January 21, 2014

WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 2




(Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)

Persian Gulf War yellow ribbon

Persian Gulf War yellow ribbon

This article continues the WP Daily Prompt for 1/7/2014, colors : Write about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, and the WP Weekly Writing Challenge 1/6/2014, Cliffhanger! : …write a post that will leave readers waiting for more. (So) readers will have their curiosity piqued sufficiently to wait expectantly for the second part.

In  WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 1 I wrote about the issues that red, orange, and yellow ribbons make people aware of. This post will discuss green, blue, indigo, and purple ribbons and the issues they make people aware of.



Green awareness ribbons bring support for and awareness to isues that include childhood depression, missing children, bipolar disorders, ovarian cancer and tsunami victims.


Human Heart

Human Heart

Green is an international symbol of support for organ and tissue donation.  Awareness recognizing both the dire need for more organs to save lives and hope for those waiting for a second chance at life through transplantation, as well as thanking the donors and their families for giving the greatest gift of life so another can live on. Wearing a green awareness ribbon brings attention to the cause and initiates conversations to share information, according to the London Transplant Gift to Life organization.

National Organ Donor Day, celebrated on February 14th, coincides with Valentine’s Day, a coincidence chosen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1998. Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to show love by signing up to be an organ donor.

Ways to become an organ donor include:

  • Joining the National Registry of potential volunteer marrow and blood stem cell donors.
  • Donating, at childbirth, your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells.
  • Donating blood

I’m very proud of my husband Monte for being a blood donor most of his life. How much he’s donated is lost due to our nomadic lifestyle, but he continues to donate in his retirement. I’m also proud that both my children, Sandy and Nolan, are blood donors. Myself, I worked at blood banks until they required nurses, rather than lab technicians, to test blood hemoglobin, .

Other organs are also needed. My daughter, who works for a dialysis unit, occasionally tells me her clinic lost a patient because said patient received a kidney transplant, so no longer needs dialysis.

It’s not difficult to become an organ donor . To do so

  • Sign up as an organ and tissue donor in your state’s donor registry
  • Designate your decision on your driver’s license
  • Tell your family about your donation decision
  • Tell your physician, faith leader, and friends
  • Include donation in your advance directives, will, and living will

November is National Donor Sabbath month. On Friday through Sunday, two weekends before Thanksgiving, faith communities across the Nation focus on the critical need for organs, tissues, marrow, and blood, and their life-enhancing capabilities. Faith leaders and donation professionals lead discussions of issues concerning donation, and faith communities sponsor donation awareness activities, donor registrations, and speakers during this 3-day celebration of life.


The Bible of Adoptee Rights

The Bible of Adoptee Rights

Green represents Open Records for Adoptees. According to the Green Ribbon Campaign online site The Green Ribbon campaign was begun to bring attention to the fact that adoptees, because they have no right to their medical and birth information, are more likely to be misdiagnosed and mistreated by the medical profession. Many adoptees have died because of lack of medical history. Courts deny opening adoption records, even when there is a legitimate, medical cause.
This is why many people affected by adoption support state laws that allow adoptees at age 21, or adoptive parents of a minor adopted child, to obtain the adoptee’s original birth certificate.
Please support this cause. Wear a green ribbon, and when someone asks, tell them adoptees are dying because the adoption industry is more concerned about a FALSE “birthmother confidentiality” than adoptees’ rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

This issue hits close to my home , as two sisters my mother released for adoption contacted me after 60 years. The first thing I told them was “If we never have another conversation I need to tell you your medical history.” Fortunately, we’ve been able to stay in touch. We will never catch up on what we lost not growing up as siblings, but I can rest easy knowing they now understand at least 50% of their medical history.

Readings on open adoption and other adoption stories are found in the adoption category in CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS.



Blue ribbons symbolize support and awareness of numerous issues, including arthritis, water quality safety, anti-tobacco, anti-second hand smoke, Epstein-Bar virus, and childhood cancer.



I was fortunate that I successfully wrote a Children’s Trust Fund child abuse prevention grant, which I also administered in the small rural community where I lived. Rather than expound on the seriousness of child abuse in our culture, I’ll provide links to several posts I’ve written:

Additional posts can be found in the Child Abuse category in CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS.



