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Melinda and Bill Gates talk about the Africa trip that changed their lives.

Big ups to Warrick Dunn. The retired pro football player has just given away his 139th home to a single mother. His charity helps families by giving single moms a home. He know the importance; he became the head of his household at age 18 when his mom, who was an off-duty cop, was murdered by some armed robbers.

Oh, and props to him also for graduating last year with his MBA from Emory.

If you want to get involved in what Warrick is doing, check out his website: http://www.warrickdunn.com/platform.html

I’m not going to use this space to unnecessarily tear anyone down, but I will say that there are some guys who’ve been involved in the same organizations as Mr. Dunn that should consider his example.

Guerilla City Square food stall feeds Melbourne’s homeless

Greg Geering (centre) at the city food stall. Photo: Justin McManus

The maverick founder of a grassroots City Square daily food stall for the homeless has vowed to continue indefinitely after lasting seven weeks without council intervention.

In an echo of the unrelated Occupy Melbourne movement in which anti-establishment protesters camped in the square three years ago, volunteers from the Recycled Food Network set up a marquee each afternoon, handing out free food donated from cafes.

Founder Greg Geering, 31, a computer engineer who works in Collins Street, said his group is staunchly non-aligned with any churches. 

He said some homeless people say that at religious food vans and stalls, they feel they are treated more as “clients” than human beings, and staff often have superior attitudes and won’t eat the food they are handing out. 

"I find that to be quite disgusting. It’s like, it’s good enough for the people on the street but not good enough for them." 

At his City Square stall, “people will see me eating there so they feel safe, they can see the food is OK and it’s good enough for me”.

He said the idea behind it was ”to be ‘humans to humans’ and if they’re in a position [where] they need to eat, they shouldn’t be treated any differently if they didn’t need it - people being treated as equals”.

But he said people come not so much for the food but to sit down and talk. “A lot of people open up, just by relaxing and having a meal with someone. It’s easy to open up and talk about your issues and things you have going on in your life.”

Mr Geering said the council has not approved the stall, but nor has it asked them to leave.

His understanding is that because the network is not selling food, it does not require a permit and they are on public land. 

A City of Melbourne spokesman said Mr Geering had made contact but the council did not want to comment further.

Mr Geering said it started in late July when he befriended a homeless man in the square.

They decided to approach cafes for surplus food, and at two of the first three cafes staff gave them about 20 sandwiches, salads and dim sims, which they handed out from a box.

Now, each day he and up to 10 volunteers go to 17 cafes for food donations, and from 5pm to 7.30pm (1pm to 5pm on weekends), give it out to up to 80 people.

Margaret, 45, who was until recently homeless for two years, said the square was close to toilets, public transport and welfare services and she loved that it was secular. “Some people just don’t go to the Salvos,” she said. “They don’t like to feel like they’re needy. I know some people that won’t even come [to a church food van] and I’ll take food back for them because they don’t want to be judged by other people walking by, and to be around that scene. I know it’s sad but it’s true.” 

Mr Geering has taken leave from his professional consulting job in Melbourne and Sydney to work on the food service, which he plans to run indefinitely. “I hope that it will continue through the help of people around the area.”

He wants to set up similar stalls at the State Library of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market and Southern Cross Station. 

Contact the Recycled Food Network on Facebook or by email: info@intentcity.org



Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/guerilla-city-square-food-stall-feeds-melbournes-homeless-20140917-10i1z1.html#ixzz3E8lR8lr3

I can respect you for listening to the U2 album (that you got FOR FREE thanks to the corporation you shelled out hundreds of dollars for to get that technology) and deciding, after hearing the band out, that you don’t like it and their sound. I cannot respect, however, twats who jump on the U2-hating bandwagon whining about the album they got (again, FOR FREE after having handed over hundreds of dollars in order to have the opportunity to get it FOR FREE) without listening to it.

Let me ask you this: What exactly is so terrible about a band (let’s for one second here pretend it is your absolute favorite band) putting literal years into this record, to make it perfect and portray the exact story they’ve been trying to tell in music form, and giving it to you free of charge in exchange for you just giving it a chance? A chance. That is literally all the musicians are asking for. They don’t have any additional money to be made out of this. No additional press. The musicians aren’t doing this for billboard charts, for grammy wins. In fact, they CAN’T make additional money or increase the numbers because all the albums are already paid for. There is literally no where they can make additional money or numbers. They’re doing this to give you, the listener, a chance to listen to something free of charge you would have normally passed on, decided not to spend money on, or just never thought of listening to. And because of preconceived notions you already developed (hating the band because your friends/family do, hearing one song on the radio and not liking it, whatever your reasons are) you refuse to give it a chance. You’d rather whine very loudly about it. Let’s take a second here, however, to remember that you are whining about something you got for free. There is absolutely no way you can come out of this without looking like an ungrateful twat. It’s like you’re bitching you got the white iPhone for Christmas from your family instead of the blue one.

And let me just leave you thinking about this: If you refuse to give the album/band a chance because you think Bono is an annoying philanthropist, please feel free to personally message me with what you have done with your day, what President, Prime Minister, politician you managed to convince to give money and time to for charity. Because honestly, unless you have done even half the amount of work that the band does, because Bono is NOT the only philanthropist in U2, you really don’t have room to complain about it! Is it irritating you? I’m sorry that it’s irritating you a celebrity is in your face about fighting for those who have to survive AIDS and poverty. I’m sorry that you, in your warm house with your friends and family, are irritated that a celebrity has the balls to ask for your help, to try and get you to stand up for something. Because I’m sure the people who have to live in the streets at night instead of a house like yours, the people who don’t even know if they’ll get to live tomorrow, see their friends or family tomorrow because of a disease they are fighting, aren’t irritated at all that people want to silence those trying to speak up for them.

Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of an open call for proposals for our Artist as Activist grant program: http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/newsfeed/philanthropy-action

Opportunities include a two-year fellowship for artists, designers, and other creative thinkers working to address problems facing societies in the US and beyond, as well as ongoing travel and research grants for similar artists.

The Artist as Activist program is designed in response to a growing body of artists working in service of a larger social purpose. The central goal of the Artist as Activist program is to ensure such artists have the kind of flexible support required to execute ambitious creative projects intended to move the needle on the critical issues of our times. An additional call for proposals, which will support innovative efforts to address climate change, will be announced in November.

Image: Rauschenberg’s “muse wall,” a collection of objects and images that inspired him, located in his print shop, Captiva, Florida, ca. 1979. Photo: Emil Fray

Landon Thomas Jr.:

Mr. Bloomberg, 72, has vowed to give away his $32.8 billion fortune before he dies. In doing so, he hopes to sharply reduce high smoking rates in Turkey, Indonesia and other countries; bring down obesity levels in Mexico; reduce traffic in Rio de Janeiro (and Istanbul); improve road safety in India and Kenya; prevent deaths at childbirth to mothers in Tanzania; and organize cities worldwide to become more environmentally friendly and efficient in delivering services.

Is that all?

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