December 2, 2007

Huck Chuck Facts

You have to admit this is pretty clever.

The Lazarus Effect

World AIDS Day: Let us remember the victims and rejoice for the survivors.
This year (Product) RED raised over $50 million to fight HIV/AIDS.

Music Video: Annie Lennox

Featuring the new song Sing. It was recorded to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

Climate Change Leadership

Governors are taking the lead on climate change.
ACT: Tell congress to pass global warming legislation.

December 1, 2007

Writer's Strike

This brief video illustrates that money exists to pay the writers.
For more information check out the Wikipedia page.

Airport Taser Death

You have to wonder, was this really necessary? (2/3rds in)
For more on what happened read here.

Evangelist's Expenses

The Senate is investigating the expenses of 6 evangelists.

"When I think of Jesus Christ and I think of the way we as Christians in many cases worship today, we are so unlike him, so unlike him in so many ways."
(CNN's Rick Sanchez--Transcript)

Ministry Watch rates Christian organizations for their transparency.

Chicken Cruelty

The Humane Society wants Wendy's to stop using cruel battery-cage eggs.

Burger King is beginning to use cage-free eggs.
Whole Foods Market have stopped selling cage eggs.

ACT: Call or Email Wendy's.

March on Burger King

On Nov. 30th over 1500 farmworkers marched to the Burger King headquarters in Miami.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers were successful in their campaigns with Taco Bell in 2005 and McDonalds in 2007.

Tell Burger King it's now their turn to make sure the tomato pickers receive a fair wage.

Drug Sentencing

Drug sentencing laws in America are ridiculous.

The sentencing ranges for crack cocaine have been lowered but more needs to be done.

"The lunacy in crack penalties will not be eliminated until lawmakers grapple with the mandatory minimum sentences now in place."
(Washington Post editorial)

For more check out the Sentencing Project or this ACLU report.

Food Shortage

Food pantries around the country are facing shortages.

ACT: Please consider donating to Second Harvest, a nation-wide network of more than 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations

UMC Provocative Questions

Lovett H. Weems, Jr., the director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological recently responded to the State of the Church Report by asking 10 Provocative Questions.

Wal-Mart Improving?

A recent NY Times article reports that Walmart is becoming less stingy on its health care coverage.

"The company's turnabout demonstrates the power of public pressure to change even the biggest corporations like Wal-Mart, which has based its business strategy on low costs at all costs"
(Michael Barbaro & Reed Abelson)

Alternative 9/11 Speech

"But if we refuse to return violence for violence, if we decide on a response that is at once courageous and peaceful, we can seize this tragic moment as an opportunity not to return evil with evil, but rather to overcome evil with good. "

From The Speech That Was Never Given by Brian D. McLaren

Film: Darfur Now

Out on DVD in March, this film displays the power of individual acts.
Also watch Frontline's online documentary On Our Watch.

Do Something

Speaking about or in the film Darfur Now, Don Cheadle hopes that people "will realize that they can do something more than nothing." This simple and obvious phrase has stuck with me.

In Lions for Lambs I saw this same theme of people wanting to contribute something or make a difference to improve the world. There is so much that needs to be done, but there is so much that can be done.

Whatever your passion is, whatever gets you upset or strikes you at the core--do something about it, for it, or to fight against it. And then try to do at least a little something once in a while for some of those things you're not so passionate about.