Part of what is driving Paterson to institute the whopping 40% cut to arts is the terminally dysfunctional state legislature, which is more than one month late approving a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Last November, I had the privilege of collaborating on a project with the peer educators of a Brooklyn branch of Project SAFE. The project became "GoCause", a superhero campaign promoting NPOs through viral videos.
It's not everyday that a pop star stops by a middle school and performs his newest single. But that's exactly what happened when Jaicko, the up-and-coming Barbadian singer, visited students at a school in Harlem.
The recent robbery of some $270,000 from a Gaza humanitarian organization is just the latest case of Hamas interfering with area NGOs. Such bullying acts make it a lot harder to get aid to those most in need.
Technology will never replace the difficult, usually unglamorous work required to produce lasting social change. But it's clear that online and mobile tools can dramatically expand the power of grassroots organizers.
Susan decided to take action and started to research what people on the streets need. She even sent me links to information that I didn't know. She planned on filling up her car and driving to a park to help.