It's going to be a busy time up until the next USA Presidential election. If you are a citizen or not here are some things to participate in...
1. Sojourners will be holding a "Vote Out Poverty" campaign for congregations of all faiths, in conjunction with a voters registration drive. It won't officially be launched until 8/1/08 but if you're in the USA and want to get involved let me know. I'm organizing an action in Connecticut.
2. The Prayer Vigil To End Extreme Poverty which I launch is starting the Billion Prayer March (one prayer for everyone living in extreme poverty). Anyone from any country can participate by logging in to Countingprayers.org. This is something you can do to be in solidarity with the Archbishop of Canterbury's Interfaith March on Parliament to End Poverty on 7/24/08.
3. If you attend a congregation and want to get involved in funding Millennium Villages through Millennium Promise, Columbia University, and the Earth Institute you can visit millenniumcongregation.org, or again get in touch with me.
May i first take this time to give honors to the host of this place where there are people who care about the dibilitating act of poverty, which have caused many people from all walks of life to loose parts of them selves, for the reason of tring to make ends meet, one way or another.
Allow me to introduce my self.
I'm Larry DeBaptiste and have a foundation here in California, which consist of providing, clothing and soon shelter and my greatest motivators is God, people such as your selves and the one who have to muster up the strength constantly to keep thier faith.
Hola Jeep It is great to see you here. Please read and post in the groups that I co-host, like this one, and this way we can build our movement for human rights for all people (e.g. the right to adequate food, clean water and health care), our movement for freedom from the imperialism that oppresses so many people and prevents them from enjoying their human rights.
Yes, people are poor in "poor" countries not because the countries are really poor - these countries are rich (in natural resources and labour power), and that is why first world countries came and colonised them (why bother colonising a poor country?)....
But, yes, the majority of the people in them are poor, because, although most of them liberated themselves from traditional colonialism, they were already devasted by all the years of colonialism, and most of them succumbed to neo-colonialism. This means that they have borrowed money from the first world at extortionate rates of interest, and have allowed foreign corporations to continue to exploit their people and resources in the name of "development", keeping them in poverty and destroying their natural environments.
Here is a specific statistic to give you some idea of what we are talking about here: contrary to a common misconception, most of the wealth flowing between the first world and the Third World is actually flowing FROM the THIRD WORLD, TO the FIRST WORLD. The figure is U.S.$500 billion net, plundered from the Third World by the first world. As a net figure, this takes into account the aid money that the first world gives to the Third World - a tiny fraction of this plunder. Is it any wonder that so many people in the Third World are poor?
If the first world didn't give anything to the Third World, but merely stopped plundering the Third World, that would go a long way to ending poverty in the Third World. Indeed, it would probably be more than enough.
If you want to know more about this stuff, Jeep, and everyone, then I recommend that you read the "red-pinned" threads in this group, especially "Imperialism 101".
Hi Jessica, I read your introduction here many weeks ago, and I visited your links, but I forgot to welcome you here. I am sorry about that. I just noticed your introduction again today, after so many weeks. Please forgive me?
So, Jessica, my friend,
It is truly great to see a person like you, an activist in Africa, writing here!
Please come back and write some more?
Perhaps you would teach us some things, and maybe make contacts with people around the world, and even inspire them to help your project in Africa.
I agree that this is a very important issue, and I would like to see everyone writing here regularly. Please write here regularly, Ivana, so we can give life to this very important group, and inspire others to participate more.
Perhaps it would be especially effective for us to talk about the actions that people are doing to end poverty in the world, (for example the actions happening in our own parts of the world), eh?
Dear Simon and our dear friends here, greetings and thank you for the great ideas and actions here,
My names are Jessica Batsemaghe, a great friend to Simon who introduced me to this group of friends, I am happy to be here and hope I can be able to add my voice to the rest to ends global poverty, bringing ideas with experience from the developing world.
I found your new group and decided to join. My name is Amber Riviere, and I'm with Agent Retriever, a virtual assistance company for real estate agents.
I'm currently working on a project that fits your group perfectly! It's The CARE MORE Giving Circle Challenge. My group, The CARE MORE Web Women Giving Circle, is working alongside The CARE Organization and MORE Magazine in a challenge to raise $1M by December 31 of this year, in an effort to eradicate global poverty.
It reminds me of what Australia is like (there is a more generous welfare system here than in the U.S.A.), or even more, what Sweden is like Plus the Bolivarian Circles in Venezuela (they are community groups that work towards things like this "share-the-wealth society").
Yes, I saw a film "Kingfish" starring John Goodman as Kingfish. I liked it - although he was portrayed as a man with flaws or something, as far as I remember, I also found it inspiring I was happy to see a somewhat successful leftwing politican in the U.S.A.
Also when you call your meeting be on your guard for some smart-aleck tool of the interests to come in and ask questions. Refer such to me for an answer to any question, and I will send you a copy. Spend your time getting the people to work to save their children and to save their homes, or to get a home for those who have already lost their own.
To explain the title, motto, and principles of such a society I give the full information, viz:
Title: Share-our-wealth society is simply to mean that God's creatures on this lovely American continent have a right to share in the wealth they have created in this country. They have the right to a living, with the conveniences and some of the luxuries of this life, so long as there are too many or enough for all. They have a right to raise their children in a healthy, wholesome atmosphere and to educate them, rather than to face the dread of their under-nourishment and sadness by being denied a real life.
Motto: "Every man a king" conveys the great plan of God and of the Declaration of Independence, which said: "All men are created equal." It conveys that no one man is the lord of another, but that from the head to the foot of every man is carried his sovereignty.
Now to cover the principles of the share-our-wealth society, I give them in order:
1. To limit poverty:
We propose that a deserving family shall share in our wealth of America at least for one third the average. An average family is slightly less than five persons. The number has become less during depression. The United States total wealth in normal times is about $400 billion or about $15,000 to a family. If there were fair distribution of our things in America, our national wealth would be three or four or five times the $400 billion, because a free, circulating wealth is worth many times more than wealth congested and frozen into a few hands as is America's wealth. But, figuring only on the basis of wealth as valued when frozen into a few hands, there is the average of $15,000 to the family. We say that we will limit poverty of the deserving people. One third of the average wealth to the family, or $5,000, is a fair limit to the depths we will allow any one man's family to fall. None too poor, none too rich.
