October 26, 2014

Spending on Nuclear Weapons? Wasteful and Dangerous – Maine Speaker Tour with Retired Colonel & Physician Leader

Nuclear arms experts Col. Richard Klass (USAF, ret.) and Dr. Ira Helfand, MD will be in Maine to discuss why the $50 billion spent annually on nuclear weapons is wasteful and does not make our country more secure from terrorists or rogue nations. Klass and Helfand are key parts of a growing international consensus that nuclear weapons are a liability and not an asset. The following events are open to the public and press: What: Screening of “Countdown to Zero” followed by discussion with speakers When: Monday, April 18, 1:00 PM Where: … [Read more...]

Fatima’s Story in Pittsburgh: Report from an AIDemocracy Chapter Conference on Global Health Disparities

Last Friday and Saturday, the brand new chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy at the University of Pittsburgh held its inaugural event to kick off the launch of its chapter. Most people might think an inaugural event might be a film screening or an info. session to launch their chapter. However, the students at UPitt like to do it big...their inaugural event was an entire conference on global health as affected by development, environment and conflict! Heady stuff I know for a first event, but that's how our students like to do it. And I can say to … [Read more...]

Cancun Day 2 (Part 2)!

Hola from Cancun! With all the excitement of my tour through Halls C and D, I didn’t get a chance to tell you all about the events I attended on my second day at the COP. Yesterday I talked a bit about how worried I was about the logistics of the conference—getting a shuttle to the Cacunmesse, getting through security, getting registered—but it all worked out just fine. On today’s shuttle ride to the Cancunmesse, I took note of the ride more and noticed how much security was present on the highway. Though it was hard to take a picture from the moving … [Read more...]

AIDemocracy MDG Event at Stanford University

organized by Abroo Khan and Nadia Mufti There was a good mix of undergrad and a few graduate students. All very excited about MDGs and getting involved. MDG and AIDemocracy program materials on organizational opportunities as well as health and food security were distributed at the event. Students now have a direct link to AIDemocracy and how to engage in the multiplicity of activities offered. The event was quite a success and about 15-20 students came out, which is impressive given that it is midterms week and it was freezing outside. The following … [Read more...]

AIDemocracy World Food Day Event in Boston

organized by Tyler Martin Eight people from the Boston College chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy met at Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Saturday October 17th.  We were there to watch Governor Deval Patrick’s rally which President Obama was supporting.  We were also there to talk with people about the UN World Food Day.  We spent three hours in the line to get into the rally, and in that time we talked with many people about the significance of World Food Day and told them how to access the petition online.  Thanks to our shirts, … [Read more...]

Students in LA take action around World Food Day

Adrian Kimmok's campaign at West High School had 4 parts: a canned food drive, petition drive, downtown Los Angeles trip, and speaker event. Adrian's reflections on the campaign: Going into this World Hunger MDG campaign, I felt slightly concerned about how everything will turn out. I found myself constantly questioning whether the series of events I had organized would be a big hit or a mere failure. To make things worse, I was directing my campaign towards high school students—who are seemingly apathetic about such issues (at least where I … [Read more...]

“Slam Poverty with Poetry!” at Westminster College

Report-back from Katelyn Moga, AIDemocracy Regional Coordinator I held a poetry night in which 12 students read/ perform both original and other author's work for the first hour of the night. The poems all discussed inequality or global poverty through different topics. I started the evening by introducing myself, AIDemocracy, and my role as a Regional Coordinator. For the second hour of the night, we brought a diversity performer name Vanessa German as our special guest. Vanessa is well know in this region for her controversial poetry about a … [Read more...]

AIDemocracy Activism in Kansas Fall 2010 – RC Kristen Tebow

This semester has been exceedingly progressive at Kansas State University with new advocates and activists coming out of the woodwork. In September, I collaborated with other local shelters and organizations to put on a very successful "Take Back the Night" event in Lawrence, KS. http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/news/local_news/abuse-victims-rally-awareness-in-lawrence October was a busy month! We supported a fellow organization on campus, Coalition, who put on a Rave to Save to raise money for Zindagi Trust, an organization working to aid refugees … [Read more...]

Building your network training “helps us find our peeps”

The latest installment in our free webinar program was a session on 'Building your network to do good'. The discussion focused on basic community-building strategies and best practices. It centered around Marty Kearns' approach to building networks, highlighting the importance of shared vision, story, social ties, communications, resource sharing, feedback and clear roles for all actors. Some highlights: Know and reinforce your story and your vision at all times. People join a vision, not the tasks or details of a campaign. Respect the importance … [Read more...]

The Slow Food Movement – it's in our hands

Earlier this month, I attended the 2010 Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Center for American Progress. I was invigorated to see so many hundreds of passionate young people getting together to talk about ways we can influence public policy and address huge issues of our time—such as racism, climate change, and food insecurity. Of particular interest to me was the panel discussion called “The Force of Food,” which highlighted the impact of our current food system on culture, health, and the environment.  The panel … [Read more...]