humanitarianism

If I Had Money

I think of all these wealthy people who complain about things in the world, like Sheryl Sandberg, and how petty her complaints are. “Ban bossy”, “stop making jokes about fat people on TV”, “the wage gap!!” and all the petty whims expressed by these millionaires.

If I had Sheryl Sandberg’s money I wouldn’t waste it stroking my own ego.

I’d open a shelter for battered men and their children

I’d fund a secular soup kitchen

I’d start a scholarship fund and give one or two kids a year from poorer households a full ride to the college of their choice if they can keep up a 3.5 GPA

I’d start a no kill animal shelter

I’d start a farm animal sanctuary

I’d buy people homes, so long as they could afford the taxes

I’d start a halfway house for mentally ill ex-convicts with therapists, and fund their medical costs

I’d employ ex-convicts at my animal sanctuary and shelter

I’d foster some kids, and use the monthly checks the government gives foster parents for the kids’ college funds

I’d donate to charities that research cures for all kinds of cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, charities advocating to stop vivisection, charities that provide books, computers, uniforms, paper, pencils, etc. to kids in poverty stricken nations like those in sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, South America, Afghanistan, India, and South East Asia

I’d start my own film company (because I’m a screenwriter and filmmaker) where I help young and aspiring filmmakers create their films and get them into festivals and such, while leaving their creative freedom intact

I’d do a hell of a lot more than whine about how oppressed I am when I am one of the wealthiest and most privileged people in the world.

Still Deadly

Imagine Natasha worrying that she’s getting soft, so she does a bunch of ridiculous shit to remind the rest of the team that’s she’s dangerous as hell

  • breaking into the homes of corrupt politicians and setting certain rooms on fire
  • putting knives through the hands of fuckboys when they won’t leave girls alone in bars
  • going as back up on humanitarian relief missions during her downtime
  • decimating slaving rings she runs across while on missions
  • coming back to the states with an abused little girl who won’t do anything but cling to her leg and “Clint, GET IT OFF”
  • finding a home for the child, with parents who have what it takes
  • shit she is going soft
  • shit shit shit
how the signs die

aries: speeding on the highway and losing control of the car
taurus: gets attacked fighting for the last type of shirt on black friday
gemini: revealing a huge secret and having the person kill them in revenge
cancer: a broken heart :(
leo: doing their hair/makeup while driving
virgo: shot in the line of duty as a police officer
libra: assassinated as a politician
scorpio: gets killed by a jealous competitor for the same job/role
sagittarius: skydiving
capricorn: working too hard on a project and not resting at all
aquarius: contracts a disease while doing international humanitarian work
pisces: extreme lack of sleep

Liam’s Birthday Charity Drive Update 23/5/15

This year for Liam’s birthday charity drive 1dfansgive has chosen, after getting fan input, to benefit Doctors Without Borders in Liam’s honor.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation. We are committed to providing medical aid where it is most needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender and also to raising awareness of the plight of the people we help

Liam’s drive is at $3710.91 which is 37% of goal. To donate go here.

1dfansgive has set up two shops. One is for the US and one is for Non US. Each of the stores has tons of things with the designs below. Everything from T Shirts to mugs to phone cases. If there is an item offered on spreadshirt that you’d like to have with one of the designs below on it shoot thelarryagenda a message and Amy will get it up for you if she can. The proceeds of this merchandise goes to the drive.

US Store can be found here.

Non US Store can be found here.

A wristband for Liam’s drive can be purchased here.

Another person has offered to be a matching donor so there are five people (me​, someone who would like to stay anonymous, ziamisthenameofmyship, laynefaire and liainpink) matching Loose Change for Liam donations up to $100 each month. That could be up to $500 extra for the drive each month!!!!! The first match will go in on 28 February while every month there after it’ll be the 29th. So remember to add Loose Change for Liam in your donation somewhere to have your donation matched. If $500 is donated in loose change each month and then matched by the 5 of us that will total $1000 for the drive each month. If it is done all 7 months between now and Liam’s birthday that would be $7000 for Liam’s drive which is well over half his goal! This means that if you choose to donate, for example, $5, your donation will be doubled to $10. If you donate $10, it will be doubled to $20, and so on.

I have offered to match any donations with the hashtag #songwriterLiam up to $250!!!

To participate Donate to Liam’s charity drive and make sure to include#songwriterLiam in the donation message for your donation to be matched! More info can be found here.

There is a giveaway going on for the month of May!

To enter for a change to win one of the two beanies above you must donate at least $5 to Liam’s drive, add the phrases Loose Change for Liam and LiamLove to your donation message and a url (tumblr or twitter) that you can be contacted at. Also for every $100 in Loose Change Donations another beanie will up for grabs. More info can be found here.

twistericecream is donating $1 to Liam’s drive from every item they sell in theirsociety 6 store.

For the month of May clevernessoflarry is donating 20% of their proceeds from both their redbubble and society 6 stores to Liam’s drive.