2. To limit fortunes:
The wealth of this land is tied up in a few hands. It makes no difference how many years the laborer has worked, nor does it make any difference how many dreary rows the farmer has plowed, the wealth he has created is in the hands of manipulators. They have not worked any more than many other people who have nothing. Now we do not propose to hurt these very rich persons. We simply say that when they reach the place of millionaires they have everything they can use and they ought to let somebody else have something. As it is, 0.1 of 1 percent of the bank depositors nearly half of the money in the banks, leaving 99.9 of bank depositors owning the balance. Then two thirds of the people do not even have a bank account. The lowest estimate is that 4 percent of the people own 85 percent of our wealth. The people cannot ever come to light unless we share our wealth, hence the society to do it.
3. Old-age pensions:
Everyone has begun to realize something must be done for our old people who work out their lives, feed and clothe children and are left penniless in their declining years. They should be made to look forward to their mature years for comfort rather than fear. We propose that, at the age of 60, every person should begin to draw a pension from our Government of $30 per month, unless the person of 60 or over has an income of over $1,000 per year or is worth $10,000, which is two thirds of the average wealth in America, even figured on a basis of it being frozen into a few hands. Such a pension would retire from labor those persons who keep the rising generations from finding employment.
4. To limit the hours of work:
This applies to all industry. The longer hours the human family can rest from work, the more it can consume. It makes no difference how many labor-saving devices we may invent, just as long as we keep cutting down the hours and sharing what those machines produce, the better we become. Machines can never produce too much if everybody is allowed his share, and if it ever got to the point that the human family could work only 15 hours per week and still produce enough for everybody, then praised be the name of the Lord. Heaven would be coming nearer to earth. All of us could return to school a few months every year to learn some things they have found out since we were there: All could be gentlemen: Every man a king.
5. To balance agricultural production with consumption:
About the easiest of all things to do when financial masters and market manipulators step aside and let work the law of the Lord. When we have a supply of anything that is more than we can use for a year or two, just stop planting that particular crop for a year either in all the country or in a part of it. Let the Government take over and store the surplus for the next year. If there is not something else for the farmers to plant or some other work for them to do to live on for the year when the crop is banned, then let that be the year for the public works to be done in the section where the farmers need work. There is plenty of it to do and taxes of the big fortunes at the top will supply plenty of money without hurting anybody. In time we would have the people not struggling to raise so much when all were well fed and clothed. Distribution of wealth almost solves the whole problem without further trouble.
6. To care for the veterans of our wars:
A restoration of all rights taken from them by recent laws and further, a complete care of any disabled veteran for any ailment, who has no means of support.
"The Kingfish wanted the government to confiscate the wealth of the nation's rich and privileged. He called his program Share Our Wealth. It called upon the federal government to guarantee every family in the nation an annual income of $5,000, so they could have the necessities of life, including a home, a job, a radio and an automobile. He also proposed limiting private fortunes to $50 million, legacies to $5 million, and annual incomes to $1 million. Everyone over age 60 would receive an old-age pension. His slogan was "Every Man A King." "
Mr. President, I send to the desk and ask to have printed in the RECORD not a speech but what is more in the nature of an appeal to the people of America.
There being no objection, the paper entitled "Carry Out the Command of the Lord" was ordered to be printed in the RECORD, as follows:
By Huey P. Long, United States Senator
People of America: In every community get together at once and organize a share-our-wealth society--Motto: Every man a king
Principles and platform:
1. To limit poverty by providing that every deserving family shall share in the wealth of America for not less than one third of the average wealth, thereby to possess not less than $5,000 free of debt.
2. To limit fortunes to such a few million dollars as will allow the balance of the American people to share in the wealth and profits of the land.
3. Old-age pensions of $30 per month to persons over 60 years of age who do not earn as much as $1,000 per year or who possess less than $10,000 in cash or property, thereby to remove from the field of labor in times of unemployment those who have contributed their share to the public service.
4. To limit the hours of work to such an extent as to prevent overproduction and to give the workers of America some share in the recreations, conveniences, and luxuries of life.
5. To balance agricultural production with what can be sold and consumed according to the laws of God, which have never failed.
6. To care for the veterans of our wars.
7. Taxation to run the Government to be supported, first, by reducing big fortunes from the top, thereby to improve the country and provide employment in public works whenever agricultural surplus is such as to render unnecessary, in whole or in part, any particular crop.
Simple and Concrete--Not an Experiment
To share our wealth by providing for every deserving family to have one third of the average wealth would mean that, at the worst, such a family could have a fairly comfortable home, an automobile, and a radio, with other reasonable home conveniences, and a place to educate their children. Through sharing the work, that is, by limiting the hours of toil so that all would share in what is made and produced in the land, every family would have enough coming in every year to feed, clothe, and provide a fair share of the luxuries of life to its members. Such is the result to a family, at the worst.
From the worst to the best there would be no limit to opportunity. One might become a millionaire or more. There would be a chance for talent to make a man big, because enough would be floating in the land to give brains its chance to be used. As it is, no matter how smart a man may be, everything is tied up in so few hands that no amount of energy or talent has a chance to gain any of it.
Would it break up big concerns? No. It would simply mean that, instead of one man getting all the one concern made, that there might be 1,000 or 10,000 persons sharing in such excess fortune, any one of whom, or all of whom, might be millionaires and over.
I ask somebody in every city, town, village, and farm community of America to take this as my personal request to call a meeting of as many neighbors and friends as will come to it to start a share-our-wealth society. Elect a president and a secretary and charge no dues. The meeting can be held at a courthouse, in some town hall or public building, or in the home of someone.
It does not matter how many will come to the first meeting. Get a society organized, if it has only two members. Then let us get to work quick, quick, quick to put an end by law to people starving and going naked in this land of too much to eat and too much to wear. The case is all with us. It is the word and work of the Lord. The Gideons had but two men when they organized. Three tailors of Tooley Street drew the Magna Carta of England. The Lord says: "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them."
We propose to help our people into the place where the Lord said was their rightful own and no more.
We have waited long enough for these financial masters to do these things. They have promised and promised. Now we find our country $10 billion further in debt on account of the depression, and big lenders even propose to get 90 percent of that out of the hides of the common people in the form of a sales tax.
There is nothing wrong with the United States. We have more food than we can eat. We have more clothes and things out of which to make clothes than we can wear. We have more houses and lands than the whole 120 million can use if they all had good homes. So what is the trouble? Nothing except that a handful of men have everything and the balance of the people have nothing if their debts were paid. There should be every man a king in this land flowing with milk and honey instead of the lords of finance at the top and slaves and peasants at the bottom.
Now be prepared for the slurs and snickers of some high-ups when you start your local spread-our-wealth society.
