“Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do.” -Nancy Reagan

Empower Yourself to Change the News.
March 11th, 2016 Edition

So Passes a Titan.

“The movies were custard compared to politics.” -Nancy Reagan

This week we lost Nancy Reagan to congestive heart failure. Agree or not with Reagan politics, Nancy and Ronald have been huge figures in the American landscape for the past four decades. And with International Women’s Day being this week, we thought we’d honor this amazing woman. This week I came across this quote from Ronald: “There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.” For a woman, either. Amen to that, if we could all be so lucky to find that kind of love. In her honor, we found some orgs that are fighting heart disease. Check out how you can share the love, too.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

help support research on heart diseaseYou know how scientists say they stand on the shoulders of giants to develop new research? These guys are the giants. Looking specifically at heart disease and it’s causes and cures, the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory does everything from screening for genetic heart conditions (especially those that can cause SIDS) to researching the heart cells themselves and developing new meds for before and after heart attacks. These peeps are doing some groundbreaking, super rad stuff. Throw them some bones here.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

help a child with heart disease in developing nations There is a bad-ass organization that is helping kids and teens in developing nations get the heart surgeries they need. Little known fact: kiddos with defective hearts born in these countries have a really, really low likelihood of even being diagnosed, much less get the surgery they need. Not only does Heart Care International’s pro bono medical teams go in and carry out procedures to cut down on the long waiting lines for heart surgeries, but they also train up local medical peeps to be able to do it on their own in the future. So. Awesome. Where do you come in? Make a super easy, fun and full o’ love kit to send home with these kiddos after surgery. Get all of the deets here.

Because we all want to talk religion at tonight’s get-together.

The Chinaman’s not the issue, man. -El Duderino. Yep, we’re talking The Big Lebowski

So the past few months have seen lots of activity in China over religious freedoms. First a documentary came out about the practice of Chinese officials to harvest organs from Falun Gong religious prisoners (these people are alive, btw). Then, the pastor of China’s largest christian church was jailed for protesting against the removal of 1,500 crosses. And just this past week a Christian pastor and wife were both jailed and sentenced to over a decade in prison for not removing crosses. We frankly don’t give a rat’s ass what religion you are – or if you’re even a religion – but we’re pretty sure that all of this is bad, mmkay. So check out what you can do to help below.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

help religious prisoners with letter writing
According to the Pew Research Center, 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions. So yeah, it’s not just China. What can you do? Write a letter to one of these prisoners. Open Doors USA is this phenomenal organization that works on everything from female literacy to letter writing translation for religious prisoners. Yep, that’s right, they’ll translate that letter for you. These prisoners are specifically Christians because we couldn’t find one for all religions (we gave up after about 5 hours of searching), but we’re cool with it because we’re all just people, here. BTW, this is perf if you have little people. Deets here.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

help support religious freedomSooooooo lots of peeps think that maybe this whole persecution thing is going down because we just don’t all interact with each other. Enter IARF – the International Association for Religious Freedom. This RAD group is a band of bros (yeah, most of them are dudes) that are leaders in basically every religion out there, and their one mission is to make religious freedom happen around the world. How do they do it? Through non-formal diplomacy, working with young adults to create a global network of peeps working to make some interfaith harmony, and working with education to prevent religious intolerance in vulnerable areas. Warrior. Monks. Give that guy a $20 here.


Someone Get that Pilot a Beer.

“On one hand we go like hell for every terror cell we can find, we penetrate it, we destroy it. On the other hand, there is a much bigger need for a political solution.” -John le Carre

Heading off a terrorist attack this week, the U.S. bombed Al Shabab fighters in Somalia. Apparently they were training for something big and were about to head out – and peeps, that’s according to Al Jazeera, not CNN. What with all of the political wrangling and debates and primaries and speeches, we thought we’d throw you some info on what the gov’t does that doesn’t involve hairstyles. Who’s Al Shabab? They’re an Al Qaeda ally that carried out the Nairobi, Kenya Shopping Center attack as well as the Garissa University mass shooting. Oh, and their business model? They kidnap young kids, chain them, and send them to “terrorist schools.”   So obvi this terrorism thing is a big deal. Check out what you can do about it.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

helpt stop terrorism by being a pen palAlright, we feel that the best way to attack this terrorism thing is by connecting with people. It’s by telling people your story, telling them the truth of life, telling them that you’ve been through suck as well and are not just some rich, selfish, uncaring person. By letting them know that dammit, you care, you care a lot, you see the injustices of this world and want so badly to do something about it. So how can you do that? Get yourself an international pen pal. Better yet? Get your kids an international pen pal. And it’s old-school, actual letter writing, so you can practice handwriting, too. Check it out here.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

help stop terrorist fundingWell, they wrote it better than I could. So I’m just going to quote their site. “The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.” Yeah, that qualifies for waging peace. Donate here.

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