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Hi everyone – please take a minute to cast a vote for “The Making of a Girl” in the Current TV competition. If the video wins, $15,000 will be awarded to the non-profit GEMS, which works with sexually exploited girls here in New York. There’s also 100K prize going to the makers of the video, which they’ve agreed to split with GEMS, so if the video wins, it will make a huge impact.

Voting is open until Dec 2, and as of today, the GEMS video is less than 100 votes away from winning. Between now and Dec 2, Lightstalkers will have about 30,000 unique visitors, so lets put this machine to work.

You can also spread the message through other networks, or by email to your contacts.

hasta la victoria, T


fowarded message:

> Dear Friends:
> Good news! Current TV has extended the deadline so there’s still a chance to vote on the GEMS video “The Making of A Girl”. This 5 minute video portrays the journey of a adolescent girl who’s lured into the sex industry and is one of six finalists chosen for the Current TV competition ‘Seeds of Tolerance’. The winning video will be shown on TV and GEMS will receive $15,000 to support its ground-breaking work with sexually exploited girls.
> The commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth is the most accepted, and ignored, form of child abuse in our country. Most people think that this is something that happens to children from Thailand or Eastern Europe, yet the average age of entry into the sex industry in this country is 13 years old. Sexually exploited girls are frequently blamed for their victimization and regularly treated as criminals for the abuse and sexual violence they experience. Changing public perception and helping people recognize sexually exploited youth as victims has been a core component of GEMS work since its inception in 1999. ‘The Making of a Girl’ is an amazing opportunity to ensure that the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth is no longer ignored.
> Please take five minutes to click on this link: http://www.currenttv.com/make/vc2/sot , watch and vote and then forward this email on to all of your friends and family encouraging them to do the same.
> Every day at GEMS, we work with young women and girls who’ve experienced the devastating violence and abuse of the sex industry, every day we help girls rebuild their lives, every day we work to raise awareness, change legislation and create a society where the buying and selling of children is no longer acceptable.
> Today, we’re asking for a few minutes of your time to help us in this fight.
> Sincerely,
> Rachel Lloyd
> Founder/Executive Director
> (212)926-8089
> www.gems-girls.org

by teru kuwayama at 2006-11-19 20:21:24 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New York , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Amazing. They get my vote!


by [former member] | 19 Nov 2006 21:11 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→

by Bartek Wrzesniowski | 19 Nov 2006 21:11 | Dusseldorf, Germany | | Report spam→
Brother T! :))))….voted!!!…heartbreaking…but very happy to help out too! :)))))

good luck Jillian, Rachel and company! :)))


by [former member] | 19 Nov 2006 22:11 (ed. Nov 19 2006) | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
great stuff.

by [former member] | 19 Nov 2006 22:11 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
OK… I voted for the film because the cause was just and the writing quite excellent in its content and poetic presentation. The visuals said nothing to support that content.

by Gregory Sharko | 19 Nov 2006 22:11 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
What I meant was that the actual, nondescript visuals did little to support the greater content…no physical involvement to any extent with the subject. No “oh shit look at that” sort of thing.

by Gregory Sharko | 19 Nov 2006 23:11 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
thanks, teru. i like this ngo and i like the sense of community going on here with LS. cheers…they got my vote

by [former member] | 19 Nov 2006 23:11 | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
thanks all -

I think worth mentioning, that whether or not you like the video, it’s significant that the film makers have committed to splitting their award money with the NGO, so it’s closer to $70,000 at stake for GEMS – that’s worth voting for.

I don’t know the film makers, or have any connection with them, but LS homegirl Nina Alvarez has been working with GEMS for a while, and can attest to the importance of their work.

by teru kuwayama | 20 Nov 2006 01:11 (ed. Nov 20 2006) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Wow, that’s even better, Teru. Great NGO and good work, Nina!