I think that this group is already doing work that matters, that reduces poverty. For example, we raise awareness about poverty - we make the privileged people who use the internet think about people who are living in poverty. We educate people about poverty issues. We discuss solutions. We inform people about ways that people are fighting against poverty, including actions and events in which we can participate. And we give inspiring news.
You could be part of this. But, you could also encourage people here to do other things - sharing your ideas about what we can do to be effective in ending poverty
i'm ramesh from kerala in india, a businessman and fully commited to the principal off making poverty instory and in aware sharing of wealth. i hope that groups like this will indeed do something that matters
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Hi folks, & thanks to Sandra for telling me about this group!
I am a research botanist, and am currently setting up my own business so that I can try to put a lot of tht current knowledge in to use. I am particularly interested in sustainable agriculture and fairtrade co-operatives. The business is still in its early stages, and the website is still under development, but if anyone wants they can take a look at www.gaianlife.co.uk. All comments appreciated, its still pretty much the basic layout online at the moment, but you will get an idea of what we are about and what we hope to do in the future. I hope I will find lots of great advice from this group to help me along on the way!
Hi my name is Tuesday. Im a filipina living in spain. I am here because I believe each and everyone can make a difference even in our own small way.
Ive made some baby steps on changing the world by having a website/web blog called www.lasolidaridad.com. Its a personal project of mine where i write about global issues, cultural diversity and social responsibility. Id like to invite everyone to share their thoughts or contribute write-ups, as long as it is socially relevant and supports a cause. Hope to hear from ya all.
So true Simon. I think the bottom line is greed. If there was less greed and more love for others there would be more equality and less poverty. If everyone did there part to be more loving and giving, many problems would be solved today,in my humble opinion. There would be less of a need to compensate for those who are not. So glad to have found this group and even more happy to know there are such active members in it. Now back to being peaceful in my own little garden Gotta spread those vibes.
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I agree very much with what you are saying, Karla. And I am grateful to you for clearing this up
However, Karla, I am happy to say that it is quite possible that when we make the world more equal, when we are compassionate, we do gain, everyone gains!
When there is more equality - of power (whether that be economic power [money] or any other kind of power) - there is less reason for terrorism, war, violence, oppression. When there is more equality, people have less children, and treat our environment more kindly in general. When there is more equality, all people feel safer - we feel less fear of losing what we have. Thus, while we see gated communities and armed guards protecting rich people and their wealth from the millions of poor people in places like Rio de Janeiro, and even parts of the USA, we don't see this kind of thing in Cuba, in the egalitarian Ladakh area of northern India, nor in the quite egalitarian Sweden (not that I have heard of, anyway).
Many sociologists are well aware of how poverty breeds crime - gangs, robberies, kidnappings, assaults, murders, and so on. When people are forced to live in poverty, especially in capitalist urban environments where there is much unemployment, it is very difficult for a person to avoid joining gangs or selling drugs, etc., to survive. But in another richer environment, with job opportunities, family prosperity, a decent welfare system, etc., a person will survive easily without needing to do those crimes.
And lastly, regarding "who gains from ending poverty": philosophers and religious people emphasize how "it is better to give than receive". When we help others willingly, we become happier ourselves. (E.g. the Buddha recommended that we live a life of loving-kindness, to be truly happy.) I definitely find much fulfilment in living for others, doing things in a community spirit, "walking in love".
Many rich people, and people in general, ignore what I have said above - and I think that is why they do not act on it. Anyway, we can show people - a great advertisement to get others to live with loving-kindness is for us to live with loving-kindness and let others see that we are happy doing it
Recently in another group, I was asked why we should protest in the name of peace, "Isn't it enough to be peaceful within oneself?" Well in today's world I think a more proactive approach is necessary. Yes I will continue to pray, sign more petitions,and click. If I could I would go to Africa myself and nurse some of these babies mtself. What I was refering to in my previous post is not the productive bickering that occurs when attempting to solve problems, but the tossing of bombs between nations that destroys way more life than it protects. If my country would spend the billions of dollars spent on developing new weapons on supplying water to underdeveloped regions, then the whole world could have running water. No children would have to die from dirty water, no women would have to walk to hours to get a basketful from some well or river that is probably polluted. But then of course we have nothing to gain from such an undertaking, just moral values. Not exactly the prime motivation of the often corporate minded government.
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Now, as for us "fighting", if you carefully read the threads where I have "fought" with some people, you will see that I (and others) have been standing up for the rights of poor people in the face of Mendelian-style blaming of the victim. This is important, because for our cause to succeed, we must be motivated by love, rather than being judgemental about poor people. In this spirit, I think that we must not sacrifice the rights of poor people in the name of "ending poverty". I believe that we can only succeed in ending poverty if we do not sacrifice human rights. Is this not worth fighting for?
We have been showing the truth about poverty, exposing myths about the causes and solutions to poverty. (E.g. the fact that 90% of aid money to Afghanistan has been wasted - wasted on things like overpaying foreigners.) What I (and others like me) have been doing - in "fighting" about facts - is important because if we are to end poverty, we must be acting on facts, rather than myths and misconceptions. In fact, that is one of the main purposes of this group: education.
Of course I have used "non-fighting" whenever I thought this would succeed. "Fighting" is stressful, so I only "fought" when I knew no other way to succeed. If you can teach us how to end poverty and support human rights at the same time, and be just as effective as we are now, without needing to fight to achieve it, then I will be the first in line to learn.
Hi, I'm new here and so glad for this group. Nobody invited me just found it by searching. It makes me cry when I know people are dying especially babies. I just wish we could stop fighting enough to put the energy into doing something useful like helping those in need.
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Hi Everyone, I joined this group a while ago but havn't taken the chance to read/experiance it yet. Tonight I have been reading some of the red pinned posts and have found this group to be really inspiring and informative. Thank-you to the hosts!
Anyways, I'm Yvette and I'm a University student from Canada. I think this global push to make poverty history is amazing and I think we are going to see great things in the world soon. Great to meet you all, and I'm looking forward to hearing more what you all have to say!
Thanks a lot Simon. It feels wonderful to be part of this group and meet all you sweet folks. It is refreshing to know that there are agood number of us who are indeed willing to fight POVERTY. I am Heeba, an architect from nigeria where poverty is a common thing. Some people cant afford a meal in a day. Let's fight povertyand make it history
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I haven't written anything in this group before, but hope to read and write and discuss any aspects of this issue. The idea of ending poverty is a bit like the idea of ending suffering...I hope that there is a way and that we will use it. Thanks for this group, it is so wonderful to consider making poverty history!
