Just the facts Ma’am!

Voice of Autism Parenting

I get a lot of questions regarding autism, naturally, being an expert with 2 auties at hand. Here’s what I know, am frequently asked, and feel is important – the technical stuff (there is a multitude of things I will not address today, as I could go on about the subject matter for pages, so let’s take it one step at a time, for my remaining sanity’s sake).

First of all, what IS autism? Autism is a complex neuro-biological disorder of which there is no cure or method of medical detection.  Autism impairs the individual’s ability to communicate and relate to others.  Currently 1 out of every 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the most recent estimates from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The annual jumps in theses numbers are truly frightening (see table below).  You see friends, this…

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At the end of the day …. Human rights are for ALL!!

It Is What It Is

~~May 29, 2014~~ 

From friends in the UK and Scotland …. for the LGBT community.


XELLE Premires ‘Red Flag’ Music Video, Takes On Anti-Gay Russia

Pop girl group XELLE, are back with a hot new single, titled “Red Flag,” that shows off their serious side sending a powerful social message against the growing anti-gay sentiment occurring in Russia.

The group’s front-women, JC Cassis and Rony G, wanted to bring visibility to and spark a larger discussion about the rise in anti-gay sentiment in Russia, incorporating actual footage from Russia of LGBT persecution into their music video.

~~The Huffington Post reports~~

“What’s happening in Russia with the anti-LGBT crackdown is reminiscent of Germany before World War II,” Cassie reportedly stated. “If we don’t stop the hatred now, it will grow, spread and become more severe, leading to violence and death for thousands or even millions of…

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Voice of Native Women

Our Voice of Native Women Irene Edwards “Red Paint Woman”

Voice of Native Women


Welcome to the blog “Voice of Native Women”,  a part of We Are 1 Voice. I greeted you – saying “hello” in the Pawnee language.

American Indians are a collectivist culture and as such, given the digital age we live in, we are now one large community, focusing locally and world-wide. Yet, we still hold true to our traditions and values, those that we were taught, lessons and wisdom passed from elders.

I am “1 voice” among many, and will speak for myself, and the many women, the many voices about many issues and topics that affect us.

Over the course of the next few weeks, my hope is that the blog topics will generate thought for good discussions.


Irene Edwards “Red Paint Woman”

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Why we are doing what we do.

You may have staggered across this blog series and said…”What. The. Heck?” AND that’s fine. My only hope is you further explore the “What the heck” comment invoked by this blog. You have seen people posting on all these different  topics and scratched your head. So here is why we do what we do…


I lost a very dear friend in February of this year. She had a massive heart attack at a domestic violence fundraiser I was hosting and had organized. Her name was Ashley Monroe. The world lost a hero in the wee hours of February 9th. My world will never be the same. I can’t even begin to explain to you the kind of person she was. It would take way too much time and break my heart all over again. Let’s sum it up and say if she were a star in the sky she’d be the sun. 


Ashley and I had decided we wanted to start a homeless shelter for LGBT youth. Then we decided no let’s welcome all youth because no child should be homeless and afraid. There it began. We started planning and plotting and thinking about ways we wanted to get things going. Then I lost Ashley. She had a massive heart attack. Myself and another friend of hers worked tirelessly to resuscitate her after the heart attack until the paramedics arrived but all of us were unsuccessful and she died shortly after arriving at the hospital. I was instantly lost. I gave up hope on my dream of helping children. Ashley was gone and I was again alone in my dream. Then in came Radonna. I explained in a phone conversation a month or so later to a friend of mine, Radonna, what my dream was. How it all went away when Ashley died. I told her the goal was to educate people and help them. I discussed how very much I wanted a blog site that covered every issues, ethnicity, LGBT. cultures, current events etc. I wanted it in a safe non threatening environment where people that genuinely wanted to learn could come and read about the issues and problems facing these communities. Let’s face it, even people who want to ask questions and learn get bashed because people don’t understand why they are asking the questions and instantly become defensive. It is a sad reality. Now I know there are trolls out there but it isn’t everyone all the time. 


