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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
3:13 pm
Last chance to save a man's life
Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row — even though the case against him has fallen apart.

The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state's non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.

Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester "Red" Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.

Georgia's State Board of Pardons and Paroles has recently rejected Troy Davis' clemency petition. Troy continues to face execution on Wednesday Sept. 21 at 7 pm EDT (midnight Weds night UK time). Please take action before this time.

We cannot let an innocent man die.

Please take these two simple actions - asking the Parole Board to reconsider (they can change their mind at any time), and asking that Chatham County (Savannah) District  Attorney Larry Chisolm step in and withdraw the death warrant.

Take action here
and here

We can't let them kill an innocent man. This really is Troy's last chance.

Thank you for your support.

Please forward the email below to the Parole Board at

Feel free to personalise the text or change the title of the email. We must keep the pressure on the Board, and let them know that the world is watching. Executing Troy would be an outrageous travesty against justice.

Please grant Troy Davis clemency
State Board
Pardons and Paroles webmaster
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
SE Suite 458
East Tower
30334-4909 Atlanta
Dear Clemency Board members,
I call on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to take all steps necessary to ensure that Troy Anthony Davis is not executed.
You have voted to deny him clemency despite the fact that significant doubts continue to plague his conviction. You must reconsider and reverse this decision immediately.
Seven of the nine witnesses have changed their story and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. No one should be executed, especially when there are so many doubts about guilt.
This case has generated widespread attention because so many people in Georgia and throughout the world are disturbed by the thought of a man being executed when so
much doubt about his guilt remains unresolved.
Nothing can undermine public faith in a criminal justice system faster than an execution when there are still serious doubts about guilt.
Georgia cannot afford to make such a mistake, and I urge you to do everything in your power to prevent this injustice from taking place.
Yours sincerely,

Monday, July 18th, 2011
3:52 pm
Please register as a stem cell donor and perhaps save a life!
Please register as a stem cell/bone marrow donor and ask others to do the same!
On the Hungarian blog Segíts Szilvinek! (Help Szilvi!), Ramóna is recruiting stem cell donors for Szilvia Simon and asking us to spread the word. On June 24th, she wrote that “There is nobody, nobody in all the world whose blood would at least approximately match hers, and has registered as a donor” and that they were now trying to find cord blood for Szilvi. Ramóna also wrote that many adults and children are waiting for donors.

crossposted to _take__action_, a_better_world, advocates, changeyourworld, good_ideas and makeadifference
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
12:43 am
"Wandering" petition
Introduction: I'm a 20-year-old college student on the autism spectrum.
My friend alonglongtime is working very hard on stopping "wandering" from becoming a medical diagnosis. Sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-cdc-no-on-abuse-enabling-wandering-code

There is more information about this wandering proposal here: http://www.autisticadvocacy.org/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=131

Commentary on this proposal closes April 1st, so act now!

(Also mentioned on the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network [ASAN] site: Why autistic people don't support Autism Speaks. Elsewhere on the web: why some of us prefer not to use "person-first" language ['autistic people' vs. 'people with autism'])

Current Mood: determined
Monday, March 28th, 2011
4:49 pm
Supporting a non-profit community theatre company

I am one of the two co-founders of the South Devon Players community theatre company, which is based in the South West Of England. We are a non-profit group, specialising in historically themed productions and won the Creativity In The Community Award 2010 last September. 
With the government cutting most funding to the arts, across the board, we are struggling to keep going and develop new projects, and therefore have signed up to various fundraising links, as well as setting up a crowdfunding project for one of our next plays. If you just want to make a paypal donation, thats welcome too, please contact me for details.

You only need to google "south devon players" to find us splattered all over the interney

You can follow us via our main website http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com, or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=46022922794), or twitter @sdevonplayers.

Sale of donated ORIGINAL celebrity autographs and other items
We have been donated a lot of authentic signed original items by international celebrities for our fundraising. You can follow the link to our ebid shop here. .

Crowdfunding page for our Lost Templar Fleet and medieval project

We are using crowdfunding, for the first time, to try to raise at least some of the funds for The Lost Templar Fleet show, especially as it is intended to become an ongoing project. Please see the link below to help, or check out any of the other fundraising for the group on this page

Online search engine - uses Yahoo!, Bing & Ask
Every search raises money for the group.
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Are you looking to raise funds for your own non-profit group?
Register for free here to fundraise for your non-profit group or charity. (again, the South Devon Players get a donation if you register using these links).
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
1:34 am
Special Limited Edition Poster for Sale--fundraising for Japan!
Hello everyone,

My partner and I are currently trying to raise tsunami relief funds for Japan and funds to start up our own art studio/publishing company. We're selling a limited edition poster for $16.50 USD. The poster is an original work, and only 200 copies are available internationally.

