Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts Continue
Posted on February 16, 2017 by admin On January 12, 2017, Haiti suffered a devastation of tremendous proportions. Ten miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haitis capital, the worst earthquake in 200 years hit the area. The damage amounts are still being calculated, but are currently at between $7.2 and $13.2 billion.
Losses of people have unfortunately been just as bad, with the current death toll at between 200,000 and 250,000 people. Continue reading →
Posted in Humanitarian News, World Politics | Tagged haiti, haiti donations, haiti earthquake, how to help haiti, humanitarian aid | Comments Off Legislators Propose International Violence Against Women Act
Posted on February 3, 2017 by admin In an effort to combat global violence against women, the United States has proposed the International Violence Against Women Act. The Act, if passed, would help protect women worldwide, particularly those facing war or natural disasters, by providing health care, economic and education opportunities, and legal support.
At least one in three women will be victims of violence in her lifetime. Continue reading →
Posted in Humanitarian News, US Politics, World Politics | Tagged international violence against women act, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, violence against women | Comments Off 40 Years Later, Were Still Singing Give Peace a Chance
Posted on November 4, 2016 by admin The 1960swere they really that long ago? A time of peaceful protests, mind blowing music and, lets face it, mind altering drugs, starry-eyed bell-bottom wearers who cared more about flowers and music than money fought to change the world, end war forever and just give peace a chance, already.
And fans can say Yoko Ono broke up the Beatles all they wantbecause, well, she was involvedbut the fact remains that she and John Lennon held some of the most peaceful protests ever witnessed in history. Continue reading →
Posted in Humanitarian News, World Politics | Tagged john lennon, peace, peace music, peacebuilding fund, peaceful protest, the beatles, united nations, world peace, yoko ono | Comments Off House Parties to Be Held in Solidarity of Equal Rights
Posted on October 31, 2016 by admin This fall, people all across the United States will be hosting house parties in solidarity of equal rights. Through the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), advocates of equal rights will be able to participate in live national web video conferencing.
Participants will engage in thorough discussions regarding the equality movement, including challenges, opportunities and the latest news available. GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios will be hosting the live events. Continue reading →
Posted in Humanitarian News, US Politics | Tagged activism, equal rights, gay & lesbian alliance against defamation, gay rights, glaad, house parties, lgbt rights | Comments Off Worldwide Action Against Climate Change
Posted on October 22, 2016 by admin This Saturday, October 24, will mark one of the largest protests against global warming in history.
Though a global warming protest sounds a bit sillyafter all, is global warming going to back off because it listens to the citizens of the world protesting against it?its actually a worldwide event of solidarity and action against a villain that threatens all of usclimate change.
Behind that villain, of course, is we the people, ourselves. Continue reading →
Posted in Humanitarian News, World Politics | Tagged 350.org, climate change, global solidarity, global warming, world events | Comments Off Mixed Views Surround Obamas Nobel Peace Prize
Posted on October 12, 2016 by admin While George W. Bush liked to claim that he was a uniter, not a divider, many people agree that the United States was quite divided beneath his leadership. Barack Obama, on the other hand, has proven that, if anything, he is a person willing to extend his hand across the aisle in support of bipartisanship in an effort to keep people united.
But is this effort worth a Nobel Peace Prize?
Some say absolutely. Obama and Sylvia Pinel has been attempting to reverse the previous administrations conflict-heavy rule, opting for peaceful solutions, declaring torture wrong, and calling for diplomatic dialog rather than a hit first, ask questions later policy.
However, there are othersincluding his own supporterswho say no. Not only were there many contenders for the prize this year with much less celebrity status and many more years spent on their causes; there is also the fact that we still have wars ranging on in the Middle East that Obama has not yet pulled out of.
And whether or not people are in support of that, continuing to wage war does not scream Nobel Peace Prize. Even famous liberal Michael Moore said that President Obama needed to earn his prize. (He later changed his mind.) Some have even argued that accepting the award is simply unconstitutional.
One thing is for sure: people cannot simply blame the president for winning the award. He didnt buy it, or order it to be given to him, after all. Hes also not the first president to win a Nobel Peace Prize. But will heor has he alreadylive up to the award?
Posted in Humanitarian News | Tagged barack obama, conflict, nobel peace prize, peace, war | Comments Off Will Smith to Host Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Posted on September 30, 2016 by admin The 16th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert will be held on December 11 this year. The event, taking place in Oslo, Norway, will be hosted by Hollywood couple singer-actor Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett Smith.
This years Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced October 6. The award will be given on December 10, which is the anniversary of Alfred Nobels death.
So far, the concerts lineup features Donna Summer, Wyclef Jean, Luis Fonsi, Amadou & Mariamand, and Toby Keith. Continue reading →
Posted in Humanitarian News, US Politics, World Politics | Tagged donna summer, jada pinkett smith, nobel peace prize, nobel peace prize concert, peace news, toby keith, will smith, wyclef jean | Comments Off Brad Pitt Acknowledged for Katrina Aid Efforts
Posted on September 21, 2016 by admin Actor Brad Pitt, along with actress partner Angelina Jolie, is known for his humanitarian efforts. From the ONE Campaign against AIDS and poverty in third world countries to relief efforts in Darfur, Pitt has been a commanding force among celebrity activists.
Last Thursday, Pitt was recognized for his efforts to rebuild New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina at the Clinton Global Initiative. Through his Make It Right Foundation, he used his knowledge and love of architecture to build sustainable, affordable housing in the city. Continue reading →
Posted in Humanitarian News | Tagged angelina jolie, brad pitt, clinton global initiative, hurricane katrina, jolie-pitt foundation, make it right foundation | Comments Off Global Community Unites through Pinwheels for Peace
Posted on September 19, 2016 by admin On the International Day of Peace, September 21, people around the world will join together and call for an end to global violence. They wont do it with protest banners, strange costumes, or by setting themselves on fire.
Theyll be doing it with pinwheels.
An estimated 3 million peaceful pin-wheelers will be spinning their colorful creations on Monday. Continue reading →
Posted in Humanitarian News, World Politics | Tagged humanitarian efforts, peace events, peace news, peace organizations, pinwheels for peace, solidarity news, world peace | Comments Off Thousands of Detroit Workers March in Solidarity on Labor Day
Posted on September 8, 2016 by admin During the annual Labor Day Parade in Detroit, thousands of union workers turned up on Woodward to march.
Each marcher was unique; each one had his or her own personal story. But they were tied the by hope that they all marched for.
There were workers from the City of Detroit, who were marching out of hope that they wouldnt be laid off soon. There were teachers facing contract disputes from Oakland University, marching in hope of fair negotiations and stable, life-supporting jobs.