THE NEW SOCIAL JUSTICE
TWELVE SMALL ORGANIZATIONS
AND FOUR INDIVIDUALS
WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD
What a difference four years makes!
Back in February of 2008 when I first conceived Action Now Network, the geopolitical forces of the world seemed wildly out of control, and I as a responsible global citizen, felt a serious weight on my shoulders. I had already become an active supporter of Jewish World Watch, a leading voice in the fight against genocides that occur in our lifetime. But most of the world seemed either apathetic or bewildered, uncertain as to what impact they could have, if any, in the grand scheme – and far more interested in the goings-on of their own lives than in making the world right.
Don’t get me wrong –It’s not that there weren’t plenty of venerable organizations out there that were doing great work – there were. But the public consciousness had not truly awakened to social justice issues as national –or personal priorities. Woody Allen brilliantly described our state of mind in this famous clip from Annie Hall:
ARE JEWISH-ARAB RELATIONSHIPS
INFLUENCED BY CHILDHOOD BONDS?
Haneen Kinani and Yael Keinan
Action Now+Network blog post on a recent lunch with two student Ambassadors from the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education. A unique insight into educating the Jewish and Arab communities in a country at war and an astounding school in Israel for Jewish and Arab students, that just could pave a pathway toward peace.
CRIMINALIZING THE HOMELESS IN SAN FRANCISCO:
A BEAUTIFUL CITY’S DIRTY SECRET
As a child, I lived in a quiet neighborhood in the city, close to busy Market Street but enough off the beaten path to be almost hidden. When I was in the fifth grade, my mother and I arrived home from school one day to find a strange man sleeping in our doorway. Although she was more than startled and slightly alarmed, my mother immediately went into the kitchen to gather some food for this man. He gratefully accepted it, and then simply left – presumably to go back to the anonymity of the streets. I never saw him again. READ MORE HERE
CONFLICT MINERALS IN THE
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO:
WHAT COLLEGE STUDENTS CAN DO
TO TAKE ACTION
ONE OF THE WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISES IN THE WORLD
MORE THAN 5.4 MILLION LIVES LOST; 2 MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED, EGREGIOUS SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND RECRUITMENT OF CHILD SOLDIERS.
Julie I. Bram
WITH MY OWN EYES
There is a beacon of hope in the Middle East and I was fortunate to be able to make the long journey from Los Angeles to the Arab village of Kfar Kara in Israel to witness it. There, against all odds, is one of four ‘Hand in Hand’ schools that exist to educate Israeli Arab and Jewish children together.
END OF LIFE QUESTIONS WE MUST ALL CONFRONT:
HOSPICE CARE OR CONTINUED TREATMENT FOR
TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS
Hamlet's monologue asks the famous determining question "To be or not to be”. This classic question could easily be applied to end of life care, as “to treat or not to treat”. At the end of life, is it best to suffer slowly, i.e., to prolong life with painful treatment that will ultimately prove futile, or to accept death as a natural part of life’s cycle. This subject is in the news because the debate over Medicare benefits and health care reform has aroused public concern. READ MORE HERE
Hank Bruce and Tomi Jill Folk
CAN WE END HUNGER?
FIGHTING GLOBAL HUNGER AND PURIFYING WATER
WITH THE MORINGA TREE
According to Bread for the World, 1.2 billion people on this planet are malnourished, and this number has increased in the past 5 years. That’s 15% of the world’s population, and many of these are children. In fact, every day 16,000 children die from hunger related causes. But this doesn’t have to be.
The Morenga tree will grow in the same parts of the world where malnutrition is the worst. These nutritious leaves can be dried and powdered for future use and will keep for months without refrigeration. READ MORE HERE
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LYNN ROSENCRANTZ DESIGNS
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Helping kids overcome social isolation.
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Blue Planet Green Living inspires positive change
for a healthier, more sustainable world.
Protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals
Be A Guardian, not an Owner
Global Giving connects donors with community
based projects that need support
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…”it's been proven time and time again how time spent with the arts enhances all learning.”
"Our Secrets of the Heart Program teaches children that there is a process involved in achieving an end result. It also teaches children that creativity applies not only to the arts, but empowers a child in every aspect of life. "
HAYLEY FRANKEL: Formed Teens4Tolerance to raise money for the Jewish World Watch Solar Cooker Project.
JESSICA MARKOWITZ: Founded Richard's Rwanda IMPUHWE to educate Rwandan girls, many of whose families were victims of the genocide.
JOEY KATONA/OMAR DREIDI: 17 year old Joey Katona raised more than $90,000 to send his best friend, Omar Dreidi to college: Joey is Jewish and Omar is Palestinian.
LAURA-LYNN TYLER THOMPSON: An extraordinary TV talk show host turns her talents to building homes for indigent Ugandan families....and more.
KEN BERNHARD: Connecticut lawyer and animal protection activist goes under cover to save Kenyan elephants.
DAVID WASSON: Acclaimed Seattle Chef Opens a Food Bank for Malnourished Children in the Philippines
JULIETTE WEST: 15 Year Old Elephant Activist and Star of "How I Became An Elephant"
ADAM CARTER: Microphilanthropist. On the Front Lines of Healing the World, One Small Project at a Time
PEOPLE TO WATCH
DR. LAUREL NEME: Wildlife Journalist Extraordinare, Author, Lecturer and Radio Host, on the Multi-Billion Dollar Illegal Wildlife Trade, the CSI Crime Lab that Identifies the Bad Guys, and What We Can Do to Save the Animals We Love
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