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2015-11-07 17:01:55 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

#extralife   #gamesday  
FOR THE KIDS

I'm at $174 bucks, people.  My goal is $500.  Every little bit helps, please share and amplify this.  We're raising money for children's hospitals keeping it odd here at the +Salesforce Herndon offices.

Most reshares: 5

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2015-11-07 17:01:55 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

#extralife   #gamesday  
FOR THE KIDS

I'm at $174 bucks, people.  My goal is $500.  Every little bit helps, please share and amplify this.  We're raising money for children's hospitals keeping it odd here at the +Salesforce Herndon offices.

Most plusones: 6

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2015-11-07 16:12:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

#extralife   #gamesday  
Salesforce Herndon offices...where we're blowing breakers with our rigs today. Donate to my drive today and support children's hospitals in your area and around the country!

https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.participant&participantID=150318

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2015-11-09 15:49:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

We don't get paid unless you collect.

___We don't get paid unless you collect.

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2015-11-08 00:24:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

‪#‎extralife‬ ‪#‎gamesday‬
All right! Some very generous folks have gotten us up to $349! $151 to go to make my goal of $500 raised for Children's Hospital here in DC and the Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. It's now 10.5 hours into the 24 hour gaming marathon and things are getting serious! Every amount, of whatever size, can make a difference in the lives of children who are sick, seriously injured, etc. Reshare this post and spread it around. Give whatever you can and let's make sure that the kids are taken care of! Watch our stream with our partners in WASD Online at http://twitch.tv/wasdonline
Click the link and drop some cash for kids in hospital!
http://goo.gl/bWweRD

‪#‎extralife‬ ‪#‎gamesday‬
All right! Some very generous folks have gotten us up to $349! $151 to go to make my goal of $500 raised for Children's Hospital here in DC and the Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. It's now 10.5 hours into the 24 hour gaming marathon and things are getting serious! Every amount, of whatever size, can make a difference in the lives of children who are sick, seriously injured, etc. Reshare this post and spread it around. Give whatever you can and let's make sure that the kids are taken care of! Watch our stream with our partners in WASD Online at http://twitch.tv/wasdonline
Click the link and drop some cash for kids in hospital!
http://goo.gl/bWweRD___

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2015-11-07 18:21:24 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

YEAH!  Thanks to the very generous +Chad Haney I have broken the $200 level!  $300 to go left on my goal.  SO all of you who aren't dummy accounts or SEOs etc. drop a buck or two in the kitty.  It's for sick kids, man.

#extralife   #gamesday  
FOR THE KIDS

I'm at $174 bucks, people.  My goal is $500.  Every little bit helps, please share and amplify this.  We're raising money for children's hospitals keeping it odd here at the +Salesforce Herndon offices.___YEAH!  Thanks to the very generous +Chad Haney I have broken the $200 level!  $300 to go left on my goal.  SO all of you who aren't dummy accounts or SEOs etc. drop a buck or two in the kitty.  It's for sick kids, man.

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2015-11-07 17:01:55 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

#extralife   #gamesday  
FOR THE KIDS

I'm at $174 bucks, people.  My goal is $500.  Every little bit helps, please share and amplify this.  We're raising money for children's hospitals keeping it odd here at the +Salesforce Herndon offices.

#extralife   #gamesday  
FOR THE KIDS

I'm at $174 bucks, people.  My goal is $500.  Every little bit helps, please share and amplify this.  We're raising money for children's hospitals keeping it odd here at the +Salesforce Herndon offices.___

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2015-11-07 16:12:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

#extralife   #gamesday  
Salesforce Herndon offices...where we're blowing breakers with our rigs today. Donate to my drive today and support children's hospitals in your area and around the country!

https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.participant&participantID=150318

#extralife   #gamesday  
Salesforce Herndon offices...where we're blowing breakers with our rigs today. Donate to my drive today and support children's hospitals in your area and around the country!

https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.participant&participantID=150318___

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2015-11-07 16:09:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

#extralife   #gamesday  

We're kicking it live for 24 hours here at the +Salesforce Herndon offices. We've already blown out a breaker in the conference room because we came here to get serious.  Get serious yourself and help the kids with a donation today! Click below and support children's hospitals all over the country!

