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Shammi Paranjape

The National Anthem is not About Religion or Class - Why the Fuss?

Shammi Paranjape | December 2, 2016 | Impact
The National Anthem is not About Religion or Class - Why the Fuss? All you need to do is stand up for 52 seconds, watch the Tricolour fluttering merrily on the screen, to the strains of a pleasant and inspiring song, which happens to be the National Anthem of India.
Ellen Snortland

One Universe at a Time

Ellen Snortland | December 2, 2016 | Impact
Our documentary Beauty Bites Beast is like "The Little Engine That Could," in that it is now on the final list of qualified documentaries for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. We think we can, we think we can, we think we can! That's great, but what is really...
Dr. Joia Mukherjee

In It Together -- Towards An AIDS-Free Generation

Dr. Joia Mukherjee | December 2, 2016 | Impact
After four decades, we have reached a tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The global health community now possesses the tools and knowledge to stop this deadly epidemic.
Kevin M. Ryan

Don't Call Kids Prostitutes -- Count the States Protecting Them

Kevin M. Ryan | December 2, 2016 | Impact
I was at first infuriated, then deeply unsettled, by the headline and language of a Washington Post story last month that described two girls between the ages of 12 and 15 who were drugged and forcibly held against their wills as...
Danielle Sabrina

Beyond Convenience: For Refugees, Internet Access Can Be as Important as Food

Danielle Sabrina | December 2, 2016 | Impact
We often conceptualize Internet access as a convenience, but not as something that's crucial to survival. In fact, millennials, who more openly depend on the Internet than other generations, are frequently ridiculed for being beholden to their cell phones. Indeed, being "unplugged" isn't a matter of life...
Jay Tavare

