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|Saturday, January 19th, 2008|
Stride and Ride 2008
Hello! My name is Jessica and I am currently participating in a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2008 Stride and Ride walk-a-thon in Colorado Springs. On behalf of my high school's chapter of the National Honor Society, I am collecting donations for the MDA from individuals and businesses that are interested in reaching out to the community by helping to fund research for more than forty forms of neuromuscular diseases.
If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the MDA today, please visit our website
. To follow my group's progress from $0 to $500 between now and February 8, 2008, watch stridenride2008
here on LiveJournal or our Facebook
You can learn more about the MDA and muscular dystrophy at their official website
The MDA and the Rampart chapter of NHS appreciate any donation that you are comfortable making. Thank you for reading this post and we hope to hear from you.
|Monday, January 14th, 2008|
My link is musicforrelief.org
I wanted to tell you about a really great non-profit organization called, "Music For Relief." Founded by members of the band Linkin Park, Music For Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $2 million for the victims of the tsunami tragedy in Southeast Asia and hurricanes Katrina and Rita. MFR has organized a benefit concert featuring multi-platinum artists & numerous celebrity guests, sent musicians and volunteers to Southeast Asia and the U.S. Gulf Coast to help rebuild and donate supplies to people in need, and planted over 355,000 trees to help reduce global warming.
Right now MFR has three projects:
1. Help victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita rebuild their lives by funding and building homes in the U.S. Gulf Coast with Habitat for Humanity
2. Help weaken and prevent future natural disasters by raising awareness about climate change and by planting trees with American Forests to help reduce global warming.
3. Raising funds and awareness for the survivors of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh which struck on Nov 15th 2007, affecting 8.6 million people.
There are a few ways you can help!1. You can also buy merch from the MFR store. All the profits made go towards the above projects: http://bandmerch.seenon.com/index.php?v=musicforrelief&SESSID=722621b3b735d99689e5b0f030eb0264
2. You can donate online at: http://www.musicforrelief.org/donate
Or by mail to: Music For Reliefc/o GSO, 15260 Ventura Blvd.Suite # 2100 ,Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.Please make checks payable to Music For Relief.
Thank you for reading. If you don't want to donate please copy/paste the info and send it to your friends! Thanks!
**Important: Music for Relief is a tax exempt, non-profit organization. In the United States , all donations made to Music for Relief are tax deductible**
|Wednesday, December 26th, 2007|
Inviting everyone to check out and consider volunteering creative talent for strike_support
to benefit union and non-union writers and creative techs and other support staff out of work due to the WGA strike. How it works is that people offer to make icons or sketches or write short fiction or poetry as a gift for someone in exchange for that person's donating to a legally recognized charity to provide emergency help with rent, food, healthcare, etc for unemployed workers in the television industry. And the artists have a choice about where the donations should be directed - so you may support union people, nonunion people, writers, below-the-line people, individuals, groups, whomever you choose.
I know many of you are incredibly talented with writing, poetry, music, graphic design, etc - and it's a good cause. Many people in the writing industry are not wealthy - they're 'starving artists' looking for a chance to survive while following their dream and working one or more dayjobs between gigs. And this is a creative, democratic, (discordian!) response to the whole situation.
Here's the community's information:
Everyone knows that the writers are out of jobs because they're on strike. It's what being on strike means, and it's a risk they decided to take.
But hundreds of other people are also out of jobs: actors, technicians, staff, crew. These people had no say in whether the writers went on strike or not. They didn't choose to lose their jobs.
Fans have done a lot to support the strike, so that it ends as quickly as possible. But that end is still far out of sight.