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Just what we all have needed for some time now ... February 13, 2006 6:10 AM
... for some time now we have needed a better focus on STOPING POVERTY on Planet Earth, not just amongst us members of Humankind, but for all the ways of our poverty upon the planet, in our words, thoughts, deeds and for all persons, places, things and energies. Making Poverty History. His ... story ... Her ... story ... Our ... Story of Ancestral Times. What a wonderful notion. Poverty, hunger, starvation, war, environmental devastation, all of these things, in a nice HISTORICAL WRAP ... with food, clothing, shelter, peace, love, harmony, kindliness and heath for all beings, being the result, everywhere. "I'm down with that," as one of my old friends said to me the other day. THANK YOU BENGT ... the Grand Bengt ... for the INVITE! Now ... what can I-I-I do next, here ... Sapan Rinpoche - Lyons, Colorado, USA, North America, Planet Earth, Solar System of the "Sun," Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Virgo Super Cluster, Cosmos ... THINK COSMICALLY ... ACT LOCALLY! =sapan=
I've been a member of this group for awhile now and to be honest cant recall if I introduced myself yet...so here goes.
I'm from Ontario Canada, am considered "disabled" after a stroke in 2002 and therefore on Ontario Disability "benefits" (if you can call them that), have been a "tree-hugger" and "people advocate" probably since long before many of you on this list were even thought of!!! LOL
Over the years I've fought for the rights of many causes, including "poverty", abusive relationships (women, children AND even men!), gay rights (no I'm not gay), single parenthood (when I wasn't a parent), the trees, the forests, the watersheds, the under privledged, the over privledged....and oh so many more. I've organized rallies, marches, protests; been on national television, radio, and in newspapers. For the most part, my part in these causes, not only gave me a sense of "doing something" but I was also pretty good at getting action and/or solutions, so I've been told over the years.
Sadly, many of these same causes and issues are still "running rampant" for lack of better words, throughout our world today. As a former (and still sort of one) Hippie, it is soooo easy to say "We tried to tell you so...." way back in the 1960s, when few would listen and thought of us as just pothead junkies that would never amount to anything. Maybe some of us didnt amount to much, but then again, many more of us did. Just one example is the one who "just never inhaled"!! Doesnt matter if you cared for that person or not, the point is a lot of us DID amount to something. Yet, here we are, STILL trying to get those same monkeys off our backs, to try and help others throughout the world that are so less fortunate that we are "at home"
With all the world problems these days, all the attempts to help somehow, to do this for that country, that for this regime, fight for those people's rights, freedoms, religions, send medical aid for ailing children in far off countries many of us can't even pronounce the name of anymore....isn't it maybe about time we all began to take a few steps back in order to move forward again?? All our plans, hopes, dreams, schemes, and even scams...just how much has that all helped OTHER countries move forward???
Perhaps if we take a few steps back in our own backyard, we will become better equipped to take those further steps forward towards those other countries. We are desperately in need of some Back to Basics in our own backyards. Take care of our own first, get our own out of the poverty situations we have put our own into. Get them out of their slums, their unhealthy living conditions, their deadly neighbourhoods...get them out of there and back into programs and services that we offer to other countries, but we fail to provide for our own - at least we don't provide them without some kind of catch or strings involved, which only lessens the self-confidence, self-assurances, self-promotion of "those less fortunate" in our own land, our own countries, states, provinces. And don't say many of "those people" don't deserve it, EVERYONE deserves the same breaks we are trying to afford those in another world that really have no conception of what we are attempting to foist on them, whether it is wanted or not wanted. Families, elderly, teens, babies, single parents, working class poor.... right here at home.... could do with the exact same assistance and promises we send off to these other countries.
Think about it....help OUR children to better education so they could be better professionals, who in turn could help those in other countries benefit from their better education; help OUR families on welfare, social assistances, disabilities to live a decent life above the poverty line so that they too can contribute in their own way perhaps thru volunteer work with the agencies helping the other countries; help OUR people, families, elderly to make OUR poverty history and in turn we can then help others with their poverty situations and show them by example, that it CAN be done. We CAN climb out of poverty stricken areas, thoughts, beliefs, but we can't help anyone else if we can't help ourselves first!
Just as Charity Begins at Home....Let's Make Povery History....At Home and Abroad!
I've been in the group for a while, but I guess I never introduced myself... I'm Tracy and I live in Minneapolis.
Let's see... I signed the petition at One.org quite a few months ago, and I haven't taken my white band off since. I love explaining it's meaning to people who ask. I watched Live 8 all day and cried like a baby the whole time. (I'm a big softie normally, but images of starving children make me sob.)
For 3 years, I've sponsored a lovely girl who lives in the Phillipines. She is an inspiration to me every day. I support CARE and other organizations as often as I can, through donations.
I hope that this group will help me find more ways that I can help, more organizations to support, petitions to sign, anything to help people in need. Sometimes I feel so helpless, thinking of the government here in the U.S. Our unity and caring gives me hope!
I was active most of my life in the anti-poverty movement. As a disabled person my actions are now limited to those that can be performed from home. I am very happy to help when I am able. This is a problem that I had hoped to see solved by now but we continue to work on behalf of those who need our help and for our own edification. How seldom we truly realize the wealth of our middle-class western cultures.
Thank you for the invitation, I am here because after many years of working with abused, and displace women and children I have come to realize that the root of much of the abuse is 'poverty' Not trying to make excuses for abusive people, just that I have notice a 'theme' I fel that is we can do away with poverty we would see fewer women and children lives destroyed.
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Thanks Ted for the invitation. I'm honored. I thought I had already taken the One.org pledge, but apparently not, so I signed up tonight.
I have been an activist in one form or another. But I think this presents a unique opportunity. I contribute to some organizations that help feed the poor, and I sponsor a darling little boy from the Dominican Republic - he's a real peach.
But I want to do something that has a broader reach. Most people have been, IMO, thrust into poverty through politics of one sort or another. The governments play while the children die from lack of simple things like clean water. The governments go to war for personal greed while the children starve or die for lack of simple vaccines or vitamins. Women die of breast cancer because the money that should be used for mammograms is going to fund putting the troops in yet another location to secure us a foothold somewhere we don't belong anyway. Men and women can't get jobs - our work is being outsourced to countries where workers can be paid poor wages so that Americans don't have to be paid a living wage because of corporate greed. It's disgusting.
American drug companies are blocking people in other countries as well as here from getting medication for HIV and AIDS at a reasonable rate.
The list goes on forever - it has to stop.