Sacred Waters vs Crude Oil

Jay Tavare | December 2, 2016 | Impact
A somber scene affronts my senses, saddening my heart as I scroll through my Facebook news feed. A herd of sacred Tatanka stands forlornly amid arid razor wire corrals awaiting their grim fate. Just the latest faux pas committed by the stakeholders of the Dakota Access Pipeline. An encampment of Sioux from the Standing Rock Reservation relentlessly unite in protest, enduring brutal treatment by security forces while stalling progress of the pipeline to protect their water, sacred sites and the environment. A fight that has persisted for many months. Pondering this bleak scene, I think sadly to myself that this is history repeating itself. Once again the greed of corporations and government overrides Native Americans' rights! I had waited to see how this conflict would turn out but it seems that, until now, the media had turned a blind eye towards this dire situation. Until recently, I could not understand why some issues of national importance never receive enough air time by the news media. For whatever reasons, these issues are not deemed important enough to warrant adequate national coverage. With our colorful presidential campaigns and election that dominated the headlines over the past year, I can now see why it's easy to overlook other issues that may not immediately affect us. One such story encompasses the inclement clashes between the Standing Rock Sioux protesters and the Energy Transfer Partners, about the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River. A dispute has ensued between the two parties over claims that the oil pipeline could threaten the water supply should any leaks occur in the vicinity of the Missouri River. Sacred burial grounds being destroyed in the construction of the pipeline, is causing a major upset amongst members of the Standing Rock Lakota. A contentious issue that is not being dealt with nor going away peacefully. On most accounts, the native American activists who gathered to block the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, have been peaceful. Yet a battalion of armed security forces and riot police were deployed to the scene with armored cars, all-terrain vehicles and water cannons. Unprovoked, they opened fire on the protesters with non-lethal ammunition including rubber bullets and pepper spray, drenching the protesters with water cannons in icy weather conditions. This brutal treatment sparked reactive responses by the protesters, resulting in as many as 441 arrests to date. Now, what makes these arrests even more prejudiced against Native American protesters, is this fact: On the same day, while police arrested 141 unarmed native protesters for allegedly trespassing on private property, a jury in Portland, Oregon, issued a verdict of not guilty, acquitting white militia leaders for staging an armed occupation of federal land in protest of government policies. One group was heavily equipped with military weapons, while the other merely armed with ancient prayers and songs of healing. According to the Sioux Nation they are not breaking any laws as they were protesting on Indian lands allocated to them in the 1851 treaty, therefore they are not trespassing, as accused. Some would argue that the harsh treatment of unarmed Indians really shows how biased our criminal justice system is against the American Indians. The primary cause for concern is that the pipeline will pass underneath the Missouri River, which is the main source of drinking water for more than 10,000 members of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Some Medicine men claim there is also an 'underground ocean' beneath them and oil leakages from the pipeline could affect these sacred subterranean waters as well as the river above. Here is a fact to ponder on, since 2010, reports of more than 3,300 events, including ruptures and leaks from oil and gas pipelines, have occurred nationwide. Thus, begging the question: How safe is the Dakota Access Pipeline? Upon completion, the Pipeline will traverse a route through four states, making 200 river crossings, including the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, with costs tallying around 3.8 billion dollars. It was designed to siphon 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily, along a 1,170-mile route, beginning in western North Dakota, through South Dakota and Iowa, commencing at a shipping node in Patoka, Illinois. The Sioux Indians, (who have known about this plan since 2014), have set up several temporary camps in North Dakota, about an hour south of Bismarck. These camps allow the members of the Sioux nation to protest around-the-clock to halt construction of the oil pipeline. Initially, a judge took heed and halted all construction on the pipeline, but after hearing the corporation's plea, drilling was allowed to resume despite the protest. The Dakota Access Pipeline controversy is not going away any day soon, and the harsh Dakota winter is swiftly approaching making it increasingly difficult for the Water Protectors to stand vigilant guard. The federal government has the authority to stop this project, with some comparing the NoDAPL demonstration to the Keystone XL pipeline that got halted due to protest action. So far neither the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump have made a decisive comment on how to handle this sensitive issue. However, the Standing Rock Lakota's protest has garnered national support from over 500 Native American nations and environmental activists. A first in recent history. Several Hollywood A-list celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Leonardo DiCaprio and Susan Sarandon, to name just a few, have joined in the fight as well. Thanks to social media the message and plight of the protesters are receiving much support and encouragement by sympathizers from all corners of the Earth. Over 1.6 million people from across the globe have checked in to the Standing Rock Reservation Facebook page as a gesture of unity and support to their cause. Teachings by a medicine man friend has taught me that water is sacred, that water is life! So protecting the integrity of it is more than just a health issue for American Indians. The Earth is seen as their Grandmother and everything in nature is sacred to them in ways we may not fully understand. Traditional beliefs teach that land, sky, and water are ingrained with a spirit shared by nature's living creatures, where water is a purifier, a source of power and signifies fertility. Water is considered to be the life blood of Grandmother Earth and the nourishment for her children: the people, the animals and the plants. It's both creator and destroyer. Running water is a symbol of the continuity of life and the on-going flow of time. The very blood in our veins contains 92% water. Water that once evaporated from the ocean, rained down to earth, flowing down mighty rivers back into the sea, in an infinite cycle that is the circle of life. With these ancient teachings in my heart, I ruminate on the question that bothers me most: How can corporations and government not see the importance of preserving the environment and the Native culture. Without traditional knowledge and teachings, which respect and protect Grandmother Earth, we sever the connection with Mother Nature, losing our souls in the pursuit of wealth and profit. Without nature we cease to exist. Without water we perish. Once again it seems that the negative aspects of human nature are pushing for economic and technological progress. Little consideration has been spared for the way our sacred waters and lands will be affected by these adverse decisions. As our world accelerates towards a technological future we must not forget the teachings of our Native Elders, who understand the delicate balance that is necessary to keep Mother Nature wholesome and healthy, ultimately affecting all of us in time. So I end simply with the prophecy of an old Cree Indian woman named, Eyes of Fire: When all the trees have been cut down, When all the animals have been hunted, When all the waters are polluted, When air is poison to breathe, Only then will you discover you cannot eat money! ________ video captions: - Native Americans Protest DAPL - What is the story? Why the media blackout? - North Dakota Pipeline Squad use rubber bullets against Water Protectors: Police State - Police Violently Attack Protesters At Standing Rock - Standing Rock Responds To Army Corps December 5th Eviction...
Richard Dictus

Volunteerism: a beacon of hope in troubling times?

