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Do you have a cause, charity or non-profit you feel deserves more visibility?  Tell us why in the comments of this page – and do include any relevant links (their site, blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.).  Comments with many links do go into moderation but we will rescue them!

Participants in our contest are encouraged to write about and submit entry posts about any of these or their own favorites. Posts may be about a specific solution or the issue in general and link to many solution providers.

These posts will be judged and count towards the total score necessary to win the cash prizes.

Reform CPS

Families are being torn apart by a corrupt system that incentizes removing children and threatens case workers with job loss if they try to actually help families. Imagine how YOU would feel if they took YOUR child away from you. Get informed. Speak out. Find out more:

Homeless Shelters and Other Homeless Assistance Programs

The enormity of the homeless problem is impossible to measure because most people hide their situations even from their closest friends and family. The number of people who are hungry, homeless, or without utilities will continue to worsen as the dollar declines. Too many assume it could never happen to them. They assume wrongly.

Cities often respond to homelessness by making it illegal.
Over 50 cities have criminalized homelessness by making feeding
them or letting them camp out or live in their cars illegal.

“Bans on feeding and camping often leave people with nowhere to eat or
sleep because many cities lack emergency food services and shelters.”

If you know of people who are making sure others are not going hungry and without shelter, please leave a comment and links to their information so we can add them here – or better yet – get them added to the Homeless Shelter Directories below.

Federal Judge William H. Yohn Jr. released a 56-page opinion blocking
Mayor Michael Nutter’s ban on feeding the homeless in public spaces
but within hours of Yohn’s preliminary injunction on Friday, Nutter’s administration
filed notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Third Circuit.

Innocents in Prison

Our American prisons are full of innocent people and political prisoners. If we don’t want to be next we need to get these people released. One place to see the evidence and act is The Innocence Project.

  • Political Prisoners

    • “Amnesty International considers Leonard Peltier to be a political prisoner… Amnesty International believes that Leonard Peltier should be immediately and unconditionally released.”

MUST READ >> what is wrong with the U.S. legal system and how it could be reformed to work better: The Law Enforcement Growth Industry by George Gordon

Swat Teams Raiding Homes and Businesses

Food Rights

Food Banks

Hunger Wars: Predictions of How the 2012 Drought Will Impact Food Prices

Stop Debtor’s Prisons

Most Americans believed that debtor’s prison – putting someone in jail who could not pay their debts – were made illegal decades ago.  Collection agencies and government programs desperate for money have found a way to make an end run around imprisoning people for the debt itself and have them thrown in jail for “contempt of court” for failure to pay fees or fines.

Think it couldn’t happen to you? What about a medical emergency bill you don’t pay? l Think again:

How did breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars? She didn’t pay a medical bill — one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn’t owe. “She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn’t have to pay it,” The Associated Press reports. “But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs.”

Stop Asset Forfeiture

Across America (and probably elsewhere around the world) people are having their cash, vehicles and assets seized without being charged with any wrongdoing. Unless they have the resources to wage a protracted legal battle they never get them back. As the size of law enforcement and government grows and tax revenues shrink due to the economy, taking people’s property to pay salaries and cover overhead is getting more common and the methods used are more aggressive. This is unconstitutional and just plain theft.

I’m sure you have seen all those auctions promising vehicles and real estate for pennies on the dollar. That property was STOLEN from your fellow humanity. Almost none of it is actually taken from anyone doing anything illegal. You and yours are likely to be next if we don’t put an end to this!  Support these organizations working to reform asset forfeiture:

Stop Arcane Foreclosures

Did you know that even if your house or land is totally paid for that it can be taken away from you and auctioned off?  Many are losing their homes because they could not pay a utility bill or because of fines, fees, interest and penalties tacked onto small debts.

Water Rights

Governments are taking away our rights to water – something we MUST HAVE to survive:

Animal Rescues and Causes

  • NetPosse / Stolen Horse International (SHI) – To a horse lover, horses are family – not livestock – and their greatest fear is their horse being stolen. Law enforcement was rarely helpful and the odds of recovery dismal – until Debi Metcalfe took what she learned in recovering her own stolen horse and turned it into an organization that actually recovers stolen horses, saddles, trailers and tack. Every horse lover needs to join NetPosse / Stolen Horse International (SHI) and learn what to do NOW to make sure if a thief hits them they know what to do. They have a huge network that immediately spreads the word the minute a theft report is filed. You can help spread the word online and off and share their Stolen Horse International Facebook alerts. They need volunteers and donations or you can support them by buying products from the new Netposse Store. [Note: Although they sell microchips and scanners, I do NOT recommend chipping any animal for privacy and health reasons. Chips do NOT deter theft. FreezeMarking is the best option. ~Gail~]

Environment

  • Earth Day ~ While Earth Day is officially April 22, every day needs to be earth day.

While I know that many have had bad experiences with organized religion and churches and I respect each person’s beliefs, many of us have personal relationships with Jesus and believe following His example is the most important thing in our lives. Even some who have not decided to follow Him ARE following His example by supporting what He would have us do.

I put Jesus first in my life, but knowing that many aren’t ready to think about that just yet, He is not first on this page. Regardless of your own beliefs today, I encourage you to be tolerant of others and care as much about all people as you do for yourself. Remember that this life is short and we are not promised tomorrow, so you may want to make considering The Case for Christ a priority in your own life. ~ Gail ~

  • Connect: a Christ Centered Video Project – How the teachings of Jesus apply to our everyday lives. Please support this project on Kickstarter by clicking the link and pledging $5 and by spreading the word online.

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