Emergency Disaster Relief

 

THE NEW SOCIAL JUSTICE

GAME-CHANGERS 

 

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:


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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. 

 

Read more here

 


 

 

Caroline Stone

 

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

 

Find other articles by Caroline Stone here.



 

 

 

Anjana Puri

 

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.  

 

IF YOU ARE A COLLEGE STUDENT, READ MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP THE CONFLICT MINERALS TRADE IN THE DRC.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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.

READ MORE HERE


See also: A Unique Pathway to Peace in the Middle East

 

Tamar, A Student's Perspective on Hand and Hand School


 

 

Fanny Shwartz

 

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

 

 

ATTN:  HOLLYWOOD FILM AND TV INDUSTRY 

 

$10,000.00 reward for information on elephant abuse.



 

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Helping kids overcome social isolation.

An organization dedicated to Lili Rachel Smith


 
 

        

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


Have something to say about healing the planet? Submit your article for publication on the Action Now Network home page.

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GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER
 
BUNNY HULL
 
SIDESTEPS BUDGET CUTS TO 
 
BRING THE SHEER JOY OF LEARNING
 
TO K-2 SCHOOL CHILDREN
 

 
 
 

…”it's been proven time and time again how time spent with the arts enhances all learning.”

 
 
 

Photo by Alan Mercer, used by permission Dream A World Education, Inc.
 

"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. "

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY BUNNY HULL

AND 'SECRETS OF THE HEART' FOR YOUNG MASTERS

GRADES K-2

 

 

Muslim and Jewish Organized Relief

 

 
A Dynamic New Muslim-Jewish Humanitarian Initiative
 
Making a MAJOR impact
 
 
 
 
The MAJOR Fund Founding Partners
(Top) Gary Yale, Diane Vanette, Sajid Mohamedy, (Bottom) Kirin Hashmi, Alissa Roston

 
 
“The goal of The MAJOR Fund is to pursue our mission of repairing the world through global humanitarian efforts, a tenet of both religions, while at the same time building bridges in our own community. We want to demonstrate that a community of Jews and Muslims can come together towards a positive common cause.”– Alissa Roston, Member, The MAJOR Fund Board of Directors
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IRAN’S NUCLEAR CHESS GAME
 
AND THE CASE FOR SANCTIONS, DIPLOMACY, AND PATIENCE
 
 
A FRANK CONVERSATION WITH AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE’S
 
 SHERRY WEINMAN AND MICHAEL AURIT

 
 
 

 
The gravest threat faced by the world today is a nuclear-armed Iran. Of all the nations capable of producing nuclear weapons, Iran is the only one that might use them to attack an enemy. –Alan Dershowitz, Wall Street Journal
 
AJC has done a lot to reframe this argument so that the world views this not as just an Israeli problem, but as an international problem.  Israel may be the canary in the mineshaft –warning the world of a huge explosion to come – but it is going to affect everyone in its path –Sherry Weinman, Chair, Iran Task Force, American Jewish Committee
 
 

READ MORE ABOUT IRAN, AND THE INTERVIEW WITH 

AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE'S SHERRY WEINMAN AND MICHAEL AURIT

 

 

 

 

FAMINE IN SOMALIA 

 

 

 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP RIGHT NOW


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FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS 

 

2010

 

Jewish World Watch

Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education

Infrastructure Academy and Generation Power

Levitt Pavilions 

African Wildlife Foundation

 Los Angeles Youth Network

Hollywood Arts

HoPe Veterinary Center

Full Circle Learning

Right To Play

Beyond Differences

REX Foundation

Seeds of Peace

Incentive Mentoring Program

Women Thrive Worldwide

i-Act

Molly Melching and Tostan

 

2011

 

Jewish World Watch

Teaching Tolerance

California Women's Law Center

Strongheart Fellowship Program

Raise Hope For Congo

Chicken and Egg Pictures

Solar Cooker Project of Jewish World Watch

In Defense of Animals

Born Free, U.S.A.

Women Make Movies

Agahozo Shalom Youth Village

Animal Defenders International

American Red Cross

Beyond Differences

Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education

 

2012

Breaking New Ground in Muslim-Jewish Relationships: A Multi-Faith, Multi-Organization Fundraiser for HomeBoy Industries Signals a New Era in Peace Building

 

One Man's Mission to Keep Darfur on the World's Emotional Radar: A Conversation with Gabriel Stauring, Founder of I-Act (Stop Genocide Now)

 

The Scopes Monkey Trial Redux:  The National Center for Science Education and the Fight to Teach Climate Science in our Public Schools

 

 


URGENT ISSUES 

 

GENOCIDE: What is genocide?  Best selling author Daniel Goldhagan explains genocide

in under five minutes.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT GENOCIDE HERE

TAKE ACTION TO STOP GENOCIDE

 

CLIMATE CHANGE: Climate Refugees trailer: Climate change is real, it's here, it threatens to destroy our way of life as we know it. 