But there's a way that you can help now the people who need help the most. strike_support is a general fandom community dedicated to helping those affected by the strike, who don't have their union's funds to fall back on. We're doing this through two charities: The Actors' Fund, based in NYC, and The Motion Picture & Television Fund, based in LA. If you know another charity that supports "below the line" people, please contact esotaria
|Friday, November 30th, 2007|
Amnesty Writeathon, San Mateo
Announcing that I'm hosting a local Amnesty Writeathon event - a group letter and petition and holiday card-writing day tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 12-4 (drop-in) in the Laurel Meeting Room of the San Mateo Library. 55 Third Street, in the downtown, off of South El Camino. http://www.amnestyusa.org/Individuals_at_Risk/Global_Writeathon/page.do?id=1108452&n1=3&n2=34&n3=65
Designed to coincide with International Human Rights Day, the event involves writing letters, signing petitions, and sending holiday cards to forgotten political prisoners around the world who are persecuted for nonviolently expressing their political or religious or cultural viewpoints. In the past Amnesty has supported democracy activists, environmentalists, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, women's rights activists, and many others. Amnesty is nonpolitical and nonreligious in itself and simply advocates for freedom of expression and against torture, arbitrary jail sentences, the death penalty, etc.
I'll bring cookies, tea, stamps, international Putumayo music, preaddressed envelopes, and some stationery my supervisor gave me today at work to donate to this event.
This is listed on the Amnesty Writeathon web page - already received a couple emails from interested people. All are welcome and we may go out to dinner as a group afterwards if people would like.
In addition to supporting human rights, this event is a great way to network with intelligent, successful professionals! One never knows whose company may be hiring, or who may know of awesome events happening in the SF Bay Area, or who may have great ideas to assist your university's student organization, or who may know someone who knows someone who...etc.
For those unable to make the event in person I can post links in my journal to the letters and petitions we're writing so you can sign on or mail letters of your own (as well as YouTube links of some musical highlights supporting human rights).
Please comment here (or email me) if you are interested and I will keep you posted.
Would be appreciated if some people here helped promote this on Facebook or elsewhere on LJ :)
|Friday, June 8th, 2007|
|Friday, April 20th, 2007|
|Wednesday, April 18th, 2007|
Soldiers Are Geeks Too!
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When President Bush ordered troops to Iraq, he probably never imagined that he would be ultimately be responsible for what very well could be the very first D&D convention/game day ever held in a warzone. Ziggurat Con, being held June 9 from 1200 to 2100 hours at CampAdder/Tallil Airbase, is open to all allied military personnel and civilian contractors in Iraq.
KBR and MWR (the army’s Morale Welfare & Recreation Department) have graciously allowed service members to use part of the Community Activity Center to hold the Game Day. The Ping Pong room will be set up for RPGs (Role-Playing Games,not to be confused with the rocket propelled grenades which share the same acronym), and the DVD Movie room will be playing Anime Movies all day in support of the event.
The largest problem with running a Con in Iraq, of course, is that there are no local stores or game publishers, and few game books on the post. Even dice are in short supply, with many soldiers breaking the unwritten taboo held by many gamers and sharing dice. Thankfully, many game publishers have also lent their support, and have agreed to supply game products to help the Con along. aethereal FORGE, Sovereign Press, Final Redoubt Press,Goodman Games, Paizo Publishing and Steve Jackson Games are among those that have thrown in their support for the convention. But Amberson indicated that the soldiers could definitely use more.
"This convention is currently in drastic need of prizes and giveaways for the troops," he said. "Everything donated will go directly to the troops,or to MWR to use as loaner books for the soldiers."
For more information, contact SPC David Amberson at the following address: david.amberson (at) iraq.centcom.mil
Donations can also be sent to SPC Amberson directly at the following address:
SPC David Amberson
A Co 86th Sig Bn
APO, AE 09331
They’re planning to run the following games (and will be happy to get additional games):
Babylon5 RPG, Cyberpunk 2020, D&D, D&D RPGA, GURPS, Historic Miniatures Battles, Magic Tournament, MechWarrior Miniatures, Rifts,Shadowrun, Starship Troopers, White Wolf System-Vampire, White Wolf System-Werewolf, X Crawl
Got any game books crowding your shelves that you never use? Here's a great cause to donate them to. Spread the word.