$6.50 of every poster sold will be going to help Japan with aid, and $10 will be going to help raise funds for our art studio/publishing company. Both causes are extremely important to us, and we would very much appreciate your contributions.

Click on the thumbnail to be redirected to the shop. You'll also find a picture of the poster and up-close details.

If you do not have paypal or a credit card, you can contact me and we will make other arrangements.

Thank you for your kindness.
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
10:26 pm
Recruiting Married Females with Divorced Parents for Online Study
I need your help! Recruiting Married Females with Divorced Parents for online dissertation study. Click link below to take study and pass on to others you know. Chance to win $50 Visa gift card.


Participant Requirements:
• Are 18+
• Female in 1st time, heterosexual marriage
• Experienced parental divorce
• Have had contact with biological father in past 12 months

Thank you!
Sunday, May 16th, 2010
3:20 pm
Autism Awareness Blog a thon
I am writing for the next 18 hours about autism and it's affect on the lives of people who are living with it.

I am raising money for my team at Autism Speaks, Walk Now for Autism. (http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=335406&team=3711904)

You can come read the posts at http://community.livejournal.com/blog_a_thon/

If you want to donate, click on the first link, you can also join our team to walk with us!
Saturday, August 1st, 2009
12:24 am
my name is Lauren and I'm a student at the University of Florida. In just a little over a week I am volunteering at a weeklong sleepaway camp for kids whose parents have cancer or have died from cancer. The camp is completely free for the kids, since their parents have financial strains from hospital bills, medicine etc. Because the camp is free, however, lots of fundraising is involved. If anyone is willing to donate anything to the cause (as little as $5 would help!) that would be greatly appreciated, so we can continue to keep the cost for the kids free and keep the camp open. Thanks!!

You can donate by clicking this link:
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
8:23 pm
Well my friends, its that time of year again. Blogathon time! What is blogathon you ask? Its a twenty-four hour fundraiser where I stay up all day and night, blogging every half hour as proof and my friends and family sponsor me by donating to my favorite charity. For more information about the actual event check out www.blogathon.org .

This year, as in past years, I have chosen to blog on the behalf of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Best Friends is a private no-kill shelter located in rural Utah. They specialize in second chances for animals with severe health and behavioral problems. They rehabilitate animals that other people and shelters had deemed irreparable or those animals that simply ran out of time at other rescues. In recent years they have received much media attention due to their involvement in the rehabilitation of the Michael Vick pitbulls as well as their television show on the National Geographic channel. For further information about Best Friend Animal Sanctuary, including their mission statement, please visit www.bestfriends.org .

To sponsor me follow this link -> http://www.blogathon.org/pledge.php?blogid=57 . It will take you to a sign up page , where you sign up to be a sponsor (takes less that 30 seconds) and then it will redirect you to my page where you can then make a pledge.

For anyone considering sponsoring me, here is an incentive. Anyone who pledges more $10 plus will be entered to win 1 of 3 amazon gift certificates!!

Check out
http://www.blogathon.org/pledge.php?blogid=57  to Sponsor me!

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
1:51 pm
My dog, Gizmo, is in need of surgery to remove a fatty tumor that has become infected. I am trying to raise money to get her this surgery in the next two weeks. I've create a website detailing her information and a PayPal account so that people can donate money easily. If you are able to donate, it will be very appreciated. Either way, if you could pass information to any friends you think might be able to help, that would just be wonderful.

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Gizmo's blog is http://surgeryforgizmo.wordpress.com. PayPal information is there. I will update the blog regularly to keep everyone posted on how Gizmo is doing.

Thanks in advance!
Monday, July 13th, 2009
12:02 am
Music for Relief
MUSIC FOR RELIEF is a grassroots effort comprised of musicians, music industry professionals and fans who believe that together we can create positive change. Established in 2005 to provide aid for those affected by the tsunami tragedy in South Asia, the idea for MUSIC FOR RELIEF originated amongst the members of the band Linkin Park who wanted to do something to help the victims. The idea was that if they made a donation, and then asked their musician peers and their fans to make a donation as well, a huge impact could be made in assisting relief efforts. With this in mind they started reaching out to others in the music community to get involved and became the founders of MUSIC FOR RELIEF. Our Mission is to respond to natural disasters and help victims recover and rebuild with an emphasis on housing, education programs and resources. MUSIC FOR RELIEF also recognizes the environmental consequences of global warming, which has demonstrated the capability to accelerate and strengthen certain types of natural disasters. Therefore the second goal of MUSIC FOR RELIEF is to prevent and decrease future natural disasters by reducing greenhouse gasses, seeking renewable forms of energy and educating the public about climate change.

