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It’s that time of year again….

I am being inundated with donation solicitations from organizations as a last minute reminder to get those 2010 tax write-offs taken care of.

 

While most of the solicitations I receive are from worthy organizations, here are my top picks, by all means not inclusive of all the great organizations out there doing wonderful things for our communities and our world, along with links to their websites:

 

UTAH:

OUTSIDE OF UTAH

Dee’s top pick for political organization support (NOTE:  Not tax deductible) 

“Happy” New Year?

(I have been out of town for the past 2 weeks, so posting has been non-existent.)

I am having difficulty wishing people a “happy” new year with everything that is going in in our world: A failing economy resulting in job losses, a housing market crash, budget shortfalls; A broken health care system that continues to prevent families from receiving adequate health care; War-ridden countries and recent escalation of conflict in Gaza; the continuation of planetary destruction with not only the effects of war, but also the sale of land for oil drilling, lack of adequate regulation for pollution generating machinery and equipment and practices, lack of appropriate measures to address global warming, the demise of local businesses due to increasing invasion of large corporate giants, to name a few.

There is so much negative occurring at this time that it is difficult to focus on the positive. Nonetheless, I have generated this list of positive things in my life:

I am thankful that I have a job with health benefits.
I am thankful that I have the skill and knowledge to be able to grow my own food and be self sustaining.
I am thankful that I have resources to help my children and grandchildren right now in the current economic crisis.
I am thankful that I can gain and share knowledge about world events and actually have the ability to do something about some things to effect change.
I am thankful that I am able to provide an education for a little girl in Ethiopia, my small postivie contribution to one life which otherwise is affected by negative circumstances.
I am thankful for my husband who is a constant daily source of friendship and inspiration in my life.
I am thankful for my family and friends here in Utah and across the country.

My hopes for the new year?

That I am able to maintain my health and attitude to continue to work on peace, justice and sustainability issues in my community and beyond.
That at least one person I know who isn’t as convinced that big change needs to occur to improve our world will come to the realization that some of the things I mention here do need to be addressed and so they make changes towards that end for themselves and in their community.
That the new administration begins to make moves in the direction towards a more peace and just society and world without war.
That family and friends I know who are without jobs and health care will find improvements in those areas in their lives.

So “happy” new year with these things in mind. Peace on earth. Good will toward all life on our planet.

50th Human Rights Day – these documents say it all

Click the images to open a pdf of these documents (Adobe Acrobat needed)
                   

Other Resources
The Human Rights Education Center of Utah
First Steps – a Manual for Starting Human Rights Education
Electronic Resource Centre for Human Rights Education
The No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights

Human Rights Day

Mother’s Day: Reclaiming and Standing With women Globally

Arise then…women of this day!  Arise, all women who have hearts!  Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!Say firmly:”We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,For caresses and applause.  Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn  All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.  We, the women of one country,Will be too tender of those of another country  To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.” From the bosum of a devastated Earth a voice goes up withOur own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”Blood does not wipe our dishonor,Nor violence indicate possession.As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,Let women now leave all that may be left of homeFor a great and earnest day of counsel.Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the meansWhereby the great human family can live in peace…Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,But of God -In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly askThat a general congress of women without limit of nationality,  May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenientAnd the earliest period consistent with its objects,To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,  The amicable settlement of international questions,  The great and general interests of peace. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if on some distant Mother’s Day, the wishes of Julia Ward Howecould be fulfilled and the human race could celebrate a day when, all over the world, nomother would have to mourn the death of her child lost in war or terrorist attacks… To all of the mothers whose children are fighting in wars – and to mothers whosechildren are growing up with wars raging around them or with terrorism threatening theirsafety… Wishes of strength, peace and hope for this Mother’s Day…

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we are standing for the world's children and grandchildren, and for the seven generations beyond them. We dream of a world where all of our children have safe drinking water, clean air to breathe, and enough food to eat. A world where they have access to a basic education to develop their minds and healthcare to nurture their growing bodies. A world where they have a warm, safe and loving place to call home. A world where they don't live in fear of violence - in their home, in their neighbourhood, in their school or int heir world. This is the world of which we dream. This is the cause for which we stand.

Please stand with us for five minutes of silence at 1 p.m. your local time on May 11, 2008, in your local park, school yard, gathering place, or any place you deem appropriate, to signify your agreement with the statement below.  Please stand at a different hour with a different time zone if 1 p.m. is not your preferred time.We ask you to invite the men who you care about to join you.  We ask that you bring bells to ring at 1 p.m. to signify the beginning of the five minutes of silence and to ring again to signify the end of the period of silence.  During the silence, please think about what you individually and we collectively can do to attain this world.  If you need to sit rather than stand, please feel free to do so.  Afterwards, hopefully you and your loved ones can talk together about how we can bring about this world.

WILL YOU STAND WITH US?

Life

Sometimes it takes the miracle of birth to put everything into perspective.  I was priveleged enough to witness the birth of my second grandchild last week, a boy.  What an experience.  An experience that confirms my convictions more than ever to do my little part during my lifetime to stand up against the injustices to life and the planet and work towards a better world for the life with which it is inhabited.

2,000th soldier death reported and confirmed

From Wage Peace:

The sad day that we’ve been dreading is here. Today, the Defense Department has announced the 2,000th military death in Iraq.

I want to thank you all for organizing events in your community. Together, we have more than 400 events in 49 U.S. states, which will involve thousands of people calling for an end to this war. The media has already started reporting on your work, with stories carried by Reuters, ABC News, and Yahoo! News. We are bound to change the perception of this war during this sad milestone. And we are showing that we are the majority.

Here is the plan for the “Not One More Death – Not One More Dollar” event. AFSC, in conjunction with Gold Star Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and with the support of the United for Peace and Justice Coalition, is calling for events tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26. Some of you may have other plans that work better in your community.
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2000th soldier’s death closing in

Ken Sain has reported that 1,997 soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the 2003 invasion there.

The Iraq casualties website reports 1,999, with 9 not being confirmed by the DOD. I have also heard that CNN has reported that Air America Radio has already reported the 2000th soldier death.

Besides being involved in the Green Party, Tom and I also volunteer for and participate with People for Peace and Justice of Utah, which has been doing outreach during the past month (ironically before UFPJ‘s call for action) for a vigil that will occur when the 2000th soldier is reported to have died. Details on that vigil are at the PPJ website and also at Progressive Utah.

Yesterday Tom was interviewed by a reporter from the Deseret News and also from a reporter from KCPW public radio in Salt Lake.

I had an earlier post containing a video about the 2000th soldier death.

Rosa Parks dies at age 92


Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a section of bus dedicated for white people only.

Article in today’s Deseret News:
Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer, dies at 92 – has a timeline of Parks’ activities.

Some links to information on Rosa Parks:
Rosa Parks- The Woman Who Changed a Nation
Biography: Rosa Parks – Pioneer of Civil Rights
Rosa Parks – Her simple act of protest galvanized America’s civil rights revolution
The Rosa Parks Portal


AP Photo of Rosa Parks


In 1956, Rosa Parks’s arrest and the bus boycott that followed was big news

CREDIT: Associated Press Photo. “Woman Fingerprinted. Mrs. Rosa Parks, Negro Seamstress, Whose Refusal to Move to the Back of a Bus Touched Off the Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.” 1956. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.