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Take Action: Urge the Olympic Committee to Help End the Canadian Seal Slaughter

PETA is calling on the Olympic Organizing Committee to help stop Canada’s annual seal massacre. Click here to write to the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee and demand that they help bring an immediate end to the seal slaughter.

March 10, 2009 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

Eggs-ceptional holiday gifts

If you’re like me, you’d prefer to do something meaningful at the holidays rather than just hand out token gifts. You may want to visit Oxfam America Unwrapped to see some truly unique gift ideas that make a real difference in the lives of others.
a dozen chicks from oxfam unwrapped

Here’s an idea that’s “cheaper by the dozen” – give a gift of a dozen chicks for just $40. Your gift provides a starter flock of fuzzy little chicks to produce eggs, generate income, and improve nutrition.

Gift items symbolically represent the work of Oxfam America in 120 countries. You browse the online catalog and select a gift, your recipient gets a personalized card, and your donation helps people living in poverty throughout the world.

December 8, 2008 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Yes We Did

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via Victory – Obey Giant

November 7, 2008 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

Rock the vote

“A man without a vote is man without protection.”

–Lyndon B. Johnson

November 3, 2008 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

End World Hunger

YouTube – Join Tina Fey and Mercy Corps to End World Hunger

October 15, 2008 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Buy a net, save a life

In the poorest parts of the world, where effective window screens are lacking, insecticide-treated bed nets are arguably the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria transmission. One bed net costs just $10 to buy and deliver to individuals in need. Studies show that use of insecticide-treated bed nets can reduce transmission as much as 90% in areas with high coverage rates. Money raised by Nothing But Nets is used to purchase bed nets and distribute them in countries and communities in greatest need.

Nothing But Nets

September 25, 2008 at 8:11 am 3 comments

Don’t take my word for it

Add your voice by signing a petition calling on world leaders at the G8 Summit to take strong action to end global poverty and fight climate change. Oxfam’s goal is to present a petition with the signatures of one million concerned citizens.

July 1, 2008 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

Candidates united

May 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Give a gift of hope

girl_with_sheep_heifer.jpgStart a new holiday tradition this year by honoring your family and friends with a gift that spreads hope and provides long-term opportunity to families living in poverty. Heifer International has over 20 gifts to choose from, including heifers, sheep, llamas, goats, chicks, geese, honeybees, trees, and more. You can make a real difference in the life of a struggling family, helping them obtain a sustainable source of food and income and lighting the way along the road to self-reliance.

Heifer’s mission is to work with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. “Passing on the Gift” – a cornerstone of Heifer’s approach – creates a living cycle of sustainability that develops community and enhances self-esteem. As people share the offspring of their animals, along with their knowledge, resources, and skills, an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.

Take a moment to learn more about Heifer International, and browse the gift catalog.

December 5, 2007 at 1:13 pm 2 comments

Citizen philanthropy funds classrooms

Give to DonorsChoose

from the site:
“ is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.”

A gift certificate would make a wonderful holiday “gift that gives back” for someone special. Your recipient will be able to use the gift certificate to fund their choice of project(s). Alternately, you can fund a project in someone’s honor. Donations are tax-deductible, of course.

In 2007, donors from all walks of life have funded $4,215,709 worth of resources for students in need.

October 25, 2007 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

Debt cancellation works

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For the world’s most impoverished countries, the cost of debt overshadows their ability to provide access to clean water, education and basic healthcare. Some countries spent as much as 25-30% of their annual budgets servicing their debt, more than was spent on education and healthcare combined. Debt cancellation would help ensure funds were used for poverty reduction, ultimately decreasing poor countries dependence on foreign aid. While the debt crisis is far from over, the U.S. and other industrialized countries have taken action to relieve debt burdens in many of the most impoverished countries and these commitments have proven effective.
Mozambique used its debt service savings to vaccinate children against tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria, as well as build and electrify schools.
Nigeria is using the $750 million in debt service savings from 2006 to train and recruit new teachers.

Ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Jubilee Act (HR 2634) which will extend debt cancellation without imposing harmful economic conditions on all impoverished countries that are required to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

October 17, 2007 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

What’s the worst that could happen?

This video is worth watching, whatever your stance on climate change.

October 16, 2007 at 9:48 am 2 comments

Crisis in Burma

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Burma (Myanmar), a small country south of China on the Indian Ocean, is experiencing increasingly brutal violence by the ruling military junta toward its people. Rampant poverty, denial of basic human rights, and a rash of violence against peaceful protestors have led to global concern about the atrocities occurring in the region. In 1990, democratic elections led to a landslide victory by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, who never made it into office. She remains under house arrest today by the military junta still in power. Peaceful protests for democracy by Buddhist monks and the Burmese people have been met with arrests, disappearances, and violence in untold numbers.
You can make a difference. Learn more about events in Burma, and take action!

October 5, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Free Burma!

Free Burma!

October 4, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Green guilt trip

clipped from Patt Morrison’s opionion column at:

A Dickian dystopia is bearing down on us. The government and the greenies are afraid of making you feel guilty. Not me.

Plastic: You’re not throwing away plastic bags, genius — you’re throwing away oil. In energy alone, recycling a ton of plastic bags saves 11 barrels of oil.

And those darling little plastic water bottles you tossed — 18 million barrels of oil to make them.

Paper: The lungs you ruin may be your own. A mature tree eats 13 pounds of carbon dioxide every year, so every time you don’t recycle a huge stack of envelopes and junk mail and wrapping paper and newspapers, you’re murdering a tree that could have saved you. You could heat your house for six months on the energy saved from recycling a ton of paper.

Aluminum cans: Too lazy to shuffle to the recycling bin? The energy you waste by throwing away a single soda can would run your TV for three hours. Throwing away an empty six-pack is like throwing away nearly a $3.50 gallon of gasoline.

July 16, 2007 at 1:17 pm 2 comments

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