August 4, 2014
Not your usual bon mot from a church sign; probably from College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California
Found this on Twitter, from an @DocBobLA. I believe the sign is from College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California. An enlightened bunch of Christians — they even have a Twitter account, @CAPCOakland.
Some Christians take the Gospels seriously, even in those scriptures not exactly found in the New Testament, it would appear. Would that others follow.
Update: I see @CAPCOakland tweeted this sign earlier.
September 6, 2013
You’d forgotten there’s another war going on in South Sudan?
Location of South Sudan in Africa (darkened area). Wikipedia image
- Gumuruk is a village of about 10,000 people, swamped with refugees from the fighting – in Pibor County, South Sudan
- UN Peacekeepers struggle to keep 100,000 people in the area free from fighting between government and non-government forces; this is one of those missions the UN does every day that neo-cons and Tea Partisans ridicule
- WFP, the United Nations World Food Programme, is the largest humanitarian agency in the world (despite what the ads on the religious television stations may say)
- IDP means “internally displaced person,” or a refugee from war, natural disaster, or economic crisis, driven from their home, but still in their nation of residence; there are millions
Best flying of a U.S. flag: A woman carries a bag of food in Gumuruk where @WFP is assisting IDPs uprooted by violence.
August 23, 2013
Description from YouTube:
Published on Jun 27, 2013
In Syria, a humanitarian crisis has developed as millions flee conflict, facing homelessness, hunger and food shortages. The United Nations World Food Programme is working to provide emergency assistance to 2.5 million hungry people inside Syria and more than one million refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. Needs remain great and the children of Syria are particularly vulnerable. Syrian families need your support today.
At UpWorthy, Megan Kelley complains that this need for food and other aid for refugees has been eclipsed by news coverage of the civil war. So she urges you to pass on the video, and the pleas for help:
Maybe someday the world will be peaceful and perfect and we won’t need emergency aid. In the meantime, let’s do what we can to help give Syrians one less thing to worry about.
And at 1:57, remember: Providing aid to people in need is an amazing thing to do, but we can’t forget that the real heroes are the ones who face the tragedy and strive against it every day.
July 24, 2011
About genocide and other political issues that lead to the deaths of tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of people: We keep saying “never again!” When is never? There is famine today in Somalia.
Alison Stewart of PBS’s Need To Know:
This week, the U.N. declared a state of famine in parts of Somalia. Need to Know speaks with Adrian Edwards of the U.N.’s Refugee Agency about the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the region.
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[2014 Update: Video expired, no longer available for streaming. Story and some details, here.]