100 Day Fast for Darfur

On April 7th, 2008, the 14th anniversary for the start of the genocide in Rwanda, we will begin the 100 Day Fast for Darfur.  This tag-team fast will coincide with the one hundred days it took to kill 800,000 people in Rwanda, as the world stood paralyzed.  It is our way to stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors of Darfur, today’s ongoing genocide, and demand immediate protection for the millions of innocent civilians that are in grave danger of displacement, starvation, rape, and death.  We fast to demand urgent action and not only urgent words, and we fast to support greatly needed food relief.

The fast will go from April 7th through July 16th.  It is a midnight-to-midnight fast, so that there are one or more people fasting during the entire 100-day period.  The suggestion for the 100 Day Fasters is to go without food for a 24 hours (or more) period, but we leave it open to individual participants to make decisions on food intake, based on their own health.  We then ask you to donate $25 or more to the World Food Program (WFP), supporting the amazing work they do to keep the people of Darfur alive.  If you cannot donate the $25, please donate as much as possible and/or find someone in your community to sponsor your fast period.  We also ask that you and all around you send a message to President Bush (or your own leader, if from outside the USA), asking him to change his legacy regarding genocide.

To sign up to the 100 Day Fast for Darfur, visit our calendar (http://stopgenocidenow.org/fast) and chose a day or more.  Then, send date(s) chosen, your name, city and country, and amount pledged towards food aid for Darfur to fast@stopgenocidenow.org.  Let us know if it is OK to post your full or partial name on the calendar.  If you can, please send us a short note about why you are joining the fast.  If you can send a picture of yourself that we can post, that would be great also. As soon as you sign up, we will send you information on how to donate and participate in more action.

After five years, the crisis in Darfur continues to worsen.  The world must respond with the appropriate urgency to match the dire situation on the ground.  Thank you for being a part of the community that cares and acts.


Should Oil Come at the Expense of Polar Bears?

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We have to make sure polar bears are protected before we throw drilling into the equation.

Polar bear cubsTake Action!

It’s a bad plan to begin with. Let’s not make it more reckless. We can’t get polar bears back once they’re gone.

Hi Shannah,

The Bush administration is going ahead with plans to drill in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, the habitat for one-tenth of the remaining polar bear population.

We need to make sure that polar bears are protected before this drilling begins. Sign the petition to your senators today!

Polar bear mothers may abandon their young or flee to dangerous, unknown territory when they are frightened by the sound of oil drills. Not to mention that spills are already an everyday occurrence in oil drilling. In Alaska, the oil industry reported 4,534 spills across Alaska’s North Slope and Beaufort Sea between 1996 and 2004 alone.Add your voice to this important issue today and tell your Senators that you want polar bears protected. Period.

Thank you for your work to protect polar bears,

Care2 and
ThePetitionSite Team

Watch video: Save seals, stand with us today

Watch video: Save seals, stand with us today

Extinguish the flames of genocide

Dear Shannah,

Tell China: Extinguish the flames of genocide in Darfur.

Join thousands of Darfur activists as we greet the Olympic torch in San Francisco next week.

Click here to join me and send your photo message today.


Next week, the Olympic flame will make its only North American stop in San Francisco.Darfur activists from around the country will be gathering on April 9th to greet the torch and tell China, host of the 2008 Olympic Games, that it must use its leverage with Sudan to help end the genocide.

We want to give you the opportunity to rally with us if you can’t be there in person. Click here to join me and send a photo message to China today.

We will display your photo in San Francisco as the Olympic Torch passes and on our website, adding you to the thousands of voices that are telling China: Extinguish the flames of genocide in Darfur.

It only takes a few seconds:

  1. Download our sign or make your own sign saying, “I demand that China extinguish the flames of genocide in Darfur.”
  2. Send your picture as an attachment to photos@savedarfur.org. (Your photo may take up to 24 hours to appear on the site).

Click here to be a part of our photo petition today and tell China to stop supporting the genocide in Darfur.

We look forward to seeing you with us as the Olympic torch passes through San Francisco next week.

Thank you for your commitment to the people of Darfur.

Best regards,

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition

Space Month Lesson Plans

Space Month Lesson Plans

The Growth Act Lifts Women from Poverty

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Dear Shannah,Hardly anyone believed a young, female welder in Peru could be successful, but Maria Ester Landa proved them wrong. She’s a jet engine welder and Peru’s “Miss Micro-Entrepreneur” of 2006.

