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Dec 4, 2009
Through Earth Day (April 22, 2010), secondhand-clothing store chain Buffalo Exchange and the Humane Society of the United States jointly host "Coats for Cubs."

Animal lovers are encouraged to clean out their closets (or parents' and grandparents' closets) and donate any tacky real-fur items found there (including fur trim, accessories and shearling) back to the animals.

Of course, it's too late to give the fur back to its original owner, but it can still be used as bedding for orphaned and injured wildlife -- and it doesn't do your conscience any harm, either.

Fur in any condition is accepted and can be brought to any Buffalo Exchange location. 

(If you'd like to claim your fur donation as a tax deduction, you'll need to mail it directly to the Humane Society rather than dropping it at Buffalo Exchange; mailing information is available at HSUS.org.)

More information at BuffaloExchange.com.
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Posted: Dec 4, 2009 7:55pm
Nov 25, 2009

From my beautiful, sensitive friend, Minoo......


The expression of gratitude by the strong and able
is through lending a hand to the meek and unable.
- Excerpt from an old Persian poem


I have to be honest...Thanksgiving has always been one of my least favorite holidays of the year.  I wish it weren't so. I usually can't wait for it to be over before it's even begun. With the exception of greeting card commercials and the obligate feel-good message carried in holiday-time movies and TV specials, so much of what I see representing this potentially-beautiful holiday is about gluttony, focusing primarily on the turkey.

Starting in November and continuing through the end of December, popular culture in the US starts throwing around words and phrases like giving, thanks, love, peace on earth, and good will to all. Absolutely wonderful ideals I think we should ALL strive to live up to, and I LOVE that the holidays remind us of those universal ideals.

But every year, I feel such a deep sense of mourning and disappointment when I see that those words mean so little to so many of my fellow humans... empty sounds that are uttered without much meaning, and in most cases, with little - if any - action supporting the meaning.

Regardless of the origins of Thanksgiving, or what the religious, historical, or political implications may or may not have been, one thing is clear....we now primarily see it as a time to sit down and stuff ourselves in the company of friends and family, "feasting" at the expense of another being's loss of his or her life. If this being were in the furry body of a cat or dog then most people in the US would object. But those same people will often not think twice when the "feast" on their table happens to be derived from an animal who, by birth, fell into the unfortunate and arbitrary category of a "farm animal".

Whether the poor bird suffered unimaginable cruelty in a factory farm, or whether she lived in the farce that is known as "free-range", or even in the very unlikely scenario where she was raised by someone in their own backyard, she still faced an early and absolutely unnecessary death. And anyone who has spent any time with non-humans of various forms, will not doubt that she felt fear, agony, and horror right before she was killed... she and the 46 million other turkeys killed for this one day of thanks each year.

I guess ever since I was a little girl, and even now that I'm in my 40's, I've never been able to comprehend emotionally WHY people choose to celebrate a day of gratitude by killing an innocent being and feasting on him/her... and moreover, why they continue marking other holiday feasts of the season, like their Christmas dinner, with similar choices. Where is the gratitude, good will, joy, or peace in that? How is that consistent with the values we teach this time of year? Why do we voluntarily choose killing over life - especially so in a holy season with such beautiful non-violent ideals?

There are many peaceful alternatives for having a scrumptious feast to share with friends and family, and even further, to share with fellow humans in need. And if you don't like the alternatives, you can certainly create your own. Alternatives that are NOT derived from suffering or death. Alternatives that allow us to teach our children that LIFE IS SACRED to every being. That BREATH IS SACRED to every being. And based on that, to teach them, that first and foremost, we must give thanks for those sacred gifts of Life and Breath.

Traditions change all the time. Any student of history, anthropology, or sociology can probably point out dozens of known traditions that have evolved or simply changed form, meaning, and practice in the relatively short history of humankind. Now in this 21st century, I do hope that one by one, more humans will come to abandon the practice of unnecessarily killing another being for the "pleasure" of their stomachs, and that they will redefine the traditions of this holiday season. Only then will Thanksgiving, and the festivities that follow through the end of the year, begin to honestly reflect the peaceful, loving ideals we all strive for during the holiday season.

