Today we are going to explore groups of people who found a way to use their voices to
- 1. Be heard
- 2. Change their corner of the world to make it nicer for everyone.
Let’s start with my favorite combination of these two groups:
http://www.helpamotherout.org/” It can take an average of $1,100 a year to adequately diaper a baby.”With an initial investment of $100, and primarily using the powerful, and free, social-networking and internet technologies at their disposal—such as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Gmail, Google Apps, even Amazon.com—they mounted a campaign that generated over 15,000 diapers for families in need. (I follow them on Twitter, and find them compassionate and witty.) Read their blog roll and find great mothers like http://www.girlsgonechild.net/
http://www.jessicagottlieb.com/ , I am biased as I am an avid addicted Twitter Fan of Jessica’s. I like that she talks about being a real human being and a mommy (sometimes I don’t feel like you CAN be both) and “Social Media”
http://www.mothersonthemove.org/ Mothers on the Move is a social justice community organization. “We are organizing to build a just society where there is equal economic, social and political opportunity for all.”
http://welfarewarriors.org/ “The Welfare Warriors are mothers and children in poverty who have joined together to make our voices heard in all policies affecting families in poverty, the larger community…” They educate mothers and transform them into activists about such welfare issues as denials of benefits and unfair reductions in cash assistance.
http://www.now.org/issues/economic/ National Organization of Women They have not updated their archive of Welfare and NOW issues since, oh, 2003 . . . “Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.”
http://www.cwla.org/ Child Welfare League of America CWLA embraces the principle that families must be at the center of services that prevent and remedy situations leading to child abuse and neglect. The full spectrum of services for children and families must be available, from early intervention programs when it is first determined that a family is at risk, to foster care and other treatment alternatives for those children whose safety and well-being is more significantly threatened.
http://ccwro.org/ Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations CCWRO provides consultation, information, training and representation on issues relating to public benefit programs such as Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) aka CalWORKs/TANF, Refugee Assistance, Medi-Cal, Welfare Employment Programs, Food Stamps, General Assistance, Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) and SSI.