The great news is, now you can do something to get involved. Music For Relief has a swagbucks now. You use it as your search engine, and part of the proceeds you earn just by searching the web go to victims of tragedies being helped by Music For Relief.
Just click the following banner to sign up. It's absolutely free, and you'll be earning bucks to cash in for awesome prizes from your favorite bands - and helping those in need at the same time.

Search & Win

Every search is a chance to win exclusive prizes from your favorite musicians and celebrities. A portion of proceeds from SearchMFR.com will benefit Music for Relief and their mission to provide aid to victims of natural disasters.

After you've signed up(by clicking the banner above), just click or paste the following link in your web browser and begin using it as your homepage/search engine.
Saturday, July 11th, 2009
1:12 pm
"iLoveSchools.com is a free donor-matching service for education! School teachers build WishLists of equipment, materials and supplies; anything they need for their classroom. Donors locate teachers through our WishList search and offer their donations of new or used items or the cost of the teacher's WishList. " (Taken from the website)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
8:47 pm
Any help for autistic people trying to leave abusive families
Cross posted from lj community socialwork:

UPDATE: I have deleted this post, as ladycatherina's friends have asked that I do so. Her friends who are seeking support for abuse want to write their own post that will explain the entire situation.

Thank you so much to everyone who responded or tried to help.

Please read the quote from ladycatherina's lj blog below for an explanation why her friends' asked for the post to be deleted:

“Thanks for the reposts about my friends' friends who are experiencing abuse - they very much appreciate the support. However, they did not actually write that post - other friends created it for them without explaining their entire situation. For example, the abuse is not physical so much as financial and emotional...still wrong but harder to prove. Also, they are only looking to live with people they already know and trust due to some bad roommate experiences. They would prefer that you delete the reposts...no offense intended, it's simply that they don't feel comfortable living with strangers who may offer temporary housing (even friends of friends of friends) and will turn those offers down, which might hurt some people's feelings who are trying to help. They really appreciate that we took the time to help out and look for resources...just they would rather write their own post and explain the entire situation before people go out looking for help and advice, just to make sure that people understand what's going on and look for the right things. So if you wouldn't mind please delete the posts in the communities where you reposted...you may explain why and thank people who responded, or I'd be happy to thank everyone”.

Friday, May 29th, 2009
9:03 pm
Hi! I'm a 17 year old from the Philippines and I decided to start up a site similar to PostSecret, but instead of secrets, people submit pictures voicing their opinions over certain current events. I'd really, really love to have more contributions so it'll be an amazing compilation :) The first project's concerning the prop 8 issue in California and gay rights in general, please please check it out and JOIN if you can :) antihate_ftw
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
2:51 am
Browncoat Themed Cookbook for Charity
Greetings! I am creating a Browncoat (Serenity/Firefly universe) themed cookbook for charity and am now seeking submissions. Information can be found here: http://www.shinychefs.com/?p=20

More information about the charity we are benefitting can be found on the site as well. Thank you in advance for your time.

Current Mood: hopeful
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
7:58 am
Eric Needs a Heart Transplant

Eric De La Cruz is 27 years old, and is in dire need of a heart transplant.

Eric has been turned down for a heart transplant list because he is on Medicaid, and there are no transplant facilities in Nevada.

Eric needs to go to California under the Medicare Disability program. He has been rejected twice, and the next appeal hearing is in one year.

Eric has Severe Dilated Cardiomyopathy with an EF of 15%. His kidneys are having trouble because of his heart. His creatinine levels are high, his blood pressure is very low and he keeps retaining fluid. The medications that his doctors have him on are no longer working. He is currently on 3 different IVs.

Projected costs of Eric's transplant are to exceed $150,000. As of this video's production, $4,000 has been raised. We have a long road ahead of us. Even if you can only spare a dollar or two, please donate.

If you can't donate, please help spread the word. Send this video to everyone you know. Thank You.

Friday, May 15th, 2009
6:54 pm
Please, help me change my life: I need speech therapy. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.
I am a 19-year-old girl just finishing my freshman year of college. I am creative, enthusiastic, hard-working, determined, both shy and friendly, insecure, neat, moody, gentle, quiet, sensitive, strong, hopeful, dedicated, devoted, loyal, passionate, and curious, and I have a speech defect.