Please choose peace over violence. Please choose kindness over killing. A happy and peaceful Thanksgiving to you and yours, with respect and gratitude to ALL life forms,

- minoo


P.S. A simple search on the internet will result in pages of information on the absolutely wonderful tasty alternatives for a peaceful and fulfilling meal!!
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Posted: Nov 25, 2009 12:19am
Aug 15, 2009

Holy smokes!

What started out, simply enough, as a hastily-written commentary on my experiences at Woodstock has turned into something bigger.

First off, I wrote the commentary because I am so sick and tired of all the people who write terrible, terrible things about what happened at Woodstock -- when they weren't even THERE!

http://tinyurl.com/CNN-iReport-Susie-Woodstock


Someone at CNN.com Live saw my iReport, called me, and had me interviewed live for the website.

http://tinyurl.com/CNN-Susie-Woodstock


Well, early this morning, I was awakened by a call from a CNN producer in Atlanta, asking me if it'd be okay to send a car to pick me up and drive me to the Los Angeles CNN studios to be interviewed on camera.... in 2-1/2 hours.  Man, did I freak out!  I was running around, trying to pick out clothing that would hide my embarrassing weight gain, emailing friends, etc.

Lucky for me (I think), the producer rang me back and said he wants me on live on SUNDAY (still tomorrow, here on the West Coast). 

Sooooooooooo........... I'm scheduled to be interviewed, LIVE, on CNN television, during the 4:00 hour of "CNN Newsroom."  Now, mind you, that's 4:00 on the East Coast, so for those of us who live out West, I'll be on during the 1:00 hour. 

The producer said it may be as late into the hour as 1:25PM but, if there's a lot of breaking news, whatever, I'll just hold tight.  There's always the NEXT hour of "CNN Newsroom," too.

So ask me if I'm nervous.  I AM SO FREAKING NERVOUS!!!!!!!!!!

But for those of you who also got to go to Woodstock, or wish they had, please send out strong wishes that my mind works well tomorrow, so I listen well to each question, and then ANSWER each question with some bit of intelligence. 

Okay, all that said, I'm going to try to get to bed early tonight, so I maybe will get a FEW hours of decent sleep in between the awakening times when I realize that I'm going to be on live tv in just a few more hours.

Hugs to all,

Susie
PEACE

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Posted: Aug 15, 2009 9:12pm
May 8, 2007



INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE - COMPASSION IN ACTION

Be a part of this rapidly growing non-profit corporation and make a difference in the world. "The Compassion in Action Club" (The CIA Club), a wonderful and exciting new animal advocacy organization, is currently looking for interns!

The CIA Club is a peace-promoting club that will allow high school students to put to action their compassion toward all beings. Students will work to educate themselves and others about the benefits of a plant-based diet, and will develop crucial leadership and communication skills not only through education, but also through service, community-outreach, and fund raising. There is currently one "pilot" CIA Club in Orange County, and chapters will soon be established in many schools in southern California - and beyond!

The CIA Club currently has the following three internship positions available. Applicants should be based out of Orange County, California.

FUNDRAISER/GRANTWRITER:  Applicant must be well-spoken, with excellent writing and grammar
skills.  Experience with fundraising and grant writing is a plus, but not required.  This would be a paid internship based on commission and could lead to a full-time position.  Must be able to work independently and take initiative.  15-20 hours per week.  Position available immediately. Internship includes a free grant writing workshop on June 23rd in Orange County.

WEB DESIGNER/WEBMASTER:  Applicant will continue to design or redesign our working website and keep it maintained.  This is an unpaid intern position that could lead to a paid position.  Must be able to work independently and take initiative. 15 hours per week. Position available immediately.

OFFICE MANAGER/EVENT PLANNER:  Plan and coordinate events and manage the office of this non-profit business.  Must be able to work independently and take initiative.  Take phone calls and handle emails.  Must have strong communication skills, both verbal and written.  Help implement programs and support the other employees of this organization. Must be very organized and feel comfortable with various computer software programs, such as MS-Word and email programs.  This is an unpaid intern position that could lead to a paid position. 20 hours per week. Position available immediately.

 



Please contact Minoo Rahbar at Mrahbar@theCIAclub.com for more information on the internships.

For more information on The CIA Club, please look at our website:  www.theciaclub.com.



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Jan 6, 2006

    For those of you wondering where Daphne's been, updates can be seen here:

                                http://tinyurl.com/8b62o

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