<b>We would love anything we can get. We do have a White Wolf game here, bu tnot much in the line of books, mostly the older editions. We will havea small LARP game that we are trying to get permission to have happen at the Ziggurat for which the con is named (A LARP at a historical site that has been around since Biblical times - WOW). Gamer related material would be absolutely awesome!! It takes 2 weeks or less when shipping Priority, so you still have time.
My address is as follows:
SPC David Amberson
A Co 86th Sig Bn
APO, AE 09331
Thank you so much for your support,
|Monday, November 27th, 2006|
|Monday, November 13th, 2006|
Amnesty Holiday Invitation!
Letting everyone know that I'm hosting an Amnesty International Write-A-Thon in my ladycatherina
journal, and you're all invited!
The Write-A-Thon is a free event where we write letters to governments on behalf of nonviolent political prisoners around the world, beginning November 28th and continuing through December 10th, International Human Rights Day. Around the 28th a list of actions will be available on the Amnesty webpage (http://www.amnestyusa.org
), and I'll download them and post the addresses and information in my journal. Whoever's interested can let me know via comments and we can split the actions up as we go.
I did this last year with a friend and got through the entire list of appeals, Holiday Card actions, etc. To make it more fun, we can all take breaks where we post jokes, stories, recipes, etc as comments to the Writeathon post.
|Monday, October 30th, 2006|
Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new group!
I'm a board member of ugandacalling
, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other.
And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit -as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda! We especially welcome international members, particularly people from Uganda (and we have at least a few already).
If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!
|Thursday, December 29th, 2005|
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|Thursday, July 14th, 2005|
There's a powerful video out from Sarah McLachlan for her song "World on Fire"
. (Quicktime Embedded Video)
Videos normally cost approximately $150,000 to make, excluding special effects wizardry. This one cost $15.
The money that would have been spent on her hair, makeup, production studio, etc., was instead donated to 11 charities, for a total of $148,270. That last link contains links to the homepages of all 11.
Of course, this is no doubt pocket change to Ms. McLachlan and her record label, but it's a powerful statement which raises awareness of how an effective donation can make a difference to those in need.
Yuba.net has more.
Everyone who worked on the video donated their time. The $15 refers to the cost of the Sony Mini DV tape on which the video was recorded.
|Wednesday, June 8th, 2005|
Help a little guy!
Hi guys, I have a friend who really needs help. She's not asking for much, any help would be appreciated, PLEASE help her! Here's the link to her website. She'd be REALLY thankful if you could help her.
Thanks in advance!http://www.geocities.com/savemychi/
|Monday, February 14th, 2005|
Please help the stray kitties I rescue and place!
Both of my cats are rescues. The kitten, Jezabel, needs to be fixed and that costs $60 I don't currently have since she wasn't a planned pet. I also need to get Gravy (the stray that I've had for 6 years now) her yearly shots. And there's a stray with kittens running around out side that I need to get to the vet as well. So here's what I'm going to do, I'm going to ask for help because all three of the aboved mentioned need to be done. So if you guys can find it in your hearts to donate some money (even if it's a couple of bucks) I can get all of this taken care of for all these cute little kitties!( Paypal donation button behind cutCollapse )
|Wednesday, January 12th, 2005|
Tsunami relief auction
KROQ is holding a Big A$$ Auction
to raise money for Tsunami victims.
There are a wide variety of items up for auction including signed items from various bands, tickets to basketball & baseball games, concert tickets and even walk-on parts for NYPD Blue & The OC.
The auctions end this Friday (1/14) between 7am-6pm Pacific Time. Exact times for each auction will be posted on each item sometime today.
|Saturday, January 1st, 2005|
|Thursday, December 30th, 2004|
You can make a difference.
Just by spreading the call for help.
The link above has plenty of resources for helping out and donating, both international and regional.