Good News Friday
Happy Veterans Day, and a huge thank you in particular to my favorite veteran: my dad. Dad fought as a lieutenant with the Marines in Vietnam and has continued his fight in a very different way in the decades that follow. I’m proud to have been raised by someone with his courage; and I’m inspired every day by his willingness to stand for peace on behalf of a nation addicted to war. Love you, Dad.
As for this week in general… the mass media is having a field day, what with the allegations at Penn State, the Herman Cain press conferences, and… oops, I forget the third thing.
How about some good news?
Earlier this week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution of Hank Skinner. Skinner was scheduled to be executed this last Wednesday for killing his girlfriend and her two sons. For over 10 years he has begged for DNA testing of evidence that he believes could prove his innocence.
The court ordered the stay because it wanted to consider an appeal from Skinner’s attorneys that asked – yet again – for the DNA tests.
I’m so glad Skinner may get a fully investigated case, especially in a matter of life and death. Perhaps Texas doesn’t want the media fallout Georgia got after Troy Davis’ execution.
I used to intern for MTV, and I spent a lot of my time there on shows about bikinis and bad first dates. So I was excited to hear the network is taking a break from superficial storylines to delve into the human trafficking issue. MTV hopes to empower young people in The Philippines and raise awareness among teens around the world. The campaign also includes a 30-minute documentary called “Enslaved: An MTV Exit Special” that premieres Nov. 27 at 9:55 pm (EST I’m assuming).
In the photo above by @Rocconuri on Twitter, refugee children celebrate Eid al-Adha with music, dance and performances at the Choucha refugee camp (which I wrote about a while back for Reject Apathy). They’re just so lovely. So lovely.
I plan to spend this weekend watching leaves with my dog and a dear friend (and her dog!) visiting from NYC. I hope your weekend shines in beautiful fall colors, too!