Thursday, August 26, 2010

The 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington is just days away

A message from the NAACP. Let them, and everyone else know how the Dr.'s words have inspired you:

Thanks to stories from men and women all across the country, the NAACP social media history campaign to remember that historic day has been an incredible success.

Each story we receive stands as a reminder of the challenges we have overcome and our perseverance to carry on. And although each story was unique, they were all powered by the same four words: I have a dream.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to be a part of history. Tell the NAACP how Dr. King's epic speech inspired you:

Last week, to commemorate Dr. King, a woman named Gloria wrote in to tell us her story. Her words really inspired me:

"On August 28, 1963, I was sitting in my all black class room with my fellow students glued to the TV. I was feeling very important that day not just because of my turning twelve years old, which was a big thing for me, but also because I was experiencing something that I was to carry with me for the rest of my life.

"When Dr. King's time to speak finally came I was hooked, I knew that my place and my purpose was to hear and to experience the soul of a Dream. That fateful day would not only define the struggle of a people, my people, it would forever create in me the proud Black person, woman, wife, mother, and grandmother that I am today. I will always remember the day August 28,1963 as the day I vowed to always make my people's struggle mine. Thank You Dr. King for helping us strive for the Reality."

When you shared your thoughts you proved something that I have always felt: that the dream is still alive and we are all a part of it.

This movement is so much bigger than one person or one speech. It is the culmination of centuries of struggle triumphing over oppression, forging the path toward equality. And every story brings us one step closer to achieving that dream.

Share your story with the NAACP today:

My deepest thanks,

Ben Jealous
President and CEO

P.S. -- This Saturday I will be walking the streets of DC with the National Action Network for "Reclaiming the Dream." The event will commemorate the anniversary of the March on Washington with proper respect. If you're in the DC area, please join us:

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

10/10/10 will be a day of work parties for our climate all over the world

Think about organizing an event, or getting involved if you can:

Friends of the Earth is partnering with and other allied groups to organize a global work party on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10).

Congress has failed to act aggressively to solve to the climate crisis, and we've decided that we're not waiting for them any longer. On Oct. 10, on every corner of the globe, we will implement climate solutions: from solar panels to community gardens, wind turbines to bike workshops. We'll tell leaders: “We're getting to work--what about you?”

These actions will demonstrate to Washington the broad public support that exists for climate solutions, and can help shame politicians into siding with people and the planet instead of corporate polluters.

Please use the form below to sign up to host an Oct. 10 action.

It's still early, so it's okay if you don't yet know all the details of your local work party. There's a list of work-party ideas at to get things moving, but don't worry if you don't have a game plan just yet.

If you register now, we'll follow up and provide you with resources and support that can help you out along the way. We'll also try to connect you with supporters in your area who might be able to lend a hand.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Prop 8 Repealed!

On this Sunday, take a moment to contemplate the present victory for justice, peace and equality in California. In a historic ruling, one that will for surely see greater dialogue in the coming months, marriage was ruled a basic civil right no matter if it's between a woman and man, a man and man, or a woman and woman. Clearly the message that if two people love each other their gender should not marginalize their commitment was honored, and we should hope this ruling stands as an example for righting wrongs of the past that are rooted in unsustainable hate.

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