qui entraîne ces fanatiques qui tuent en invoquant Dieu. Refusons ce qui serait leur victoire. Et gardons-nous des amalgames injustes et des passions fratricides.»

  4. Some survivors among Charlie Hebdo's cartoonists say they don't want to be seen as symbols especially because they claime to be only clowns or joyful unbelievers... or simply allergic to any authority...

    But still it's interesting to think about what happened I believe... for example : today, can we really laugh at everything, even religions?

  5. Thanks Sharon and Tracy! :-)

    As we already "speak" about it together, these events bring us to the subject on how to avoid the radicalisation of a part of our youth in France but also worlwide...
    And as I wrote it here : also think about the fact that today, can we really laugh at everything, even religion?

    Tough questions, complicated answers ;-)

    1. Nadia, I apologize for not getting to respond to you sooner, but first, I extend my continued support and love to all of France, as I have done since the tragedy last week. Second, in response to the question that you pose here about how much we can really laugh at everything, including religion, I have to say that, at least for me, it entirely depends on the approach we take to get to that laughter. It's easy to make jokes about, basically, every aspect of life. In fact, with so much stress and seriousness that seem to permeate everything that we do, we tend to crave the ability to laugh at whatever we can. There are some subjects in which people have a difficult time finding humor, though because they are so close to our hearts. Religion is one of those things. But I do believe that we need to have a sense of humor in regard to the things that we hold close to our hearts or we risk the radicalization that you have mentioned. I think that, if we can learn to laugh at ourselves, no matter our religion, beliefs or lifestyles, we are a lot less likely to develop a sense that we have to prove ourselves to everyone else who is laughing right along side of us.

  6. I was incredibly moved watching the march in Paris. It was wonderful to see so many people of all colors and religios beliefs marching together in a show of unity.
    I agree with Nadia and Becky about the importance of being able to laugh at ourselves. That ability helps one to navigate through life. Without it, life will not be easy.
    Some things in life maybe not as easy to laugh at, like religion, but then a person should be able to turn away and move on if they do not like it! Not so easy for everyone! One thing I know, violence is never the answer!


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