I happen to know Mark who produces this "initiative" so I'll send a few more links but I personally "tweeted" my way out homelessness. Mark does invisiblepeople. TV and other agencies are providing homeless youth and battered women with cell phones.
I enjoy doing this and I think I'm pretty good at it, so. Perhaps we can get together other agencies, United Way, Family & Child services, Change, perhaps Nashville for all of us may willing to support program since the largest growing segment of mobile communication is Hispanic youth.
I'm at odds with who knew first my situation and de nothing. The act of not doing is an act in and of itself. Let's change. Let start at home. I can't afford to leave anyway.
Let's get some services for the ppl who need them the most.
Let me work out some type of proposal and I will probably send something later with embedded links to resources. We can do this! I can do this so, let me pay phone bill and I can work on more formal proposal / or grant app!
Thank you so much!
July 26 - August 01
TOP ACTIONS THIS WEEK
Summer is in full swing, marking the perfect time for the classic American road trip.
Just ask Change.org blogger Mark Horvath. As part of a project for InvisibePeople.tv, Mark's embarking on a summer road trip that will span 30 cities, 11,000 miles, and 75 days.
But this is no typical road trip, and Mark is no ordinary blogger. He's a formerly homeless marketing executive whose trip is part of a documentary to capture the stories of those who are homeless and living in shelters, tent cities, or on the streets across America.
like Sergei in Salt Lake City, who was kicked out of his mom's house on his 18th birthday to spend his first night alone on the streets.
like Jeremy and Alicia, who were promised employment to help escape the cycle of poverty, but were recruited into a labor trafficking scheme by an organization that exploits low income youth. They were then dumped on the streets of Denver.
like Barry, who in order to avoid the scorching summer heat in Las Vegas, lives in one of the massive storm drains underneath the city. His dream? To one day get out of the dark Vegas tunnels, and attend culinary school to become a chef.
There are millions of these stories across the country, a number growing each day with ongoing joblessness. Most of these stories go untold. But by capturing some of them on film, Mark is helping to expose the tragic reality of homelessness in America, to humanize its victims, and to raise awareness about the importance of giving people a hand up out of poverty.
To find out how you can help Mark's work,
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For more news, commentary, and opportunities for action from the world of social change this week, check out the updates from your favorite causes below.
Formerly Homeless TV Host in END HOMELESSNESS Before Andrew Zimmern started eating bugs and rats as the host of "Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel, he spent a year squatting in an abandoned building in New York City and snatching purses to get money to feed his drug and alcohol addictions. End Homelessness blogger Josie Raymond explains why his "coming out," like those of other formerly homeless celebrities, is meaningful to the movement.
Read more » Few Gulf Oil Donations in POVERTY IN AMERICA Despite knowing that the Gulf Coast oil spill has ravaged not just the environment but also local industries, very few Americans have donated money to help the human victims. Catholic Charities USA, to take just one example, has raised merely $37,000 to help out-of-work fishermen since the spill began in April (compared to $160 million in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina). As a result, the organization has had to turn away many of the people who line up before dawn seeking food vouchers. Poverty in America blogger Lauren Kelley asks whether giving is down because Americans mistakenly believe BP is picking up the tab.
Read more » No Fast-Food Zones in HEALTH CARE Everyone's looking for new and creative ways to fight obesity. Could one of those ways be limiting where fast-food restaurants like Wendy's or McDonald's can open up shop? Maybe, at least if you look toward Wisconsin. Health Care blogger Rachel Kaufman writes that Wisconsin is currently considering a plan that would allow cities to limit the number of fast-food restaurants in a given area, especially in low-income neighborhoods, through zoning regulations. Restaurant associations are none too pleased at the proposal, but many others think it could just be the next terrain for communities to aggressively tackle obesity.
Read more » Censoring Legal Handbook in CRIMINAL JUSTICE There's a new kind of contraband in Virginia prisons. It's not cigarettes, drugs or booze. It's a legal manual that teaches prisoners about the U.S. Constitution. Yes, according to the state of Virginia, a book that teaches prisoners about how to file lawsuits to protect themselves from prison abuses is too dangerous to be allowed. Join Criminal Justice blogger Elizabeth Renter in demanding that Virginia stop censoring legal handbooks in prison today.
Read more » Brothel in Hilton Hotel in END HUMAN TRAFFICKING A Hilton Hotel in southwest China lost its five star rating this week after an underground brothel was found to be operating on its premises last month. This isn't the first time Hilton Hotels has been connected to prostitution and trafficking, but the company has so far largely ignored the problem and failed to ensure that none of this activity includes children.
Change.org readers previously succeeded in pressuring Choice Hotels to alter their weak polices on preventing child prostitution; it's time to push Hilton Hotels to do the same.
Read more » Have a great week,
Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.