"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our Founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer." "....This
is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of
opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause
of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental
truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope.
And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us
that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up
the spirit of a people: Yes, we can."
A friend of mine sent me a link this morning to a video that just blew me away. This is very cool! Please take a moment to watch it. Here are a few words from the website:
"The Girl Effect, n.The powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society.
What you are about to do is nothing short of revolutionary.
Because when adolescent girls in the developing world
have a chance, they can be the most powerful force of change for
themselves, their families, communities and nations.
are 600 million adolescent girls living in poverty in the developing
world. By giving one of these girls a chance, you start the girl
effect. When girls have safe places to meet, education, legal
protection, health care, and access to training and job skills, they
can thrive. And if they thrive, everyone around them thrives, too.
But while those 600 million girls are the most likely agents of change, they are invisible to their societies and the world.
what can you do about that? Get yourself seen, whether you're a girl or
just believe in girls...
To find out more about how you can help, go to Global Giving where several projects especially designed to help girls are being featured. Please tell all your friends about this project and encourage them to get involved. We can all do our part to make a huge difference in the lives of girls around the world. What a treasure they are!
Please join more than 100,000,000 people in the Biggest Light Protest on Earth for a Free Tibet.
Light a candle on August 7th at 9:00 p.m. [your local time] (At your home, or in public)
Join and enjoy special light actions on the same night.
Drive with you car's headlights on during August 8 2008.
Watch "Sad Smoky Mountains" teams paint the sky with red smoke.
Watch those attending the opening ceremony in Beijing light candles, flashlights, cell phones and lighters. All for a FREE TIBET. "
The invitation above is from a Ning (social networking page) created by David Califa to spread the word about this event - timed to occur on the eve the opening of the Beijing Olympics.
The recent history of Tibet, since the Chinese invasion, is a modern atrocity. The most disgusting crimes imaginable have been perpetrated against the Tibetan people with absolute impunity by the Chinese. What's more, the Tibetans did nothing whatsoever to provoke or incite the Chinese...nothing to deserve this devastation of their homeland...and homes....and lives.
This is a systematic form of genocide layered over with the classic platitudes of deflection, deceit and disinformation used by "liberating" dictatorships throughout modern history to avoid recrimination and consequences. How long will it go on unchecked?
Please participate if you can. Even this small symbolic gesture can garner significant attention if enough people join in.