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by jandsm Tue Nov 29th, 2005 at 05:16:04 PM EST

From the front page ~ whataboutbob

2005 is coming to an end, I guess we will only see one politically motivated assassination, one natural disaster and maybe one or two major scientific revelations which we will forget immediatly. But: Are you pleased with your activism record this year? Did you do enough good deeds this year? Well, here are sume suggestions for those who are still in need to spend their extra-time for the good of mankind:

  • Support gay rights in Poland. The new nationalist-conservative extremist government in Poland is cracking down on gays and lesbians brutally. Now, the Polish gay community is calling for support. There were demonstrations in Warsaw, Berlin and in London. If you want to do something good: Stage a little event at your next Polish consulate.

  • Support Amnsty International's campaign for the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS) --> [here]


  • Help to find out more about the EU's Regional Shelter Programme. Apparently, the EU is stteing up camps whereby refugees will be given accommodation "near home." The first of these "Regional Shelter Programmes" will operate in Tanzania and the Ukraine, but later they will be extended to Moldova, Belarus, Afghanistan, Somalia and North Africa. It is a response to the deaths in Ceuta and Melilla. I really would like to know more about these camps.

  • Save our seas with Greenpeace

  • Breath some life into the campaigns on the EU constitution. Sign up [here]. Or, when your are wrong, sign up [here] for the NO campaign.

  • Do something on the real hunger crisis in Niger. In example donate at the British Red Cross

Please add more suggestions.

I have to think on this some.

But on a personal level, many years ago now, I took a couple trips to Nepal and really connected with people there...then fell out of touch, which is easy to do with Nepal. But now there has been all this crap going on between a screwed up government and a screwed up insurgency, and its chaos there. And I'm worried about my friends well-being. So I resolve to find out what's up and see if I can do anything to help...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Sun Nov 27th, 2005 at 12:52:17 PM EST
Support Amnsty International's campaign for the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS)

Well, I did purchase my holiday cards from Amnesty International...  Call me cold war old-fashioned, but I'm always afraid that if I have some record of getting involved in any form of activism in Russia I'll be summarily denied entry upon any future attempt to visit.  I'm sure they'll open their doors to any old American these days, but once you've been detained at the airport by very large gun-toting militsiia, you just don't take any chances.

Too bad.  Wonderful idea.  Someone please send one of those letters for me.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Sun Nov 27th, 2005 at 06:50:16 PM EST
For what little one can do beyond the all important function of getting the word out, I'm partial to the NGO,
. Where ever there is ongoing war and civilian victims you'll find them in the midst helping survival victims. They're the only organization that won't pull out in extreme cases, probably thanks to their organizational strategy. Unlike the Red Cross or Medecins sans frontiers, they do not set up touch-and-go refugee camps or participate in refugee camp contracting.

Their hospitals and other initiatives are always set up within the social and economic reality of the crisis area. They train local paramedical staff, employ local construction workers, set up medical supplies networks, and make prosthesis for the most part locally. They endeavour to leave behind a fully functioning medical reality.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Nov 28th, 2005 at 01:55:24 AM EST
I helped Tony Blair get re-elected, does that count? :)
by ------- on Mon Nov 28th, 2005 at 02:30:16 AM EST
... over at dailyKos, someone posted a similar diary, basically saying "stop hitting 'refresh' on your browser,  and get out there and do something."

She used the word "posturbating" to describe people who spend all their time posting on blogs and not getting out and doing something.

Perfect word.

Anyway, moving to the Netherlands has kept me really busy, but at least I've had time to write about environmental issues.  Hopefully that's a little more than "posturbation"... especially this piece.

by Plutonium Page (page dot vlinders at gmail dot com) on Mon Nov 28th, 2005 at 05:23:29 AM EST

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