Friday, June 18, 2010

FreedomTweet 2010 ~ Because Change Starts With Me.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Please Give A Damn!

No big speeches today. Just a list of kick-butt organizations that are putting in the work. These folks are the change that Gandhi spoke of!

Read-up and take action -- please. EVERY organization included is but a mere *tweet* away...

We Give A Damn. The Give a Damn Campaign is for everybody who cares about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

But, it’s especially for all you straight people out there! Whether you’re already an active supporter, want to show your support for the first time, or hadn’t given equality a lot of thought before and now want to learn more, we are here to help you get informed about the issues and get involved, at a pace that works for you. Read more...

Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth and our network of grassroots groups in 77 countries defend the environment and champion a more healthy and just world. We're progressive environmental advocates who pull no punches and speak sometimes uncomfortable truths to power. It's an approach that for four decades has yielded victories protecting our planet and its people.

Our current campaigns focus on clean energy and solutions to global warming, protecting people from toxic and new, potentially harmful technologies, and promoting smarter, low-pollution transportation alternatives. Read more...

Greenpeace USA. Our core values are reflected in our environmental campaign work: We 'bear witness' to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner. We use non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate. In exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions we have no permanent allies or adversaries. We ensure our financial independence from political or commercial interests. We seek solutions to environmental dilemmas and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. Read More...

Amnesty UK - Protect The Human. Ever wanted to know what is really happening in the world and to find like-minded souls ready to do something positive about it?

Protect The Human is brought to you by human rights activists Amnesty International UK. Amnesty International is a movement of people from around the world standing up for humanity and human rights.

We’ve designed this site to make it really easy to find human rights video, links and images from around the web and to share your own finds with the community of users here. Read more...

Serve Community. Serve Community is an organization dedicated to the power of volunteerism. We're a small (hopefully growing) group of dedicated people that want to see the world become a better place.

Currently, our flagship project, the High School Service Challenge, is preparing to launch along Utah's Wasatch Front. We hope to be able to expand this program to other communities, but in order to do so we need your support and participation. Read more...

Women's Media Center. The Women's Media Center makes women visible and powerful in the media. Led  by our president, the former Rock the Vote head Jehmu Greene, the WMC works with the media to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard. We do this in three ways: through our media advocacy campaigns; by creating our own media; and by training women to participate directly in media. We are directly engaged with the media at all levels to ensure that a diverse group of women is present in newsrooms, on air, in print and online, as sources and subjects. Read more...

CODEPINK. CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence. Read more...

Facing History and Ourselves. Facing History and Ourselves delivers classroom strategies, resources and lessons that inspire young people to take responsibility for their world. Internationally recognized for our quality and effectiveness, Facing History harnesses the power of the Internet and partners with school systems, universities and ministries of education worldwide.

Each year we reach more than 1.9 million students through our global network of more than 28,000 trained educators, staff, adjunct faculty and international fellows facilitate hundreds of seminars and workshops annually, and we reach the public through community events and extensive online resources. In 2008, the Facing History and Ourselves website received more than 700,000 visits from people in 215 countries. Read more...

Join (RED). The Lazarus Effect: In as few as 40 days, someone with AIDS can undergo a remarkable transformation. See for yourself...

Carpe diem baby!

~ FreedomTweet 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How We Change The World With Just 1 Tweet?!

I'm Luckie, a concerned citizen from Atlanta, Georgia who came up with the idea of encouraging people to tag on June 19th in celebration of FREEDOM, and in peaceful protest of ANYONE and ANYTHING posing a threat to it.

Why? Because for far too many reasons, I'm just really, REALLY angry!

From AIG and bank bailouts I don't understand the complexities of, but lost my job and home to in 2008. To unemployment benefits that have run their course, leaving my Sister, several close friends and their children, struggling to survive. To my 68 year old Mother recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, whose Social Security benefits barely cover 1/3 of her needs, and whose 2 primary prescriptions total $475 PER PRESCRIPTION. Yep -- I'm fed up!

Like most people, I work, pay taxes, love my family, and community. I'm a good citizen, and damn nice person! Why are my interests not protected by the society I've vested to, and my Ancestors contributed in building?

How is it that in 2010 Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia), one of our few remaining Civil Rights Liberators, can be spit on and called 'Nigger' in Washington, DC? How can we -- as a society -- tolerate the massacres of Gaza and Darfur? How is it BP was afforded free reign to contaminate our oceans, with accountability and threat of criminal action coming [at least] 45 days too late?

And what of the wars?! What is the plan for Afghanistan and Iraq?! When will our men and women come home?

FreedomTweet 2010 has no campaign budget or big corporate sponsor. There are no hidden agendas and no fund raising efforts prompting it.

FreedomTweet 2010 is Luckie and whoever decides to join me on the 19th and beyond, exercising the civil liberties our Ancestors have fought and died for. It's people REFUSING to be silenced by apathy.

We're not defenseless and FAR from helpless.To the contrary, we have two very powerful mediums on hand -- our voices and global reaching technology tools!

Just as we support Government in times of GREAT victory, it's permissible to chastise policy makers in times of failure.

I'll advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Answering the prompt of CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin, I'll turn my outrage to action!

On June 19th, FreedomTweet 2010 can make the world acknowledge the power of a 140 character *tweet* with heartfelt purpose and advocacy behind it.

Refuse to be silent. Choose to be heard!

The Human Spirit is so powerful. I believe we all possess the ability to change the world.

June 19th on will you join me in proving it?


Monday, May 31, 2010

FREEDOMTweet of the Day...

"There are times in history that mark a turn in policy and this must be one - people turn outrage to action."

~ Medea Benjamin on the Gaza Flotilla crisis.

Memorial Day 2010 ~ Pondering Section 60

The last Monday of May, Memorial Day, is the day when across our Nation we pay homage to the men and women who've lost their life in military service.

It's a day to remember that GREAT sacrifice is made in protection of our collective Freedom. For many, it's a day (one of many) to mourn the lost of a loved one who is no longer with us.

Though I honor all those who've sacrificed that I might live Free, it's the military service people resting in Arlington Cemetery's Section 60 that I think of today.

The military service people of Section 60 are familiar to me because I'm living to see their sacrifice often in the face of the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, children, family and friends they've left behind.

Maybe too these heroes are familiar because the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that claimed their lives still rage with no definitive end in sight. Have not their casualty reports become an expected element to our daily lives?

Honor our military service people and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protection of all we hold dear -- FREEDOM.

Honor these heroes today, tomorrow and always.

~ FreedomTweet 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Freedom Is...

FREEDOM is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Breach of Peace – 1961 Freedom Riders Then & Now

Breach of Peace – 1961 Freedom Riders Then & Now.
On May 4, 1961, a year after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public transportation, 13 young idealists set off on a bus tour of the Deep South to expose and challenge state segregation laws still in place. Read More…
We stand on the shoulders of Giants. Be Heard! June 19th ~ FreedomTweet 2010