AAWA is pleased to announce that a new edition of AAWAke! is now available on our Newsletter page as a PDF to download or for reading online.
Featured articles in the November issue include descriptions of our plans to improve this website and to expand its reach. Our goal is to introduce some new features over the next few weeks and then announce a major redesign of this website sometime during the first quarter of 2014.
One new feature that we are very excited about is a planned expansion of our Media resources. AAWA will continue to produce original videos that focus on our five “core issues” (Watchtower’s shunning, child abuse, domestic abuse, restrictions on higher education, and medical uses of blood). In addition we will be expanding our collections to include videos produced by non-AAWA groups and individuals. We know that there is a treasure trove of exceptionally well-made material just waiting for us to introduce to our readers. Here is one example:
Brad Zook loves Jehovah’s Witnesses…
Brad became enlightened to the abuses perpetrated by the Watchtower Society in the spring of 2011 when some of his friends became Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was determined to learn all he could about the Watchtower organization for the purpose of freeing his friends from the cult. He found out – as anyone who has attempted to do this knows – that is not an easy task. The result? His JW friends are shunning him even though he has never been a Jehovah’s Witness. Brad defines his purpose very clearly:
“I now want to put my years of study to use to create awareness of Watchtower abuses so others will not get involved without knowing what this organization truly is. I also want to help anyone who has been affected by this organization’s damaging policies and practices.”
You can help us by identifying other quality videos like the one above on YouTube.com, Vimeo.com, and other online media resources. We can also publish privately made videos not currently available on existing commercial websites. While video presentation and subject matter must meet our general editorial standards for publication on AAWA.co, we are open to a broad range of subjects. That includes biographical stories, critiques of books and other media, humor, and historical information. If you already have videos available on YouTube or Vimeo and we’ve noticed them, you may soon be contacted by one of our volunteers about allowing their presentation on AAWA.co. Email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.