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Richard Propes

"Compassion Street & The Independent Critic"

Indianapolis, IN, USA
male, age 52
Speaks: english
Joined Oct 22, 2006

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Do you hunger for a peaceful home for every child?

Mahatma Gandhi once said that poverty is the ultimate act of violence. Indeed, when one looks at child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault it is impossible to ignore the role that poverty and economic issues play. It is my belief that by addressing both the economic issues and the harsh realities of violence, we can have an even greater impact on violence in our children's lives.

Throughout 2007, I will be fasting each Friday as a statement against the abuse and poverty that children of the world endure. In this way, I hope to encourage simple acts of compassion by everyday human beings like you and me. Will you join me this Friday, or any Friday, in fasting (perhaps not just food...but giving up SOMETHING of value to you)?

I am seeking individuals to donate $1.00 to the "Tenderness Tour" to be divided equally between the "Tenderness Trail" planting of memorial trees to honor child victims of violence and the "One Campaign" and its efforts to combat poverty worldwide. Donations should specify "Hunger for Peace." Please include at least your name, and memorial or honorary donations are welcome and will be acknowledged on the "Hunger for Peace" page on the Tenderness Network website. Corporate/Organizational participation is invited, as well.

All "voices" who donate throughout the year will be recognized on the Tenderness Tour website (either by name or name/location). Individuals who do the following:

1. Donate at least $1.00
2. Commit to fasting at least one meal
3. Recruit one other person to participate in "Hunger for Peace"

These individuals will be recognized in the Tenderness Tour's special "Outcast Society," a donor level not designated by "amount" of donation but by commitment to the cause. "Outcast Society" members will each receive an "Everyone is Beautiful" bumper sticker if a mailing address is provided. (NOTE: "Hunger for Peace" is not dependent upon the "10,000 Voices." "Hunger for Peace" will continue throughout the year whether we have 1 or 1,000,000 Voices!)

So, let us begin anew this year...this year of "hunger" recognizing the power of each of us to make a difference in each other's lives. I appreciate your ongoing support, encouragement, prayers, donations and volunteer hours. Please help me spread the word about "Hunger for Peace" to your friends, families, schools, churches, Myspace friends, non-profit organizations, local media and everyone else.

Send your donations of $1.00 or more to:

Tenderness Tour
PO Box 20367
Indianapolis, IN 46220

OR you can use the Amazon HonorSystem on the Tenderness Tour website. For more information, please contact Richard at

Peace and Gratitude,

Richard Propes
Founder/Executive Director
The Tenderness Network

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Joined Oct 22, 2006 Activist Aspirations Rabid 
Here for Meeting Friends, Dating, Professional Connections, Support a Cause 
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Groups DUO for World Peace, Gaia: The Earth Force United Coalition., Stop Child Abuse, Murder, Exploitation and Neglect!
Hometown Indianapolis, IN 
Birthday Oct 01, 1965  
Languages english  
About Me Since 1989, I've traveled over 3,000 miles by wheelchair raising awareness on child abuse, domestic violence and other family violence issues with a specific focus on how they impact children. I'm the founder/director of the Tenderness Tour, an Indiana-based organization committed to establishing "A Peaceful Home for Every Child." We donate 100% of funds received on our road tours to various children's organizations, and I've provided speeches, both inspirational and educational, to churches, schools, non-profits, civic leaders and city officials. We also sponsor the annual "Tenderness Award," an award acknowledging outstanding commitment to children and towards breaking the cycle of abuse/violence.

In 2010, I became the founder/artistic director for Compassion Street, an arts outreach dedicated to finding creative ways to address social justice issues.

I am also the founder/publisher for The Independent Critic,, a film website devoted to a unique blend of movie reviews and social outreach.
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Pets None, none  
Activist Aspirations Rabid
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Brethren  
Eating Habits Aspiring healthy eater  
Wild Fact About Me I once traveled for 41 days and 1086 miles by wheelchair raising awareness on child abuse prevention issues.
My Philosophy Everyone is beautiful; There is always hope; Touch can be a loving experience; Laugh often; Be honest; Play; Love without fear; Violence is never justified; Every single moment is a chance to turn your life around.
What Gives Me Hope God, my Goddaughter, children and simply taking the time to look around.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Establish a Department of Peace and invite every single world leader over for a Peace Picnic without an agenda...just taking time to get to know one another. I'd listen more, talk less...Serve justly and lovingly.
What/who changed my life and why The bible, Thich Nhat Hanh's "Being Peace," Andrew Vachss, Charles Bukowski, Mother Theresa, Bob Wieland, Terry Fox, my Goddaughter Victoria and way too many films to mention.
What Bugs Me people who rape, liars, injustice, George Bush, apathy, any one that would hurt a woman, Any one that would hurt a child, abusive people  
Passions Breaking the cycle, volunteering, writing, spirituality, peace, making a difference, LIFE!!!, god, laughter, children  
Inspirations peace, love, good people, god, friends, children  
What Scares Me rape, War - Cruelty - Greed - Indifference, Violent people  
Role Models Terry Fox, Bob Geldof, Bob Wieland, Dalai Lama, Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr  
Quotation "Touch can be a loving experience"
Interests meditation, Spirituality/Philosophy, movies, massage, internet, humor, Books - Author  
Books Thich Nhat Hanh, the Bible, Phillip Gulley, Charles Bukowski, Andrew Vachss, John Callahan  
Music Johnny Cash, The Ramones, Blessid Union Of Souls, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt  
Movies falling down, Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, magnolia, Garden State, oasis, Ponette, one flew over the cuckoo's nest, 12 Angry Men, City Lights, Schindler's list  
TV Shows The Simpsons, the Daily Show, South Park  
Favorite Foods Burgers and fries, pizza, italian  
Favorite Places Anyplace where I can make a difference, Anyplace with lighthouses, Cape Cod MA  
Can't Live Without peace, hope, laughter, love, god, friends  
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    Nov 2, 2007 8:04 AM

    Ivy S. (2169)
    My dear friend,
    May joy, peace & good health reign in your heart forever. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Be happy always!
    Love & hugs - ivy

    Oct 5, 2007 5:34 AM

    Ivy S. (2169)
    My dear friend, so sorry for being late in sending my greetings to you. However, I believe that it is always "better late than never" - what do u say? Happy belated Birthday to U! Hope your special day was as special as you are and hope it was the most memorable one ever. Cheers!

    Love & hugs - Ivy

    Oct 23, 2006 9:38 PM

    Darcy D. (44)
    Welcome Richard
    It's great to have you here at Care 2. I will be checking in with you often. Also, alert me to anything I CAN DO TO HELP...Many Blessings Darcy Dee
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