Imagine John Lennon Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one
Thank you for the invite, Simon! December 30, 2005 9:04 PM
Thank you so much, Simon!
I have been poor for most of my life, so I know how hard it is to get out of that cycle. I've also been homeless before. There are not enough agencies nor enough funding to help most of the people that really need it. People have to reach out and help their neighbors, or others that they see who need the help. People used to do this in the past, and society is seemingly concentrating on themselves and all the material things they can acquire in life. They often believe that 'the one with the most toys wins'. How very deceiving is that?! We can all go and help someone, and if you don't want them to know who did it, there are so many ways of helping anonymously. Putting cash in someone's purse when they're not looking, sliding an envelope under someone's door with cash enclosed in it, or even just go to a homeless shelter and donate money or supplies.
If you own a business and need a new employee, hire someone off the street. Maybe if you are a manager, you can drop off applications to a shelter. If you need yardwork done, or help moving furniture, or even help with cleaning or moving, go to a shelter and see if someone would like to earn some money for the job. Sign as many petitions as you can in order to help defeat this oppression! If we all at least try, then we will accomplish a lot. We will make a difference in someone's life. We can tell our friends and co-workers our ideas as well.
Simon, thanks for the invitation. I've read several things that Simon has written and am quite impressed with his knowledge and insight. I hope that I will be able to aid in this group's endeavor. I have witnessed too much of the wastefulness of the few as the many are left to die. As I sit in my comfortable, warm home I know that there is more that I can do. I'm sure that there are others who need to be nudged, pushed, to do what they should be doing. I'm ready to take that next step.
Simon, thank you for the invite. My name is Salama (aka Nemue) from Australia. This is a cause that I feel very strongly about. I hope collectively we can make a difference. We can no longer turn a blind eye to poverty. We have enough for all - if only we could embrace sharing.
Hello Simon, hello fellow-Care-ers,
Thank you for the invitation.
I'm eager to read the inforamtion that will come to this board.
As a trade-unionist I see that even in rich countries social wellfare and quality of life degrades.
The poorest countries have beocme even poorer in the last decade. The reigning economic system doesn't work to achiev what is best for the collectivity.
But awareness is growing.
There is hope.
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I am here because, I believe we can make a difference. Poverty used to be something we would hear about in the news when I was younger. Now, its a part of life..something HAS to be done! There is a stigma attached to poverty..like a dirty secret. People are ashamed to admit they need help. We are living in a society where most of the population is ONE MONTH AWAY FROM BEING HOMELESS! These are the LUCKY ONES! Everyday, somewhere in this world a CHILD is being SOLD to the sex slave industry! Children chained to posts to weave carpets!
Something has to be done..my first & formost concern are the children & the elderly. They are the most helpless in our society.
ANything I can do to make a difference I will..I am so proud to be part of this group
HI Everyone, thanks for inviting me and I apologize for not coming by sooner to say howdy.
In response to why are we here, I am here because I believe we can create change rather our acts are huge or small, they count... each and every act that we do to better the world. When we act together...well that really is the ultimate. I sort of look at things this way, it starts with poverty and it can end with ending poverty. IT can equal anything, any issue in our world today really. Dont give up hope and never stop trying to make that change.
hello everyone this is raj from India... India is one place which has 1/6th of the world population.... and around 20% of its population lives below poverty line... i am glad that i did join this group...
for the invite, Simon. I am glad to be here with you all. Sure would be nice if we can put an end to poverty and make it a thing of the past. Way to many people living around the world at or below the poverty level.
I agree 100% if our government would get off there donkey and restart the CCC and use our closed military bases for the homeless. These folks would have a place to live Plus learn a trade.Repair our parks and plants trees.So much could be done for these folks
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I work within my church and other christian organisations to end world poverty in jesus name.
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HI, thanks Simon for the invitation, I'm new at this, my name is carolina, i'm 19 years old, and I live in Guadalajara Mexico, I'm very interested in taking actions to help people =)
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Hi everyone... Simon thanks for the invite... My Name is Sandra and im from Acapulco, Mexico. im 43 and im very interested in world problems, solutions and opinions... hugs and peace
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I hope that one day, we CAN make poverty history. I am really happy to help in this force for good, where I can. Any petitions connected with this cause, I'll include in the next edition of my website http://www.greatmysterypublishing.com.
Thank you all for caring,Joel made a comment about "precious little" if I have nothing how wonderful a little will be for me and mine.There are many ways to help .When you have no food or money or time and you inspire or influence somebody else to do, you have helped.Perhaps you will take somebody to the grocery who wouldn't otherwise be able to get there,maybe at work you share your lunch w/someone who has none,thank you!Sure I have the wrist band,to me it is a symbol or hopefully somebody will ask about it become involved or be inspired to help or feed somebody.
A friend whose is single, children grown makes a good living .would probably not give to an organzation being suspicious.This man paid the utility bill of an older man he used to work with because his power got turned off and it's winter in Alaska.Also made sure he had money for groceries.A beautiful thing.I beleive almost everyone of us can do something.
And I am happy to see some familiar faces here! Welcome all,again thank you for this group! Shalom!
thanks Simon, for the invite here... Of course we may never be able to abolish poverty completely, but we certainly can do something to help. ((I've been a little out of commission lately with so many other things, but I'll be catching up soon, I hope! And getting with the program!))
I see a few people in here that I know! Hello friends!!
Salaam everyone! Thank you Simon for the invitation. Appalled by the conditions of this world, specifically poverty & suffering, this group is much needed. Looking forward to dialouging, learning, sharing, making a difference..Thank you again...
Thank you Simon for the invite, I really hope I will be able to contribute to your great cause...let me know what I can do. I see a lot being here in South Africa.
The first thing that I KNOW needs to be done is fair wages to all who work; whether they are picked up off the street to do a days job in the garden or at a building site, they should and must be paid appropriately!
Ooops, I'm probably writing this in the wrong post...
Banks should be mandated to offer free of service help in how to manage money, most of these people don't know the first thing about handling / saving money, it's a novelty for heaven's sake!!!
THANKS FOR THE INVITE,YAN!! November 17, 2005 3:20 PM
Hey YAN, Thank you very much for the invite to the group. Looking forward to being a part of this, as I have been reading your threads and links for a while now. Hopefully, together we can all make a difference. Simon and Ted have some awesome posts, too. All the links you posted are extremely informative, and your facts are correct, as I have checked on a few of them myself. All I can say is WOW! What an incredible passion you all must have for the cause!. Keep up the excellent work, and thanks for the education!