Richard Dictus | December 2, 2016 | Impact
People who lose sleep over the future of our planet, the lives of more than 60 million refugees and the fate of future generations - these are the people who have the power to change the world. These are true Global Citizens. And I admire and respect them greatly. ...
Dr Jodi Nelson

Why We Must Help Those Fleeing Mosul with Hard Cash

Dr Jodi Nelson | December 2, 2016 | Impact
The battle for Mosul is in full swing and civilians are pouring out of the city. Some 77,000 people have already fled their homes, according to the United Nations. A further 1.5 million people are still inside the municipality. Those fleeing Mosul join a growing multitude of...
Carol Smaldino

Honesty with our Kids post Election: A Conversation with Rosalind Wiseman

Carol Smaldino | December 2, 2016 | Impact
Honesty with our Kids post Election: A Conversation with Rosalind Wiseman By Carol Smaldino When adults help little children feel enough safety and trust in the world early on, they are teaching children that their own perceptions and needs make sense. They are teaching children that the...
Dorian de Wind

The U.S. Air Force Band 'Surprises And Delights' Again

Dorian de Wind | December 1, 2016 | Impact
My wife tells me that flash mobs are not in style so much anymore. Fortunately for us, the U.S. Air Force Band has not gotten the word yet as they have, for the fourth year in a row, kicked off the...
Dwayne Paro

Veterans Have the Skills to Manage Stress

Dwayne Paro | December 1, 2016 | Impact
There are very few professions that will put you in a life and death situation and expect you to perform as flawless as possible.
Marc Joseph

Forgotten Generation

Marc Joseph | December 1, 2016 | Impact
According to The Motley Fool, 59% of current retired seniors count on Social Security as their major source of income and 28% say it is a helpful source of income, which means 9 in 10 seniors need Social Security to make ends meet during retirement. In 1945, there...
Joey Schleicher

I measured success how?

Joey Schleicher | December 1, 2016 | Impact
For some success is in black and white. A promotion at work, a raise, a title. For some of us though success can mean so many other things. Things like getting our first paycheck, finding a place to lay our head at night, a moment of compassion from another, getting...
To The Market

Combating HIV/AIDS Through Innovative Commerce

To The Market | December 1, 2016 | Impact
By Charlotte Florance Day Artisans who work for The Didi Jewelry Project in India Today some 36.7 million people are HIV-positive, with more than one million adults dying of AIDS related illnesses this year. There are more people living with HIV than the...
Ari Nessel

More Than Money: Community Grantmaking in East Africa

Ari Nessel | December 1, 2016 | Impact
When I last wrote about our East Africa Grantmaking Hub earlier this year, our team of local grant makers had just begun their search for grassroots changemakers across Kenya and Uganda. Since then, this dedicated team has sought out dozens of community projects and awarded seed funding...
Lisa Manley

COP22: Three Reasons for Optimism

Lisa Manley | November 30, 2016 | Impact
I've just spent an amazing week at COP22 in Marrakech. Having attended COP 15, 16 and 17, I was delighted to return to the 22nd Conference of the Parties on Climate Change. This year is a pivotal COP, focusing on implementing the historic Paris Agreement from 2015. ...
Alexandre Mars

Doing Well By Doing Good: Suzanne DiBianca, Chief Philanthropy Officer of Salesforce, on her movement to give away $128 million dollars

Alexandre Mars | November 30, 2016 | Impact
As we're nearing the holidays, a time when people have their end-of-the-year charitable contributions more frequently on their minds, I would like to spotlight someone who has made the act of giving a priority on her agenda 365 days/yr. Suzanne DiBianca is...
Ann Paisley Chandler

Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health Interview

Ann Paisley Chandler | November 30, 2016 | Impact
David A. Ross, ScD President and Chief Executive Officer The Task Force for Global Health Dave Ross, ScD, is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Ross provides strategic direction...
Lisa Bohmer

Making The Children Of Key Populations A Priority For Equitable Development

Lisa Bohmer | November 30, 2016 | Impact
This post was co-authored by Lisa Bohmer and Noreen Huni, Chair and Co-Chair of the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS Allow me to introduce you to a young, HIV positive mother--we'll call her "Sarah"--in South Africa. Sarah is living in extreme poverty. To ensure her child has food and...
Larry Harris Jr.

Exit Your Safe Space Immediately

Larry Harris Jr. | December 1, 2016 | Impact
One of the biggest problems I noticed during the election was the refusal of people on the left to take the views of Trump voters seriously. There was this idea, especially among Hillary fans, that there was no way Trump was being taken seriously by anyone and that...
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