Indigo was chosen as the color for this campaign because of it’s meaning and significance. Indigo is a combination of Purple and Blue. It’s falls somewhere in between the two colors.



Indigo Ribbon was created to help bring support for and awareness of Targeted Individuals and their plight, designed to be a source of hope, and a safe, effective way for Targets to band together and unite. Ribbon Campaigns in past years have become very popular for helping causes spread awareness and gather support.

Targeted Individuals are people who have been targeted by Government, military, and state run programs such as, but not limited to: Cointelpro, MK Ultra, Mind Control, Gang Stalking, Electronic Harassment, etc.

Many of these individuals have been targets for years, suffering in silence. Others have been on the run for years. Citizens abused and betrayed by the relationship that they have with their state and country. A relationship that should never be abused.

In the past people such as Martin Luther King Jr, Judy Bari. were targeted by Cointelpro with horrendous results. Others were targeted by government mind control projects such as MK Ultra. Journalists are targeted by something they refer to as the Buzzsaw. Others are innocent individuals being targeted by local programs, placed on lists or have warning markers and flags placed against their names on their files. This is then leading to human rights abuses, community mobbing, and illegal torture via electronic means. Targets with these warning markers often get no support when they report abusive or intrusive stalking and monitoring by the community, and other illegal activities.

Indigo was chosen as the color for this campaign because of it’s meaning and significance. Indigo is a combination of Purple and Blue. It’s falls somewhere in between the two colors.


Purple represents support for and awareness of issues including children with disabilities, animal abuse prevention, cystic fibrosis, religious tolerance, foster care, and cancer survivors.


Evidence of domestic violence

Evidence of domestic violence

Again, this was a central issue in the Children’s Trust Fund grant program I facilitated. Domestic violence is a form of child abuse, and children suffer the results. It would be easy to expound on the issues of domestic violence. However, I will instead provide links to posts on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS.

To read more articles on domestic violence click on the Domestic Violence category in CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS.



Jan 25-Feb 2, 2014 Poverty and Homelessness Action Week

November is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month, and the week before Thanksgiving is officially christened National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 16-22, 2014.

Homelessness. A woman who walks from Erie, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, who knows where she can set her head along the trek—in abandoned trailers, at a parsonage, etc. A youth who cannot live at home, but has no resources to provide himself a place to live, so hunkers down wherever he can…sometimes on the street. People sleeping on the streets in cities told they cannot do so because it bothers some people.

According to the Stewart B. McKinney Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11301, et seq. (1994), a person is considered homeless who “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence; and… has a primary night time residency that is: (A) a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations… (B) An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or (C) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.” The term “homeless individual” does not include any individual imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to an Act of Congress or a state law.” 42 U.S.C. § 11302(c)

Among the homeless are families, veterans, persons with mental illness, persons suffering from addiction disorders, and persons unemployed.  according to Chuck Keenan , an administrator with the Bureau of Homeless Services in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,

  • Most families become homeless because of eviction. Relationship problems, including domestic violence, cause families to split, sometimes leaving half without a place to stay. Families that are “doubled up,” living with relatives or friends, sometimes have to leave and have no place to go.

The homeless have certain shared basic needs, including affordable housing, adequate incomes, and health care. Some homeless people may need additional services such as mental health or drug treatment in order to remain securely housed. All of these needs must be met to prevent and to end homelessness.

Those of use snug as a bug in our own homes can be grateful that we do not suffer any of the conditions that bring our fellow man to hunger and homelessness. I hope that some of you commit to easing the burden for those whose life circumstances bring them to this state.


Ribbon Campaigns in past years have become very popular for helping causes spread awareness and gather support. The choice of colors to represent these causes may be intentional, based on the very specific meaning and significance colors, or they may have been chosen at random. Regardless, some of the colored ribbons are very familiar to the public—the red ribbon for heart disease and the purple ribbon for domestic violence—and some colored ribbons used are very unfamiliar—for example, the indigo ribbon.

When you see someone wearing a ribbon, ask them about the cause, the reason why they are supporting that cause. It can be an ice breaker that nets you a new friend, and perhaps a new interest.

To read about the colors red, orange, and yellow click on  WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 1



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