Imagine 25 Million More Orphans by 2010 

Read a response to President Bush's emergency plan for AIDS relief in Africa from DATA, the organization co-founded and championed by the band U2 and its star Bono. DATA stands for Debt, AIDS, and Trade in Africa. It receives funding from, among others, the foundations of George Soros and Bill and Melinda Gates.

As DATA reports, "only urgent action can prevent AIDS from leaving 25 million African children orphaned by 2010." Here are some quick and effective actions you take on their behalf.

For an in-depth look at the crisis, and how one writer decided to adopt a child, see this article from The New York Times, What Will Become of Africa's AIDS Orphans?*********************Categories: Advocating


Big Business for Affirmative Action 

Even big business supports affirmative action, so says an article in the business section of the New York Times, Some Companies Back Michigan's Affirmative Action Policy, which reports that the likes of Exelon, Microsoft, Bank One, Steelcase, and PepsiCo "plan to tell the Supreme Court that universities should be allowed to consider race as a factor in admissions because future employees need the experience of working with people from different backgrounds."********************Categories: Advocating


Justice for All 

Global Exchange, a reputable and "international nonprofit human rights organization aimed at forging closer ties between North Americans and grassroots groups working for democracy and social justice around the world," offers Ten Things You Can Do to Stop the War on Iraq. While you're at the Web site, take a look at some of their other admirable activities.******************** Categories: Advocating


Don't Despair; Turn the Tide 

Does the sorry state of the environment ever seem overwhelming? Don't despair; you can Turn the Tide with nine simple actions prescribed by the friendly and sensible Center for a New American Dream:   
1. Skip a car trip each week.
2. Replace one beef meal each week.
3. Skimp on shrimp, i.e., don't eat it.
4. Stop junk mail through an online service.
5. Replace four regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights.
6. Move the thermostat 3 degrees (down in cold, up in warm weather).
7. Eliminate lawn and garden pesticides.
8. Use efficient showerheads and low flow faucet aerators.
9. Inspire two friends to Turn the Tide, too. (Why not e-mail this page to them?)

Take a look at the Center's very thorough and thoughtful Web site, which includes lots of practical, money-saving, and environmentally-sound ideas, including some especially for kids and parents. You'll also find testimonials from high-profile supporters and articles about Turn the Tide from the Washington Post and other media outlets. If folks in the U.S. took these nine simple actions, we could reduce our dependence on oil from other countries and increase our national security.*********************Categories: Living, Advocating


Represent and Respond 

More anti-war days of action ahead: United for Peace and Justice has issued a National Call to Action, asking us to "Represent and Respond on January 27, 28 and 29, 2003."********************Categories: Advocating


Go Eco: Travel with a Conscience 

Planning a spring or summer vacation? (I read somewhere recently that you should plan your summer vacation now, before things get booked up. Dreaming of warmer climates and days has been quite easy this week in below-zero degree Chicago.) Check out the Ecotourism Explorer, an online database of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), a not-for-profit organization that defines ecotourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people."********************Categories: Traveling


One of the Best Web Sites in the World 

When job seekers, especially recent graduates, tell me they're looking for a job in the not-for-profit sector, I always send them to the "Career Center" at Idealist.org. It's probably the single best Web guide to careers in not-for-profit organizations, but there are other features to explore, too. Check out the resources for children and teens, teachers, and potential volunteers.**********************Categories: Working, Advocating, Learning, Volunteering


Take Action in Ten Minutes 

As supporters of reproductive rights rally today in Washington on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, like-minded folks can add their voices through NARAL Pro-Choice America's activist links, which make it easy to take important actions on behalf of reproductive rights. Of interest, perhaps, even to those who don't consider themselves "pro choice": some opinions of the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition, Catholics for a Free Choice, and the libertarians at Cato Institute.*********************Categories: Advocating


It Doesn't Hurt to Give More 

Without diminishing their lifestyle, most people could donate more money to charitable and social causes than they currently do. See how much more you can contribute with this private, online PrudentPal giving calculator from an organization called New Tithing. *********************Categories: Giving


"You Only Need a Heart Full of Grace" 

"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant." From "The Drum Major Instinct", a sermon by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968. Available on CD and print in A Knock At Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information, to buy A Knock at Midnight or other books, or to hear audio clips of Dr. King's speeches and sermons, go to the Web site of the fascinating and comprehensive Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University. *********************Categories: Learning, Volunteering


Headquarters for Peace 

In honor of the rallies this weekend, here's a link to one of the most comprehensive peace groups (and Web sites): United for Peace and Justice (which just added "and Justice" to its name). It has tons of links to other peace and justice groups, including the influential MoveOn, which has become a leader in online advocacy for good causes.*********************Categories: Advocating

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