Team Liam is looking for talented people who are interested in supporting Liam’s drive with artwork donations for the merchandise store. More info on what they are looking for can be found here.

Also for Liam for a week each month until his birthday we will have a theme to help spread Liam Love across tumblr. May’s week is over. Details on June’s week are coming soon.

A twitter has been set up for Liam’s drive and you can give it a follow here.

There is now a tumblr for Liam’s drive which can be found here.

If you can’t afford to donate or buy merchandise you can always reblog or make posts about the drive or tweet to help spread the word.

A few basic points:

  • Feminism does not try to make women superior to men.
  • Gender and sex are not the same thing.
  • Reverse racism does not exist.
  • Queerness should be accepted in society.
  • Sex without enthusiastic consent is rape.
  • No person is worth less than any other.
  • Affirmative action is necessary.
  • Abortion is a woman’s right.
  • American sex education is severely lacking.
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Hilarious video sums up the problem with westerners who think they can “fix” Africa 

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Foreign Secretary William Hague marks World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day by commending ‘tireless dedication and bravery’ of ICRC staff and volunteers.

This year marks 150 years of humanitarian action by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Across the world their staff and volunteers are saving lives and helping the most vulnerable communities. They are working in the most difficult and dangerous environments delivering assistance in times of conflict and natural disaster. And in those areas of greatest insecurity, where other organisations and states often cannot reach, they face the daily threat of violence in order to carry out their humanitarian mission.

As events around the world all too regularly remind us this work remains as vital as it has ever been. Today is an important opportunity to recognise their outstanding contribution, including that of the British Red Cross here in the UK. I commend their tireless dedication and bravery and I would remind those who bear arms in conflict, on all sides, to respect and protect the neutrality of those who work under the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal symbols.

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“I just had the privilege of passing this gift on. I hope for people to see and become more open-minded about what these organizations do, and in the same way, for us to be more grateful with the opportunities that we have.”

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Roxy Pro runner-up Bianca Buitendag took the $25k purse she won on the Gold Coast and paid it forward… all of it.  She split her winnings between three non-profit organizations in South Africa.   Aleph Surf International is a Cape Town organization that uses surfing, the arts and employment opportunities to enrich the lives of those in need in the community.  The Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic  provides professional private medical care to underprivileged women and children in J-Bay, ranging from prenatal medical care and youth nutrition education, to a mobile clinic and baby safe.  Life Community Services. The group helps a wide range of people in the area, from at-risk youth to homeless adults, and it is run by a very hands-on CEO.  “The lady that runs it, Aunty Maryna DeVries, puts up massive tents in the townships and feeds, clothes, and teaches so many children,” said Bianca. “She gets in the back of a car and drives around, handing out soup to people.”

Photo: Joli

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“He’s one of forty million refugees worldwide who’ve been forced to flee their home. I can’t imagine what it’s like to not feel safe in my own home, or to be attacked here. But, what I can do is help Mathieu’s voice be heard, and so can you. So, please, share this video, share this story. And help Mathieu and any like them to have a louder voice.” -Charlie Cox for the International Rescue Committee UK

Just because it isn’t covered does not mean it does not exist.

“it is estimated that about 1% ( 350,000) people of the Kenyan population require a wheelchair.” -http://www.wheelchairsforafrica.org/

If you know anyone with a used wheelchair or one deemed “old”, please contact me. They can help many in Africa, especially remote areas.  

In October 2001, when bombs started dropping, the military also dropped aid packages. Humanitarianism as a concept died during that mash-up between aid and the military. The military builds schools so they look like humanitarians. Meanwhile, humanitarian organisations were more interested in keeping the donor money flowing than serving the Afghan people, though there were some exceptions.

I came to realise to what extent neo-liberal agendas are part of the aid industry, and thus also of the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Neo-liberal agendas are fundamentally changing what it means to be a widow. Afghans would suddenly say things to widows like, “why don’t they go and work?” I had never seen this before in Afghanistan. It is because programmes for gender-mainstreaming were focussed on jobs. The only concept of helping widows was making them work. Of course there were widows who wanted to work, saying it kept them busy, etc. But if this is the only form of care you are going to get, it fundamentally alters so much, and it’s ultimately a neo-liberal, neoconservative agenda — while social institutions like Islamic charity are being rendered irrelevant and/or suspect. In America, it’s greatly problematic and everywhere else too, but here is a country that has been subjected to serial war. There are ultimately very few programmes that reflect any understanding of how to implement projects to people who have been subjected to serial war, and that coincide with sensibilities of people who consider themselves to be Muslims.

Donors insist that in order to improve the country, Afghans need to be productive in a market economy — but wouldn’t it be more productive if there was no war? You are telling Afghans to be productive as if they wouldn’t know how to. They have survived and managed against all odds, which I would certainly consider productive (many people in other parts of the world would not be able to manage or even relate to this).