Thanks Teru, for bringing both NGO and video to my attention, I will pass it along through email to both colleagues and friends.

by Gayle Hegland | 20 Nov 2006 02:11 | Montana, United States | | Report spam→
got my vote too.

by Simon Larbalestier | 20 Nov 2006 11:11 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→

by [former member] | 20 Nov 2006 12:11 | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→

by [former member] | 20 Nov 2006 14:11 | roma, Italy | | Report spam→
I’m on it.

by Paul Treacy | 20 Nov 2006 14:11 | Manhattan, United States | | Report spam→
bump :))): its an important ngo!!

by [former member] | 21 Nov 2006 12:11 | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→

by Simon Anstey | 21 Nov 2006 22:11 | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
me too

by julia s. ferdinand | 22 Nov 2006 06:11 | chiang mai, Thailand | | Report spam→
Great stuff, sending it to my mates as well.

by lisa hogben | 22 Nov 2006 12:11 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
u…p… ;)))

by [former member] | 22 Nov 2006 21:11 | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
Excellent and worth the vote. Hope they win.

by [former member] | 23 Nov 2006 18:11 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
Yes, yes, well done indeed.

by Morgan Hagar | 23 Nov 2006 18:11 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
I saw once a picture of a GEMS’s girl beaten up by her pimp. I heard many stories about their lives and how playful and hopeful like children they are. My vote is to The girls and to GEMS

by Carlos Villalon | 24 Nov 2006 12:11 (ed. Nov 24 2006) | Bogota, Colombia | | Report spam→
Come on folks, this film needs to catch up a little. Go vote for it. Go on!

by Paul Treacy | 24 Nov 2006 12:11 | Manhattan, United States | | Report spam→
Paul!!!! :))))))….here-here!…as T said, let’s put this leviathan (baby) LS to work y’all!!

by [former member] | 24 Nov 2006 13:11 | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
C’mon people, let’s not have another underwhelming response here. Solidarity.

by Simon Anstey | 25 Nov 2006 07:11 (ed. Nov 25 2006) | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
BUMP, BUMP, BUMP! :))))))…im with Simon…i dont believe in bullyin’ any of y’all for voting (that’s an issue of conscience), but shit, these sisters and the work they do deserves our collective support (and, if you want to support some one else, by all means), but with so much traffic at LS, and so many posts about “review my webpage/gallery/new project/multimediafilm/tatoo” or “hi, I did this…” or “hi, I need technical/spiritual/professional/carrer/academic/dating/digial/analog/editorial/etcetcetc advice”, can we as a group show some love and help out: most of the time, what we do is really about our bloody selves (yea, me too for sure), so how about some drummin’ in da woods, y’all….go down, moses!!!….

GEMS need our manical/narcissitic selves to help their tireless/selfless organization! :))))

go girls, go girls, go girls!!!!

p.s., im jumping off my soap box now :)))))

by [former member] | 28 Nov 2006 21:11 (ed. Nov 28 2006) | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
I think we still need more votes here. I would like to see more of you voting simply because it would be great to see if this community could help others to change things…

by balazs gardi | 30 Nov 2006 23:11 | Auckland, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Anybody know the score? I wanted to bump this up but noticed the last voting date was yesterday (Sunday 2nd Dec.).

by Paul Treacy | 04 Dec 2006 01:12 | Manhattan, United States | | Report spam→

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teru kuwayama, I/O teru kuwayama
New York , United States
Bartek Wrzesniowski, Photojournalist Bartek Wrzesniowski
Dusseldorf , Germany
Gregory Sharko, photographer Gregory Sharko
Brooklyn, New York , United States ( JFK )
Gayle Hegland, Editorial Artist Gayle Hegland
Editorial Artist
Montana , United States
Simon Larbalestier, Photographer Simon Larbalestier
Bangkok , Thailand ( BKK )
Paul  Treacy, Photographer Paul Treacy
London , United Kingdom ( LGW )
Simon Anstey, Photographer Simon Anstey
Malmö , Sweden ( X )
julia s. ferdinand, photographer julia s. ferdinand
Chiang Mai , Thailand ( CNX )
lisa hogben, Visualjournalist! lisa hogben
Sydney , Australia
Morgan Hagar, Documentary Photographer Morgan Hagar
Documentary Photographer
Los Angeles, Ca , United States
Carlos Villalon, Photojournalist Carlos Villalon
Bogota , Colombia
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Dubai , United Arab Emirates


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