Thanks for the invite Mariannie! I look forward to being a member. I have been working in "poverty" programs for 34 years here in the U.S. I have seen successes, failures, apathy, dedication, fraud, individual changes, and so much more it seems. I manage a poverty-related community action agency center in a rural Kentucky county. I have 10 staff. We are making some difference but have a long way to go.
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hi from New Zealand October 25, 2005 12:54 PM
Lots of familiar names here and an interesting range of topics. I'm looking forward to reading up and learning.
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Hi Everyone, thanks Ted for the invitation and hello Paola, Eleanor, Sunshine, Simon, Jacalyn, Harmony and EVERYONE. I'm Jessie and although I joined a short while ago I have not had the time to drop in and say hello so
lol, well, I'm not a host here , just kidding(soap oprah, lol), was offered in the beginnings but need help myself . Great to see some new faces and some of my friends related to other friends, and some familar ones as well. Reminds me it is time to send out more invites myself as my friends list as grown
The group was based on the ONE Campaign but has grown more in scope of discussion, ideas, (Ted is wonderful at this) and if anyone has any new just post away. There are more solutions than the ONE Campaign so please share, I know you're used to doing that here on care2
Hi all! My name is Yan. I am so happy to see all of you selfless people on this site. This is just great.
My main goal is to do everything I can to make sure children/adults have some food to eat. In this day and age, it is almost inconceivable that so many people are starving to death, but sad to say it is the truth. So let's do whatever we can to help. This can be fixed, 8 men 8 signatures....need I say more?
Thanks for the invite and I am looking forward to learning everything I can to help END POVERTY! Which can be accomplished in my lifetime. So kudos to all of you! Onward and upward.
I used to cry myself to sleep when I was little, thinking about all the poor children in 3rd world countries, especially those in war torn Vietnam. At the moment, it is very difficult to even take care of myself and my children, let alone help anyone. I do what I can for various low income families as far as volunteering when something comes across my path. It is pitiful little. I figure there is strength in numbers and perhaps there will be some idea sparked here that could help, in a meaningful way.
Hi, all, Thank you for invitation, Ted. you are one very busy fella! Wow, what a diverse group of people. Hey, Joey J. of Detroit. I'm in Lansing. Every time I go to Detroit, I'm amazed at how downtown looks like a warzone. Who dropped the bomb? As for myself, I've lived well, and I know what poverty is too. That easily happens after you become disabled. Our problem with poverty is a result of having leaders who believe in "survival of the fittest." That's the core of the problem we're dealing with in America today. (And around the world.) It used to be better under earlier administrations. But now, I know of many people who are struggling to just survive; to simply have the basics. And, unless we join together and begin to fight, it's only going to get worse for everyone. I don't have the figures right here, but how many millions have descended into poverty since just last year! That's a direct result of government policy. I am so encouraged to see such a diverse group here who are so obviously loving and caring people. and, so many. (222 current count) Let's keep growing. The more we have in the fight the better our chance to make an inpact on reducing the poverty problem. It's up to us, as individuals to do it, because clearly the government has decided to leave us to our own devices to the degree that they can get away with it. The current government wants to dump their responsibility onto the charities, but with the poverty problem so immense, tha charities can only apply bandaids. That approach obviously is not going to work. But, in the meantime, while our "leaders" do their experiment in what works and what doesn't, many peole are suffering. To show you how much this administration wants to shirk its responsibility, take a look at how USAID is begging for funds from American citizens (charity, donations) to use to rebuild the infrastructure in Iraq because the funds that were to be used for that purpose have run out. (Actually, embezzeled.) So, now, instead of the US government, who created the devastation to begin with, accepting responsibility and doing whatever it take to supply what is needed to rebuild Iraq, they instead allow this agency to come begging to the American people for the funds! It's like we haven't already give billions and billions of dollars already through taxes! I'm astonished! What total irresponsibility and negligence! When your leaders operate on this frequency, we're going to have big trouble getting through to them. But, it has to be done.
I looked for groups on poverty, and am glad I found this group. I hope to gain a lot of different perspectives on the subject -how to combat, remedy, and end poverty- from everyone here.
I have always believed that endingpoverty is the key to making change on all levels. Having seen what it does to the human condition firsthand, it is something I have grappled with all my life, trying to find ways to make a difference. Volunteering my time, doesn't seem like enough, giving food and donations, doesn't seem like enough. I am never satisfied.
I believe that even though each one of us have our own lives, cultures, and ideas- we can each contribute something to affect poverty as a whole. No matter how small the contribution, by doing it together, we can make an impact. With each of our voices united in calling world leaders to pay attention, we can call attention to a war, the world cannot avoid. A war to end poverty.
I really believe this, and I am unwavering in my determination.
Thanks for the invitation, Ted! This is exactly what I am interested in! I look so forward to becoming more involved and doing whatever I can to help other's. As it is 1:00 am, I have to go to bed now, but will be back soon!
~ Thanks for having such a wonderful, motivated and positive group!
I made white bands with friends and we gave it out on campus and in the subway.It was welcomed and no one turned us down.Some people wanted to give donation but we asked them to sign our petion and to sign the one here on Care2 or online.We gave out fliers too.
Raising awareness is the goal and we did it....now the struggle becomes our life,as Nelson Mandella said.
Am so glad to be here in this group! I've been working in my own group, Homeless Civil Rights and Civil Liberties- it's good to also be in this group which is focussed on one of the main causes of homelessness- poverty.
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Glad we can all make a difference in our own way. This group is always open to new ideas and experiences. So don`t be shy.
Theresa, thanks for accepting. I know you`ll make a difference.
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My name is Eva, I'm 15, and I live in Indiana. I signed The One Declaration because I think this is one of the best campaign out there. If we truly succeed with this, we can save so many lives and improve the world drastically! I hope we can do it!!
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I see that we already do share common concerns. I also feel it's so difficult to start. Besides what we may be doing already (donate food, clothes, money sometimes) and seeing that it's still such a problem, what more can we do? I hope to find an answer to that question
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Thanks Linda for letting me know about this place and inviting me. Poverty is something we often become desensitized to because it's everywhere and we just don't know how to fight such a big, global issue. Where do we start? I hope we can work towards making real change.
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you are quite right.... we have a lot of things and in the best of world, everyone should have their share... i do hope as well we can get there little by little.... not sure it will be so when i die but if it is then just slightly better, it would be something...
