Born July 8, 1982 in Los Angeles to Charles, a photographer, and Maureen Bush, a photography studio manager, Sophia Anna Bush attended Westridge School for Girls in her hometown of Pasadena, CA. As a freshman, she developed a penchant for acting and became involved in school theater productions. In 2000, the senior was crowned Queen of the Tournament of Roses Parade. After graduation, she attended the University of Southern California for three years with a journalism major and theater minor - serving as social chair of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma - before leaving college to pursue an acting career. Her first screen role found her playing a college student in the Ryan Reynolds/Tara Reid ...
There are days when humanity gives me unending hope and fills my heart, and there are days when I see the way we treat one another and it feels like a gut-punch to the soul. Today we remember some of our darkest darkness. I've stood before the photographs in this hall, weeping. Staring at these faces. The mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, siblings ... and wondered why? Why we look at our fellow man, people made of the same flesh and blood and beating hearts, and we see the "other." Why definitions and distinctions that don't serve our collective humanity become warped reasons to murder one another. To cause suffering that lives on for generations. For what? This day may be about history, but sadly we are not so far from this. We still turn a blind eye to suffering and subjugation and cruelty in the world. We allow differences to become breeding grounds for hatred rather than beautifully opportunities to learn. But somehow it feels like, and I hope, that the tide is turning. More and more young people are using their voices to demand change. Fairness. Equality. We want to see an end to bigotry, fear-mongering, and intolerance. We want peace. We see unity. We see one world. We see that we are global citizens. We see another's face and want to know the person behind it. My deepest hope is that this feeling can be our future. That the stains on our history can ensure that we never go back there. That we #neverforget. Let the truths of the past hurt your heart, and then defend a better future, and justice, with all your might. Your voices matter. Use them well. #YomHashoah
Thursday 16th of April 2015 01:23:02 PM
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My #wcw yesterday went out to all the ladies who've ever felt afraid, or threatened, and to all of you who are survivors. Did you know that every day in the United States there are 804 incidents of sexual assault? Well April is National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month, and I'm proud to see so many women, and men, taking a stand. Last year I dealt with months of terrifying threats on my life from a stalker, and one of the law enforcement officers I met with gave me some Sabre tools. He said, "listen, you shouldn't HAVE to carry these, but until you feel safe enough not to, I want you to feel confident." This month @sabresafety announced their partnership with @RAINN01, the world’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, to raise awareness about sexual assault. They are sharing survivor’s stories and empowering people to take control of their personal safety. A % of proceeds from the red alarm are being donated to RAINN, and for the whole month of April, donations made directly to RAINN with be MATCHED by donors! Now THAT gives me confidence that eventually we won't have to feel afraid anymore. Thank you #Sabre for taking a stand with us - #SurvivorStories #SAAPM #RAINN learn more at <a href="http://bit.ly/19GaqNP" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/19GaqNP</a>
Thursday 16th of April 2015 12:47:46 PM