Then it happened. We decided to set this blog project up to do just that…Educate. Give people voices. Many voices becoming one song. Love, understanding and compassion. Out of this blog and web site program we hope to develop a 501c3 to become a Non Profit that specializes in homeless youth and a safe house for Transgender people. Our goal is setting up work programs and helping these most affected by violence to have careers, a safe place to lay their head at night and inner peace. We’d love to hear your opinions on topics for the blog. We ask when you come to the blog to do it with an open heart and open mind. The thing most genuine about this blog is every single person that blogs does so from first hand experience with the topic they are blogging about.  They are part of the group they are representing. It is an amazing project and we hope you find as much education and support here as we can gather. Thank you to all my current bloggers for being part of the bigger picture and helping to make the world a better, more loving place


Susan Gutierrez, Founder

Grandma’s Moccasins Come Home

Lakota Voice

May 14, 2014

by Ann-erika White Bird

Six items were returned to the *Heyata Wicasa, three moccasins, a doll moccasin, a buffalo horn spoon and a buffalo effigy. The Peoples’ belongings will be housed in Sinte Gleska University’s museum and are dated by the donor to be approximately 140 years old, originally made around the time of the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

Artist and sculptor, Steven Harrison, resident of Sante Fe, New Mexico, stopped into Todd Bordeaux’s Santa Fe Gallery, Lone Dog Noise Cat. He wanted to know if Mr. Bordeaux could return the Peoples’ belongings to them.

Mr. Bordeaux described the moccasins as being made of smoked, brain tanned hides, utilizing mainly microbeads; one has rabbit fur. One moccasin appears Menomonie, one is Dakota, and one looks to be Cheyenne. The moccasin soles are old repurposed buffalo hide sole moccasins, which have a painted parfleche interior. The…

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How I Discovered My Voice in a Paper Headdress

Voice of Survival of Traumatic Events


When I was a small child, and the world was brand new, there was so much potential for me. I did not know what hate was, what racism was, or what pain was. That quickly changed. I recall my first major beating at 3 or 4. It was Christmas and I had a magnificent doll house that Santa had brought me. I was sitting playing with it. Some Aunts, my father, my mother were all at the table eating. I recall repeating some bad words that my father had said when he was building the doll house earlier in the day. I recall being picked up and tossed across the room by my neck. I recall the red in his face, the vein popping at his temple, the gritted teeth, and the angry words. I recall being tossed down a flight of stairs at 5 for coloring with markers on…

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Voice for Recovery, and Addiction




Anger is a very dangerous to someone who is suffering from addiction.  Unless of course they have the tools to deal with it.  Anger is a natural, human instinct. The key is how we choose to react or not react. Nine out of ten times, when an alcoholic / addict gets angry, our first reaction is to hit the bottle or the drugs.  That’s what we do….We don’t think twice about it. In fact, it’s the only way we know how to deal with any stressful situation.

This past weekend, I found myself in a situation where I was very angry and I thank God I had the tools to keep me from acting out. The key to dealing with anger when you’re and alcoholic or addict is NOT to react….stop and THINK.  Ask yourself the following questions;  1) Can I do anything about this…

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Not Her Own

Voice of Foster Care

Not her own

She cares for children, not her own.
Forever in her heart, temporarily in her home.
Her warm embrace heals their scars
She was a wish from falling stars

She cares for children, not her own
They leave their trace throughout her home
Marks on the windows, doors and walls
Daily reminders why she takes the calls

The marks can be washed, scrubbed or painted away
But they come with scars not easily erased

The marks can be washed, scrubbed or painted away
But they come with scars not easily erased

She cares for children, not her own
All so different, but for each, love’s unknown
Helping them overcome abuse and neglect
Standing among others vowing to protect

She cares for children, not her own
Giving them love they weren’t shown
They may leave her at any time
Always in her heart, forever on her mind

The marks…

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