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I am Mena and the reason I am here is to help find ways to help the less fortuante of the world. I was blessed to live in a free country where I can find work and a way to raise a family. I work in Nursing and have so many oppurtunities here. I realize that women in other countries do not have the same priviledge as me to be able to work. Children do not have the same oppurtunity to eat and recieve education as mine do. And there are wars being fought in far away places we have little understaning of here. Right now we are in a war also, but even so we still have much priviledge. I want to make wise decisions, not only for my families future, but for the future of mankind. I believe that every small step leads up to the big finale and it is here that we can all sit and eat and be peaceful. I will not be happy until every human being can sit down to a good meal without the sound of gunfire or the fear of where the next meal will come from. We must as humans help eachother, no matter how far away from one another we are if we want to save humanity and it's civilazation.
I'm here because people living in poverty are so vulnerable to exploitation.I also don't understand how governments can find money for wars & campaigns & affluent lifestyles and ignore the plight of their own people.
I also believe that people shouldn't be stigmatised because of their financial status.
Hello, I am Joey. I live outside of Detroit, Michigan. Walking down the street and watching a man throw his ice cream on the ground infront of a child that hasn't eaten anything in two days, makes me grief stricken. I see so many heartaches, daily.
I wish to help. Thank You, Ted, for the invitation.
Hi i'm Carol, i'm 14 from England. i am a huge supporter of MPH, and am currently trying 2 find sponsered things i can do to raise money. Any ideas would be appreciated, and i will share my stories here. I think this is one of the most worthwhile charities around!! The world governments should be suupporting poorer nations, not making them pay money! Lovelight and peace, carol.
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poverty-as it relates to globilization , whatever the market will bear economy etc. and toher concerns- edcuation, health care, environment, PEACE; are realted to this NOBU**SH**Zone jarnocan.blogspot.com
Getting BushINc.'s reconstructionist gamg out of office isn't the be all and end all, but it will be a big step in the real-right direction. I try to link petitons- even from here but sometimes hard to find, other actions, and articles and some protest pics. Right now that is mostly what I am focussed on.
I do care, and want to look at other issues to BUT this is #1 for me.
Thanks for starting this group,and I love the Bono photo!
I live in southeast Alaska on an island and am blessed by beauty all around me,I feel safe here,have a job,place to live,food to eat,stellar friends! I believe in the power of love,kindness,the right for every child to be safe and loved.I believe it is our honor and duty to give back.I think there is no excuse for the poverty in this country which I love and I think it shames us as a nation the way we treat the elderly,and allow people to go hungry in a land where there is more than enough! We can make a difference.
I'd like to agree w/Annmarie it's ludicrous that we pay entertainers and athletes huge huge salaries and teachers,and nurses for example so little by comparison,what does that really say about us and our culture? I hope we can help each other help others here!
Hello All, I'm new here . Thanks Ted for the Invite. May 13, 2005 5:48 PM
I love helping people, and daily click to help the various causes here at Care2. I have come from a low-income background, and live in a diverse neighborhood. I know all too well, how it feels to be poor. Even when I worked, I was still considered low-income. So if, I can help others like myself, move up in life, I'm more than willing.
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Thank you for the invite Ron!
I would love to see the day that there would be no more poverty in the world. I do not think I will see it in my lifetime though. It is a just and honorable cause to fight for. Thank you Ted for creating this group.
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Hiya thank you for the invite
I have been involved in Make Poverty History and the ONE campaign for awhile now.I have alot of admiration for Bono and his causes are very much what I believe in.So it wasnt a long stretch for me to get involved with them! LOL
BTW Iam a crazy U2 fan and I have been since I was 16 years old Just seen my boys Monday in Chicago and it was an amazing and spiritual adventure
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I am María and had been around for a bit, I had made some activism in the stop poverty org., not as much as I would like but I do what I can, thank you for the invite Ron and yes, I agree together we can make a diference, thanks again for the oportunity, you are a wonderfull group of caring people.
Amor y Armonía
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I believe we can make a difference. I myself live right on the line between poverty and okay. I have a job,thankfully and live paycheck to paycheck. When I hear of the salaries of some people I am astonished, I am equally astonished at finding out how much of
a problem poverty is in todays world. I am 35 but in essence feel as though I am just crawling out from under the proverbial rock.
I am seeing the world through new eyes and can not even believe the
injustice the upsidedowness, the way people live and the things they do. Rich or poor or inbetween.
I understand more education generally means better pay but, what I see is the backbone of these countries being just regualar people that are teaching the young, caring for the old, building the homes,guiding the misguided,bagging our groceries,tilling our lands,
oh, the list goes on and on and its so hard to make it moneywise.
These people dont make nearly the amount they should yet,it seems
there is money to spare. Forgive me if I offend anyone here but, I have a huge pet peeve about the amount of money entertainers make.
Why is it that pretending to be a character in a movie is worth so much more than educating children? I'm sorry,I just dont get it. Why are our elderly left to these old age homes with less income than a teens allowance for a month? Why do folks that have worked hard their entire lives have to continue to work until they leave this planet? Why is it the older people get the less valuable they become to the work force when what they have now is wisdom and experience?
I work in a hospital, I am raising two girls without child support. I can spend fifty dollars a week on groceries. I am fortunate. Then I hear of the poverty around the globe and probably a mile or so from me and I would feed them if I could,
I wish to adopt another child in need of a home and love.
This is something else I dont understand, If so many children are
without parents in orphanages all over the world why then, is it so difficult and exspensive to adopt? Given the opportunity I could make it work for one at least.
I want to share a story with you all,recently I tried to help a homeless man. He was living in Florida, sleeping on church steps, e mailing me, we would talk, I would give him advice. He went to work a day programs and tried. I did not know he was homeless until he came here to visit me on a bus with all his belongings in a bag on his back. I took all of my tax return money and set him up in an apartment in the city with access to busses,the library,the ss office, welfare office and work programs. I bought him some clothes and some basics for the apartment. I bought food. He still lived like he was on the streets even after this, he dressed in several layers of clothing, he slept on the floor, he never cleaned the apartment. I even re-taught him how to brush his teeth which the few that were left were badly rotted. This man was only 33.
I tried to encourage him daily and took him on a few job interviews,
eventually I began leaving him to his own devices to see what he would accomplish,occassionally he went to work at the work-a-day
program, he applied for health insurance and food stamps and disability (I am not sure what his disability was, I did not notice any except,perhaps he had some psychological issues) These issues came out in that he had many reasons/excuses as to why he couldnt do this or that and to me it seemed a matter of just doing it anyway...where there is a will there is a way, kind of thing.
