Remarks made by Ms. Shirley Sherrod at a meeting of the NAACP were taken out of context and used to inflame the public and resulted in her losing her job at the USDA.
The NAACP and the Administration both reacted too quickly without knowing all of the facts. Ms. Sherrod's remarks, made at a meeting of the NAACP in Georgia, if watch in their entirety and not taken out of context, would exemplify her true feelings and what she was trying to say - that she had to overcome prejudices she had learned when growing up, as we all do as creatures molded to greater or lesser extents by our environment. She was saying, and should be commended for it rather than being fired or even censured, that she moved beyond such thought and subequent behavior.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the greatest ecological disaster in U.S. history. The danger to both the environment and to wildlife is nearly incalculable. Rather than finger pointing and name calling, we believe that we must act now and in force to help save the Gulf. To that end, we have just created a wiki portal site to solicit volunteers and donations, post stories and photo, etc. The site is http://savethegulf.pbworks.com
Your photos, stories and other submissions are welcome, as are comments, but please refrain from name calling and finger pointing. The idea of this site is to seek information, ideas and to solicit volunteers. The need is urgent, the time is now!
I made this little page to share with you who are mothers and/or who have mothers in their lives, my gift to you on this Mother's Day, 2007, which happens to coincide with my birthday this year. Click on the link below:
Help save the baby seals by signing the pledge to boycott Canadian seafood. Your simple act could help end the seal hunt forever.
In just days, The Humane Society of the United States will again be on the front lines in Canada, fighting to stop the largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. Last year, fishermen clubbed and shot more than 350,000 seals in the North Atlantic. Almost all of them were babies, some as young as 12 days old, and reports indicate that some were skinned while alive and conscious.
I ask that you stand with us today and help us stop the seal hunt forever.
Sign the pledge to boycott Canadian seafood. Seal hunting is an off-season activity for Canada's east coast commercial fishermen. They earn a small fraction of their incomes from selling seal skins to the fur industry: only a reported $17.5 million (Canadian) annually, compared to the nearly $3 billion taken in by the Canadian fishing industry from seafood exports to the United States. The connection between the commercial fishing industry and the seal hunt in Canada gives consumers all over the world the power to end the vicious slaughter of seals.
This year, we are excited to report that the boycott is working! The Canadian fishing industry has suffered a $350 million (Canadian) decline in the value of snow crab exports to the United States. Help us keep the pressure on Canada's fishing industry by teaming up with the more than 340,000 people who have joined the boycott. Sign the pledge today!
When the first stage of the hunt unfolds this March in the North Atlantic, The HSUS will once again be there with our cameras to show the world the ugly truth from the ice.
Stay in touch with our campaign to end the seal hunt and find up-to-the-minute news, videos, and actions you can take at www.ProtectSeals.org.
Your involvement is critical to ending the awful abuses of the hunt. Thank you for joining us today in our fight to abolish the brutal seal hunt forever.
Wayne Pacelle President & CEO The Humane Society of the United States
P.S. During the hunt, you can get frequent updates from Rebecca Aldworth, our director of Canadian Wildlife Issues, who will be on the ice to witness and report on the slaughter. Subscribe to Seal Watch.
P.P.S. Want to do more? On April 1, thousands of advocates will gather at ProtectSeals house parties across the United States and Canada to help stop the hunt. Hosting a house party to support the Humane Society Legislative Fund is a unique way to let people know that the seal hunt is still happening and how they can help. Find out how you can host or attend a ProtectSeals house party.
April is Anti-Cruelty Month! Animal Planet has partnered with the ASPCA and other animal groups to make it easy to get involved. It is easy: Just ROAR - Reach Out. Act. Respond. Visit http://animal.discovery.com/roar to join the ROAR campaign.
The little movie to be found at http://www.daversitycode.com/ explains biodiversity in terms and in a manner which can help explain its importance to the children in your life, and yet entertain and hold their attention.
Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't and may decide you need one.
Mary and her husband Jim had a dog, Lucky. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy.
Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing. Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease, she was just sure it was fatal. She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders.
The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap.
Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed. When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand wha t was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But Panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned!
While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every night.
It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box, but Mary remains his greatest treasure.
Live everyday to the fullest. Remember it is a blessing from God.
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.
They are the ones that care.
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
This message was forwarded to me by my friend, Ria -
Georgia Shelter - Help us stop the madness!!
Walker County Petition///Please sign and Crosspost
We need help with this shelter. They're euthanizing without giving people a chance to adopt. Please sign. Message from one of the volunteers (see below)
"Hi Everyone, we desperately need your help with the issues and problems at Walker County. Could you please take a minute and sign this petition for us? We wold appreciate all the help we can get." ' Thanks
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