Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Although I can't say that I support True Majority completely, I am glad to be involved with them. They linked me with MoveOn.org, which is also worth looking into. I have to say that I have been a bit disappointed in the often overt partisan focus (and have expressed it to them), and so I have chosen not to take part in a couple of their petitions. However, having said that, I have gladly signed quite a number of the petitions they have emailed to me, and would not want to miss out on them just because there are others I don't think are necessary. To name just a few that I was most excited about- universal health care for children (which I believe was recently passed unless Pres. Bush vetoes it), more funding for alternative energy sources, taking back civil liberties lost in the Patriot Act (including habeas corpus and stopping the torture of prisoners), and stopping the federal funding that subsidizes the cost of farming for large corporations (which was originally intended for family owned and operated farms) that allows them to sell their produce in the US and internationally for less than it costs to produce (thereby giving them enormous advantage over smaller farms in the US as well as in places like Africa which purchase the produce from these corporations instead of their own farmers).
I know this is a long post, but I have to include the group that I think it would be very hard not to support- the One Campaign. Whatever you may think of Bono or celebrities preaching about their favorite of the world's problems, you have to recognize the good that the One Campaign does. They focus on more and better aid to impoverished countries to fight child mortality, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and devastating poverty. The most impressive things to me about One are that they work through effective nonprofits who are on the ground in the impoverished countries instead of passing the funds off to corrupt government leaders, and also that One is genuinely effective at pressuring the US and foreign governments to take a more active role in dealing with these issues. When I saw all the celebrities endorsing One I imagined some sort of "hands across the world" program, but I have been impressed with how much they actually do and how good they are at it. Below is a video about the campaign, which can also be seen here.
If you know of other groups that you think others should be involved in, let us know!
posted by Jason at 11:57 AM