No Bystanders. We need UPstanders! Be the change…

This week:

There are at least two kinds of silence.
The positive kind of silence which is not the absence of sound but the presence of stillness, and the destructive kind of silence which is the presence of information but the absence of response.
Even our language of perpetrator, victim and bystander leave us an out. No more bystanders- we need UPstanders! If we don’t stand up for others who will? To know and not to DO is not to know…
Get informed, take a stand and become the change you wish to see in our world!

Happy Global Oneness Day 2017 (October 24th 2017)
Celebrate unity in our diversity, as a community consecrated to serving humanity’s collective awakening…


Global Oneness Day is a day dedicated to celebrating Oneness. Similar to Earth Day, which galvanized the global environmental movement, Global Oneness Day has become a catalyst for spiritual activism and the emerging global Oneness movement. It represents a profound new paradigm in human culture.

In the late 1960′s the first photographs of the Earth seen from space powerfully impacted humanity. We realized that all life on our beautiful blue planet was deeply connected. This understanding has deepened and expanded as more people recognize that Oneness is Divine, and the very essence of our being. Today Oneness is expressed through many diverse streams – religions, philosophies, mystical and indigenous traditions, and the sciences. These streams are overflowing their banks, commingling, and converging to form a single stream, a universal Oneness movement. Global Oneness Day is our day to celebrate unity in our diversity, as a community consecrated to serving humanity’s collective awakening.

But how can we be one if we don’t stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves?

The 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development Goals That Can Help Our People and Planet:


No More No More:


Recently, as a member of the Alliance 4 Empowerment, I was privileged to facilitate a panel discussion at UC San Diego to expand community awareness on the topic of Human Trafficking. With alarming statistics on its pervasiveness, coupled by equally alarming silence on the subject, we must break the silence and destigmatize this issue if we are to permanently eradicate it. A theory of change in this regard requires both a healing component and a systemic root cause response including but not limited to empowering and educating youth, raising public awareness and yes even their ire, reducing demand, educating “buyers” on the cost and consequences and coalition forming in our communities.

Hidden in plain sight, this dark underbelly that is the worst of humanity imperils the lives of young people (not just women) who could just as easily be our sisters, daughters, mothers and friends.

We call heart disease the silent killer but there are other silent diseases out there which can be addressed if we stop the silence and spread the word. It is true when they say, “we are only as sick as our secrets”…

Sex Trafficking in San Diego- How Bad Is It?
Likely victims in the county are an average of 5,000 children and adults!
Middle-school aged girls are still being wooed into prostitution by older “Romeos” who prey on their low self-esteem and naiveté. These teens are turning into young women who feel trapped and ashamed. And there appears to be no shortage of clients demanding their sexual services…

Sexual Harassment is Not Just Part of Hollywood “Casting Couch Culture” It is Insidious in Campus Culture too:
Scientists’ sexual-harassment case sparks protests at University of Rochester.
Witze Nature 2017

We Said Enough!

Inappropriate, sexually harassing behavior cuts across every industry and facet of our society. No matter a woman’s age, weight, religion, sexual orientation, race, social status, or position of power, she is not insulated from this behavior. It is pervasive. Enough

No BYstanders. We need UPstanders Be the change…


Be the Change:
Education Counts! Support Literacy Globally and Locally
Research shows that children from low-income families have a 30,000,000 word gap by age 3 compared to their more affluent peers. You can do something about it…


Support Early Literacy in Oceanside!

Community-wide Children’s Book Drive


10,000 Books for Young Children by November 9, 2017

The Oceanside Promise partners have officially launched their inaugural community-wide children’s book drive.  You can help support early literacy in Oceanside by donating new and gently books in English or Spanish for young children, ages 0-5, at any of the more than 50 participating locations.  Click the locations button below for a full list of book drop-off locations or visit

It’s not too late to host a book drive! For businesses, organizations and community groups interested in collecting books for young children, email  We’ll help you get your drive set up and connect you with resources to make it easy to engage your networks.

Find A Book Drop Location

Did you know?

Research shows that children from low-income families have a 30,000,000 word gap by age 3 compared to their more affluent peers.  Currently in Oceanside, less than 40% of children are ready for kindergarten and just 32% of 3rd grade students are proficient in English Language Arts.  You can help improve early literacy in Oceanside by supporting the community-wide children’s book drive today!

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Our mailing address is: 603 Seagaze Drive, #734, Oceanside, CA 92058


Room To Read:
Get Active for Education and Gender Equality…


Thank you for believing World Change Starts with Educated Children and Gender Equality in education. 

I want to be honest, picking a date for an event is always difficult and once you do, you must stick with it even though many of your friends and supporters can’t make it.  Last weekend’s event was entertaining, inspiring and educational but you weren’t there.  We missed you and fell short of reaching our target goal of raising $30,000 for Room to Read India.  Room to Read provides life changing work for children, their families, and their communities.  We hope you will consider making a generous donation today directly through our site and as you go through the process please pull down the menu and select the San Diego chapter as your partner in global literacy and gender equality in education.

Although you may not think about your investment in our work every day, your generosity is felt daily by girls and boys around the world.  Because of you, students in places you may never have even heard of now have schools to attend, with trained teachers who know how to engage and instruct them, and books – lots of books – to explore.  This may not seem like a lot if you come from a place where education is a given, but to the children in our programs, this is revolutionary and you are part of it.  The average impact of our literacy instruction efforts on children’s reading skills is nearly 10 times greater than the average impact of 70 other similarly focused interventions.  Our Girls’ Education program is also successfully empowering girls with life skills and helping girls stay in school where they belong because of your support.  Be part of helping benefit 50,000 girls by the end of 2017!  Go big or give a little monthly donation.  Anything you can afford to do today will make a big difference. We have the opportunity to help a generation of children chart a new path – a path towards equality, health, and stability – but we need your help to get there.  I hope you will consider joining our efforts by giving the gift of education today. Thank you again for all you have already done to promote literacy and girls’ education around the world.

We want to thank you for sharing our belief that every child deserves the opportunity to unlock his or her potential.   With great appreciation,   Leora Langs San Diego Chapter Leader Room to Read

P.S. Let your company multiply your impact!  Many employers will match (or double match) the value of their employees’ gifts.  All you have to do is contact your employer and initiate the process – we will do the rest!  It’s quick, easy, and makes a world of difference.

Donate Today




Help Others That Can’t Stand Up For Themselves:
New Mission Fed spot highlights the role and mission that the San Diego Humane Society has throughout our region and our partnership with the organization…


Thanks this week go to Mehrad N and the CLC gents for modeling Oneness, the women of the Alliance for Empowerment for breaking the silence and bringing critical issues to the foreground, my wife Barbara SB representing all the women in Aoinagi Karate dedicated to creating an empowering culture for young women around the country, advocates of literacy everywhere, and purpose-driven organizations in our community that serve the greater good.

Please pay it forward!

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