He began spending more and more time at the library online or in front of the television. I still encouraged him and did what I could, though less and less with each day as I was now draining myself, financially, physically and emotionally. Eventually I left him to his own thing and soon his eviction notice came in and he notified me. Though he was able to generate a small income he never put any aside for rent. I helped gather his things the weekend before he had to move out and brought them to good will because he had no place to keep them and he refused to go to a shelter. He is now back on the streets and he blames me for everything. Perhaps I set him up for failure,perhaps it was more than he could handle, I dont know.
I did it becuase in my mind I felt if I could just help one person,just one than maybe that one person would help one thus the chain of help becomes longer,eventually linking together.
I am here on care 2 to help whereever and however I can.
I cannot watch the world and know the things I know and be idle about it. There has to be something that gives, some way to make it
all fair,so everyone is comfortable and safe and warm and fed.
Goodness knows here in America there is more than enough to go around. Yet,there are still those reluctant to share and greed still
stands firm. I have since begun to donate time in soup kitchens and help at the food banks. Some where,some how, some people got much less and I know there alot of people out there like me and all of you who want to cure this poverty,make it obsolete. I agree we
need to put our heads together and take action to make things better for all. I am here. Annmarie
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Hello, everyone! Thanks Ron for the invitation. I'm Maria Vivian. And at 42, am trying to find a job after a long absence from the work force. I had to stop to take care of the kids and now that they are old enough and I am able to go back, it seems that everyone wants to hire the younger ones. It is so hard here to find a job at my age. So like all of you, I want to be of help.
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Right on! May 12, 2005 6:04 AM
And thanks for the invite, Ron!
I have been living below the poverty limit for over 10 years now, yet I am thankful to have a roof over my head and food to eat.I have been in places where folks don't even have that much, and sat with them. I am thoroughly disgusted with all government levels concerning this - the whole system's set up for people to remain poor, losing more as they go. I have long been an advocate of simply living, so others may live, and having been this poor for this long, exploring avenues, doing what I'm able to do ( I do deal with a disability), I have experienced a unique perspective on what it takes for folks to jump off this dark circle. I just can't seem to get myself going, that's all, in spite of the fact I've helped others.
Blessings.. luv, Jessie
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I was made aware of this campain just over a year ago,so I went out and bought the wrist band,but it doesn't stop there!We need to campain about all sorts of things to do with poverty,disease and ignorance being just two subjects close to my heart and the hearts of those around us,who care to wear the band.
The biggest killer for those in third world poverty is HIV/AIDs and ignorance about how to prevent these diseases,caused by contracepive legislation(people being told that condoms are wrong!)because of the Catholic views!
If people where allowed to make free choices this disease would not be pandemic and,therefore,we would not need this campain.
Sorry for the soapbox attitude,but some governments attitudes make me sick!
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I feel introductions are a great way to get started. I am Wenke and I am one of the fortunate people who at 57 years of age, have never had any problems finding work, satisfying work. When I had cancer in 1996 and went through chemo, radiation and reconstuction and had an extended period without work, insurance money came regular as clock work. Today I am cancer free and work daily doing what I love most, helping the less fortunate.I have travelled all over the world and seen poverty that is unbelivable to us here in North America. In my own city in Canada, there are people who through no fault of their own, live below the povery line. I belive in helping people to help themselves. I work with people many have "given up" on, namely addicts and street workers. These people suffer from a disease and let us treat it like one. I feel so blessed to live the life I have today. Healthy,safe and never hungry. Today millions of little children go to bed with swollen bellies,suffering from decease and hopelessness We must do all we can, to offer hope to people , some of which has given up! There was a man who turned one fish into a feast for many. Little by little we must work at stamping out poverty, providing food and safe housing for all. A huge project, you bet it is- but it all start right now.
Thank you for having me in the group.
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Thank you for the invitation ,I do believe that we can all work together to make a difference there is no need for hunger and suffering in todays world. I look forward to helping anyway I can.
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I am vero and i think this is a great idea...I life i work in social services with low income clients and do the best i can against poverty.
It is a great idea to get every one together.
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I'm Ron, also known as tcmoon, my pseudonym. I'm registered with one.org and campaign a bit for poverty appeals. Not as much as I have done previously due to ill health/disablement. I'm a poet/writer and think this group is a marvellous idea inasmuch as bringing to the fore, something that most people would rather ignore, well, as I've seen in my experience anyway.
I've posted on another thread that moreorless says what I would like to see and thoughts on eveything. Hope to get to know more of ya real soon...
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Sunshine thanks for the invitation. I went to the link , but I cannot find the Dominican Republic
found in other thread, she was living in US recently so she can use US sites, have let her know
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great to see you both here am sue many more will join and that this is a worldwide campaign with famouse people backing it so we that care need to as well.
Walter, my mother when she just hit 50, even just before couldn't get jobs anymore even with her awesome work history and who she worked for. They wanted the young good looking girls and it has been very hard on her and women didn't get pensions from companies like men did back then, so she is belove the poverty line as I will be when I hit pension time, or if i get the medical help I so desparately need in the US (I live in OH Canada) then I can write my book about the nightmare I have been going through, no one would believe it, well some do, but many don't until they read it in a book or see it in a movie then IT'S REALITY!
People need to stop having tunnel vision and take action on important causes, people needing help before a book or movie is made and often the person is dead by then,
Have to concentrate that there are those that love in this world, as I am getting sad now writing this.
Think I'll go somewhere that makes me laugh.
truth, love and laughter
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Thanks, Ted, for starting this worthwhile group, and thank you, Sunshine, for the invitation! I have found out at only age 54 that this country, and probably others, do not much care to hire someone my age for employment. I've also found out that government does not care and makes it extremely difficult to forge ahead, be it just an individual or a family. Case in point here in Oklahoma: we have been kicked off food stamps and medical assistance each time either my wife, myself or both have worked even at a minimum wage. Government claims excess income despite our being so far below the poverty level it isn't funny. With a background as a journalist for a daily newspaper and also online, I have watched the model of family become a dinosaur. Through another Care2 group, I have discussed my disabilities, lack of insurance to get much needed help and medications to the point I am finding it an exercise in futility. I stand by you, Ted, and am here to help. God bless.
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perhaps it would be best if we all wrote a bit about ourselves and why we are here. I'll start.
My name is Ted, and I believe in a world without misery and suffering. I believe in the goodness in people. I also believe in the power of the many and the united. I will do my utmost to make sure that all people all over the world get the opportunities they deserve. The first step would be to end poverty.
I am politically active and have tried my best to address this subject in the past.
I love people who care, so i love you all.
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