#extralife   #gamesday  

We're kicking it live for 24 hours here at the +Salesforce Herndon offices. We've already blown out a breaker in the conference room because we came here to get serious.  Get serious yourself and help the kids with a donation today! Click below and support children's hospitals all over the country!___

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2015-11-05 14:46:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Don't worry.  He's wearing.

Don't worry.  He's wearing.___

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2015-11-05 14:44:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

This is scary. And sad. And surreal. "$500 shoes, bitches." I suppose it's the country-assed hick in me, but I really don't know how to process the whole concept of $500 shoes as a status symbol or anything else. When are we going to realize that the only good thing we can do for sex workers is legalization and regulation?

Very often, people who have never been in the sex industry will hear about diversion programs and imagine that these are helpful in getting people exploited in sex work access to resources, legal help, reduced sentences, and help them exit the life. As with rescue organizations, we have no reason to question their good intentions, and no experience to understand how these could ever be a bad thing even if imperfect.

This is why videos like this one are important. We need to hear just what we're paying for and how these things not only fail to help but actually hurt people. This is the story of Kamylla and a diversion program in Houston called We've Been There, Done That.

Kamylla got into sex work to support her family. She had been looking for a job after leaving her employment with an attorney who constantly sexually harassed her when her husband lost his job. About to lose her home and worried about feeding her kids, she started doing sex work. It wasn't an easy decision, but as any parent will tell you there isn't a whole lot they won't do for their kids.

One day, the a producer for a show called 8 Minutes called her after seeing her ad on Backpage. They told her that they were doing a show about exploited sex workers and if she told a story for the cameras, they'd hook her up with housing, a job, and everything her family needed. Kamylla didn't want to be a sex worker; this sounded ideal. She filmed her segment and waited for the call about the help promised to her in exchange.

The call never came. Finally, when she got hold of producers, she was given the same list of strapped social services that anyone can pick up at the mayor's office. A list of leads Kamylla had already explored and found exhausted. Faced with no other viable option, she put up her ad on Backpage again. Unbeknownst to her, 8 Minutes had given the phone numbers of sex workers who'd appeared on the show to law enforcement. After all, the women on the show had promised to leave "the life." It wouldn't do for the channel A&E if they were still working when the show aired.

The cops set up a sting. Kamylla was arrested. Lacking options, she went to the attorney she'd once worked for, the man who sexually harassed her. He took the little money she had and did nothing. When she couldn't pay the rest, he told her to get him a sex worker friend to give him a freebie and he'd take her case. She got out of there fast.

At around this time, she crossed paths with Kathryn Griffin, the founder of a diversion program in Houston called We've Been There, Done That, which started as a non-profit before becoming a taxpayer-funded program. Griffin told her that she'd get her case dismissed; all Kamylla had to do was go to the program. It sounded like magic. But it was magic Griffin didn't have.

When the charges failed to get dismissed, Griffin called the attorney who'd sexually harassed Kamylla for help with the case, though Kamylla protested and though Griffin knew about the harassment and his offer to accept sexual services in lieu of pay. When he didn't take the call, she phoned an attorney friend, who accepted the case. Griffin told Kamylla she'd have this legal help provided Kamylla stayed in the program.

This attorney never spoke with Kamylla about what happened during the sting. Throughout, she was told that staying in the program was necessary for legal assistance and because it would make her case look good to a judge. That's all she was told. That's all she was asked.

The program required Kamylla to drive one and a half hours out of Houston. For a woman without a car, it was a serious impediment, but she was there, along with other sex workers, even though Griffin wasn't always on time. The program was supposed to last between one to three hours per session, but they often ran over four hours. During these, Griffin would shame and berate attendees, asking them how they feel about having so much strange DNA inside them (presumably from blow jobs). She would point to her shoes and ask, "do you want $500 shoes, bitches? You're going to have to work for them. And not through prostitution."

