Monday, June 25, 2012

Annual Summer Spectacular & Haiti Benefit!

WHAT: Great food, live music, ice cold beer, nice people, a family friendly environment, and a spectacular (hence the name) fireworks show!

WHEN: Saturday, June 30th, 2pm--??

WHERE: Leisa and Paul's House on Cameron Park Lake, 3025A Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park, CA 95682 (Cambridge Rd. exit, 2 miles north of Highway 50)

HOW MUCH: $5-10 Suggested Donation to Children's Hope Haiti Solidarity Fund -- includes free admission to the lake event ($5 value) -- no one turned away.

INFO: or 916-248-3970


Post truth politics?

I regret that I was unable to clip this video. Pardon the ad. I could not change it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This Is How You Beat The Tea Party

This Is How You Beat The Tea Party

Union leaders praise Obama decision on immigration

by Laura Clawson, the Daily Kos 
The AFL-CIO and the SEIU are applauding President Obama's decision to give work permits to young, law-abiding undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, rather than deporting them.
"President Obama showed leadership and courage," according to SEIU Secretary Treasurer Eliseo Medina, on a "common sense move [that] is fiscally responsible and widely supported."
"President Obama is showing great courage in taking this action, and it presents a stark contrast with the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee who has vowed to stop the DREAM Act if elected. In Congress, polarizing 
partisan politics kept the DREAM Act from becoming law in 2010.
"Through President Obama’s courageous leadership, DREAM eligible students can get relief from the immediate threat of deportation. The president has now done all he can do, but the kind of relief he is able to grant is temporary. It is now up to Congress to pass the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, which is the only way that the dreams of these productive Americans can be realized."
[note; Eliseo Medina shown above is an Honorary Chair of DSA]
"We are thrilled," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement.
The President’s actions bring much-needed security and encouragement to our nation's youth who can finally live without fear of separation from their families and deportation to a country they barely remember. [...] The AFL-CIO commends the Administration for its courage and leadership in taking an important step towards a more just America.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

2012 Haiti Journal #2 - Red Zones

Dear Friends,

This month, we are headed back into a “Red Zone,” and we need your help to get there. The “Lamp for Haiti” clinic we help support is again under fire and has been catagorized a "Red Zone."

When Children’s Hope first started going into Haiti back in 2004 there were many areas of that country where other, bigger non-profit organizations simply would not go. They believed those places were not safe enough and declared them off-limits. These places are labeled “Red Zones.” In fact, that year the whole country was considered a “Red Zone” and U.S. citizens were advised not to go to Haiti at all. Children’s Hope went anyway.

After the earthquake of 2010 the main airport was closed and most NGO’s couldn’t get into Haiti, though they tried. Children’s Hope was there within three days with hundreds of pounds of emergency medical supplies. Over the years Children’s Hope has hand-carried and personally delivered nearly a half million dollars worth of supplies, thanks to donors like you.

This is our 21st service trip to Haiti. Among other duties, we will take two student interns to the “Lamp For Haiti” clinic in one of Cité Soleil’s “Red Zones” called Bwa Nèf to deliver medical supplies and check on their infant nutrition program.[i]

Cholera still rages, (7,050 dead) from this U.N. introduced pathogen. We support a responsive struggle to urge the U.N. to install infrastructure for clean water, now that they have accepted blame for bringing cholera to Haiti.[ii] Earthquake reconstruction is slow; unemployment and under-education leave lasting scars.

Children’s Hope is committed, for the long term, to providing humanitarian support & solidarity to our sisters and brothers in Haiti. But, we can only do so with your generous support. Won’t you consider making a pledge today, or a donation here online? You can donate online in just a few seconds. Even $10 or $20 would help. Just click on the link here and go to the "donate" button.

Thank you so much for your continued support and solidarity. Men anpil, chay pa lou (many hands make the burden lighter).

In Peace & Solidarity,
Leisa Faulkner and Paul Burke
Co-Founders, Children’s Hope