As teenagers, Maria and her sister took a welding class offered by CARE. After working several years for others, Maria decided to start her own business and turned to CARE for a microfinance loan. She repaid the loan in just one year, and today she owns three successful businesses!

Maria is not alone — thousands of poor women are ready to follow her example, and you can help provide them the opportunity. Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor the GROWTH Act. The GROWTH Act will help women lift themselves and their communities out of poverty by providing:

  • Loans to help women start and grow their own businesses
  • Skills training for women
  • Information about their legal rights in the workplace
  • Stronger women’s land and property rights so that assets can be used as collateral

Today, you can help thousands of other women fulfill their dreams and unleash their potential by asking your members of Congress to co-sponsor the GROWTH Act.

Sign the petition today.»

Thanks for taking action!Samer
Care2 and ThePetitionSite
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When a devastating earthquake in Peru left 40,000 people homeless, CARE contracted Maria and her sister to weld tent frames for survivors.

Southern Drawl Words Translated

 Southern Drawl Words Translated

The Association of Southern Schools has decided to pursue some of the
seemingly endless taxpayer dollar pipeline through Washington designating
Southern slang, or y’allbonics, as a language to be taught in all Southern

The following are excerpts from the Y’allbonics/English dictionary:

HEIDI – (noun) -Greeting.

HIRE YEW – Complete sentence. Remainder of greeting. Usage “Heidi, Hire

BARD – (verb) – Past tense of the infinitive “to borrow. “Usage “My
brother bard my pickup truck.”

JAWJUH – (noun) – The State north of Florida. Capitol is Lanner. Usage “My
brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck.”

BAMMER – (noun) – The State west of Jawjuh. Capitol is Berminhayum. Usage
“A tornader jes went through Bammer an’ left $20,000,000 in improvements.”

MUNTS – (noun) – A calendar division. Usage “My brother from Jawjuh bard
my pickup truck, and I ain’t herd from him in munts.”

THANK – (verb) – Cognitive process. Usage “Ah thank ah’ll have a bare.”

BARE – (noun) – An alcoholic beverage made of barley, hops, and yeast.
Usage “Ah thank ah’ll have a bare.”

IGNERT – (adjective) – Not smart. See “Arkansas native.” Usage “Them
bammer boys sure are ignert!”

RANCH – (noun) – A tool used for tight’nin’ bolts. Usage “I thank I left
my ranch in the back of that pickup truck my brother from Jawjuh bard a
few munts ago.”

ALL – (noun) – A petroleum-based lubricant. Usage “I sure hope my brother
from Jawjuh puts all in my pickup truck.”

FAR – (noun) – A conflagration. Usage “If my brother from Jawjuh don’t
change the all in my pickup truck, that thing’s gonna catch far.”

TAR – (noun) – A rubber wheel. Usage “Gee, I hope that brother of mine
from Jawjuh don’t git a flat tar in my pickup truck.”

TIRE – (noun) – A tall monument. Usage “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t
rise, I sure do hope to see that Eiffel
Tire in Paris sometime.”

RETARD – (verb) – To stop working. Usage “My grampaw retard at age 65.”

FAT – (noun), (verb) — a battle or combat; to engage in battle or combat.
Usage “You younguns keep fat’n, n’ ah’m gonna whup y’uh.”

RATS – (noun) – Entitled power or privilege. Usage “We Southerners are
willin’ to fat for are rats.”

CHEER – (adverb) In this place. Usage “Just set that bare rat cheer.”

FARN – (adjective) – Not domestic. Usage “I cuddint unnerstand a wurd he
sed … must be from some farn country.”

DID – (adjective) – Not alive. Usage “He’s did, Jim.”

ARE – (noun) – A colorless, odorless gas Oxygen. Usage “He cain’t
breathe…give ‘im some ARE!”

BOB WAR – (noun) – A sharp, twisted cable. Usage “Boy, stay away from that
bob war fence.”

JEW HERE – (noun) and (verb) contraction. Usage “Jew here that my brother
from Jawjuh got a job with that bob war fence cump’ny?”

HAZE – a contraction. Usage “Is
Bubba smart?” “Nah…haze ignert. He ain’t thanked but a minnit’n ‘is

SEED – (verb) — past tense of “to see”.

VIEW – contraction (verb) and pronoun. Usage “I ain’t never seed New York
City … view?”

GUBMINT – (noun) – A bureaucratic institution. Usage “Them gubmint boys
shore is ignert.”