Kamylla described the sessions as harrowing and cruel, saying that she preferred jail to the program. Griffin often called on her to share her story, then cut her off if Kamylla ever insinuated that she wouldn't have done sex work if not for crushing poverty, accusing her of lying, saying she would have gone back out to do sex work even if 8 Minutes had paid her rent.

It was humiliating, but Kamylla -- like others -- stayed because they thought that the program would facilitate their cases. Additionally, Griffin has the power to broker low-income housing for those who do well in the program, something she holds over their heads to keep them coming back. Because leases must be renewed, all participants remain dependent on her good will, making it hard to leave the program when faced with continued poverty and lack of options.

Most egregious is the fact that this recovery program often sent participants to jobs that didn't exist, and required attendee participation in things completely unrelated to improving their lives. Griffin often demanded attendance at media events for the program and sent participants to campaign for former sheriff Adrian Garcia, during his run for Houston mayor. None of these things were paid.

Let me say that one more time: a taxpayer funded program required participants, many of them in poverty, to campaign for a politician, for free. (A cruel irony: this politician had been the one to arrange the stings that resulted in their presence in the program. Why him? Because he had helped set Griffin up in the county.)

Griffin made program participants buy t-shirts bearing the program logo so they could wear them to these media events. She made people who turned to sex work out of economic need buy her t-shirts to attend events to raise her profile.

These time-consuming requirements never got Kamylla any closer to resources or a job. But she stuck with the program because she thought that leaving would hurt her case.

The more Kamylla got involved with the sex workers' rights community online, the more hostile Griffin became toward her. Griffin, you see, had been prominently featured on 8 Minutes. She didn't like all these sex workers bringing media attention to a show that had defrauded not only the public (by pretending to save women forced by pimps into prostitution), but sex workers, by promising to help, falling through and then setting them up for stings when they eventually turned back to the only source of income available to them.

When A&E started considering pulling the show, Griffin called Kamylla and threatened her with jail, threatened her husband's future chances of employment, threatened to have her kids taken away. She told her the show was her baby and Kamylla was hurting her baby and she would hurt Kamylla for doing that.

Sex workers are organizing more and more online, despite the risks involved in the U.S., and the sex worker community soon rallied to raise money to get Kamylla her own attorney (full disclosure: I contributed). With the help of the organization Cupcake Girls, Kamylla got an attorney who listened to her, heard she'd told the undercover cops that she wouldn't do what they asked when they attempted to entrap her, ordered the transcripts and the case against her promptly fell apart.

Still, it was only when her attorney told her she could stop going to that program that she did. That's how many programs like this one work: they promise help that comes slowly, if at all; they say that completion will help their cases, making the inverse very clear. Most troubling, many counties are making them a requirement, forcing people to listen to tirades about how disgusting they are or how much Jesus wants them to be decent or how much their sex work is a result of low self-esteem rather than empowering them to get the jobs, housing and services they need to get out of sex work for good.

Kamylla is working her way to a better life. She's courageously telling her story. We should listen. We should listen and ask ourselves, "what are we paying for? What's it like in our counties?"___This is scary. And sad. And surreal. "$500 shoes, bitches." I suppose it's the country-assed hick in me, but I really don't know how to process the whole concept of $500 shoes as a status symbol or anything else. When are we going to realize that the only good thing we can do for sex workers is legalization and regulation?

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2015-11-05 13:41:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

This is so true.  It makes me proud to be the far right column, column 4 (yes column 4 project managers, the first one is column 0).

This is so true.  It makes me proud to be the far right column, column 4 (yes column 4 project managers, the first one is column 0).___

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2015-11-03 21:18:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

#science   #energy  
A new redox-flow battery design using simple, cheap, and reasonably safe materials.

#science   #energy  
A new redox-flow battery design using simple, cheap, and reasonably safe materials.___

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