Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, holiday
This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, holiday:
This petition on change.org:
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and holiday, let’s Art/Act, create, advocate, write, paint, draw, et al, with advocacy and art in mind, or, even better, in heart. Here’s a couple twigs of poetree to start us off:
A Weaver Of Life
To a student of Christ’s and Ghandi’s.
One who had a dream that someday
We’d live in the promised land and
Took us by the hand.
Yet, we won’t get there
If you don’t break your chains,
Refusing to be a pawn in their games.
We can’t turn our back to those
Unchosen, on the outside or in,
Simply ’cause they can’t afford.
We can bring them with us, if we,
Resisting, everyday, their common
Delusions, not be a link in that chain.
The chains that keep our humanities
Growth arrested, our potentials
Unexplored; our thoughts,
Feelings, and deeds flawed.
If you don’t refuse
To be the chains that bind you,
We’ll never break the chain.
The chain that murders.
The chain of delusions.
The chain of death.
Talk the talk, walk the walk, and even
Be the be, but, if you don’t vote the vote,
You won’t ever be livin’ in a democracy!
james m nordlund, reality
So, below is some new advocacy to start with, and below that, many more recent actions you can do; as many or as few as you’d like- remember, write on:
Help Haiti Rebuild with Rights
One year ago, Haiti was ravaged by a devastating earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people and destroyed the homes and families of millions more. Since then, you and many others have stepped forward to give and advocate for relief funding, push for temporary protected status for Haitian immigrants in the U.S., and persuade the IMF to drop Haiti’s $268 million debt once and for all. But while the support of the international community has saved many lives, a year later, conditions in Haiti are still perilous, with over 3,400 more people dead from a cholera outbreak, most of the rubble not cleared, and still close to a million people left without permanent housing.
Click here to ask our government to stand by the Haitian people as they rebuild their country and their lives.
With thousands of NGOs and many governments focusing on relief and reconstruction, more should have been done by now. But a lack of Haitian voices in the process has resulted in much less than if they had been more included. On this anniversary, we need to remind our government they need to really listen to and work with Haitian civil society and government as they move forward.
While continuing to send generous and more effective aid to Haiti, the Obama administration could also help thousands of Haitian migrants by easing immigration rules. 55,000 family members of Haitians in the United States had been approved for visas prior to the earthquake, but because of a U.S. backlog in admitting approved visa-holders, they still could face more than four years of waiting in Haiti, leaving them in a precarious limbo. The administration could cut the red tape and admit them immediately, but they will only do it if we push them to. The administration could also reverse the decision to resume deportations of Haitians with criminal convictions given the emergency conditions in Haiti. These people will be deported to detention centers where the cholera epidemic could claim their lives.
So please join us in asking our government to do all they can to support the Haitian people today.
This morning our partners at American Jewish World Service and Catholic Relief Services held an interfaith event in Congress to reflect on the tragedy and offer prayers for the Haitian people during this difficult time. Wherever you are today, we hope you’ll join us in offering both your thoughts and actions of support to the millions of people in Haiti as they continue on their hard journey to recovery.
The LAWG Team
(Lisa, Mavis, Jenny, Paulo, Vanessa, Ben, and Emily)
Latin America Working Group
424 C Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 546-7010 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (202) 546-7010 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Haiti in everyway (updated regularly) 🙂
Some of more recent related actions on Change.org, the urls:
Amend the Constitution for all women, etc..:
Improving Literacy Through School Libraries kept open:
Good Women’s History Month, Act for healthcare:
Black History Month:
Act/Art: New Year’s poetree:
art, post/discuss poem 🙂
Opportunity / Teachers:
Art/Act For Poetry Month :
Earth Day Coin Drop 🙂
Valentine Day Coin Drop 🙂
Thanksgiving Coin Drop:
Learn from writers:
see film + advocate:
JABULANI against HIV/AIDS:
Arts and Activism:
music rebuilding lives:
History of Women Month:
Wisdom of Native America:
Act Womens History Month 🙂
Intn’l Womens Day Actions:
Womens History Month Acts:
Related action on Disabled Greens News and Discussion, the url:
Art/Act: Good Poetry Month, Write On:
Some of the groups I moderate, etc.:
Disabled Greens News + discussion:
Abuse in Therapy:
Diffabled, MH, related issues, advocacy + professionals:
reality’s: Myspace page, blog:
Yahoo webhostsite w. clickable linx:
Windows Live Space:
Actions on change.org:
Poets / Human Rights:
Poets / Human Rights:
poets 4 human rights:
Prison Abuse Social Network:
Thanx for all you do, and Good Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday to you all. Ciao, for now.