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USCRI Asks You to "Stand With a Refugee"

USCRI has launched a “Stand with a Refugee” campaign to raise awareness about the 17 million refugees who have fled war and persecution around the world. Their team tells us that “As the Obama Administration plans to implement a new foreign policy, we are trying to build a coalition of informed people who care about […]

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Echoing Green Launches "Spark Social Change" T-Shirt Contest

Our friends over at Echoing Green, the organization devoted to scouting and funding new talent in the social entrepreneurship realm, have launched a cool, new t-shirt design contest, using Crowdspring as their platform.The winning t-shirt will be sold on Echoing Green’s website, and the money will go toward supporting their “core programmatic model of identifying […]

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Social Change Through Social Media at 2009 SXSW Festival

Everyone is talking about the SXSW Festival, coming up next week in Austin. It is, after all, the place Twitter launched two years ago, and a Mecca for the digerati.So how do social justice and SXSW intersect? Here’s a look:Plutopia 2009: Co-founded by Worldchanging and The Futures Lab, Plutopia uses music, art and performance to […]

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VIDEO: Scenes from the "Climate Justice" Rally in D.C. March 2, 2009

From afterdowningstreet.org: “A huge and spirited rally demanding ‘Climate Justice,’ was held in Washington, D.C., on March 2, 2009. This video reflects some of the crowd scenes from that event; interviews with activists Anne Havemann of Chesapeake Climate Action; and Kate Lally of Baltimore’s Rising Tide; and a speech from Washington, D.C. Council Member, the […]

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For Citizen Journalists, Digital Tools Give Real-Time Voice

While I was watching President Obama speak last night, I was struck by the thought that his speech was likely being broadcast on UStream, Twittered about, clips posted to Facebook and the like.This morning, I came across a great post from the PopTech blog about the use of social media tools by citizen journalists to […]

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For World’s Poor, A Doctor In Your Pocket

This is the kind of corporate social responsibility that’s great to see — technology answering a pressing social need. Vodafone has teamed up with the United Nations and the Rockerfeller Foundation’s mHealth Alliance to connect the use of mobile phones to healthcare in the developing world.mHealth Alliance uses the technology to provide virtual doctors to […]

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Twenty-Five Percent

“Of the 14,400 candidates, 4,000 of them were women. Originally the Iraqi Constitution, responding to the demand of women, called for a 25 percent quota for women. Without explanation, the Electoral Commission interpreted the law to mean that this percentage is not guaranteed. Nevertheless, women stepped forward. Their courage is awe-inspiring.”-Madeleine Kunin-Kunin, the former governor […]

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Inside Tehran

On the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Wall Street Journal profiles five Iranians and their disparate views on the upcoming presidential election in their country.All under 36 (more than 70 percent of Iran’s 70 million people are), each faces a crossroads. To quote the article, “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hard-line regime has put pressure […]

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Green Jobs for Whom?

Over at In These Times, Christopher Weber explores the development of green jobs and asks such questions as: “Will these jobs be as plentiful–and as worker-friendly–as the new administration and environmentalists would have us believe? And can green businesses really create opportunities for workers given the current economic crisis?”Good news for Christopher and others in […]

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Twestivals, Tweets for Zimbabwe and Truth Commissions

If you haven’t already succumbed to the addictive micro-blogging site, Twitter, like I have, nor dismissed it as a time and energy wasting medium, you’ll be pleased, as I was, to see its founders endorsing it as a platform with democratic aims.Founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams recently cited the “tweets” that first reported the […]

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Should Dean replace Daschle? Facebook says yes, The Nation not so sure

Now that Tom Daschle and his funny red glasses have been jettisoned from consideration for the Obama administration’s Secretary of Health and Human Services position, a logical replacement seems to be the passionate former Vermont governor (and physician) Howard Dean. In fact, the Facebook group “Appoint Howard Dean to HHS” has, as of this writing, […]

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Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail?

Should the Obama administration prosecute the Bush administration for violating up to 269 national and international laws (you know little things like torture, wiretapping and “extraordinary rendition”)? Amy Goodman’s new article in the San Francisco Chronicle investigates the possibilities and wonders whether Obama’s claims of an “open government” will usher in an era of accountability […]

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The New President’s Agenda

Now that Barack Obama has been sworn in and the transition away from George W. Bush’s rule is complete, whitehouse.gov also got a makeover. You can read the new administration’s agenda, check out his briefing room (which includes a blog, news on appoinments and exective orders), and of course learn about the history of the […]

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Words of a King

Something I do every MLK Day is read Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Below is an excerpt. To read the entire letter, please click here.Also note that today at 12PM, CNN will air the “I Have a Dream” speech in its 17-minute entirety. Not to be missed.“Human progress never rolls in on wheels […]

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Venture Capitalist Argues for "Slow Money"

Woody Tasch, venture capitalist and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered talked to Plenty Magazine about his vision for a new economy, one in which capital is steered in support of local food systems. What exactly does that mean and what are the implications?“It […]

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