My whole life I have been unable to pronounce the /r/ sound correctly. For most of my childhood, it hasn't been an issue, but throughout high school and college it has become a significant handicap. It has reached the point where I am often severely depressed as a result of my speech defect--it is like a bubble surrounding me and isolating me from other people. Perhaps this seems melodramatic, but unless you have had something like this--any kind of physical defect that makes people uncomfortable--you can't know how painful and discouraging it is. I would certainly say that my disability has taken a huge toll on my mental and emotional health and my social life. I am worried I won't be able to get a good job to pay off my student loan debt, because employers will be put off by my speech impairment. Every single day, I have to at least once with people ignoring me when I talk, not understanding what I say, or drawing back from me in disgust, like I smell bad.

Sadly, health insurance will not cover speech therapy for me, even though I need it so bad--so as a last result, I am turning to the kindness of strangers. I am going to try to raise $1,000, which is how much I need to have a 45-minute speech therapy session every week this summer (it is $85 per session). It's a lot of money, I know, and there isn't any way for anyone to know if I am telling the truth, or if any of this is legitimate...I am just going to hope that some people out there have faith and trust me and can reach out and donate anything, any amount. All I need is for $100 people to donate $10 each!

I cannot express how much it would mean to me. My family doesn't have much money, and I need help very badly. Please consider donating to help me pay for speech therapy.

Click here to visit my website where you can donate securely. Any amount at all would help. Thank you so much.

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
1:37 pm
Disaster Flooding @ Animal Shelter: Harry carries a dog to safety.
Harry carries a dog to safety:  Flooding at shelter We are spending $400 to build temporary, dry, kennels inside a building raised on stilts. Even a $5 or $10 monthly donation will help us SO MUCH.

Thank you for helping us spread the word, and please join our community of supporters and fund raisers at change.org, THE social network for charities.

The Brigitte Bardot Foundation has generously granted $13,000 to re-construct a shelter damaged by the Amazon's severe reason season. Read about it. For this we still need to raise an additional $3000.

Thank you for your support.

Current Mood: scared
Friday, April 17th, 2009
3:16 pm
Animal rights Petitions; RSPCA

Hi all,

Please seriously consider helping animals in need through visiting the RSPCA website at http://www.rspca.org.au/?gclid=CNiZpIeV95kCFYMvpAodwWeNxQ

Thanks so much.


Sign the petition Support the rebuild of NSW's largest animal shelter at

Help the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) ban the use of sow stalls and farrowing crates in the pork industry at http://www.gopetition.com.au/online/26236.html

Find out what equipment and toys you can donate to the RSPCA for animals at http://www.rspcansw.org.au/ways_to_help/shelters_wish_list

Please note: donations for RSPCA's shelters' wish list need to be dropped of at your closest shelter. This is because the RSPCA does not have the resources to pick them up.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for the RSPCA are at http://www.rspcansw.org.au/what_we_do/faq

For people living in the state of NSW, Australia:

What time is my local shelter open?

The RSPCA’s Yagoona shelter is open seven days a week from 9.30-3.30pm. The shelter is open until 8pm to accept surrendered animals. It is closed on public holidays. All RSPCA shelters close at 12pm on Wednesdays.

The Yagoona clinic is open from 9.30am to 12pm, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 7pm. It is open for emergencies only after hours and on public holidays.

For all other shelter and clinic opening hours, contact your local shelter or click on the appropriate link: Blue Mountains, Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Hunter region, Orange, Central Coast, Wollongong, Yagoona .

For RSPCA adoption centres/pounds go to Dubbo, Nowra,  Port Macquarie. For clinics take one of these links: Broken Hill,  Rutherford, Tighes Hill, Yagoona.

 I am worried about the welfare of an animal in my local area. What do I do?

Call RSPCA Inspectors on (02) 9770 7555.

3:05 pm
Project Respect

cross posted from my lj blog:

Hi all,

Please consider supporting Project Respect, if you can.
Project Respect is a non-profit community-based organisation that aims to empower and support women in the sex industry including women trafficked to Australia. Their website is at:


You can make a difference with Project Respect by:

  • Donations
  • Volunteering
  • Joining a campaign
  • Staying informed
  • Joining a network

For more details on how you can help visit http://projectrespect.org.au/get_involved

Even if you can't help, please repost this so someone else can lend a hand. Thanks so much.
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