 

STOP BULLYING IN THE SCHOOLS

 

SAVE THE SERENGETI

 

CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS

 


SUPERSTAR HEROES 

 

 

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

 

BEYOND DIFFERENCES TEEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  "Dealing the Kids Back In".

 

Dr. Elliot Katz: In Defense of Animals and the Guardian Campaign: Working to Eradicate Animal Cruelty in our Communities


FIRST PERSON 

 

TAMAR,  Student at Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education

 

JULIE BRAM, Board Member, Hand in Hand Center for Jewish Arab-Education

 

BELINDA GEIGER, Dealing with Being Alone: Aftermath of Domestic Abuse

 

RABBI JOSHUA LEVINE GRATER, Starting Oil's Retirement Party

 

STOP THE SERENGETI HIGHWAY (www.savetheserengeti.org): Protecting and Building the Future of Tanzania: Responsible Development Must Win The Day

 


PEOPLE TO WATCH

 

VALERIE C. CLARK, The Frog Caller

 

TIM GORSKI, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker and Animal Protection Advocate Speaks Out for Elephants:  "How I Became An Elephant"  

 

CHRIS PALMER: Award Winning Wildlife Filmmaker and Author of Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom 

 

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

 

CHEF DAVID WASSON AND THE TAGUM CITY FOOD BANK: Feeding the Malnourished Children of Mindanao, Philippines.  One Year Later

 

MICHAEL FISHBACH, HERO OF SAVING VALENTINA: A Conversation with Michael Fishbach, Hero of Saving Valentina and Co-Founder of The Great Whale Conservancy

 

LAURA LEIGH:  Whose Home on the Range?  Advocate Laura Leigh and the Battle Royale to Save the Nation's Wild Horses.

 

LISA LEEMAN: Elephants in Captivity: Does Anyone Get It Right?  A Conversation with Lisa Leeman: Acclaimed Filmmaker and Director of One Lucky Elephant

 
 


ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF INDEXED ORGANIZATIONS

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

 

BORN FREE U.S.A.

 

FULL-CIRCLE LEARNING

 

HAND IN HAND CENTER FOR JEWISH-ARAB EDUCATION

 

I-ACT BY STOP GENOCIDE NOW

 

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS

 

JEWISH WORLD WATCH

 

NEWGROUND: A MUSLIM-JEWISH PARTNERSHIP FOR CHANGE

 

RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO

(A CAMPAIGN OF THE ENOUGH PROJECT)

 

RICHARD'S RWANDA IMPUHWE


RIGHT TO PLAY

 

SEEDS OF PEACE

 

SOLAR COOKER PROJECT (OF JEWISH WORLD WATCH)

 

TOSTAN


WOMEN THRIVE WORLDWIDE

 

 

 

U.S. EASTERN BASED

 

AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

 

BORN FREE U.S.A.

 

CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL FILM

 

CHICKEN & EGG PICTURES

 

INCENTIVE MENTORING PROGRAM

 

RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO

(A CAMPAIGN OF THE ENOUGH PROJECT)

 

RIGHT TO PLAY

 

SEEDS OF PEACE

 

TEACHING TOLERANCE 

(A PROJECT OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER)

 

TOSTAN

 

WOMEN MAKE MOVIES


WOMEN THRIVE WORLDWIDE

 

 

 

U.S.  WESTERN BASED

 

BEYOND DIFFERENCES

 

CALIFORNIA WOMEN'S LAW CENTER

 

CHICKEN & EGG PICTURES


FULL-CIRCLE LEARNING


HOLLYWOOD ARTS


HOPE VETERINARY CENTER


I-ACT BY STOP GENOCIDE NOW

 

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS


INFRASTRUCTURE ACADEMY AND GENERATION POWER


JEWISH WORLD WATCH


LEVITT PAVILIONS


LEVITT PAVILION MACARTHUR PARK


LEVITT PAVILION PASADENA


LOS ANGELES YOUTH NETWORK

 

NEWGROUND: A MUSLIM-JEWISH PARTNERSHIP FOR CHANGE

 

REX FOUNDATION (GRATEFUL DEAD)

 

SOLAR COOKER PROJECT (OF JEWISH WORLD WATCH)


RICHARD'S RWANDA IMPUHWE


TREEPEOPLE

 


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