Aid workers are implementing a five-million dollar gender programme but unable to meet Afghan women — other than the woman who serves tea, due to security protocols. Many international aid organisations wanted to primarily employ women, even if less qualified, to encourage gender equality. Yet, for an Afghan woman to work in an office staffed with males sparked suspicion and created tensions in many families. People who make these programmes are clueless about the dynamics in Afghan families — many brothers are suspicious as only their sisters are “targeted” for employment by international gender equality initiatives. Donors are only interested in the numbers of women employed, little else.

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Anita Daulatzai - “Humanitarianism is as culpable as war”

Many activists were tempted by attractive international salaries, and work according to the agenda of the occupation. I don’t blame them, but there is no indigenous Afghan feminist movement any more. Similar with the few academics (Afghans and otherwise), anthropologists are working for the U.S. state, and others, as policymakers. The money is certainly lucrative but Afghanistan lost its scholars, and there is little to no effort to produce more. It certainly is overwhelming. Liberal humanitarianism exists in the form of Fulbright scholarships to talented Afghans and supports study in the U.S., yet it creates more neo-liberal policy bureaucrats. They will not be Afghan intellectuals, they will be neo-liberal bureaucrats.

Far from being altruistic, ‘celebrity humanitarianism’ is significantly contaminated and ideological: it is most often self-serving, helping to promote institutional aggrandizement and the celebrity ‘brand’; it advances consumerism and corporate capitalism, and rationalizes the very global inequality it seeks to redress; it is fundamentally depoliticizing, despite its pretensions to ‘activism’; and it contributes to a ‘postdemocratic’ political landscape, which appears outwardly open and consensual, but is in fact managed by unaccountable elites.
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Ilan Kapoor 

(h/t Media Diversified)

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“One two-year-old boy, who had been brought in three days before, is being fed by a tube through his nose because he can’t take any milk down his throat. Both hands are bandaged so he can’t rip it out – he had twice before. He stares at us with streaming eyes, defiance in his tiny frame. Flies buzz around everywhere.“ [x
Diary of Keira Knightley, 30 March UNICEF UK Soccer Aid 2012

“Traditionally, Aquarius is associated with electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, Idealism, modernization, astrology, nervous disorders, rebellion, nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity, and irresolution.” — Aquarius

Photo by Juan Carlos Tomasi

In a country where people are already struggling, refugees and migrants have become “invisible” to much of Greek society. Thousands have been arrested and imprisoned in detention centers where they live in appalling conditions with little or no access to medical care. Most of the migrants who come through northern Greece’s Evros region are from Afghanistan, like these children, while others come from Pakistan, Syria, Bangladesh and Somalia. A Doctors Without Borders emergency team has been working at three border police stations where migrants are received and at the Filakio detention center, where many are detained. Read more: http://bit.ly/19InPQT

Drone hobbyists can now volunteer to assist humanitarian crises

The latest technology is frequently only accessible to large companies and wealthy enthusiasts — those who can afford the high cost of groundbreaking products. Often devices, such as 3D printers and drones, could have a huge positive impact on underprivileged people and areas, but the cost proves to be prohibitive. We have already seen numerous enterprises designed to help bridge this gap — such as E-Nable, which connects 3D printing enthusiasts with those in need of prosthetic hands. The latest of these “bridging” initiatives is UAViators — a humanitarian UAV network — which signs up experienced drone operators who would be willing to provide disaster relief. READ MORE…

How many of us can say we know exactly where our clothes come from? Not many right? It’s almost impossible, in fact it may just be impossible. Up until a few days ago, I wasn’t aware of the cruelty and injustice that comes simply with making clothes because almost everything in this world Is behind closed doors. So many cooperate companies make money off of innocent people in developing countries and treat them like garbage so that they can have a more privileged life. It’s disgusting. How many of you have heard of the term ‘sweatshops?’ Maybe a lot of you have or maybe you havnt. There is no single definition of what a sweatshop is, but in general, a sweatshop can be described as a workplace where workers are subject to extreme exploitation, including the absence of a living wage or benefits, poor working conditions, and arbitrary discipline, such as verbal and physical abuse and working 16+ hrs a day. Since sweatshop workers are paid less than their daily expenses (20-60 cents a day!), they are never able to save any money to improve their lives. They are trapped in an awful cycle of exploitation. Not one human on this earth deserves that. I was reading so many interviews and these poor people are risking their lives to make our clothes, to the point where they are beaten if they make a mistake. It’s heartbreaking. No matter who they are (men, women & children of all ages), they deserve a life of freedom and education. They deserve clean water, food and a safe home and the fact that millions of people don’t get these simple rights kills me. It truly makes me so mad. I’m still on the verge of finding everything out but the first thing I did was Google what companies in Australia use/don’t use sweatshops because I firmly believe in ethical Rights of humans/animals/literally anything & always will want to know what my money contributes to. I suggest that you all also maybe take time out of your day & find out what you’re contributing to. As consumers we have a right to know what our money does/doesn’t support. No one deserves to be treated so poorly, especially for something as little as clothes. #humanrights