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Mathare Valley Slum

Second hand clothing is a major industry in the developing world (for better or for worse). This amazing story reminds me of so many of the 1010 partners in Nairobi.

If your dream was to become a doctor and you ended up uneducated and living in a slum, would you just give up on life? Some of us might have, but not Jane Ngoiri. Jane dreamed of being a surgeon, but she was too poor to finish school or go to college. However, today Jane is a Mitumba queen from Nairobi’s Mathare Valley slum. Mitumba is the business of selling second hand clothing that arrives in Kenya from European and American regions in massive bales.

via AfriGadget » Blog Archive » Dreams can come true – Janes miraculous Mitumba story.

United Prosperity

There are some amazing organizations working on the 2nd generation of microfinance. One is United Prosperity and their model of Microfinance Loan Guarantees.
The strengths from the article on UP at NextBillion.net

  • It doubles the impact of the money invested by socially conscious investors.
  • It builds self sufficiency in the local economy by creating formal relationships between MFIs and banks.
  • The foreign rate risk is mitigated with this social guarantee model.

Read more at Online Microfinance Loan Guarantees: The Model of United Prosperity | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise.

A powerful take on a more holistic approach to a culture of life.


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From: “Sojourners” <SojoMail@sojo.net>
Date: October 13, 2008 9:10:35 AM MDT

Dear Brian,

Tell the Candidates:
Commit to common-ground solutions on abortion reduction. 

What is the meaning of “life”?
 
For too long abortion was seen as the only “life” issue in our culture and politics, but there is a growing conviction among Christians that poverty, disease, war, the health-care crisis, human trafficking, the death penalty, nuclear weapons, and the worldwide deaths of 30,000 children every day from preventable causes are also key life issues.
 
In these last few weeks before Election Day, will you join me in raising a new call for “life” to our presidential candidates? 

Sojourners and I have advocated for a holistic and “consistent ethic of life” approach for years, and it is good to see the broader life issues receiving more attention. However, I also believe our nation is ready for a new kind of politics and leadership on the issue of abortion.

The abortion debate has too often been used to score political points, rather than to identify what kinds of church practices and public policies could actually prevent and reduce abortions. But with a tragic 1.2 million abortions a year in the United States,* Christians must work together to stop the politics of blame and work toward common solutions.

If you believe that all human life is sacred, tell the candidates to commit to common-ground solutions on abortion reduction during this week’s debate and for the remainder of their campaigns.

While many Christians disagree on the legal questions surrounding abortion, together we can and must pursue practical steps that actually reduce abortion rates. Three-fourths of women who have an abortion say a primary reason is that they cannot afford to raise a child,* so reducing poverty and supporting low-income women is a good place for our candidates to start.

Recent research affirms that social and economic support for women and vulnerable families are effective solutions to lowering the abortion rate, including greater access to health care, poverty reduction, adoption reform, and pre- and postnatal care.**

Republicans and Democrats must learn to work together on this issue – tell the presidential candidates to lead the way, beginning at this Wednesday’s debate.  We must look forward to the day when both poverty reduction and abortion reduction are nonpartisan issues and bipartisan causes.
 
Both Senators McCain and Obama have offered themselves as agents of change, anxious to transform the culture in Washington. They could start at Wednesday night’s debate by offering a comprehensive “life” agenda and committing to work with both sides of the political aisle to dramatically reduce abortions in the United States.
 
Despite their differences over issues of choice, both the Democratic and Republican platforms open up the prospects for serious abortion reduction. And Christians could and should hold both political parties accountable for protecting human dignity and life from “womb to tomb.”
 
With the final debate Wednesday night, there is still time to ask the candidates to cross old divisions and support life and human dignity.
 
Sojourners will continue working with both Republicans and Democrats in the next Congress to push for common-ground efforts to reduce the number of abortions in the United States.
 
Will you join us? Click here to take action today.
 
In faith,
 
Jim Wallis
President, Sojourners
 
P.S. Supporting a consistent life agenda could be led by the church! We strongly urge you to send this message to your friends and family after you e-mail the candidates, especially those who might have different opinions. See if you can agree on expanding the consistency of all the “life” issues, with a real commitment to reducing the number of abortions through common-ground solutions.

*See “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States” published by the Guttmacher Institute.

**See, for example, “Reducing Abortion in America: The Effect of Economic and Social Supports,” a new study put forward by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. 



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This article is a great summary of what I’ve seen in this campaign…especially since Palin came into the picture, but admittedly with my candidate Barack as well. Impression over truth.
MCCAIN LIES
Obama will raise taxes
“Palin and John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee, have been more aggressive in recent days in repeating what their opponents say are outright lies. Almost every day, for instance, McCain says rival Barack Obama would raise everyone’s taxes, even though the Democrat’s tax plan exempts families that earn less than $250,000.”
“For now, there appears to be little political reason to back down. A Washington Post-ABC News poll taken Sept. 5 to Sept. 7 found that 51 percent of voters think Obama would raise their taxes, even though his plan would actually cut taxes for the overwhelming majority of Americans.”
…Bridge to nowhere
“Palin’s position on the bridge that would have linked Ketchikan to Gravina Island is one example of a candidate staying on message even when that message has been publicly discredited. Palin has continued to say she opposed a project she once campaigned for — then killed later, only after support for it had collapsed in Congress. “
OBAMA LIES
“Obama and the Democratic National Committee asserted for months that McCain wanted to keep U.S. troops fighting in Iraq for 100 years, when, in fact, the context of McCain’s 100-year statement was a comparison to U.S. bases in Japan and Germany. McCain explicitly said the troops would be there only if the country was at peace and there were no casualties associated with their presence.”
A McCain quote Obama has often used — that the economy is fundamentally sound — is months old. Since he said that, McCain has said almost daily that the economy is struggling. As for exaggerations, Obama said yesterday that he had supported a measure in the Illinois Senate to double the number of charter schools in Chicago. In fact, he was one of 14 state senators co-sponsoring a non-controversial measure that passed unanimously. “

Brian Rants



I really think Obama is the best person to lead our country.

What Plouffe says below is definitely what you would expect from a campaign mgr…but I think it is true. Hillary has too much spin for my taste. Claiming he’s elitist when they’ve  made 109 million since 2000, and Obama was raised by a single mother and just got his college loans paid off.

I do like lattes though, and definitely sip them rather than gulp them
Begin forwarded message:



From: “David Plouffe, BarackObama.com” <info@barackobama.com>
Date: April 14, 2008 11:30:47 AM MDT
To: Brian Rants <brianrants@gmail.com>
Subject: Who’s out of touch?

Brian –

Make a matching donation You’ve probably heard about the latest dust-up in the Democratic race.

A few days ago, Barack spoke about the frustrations that working people in this country are feeling and said what we all know is true: that many people are bitter and angry because they believe their government isn’t listening to them.

You and I both know that the hope of changing that reality is what drives the unprecedented support for this campaign from ordinary people in every part of the country.

But our opponents have been spinning the media and peddling fake outrage around the clock. John McCain’s campaign, which will continue the George Bush economic policies that have devastated the middle class, called Barack out of touch and elitist. And Hillary Clinton, who is the candidate who said lobbyists represent real people, didn’t just echo the Republican candidate’s talking points: she actually used the very same words to pile on with more attacks.

These comments show just how out of touch Senator McCain and Senator Clinton are with the reality of what’s happening in this election.

We’ve built the broadest campaign of ordinary people in the history of presidential politics — and more people across this country have voted for Barack Obama than either one of them.

And we’ve done it the right way: our campaign is funded by everyday people giving $5 or more. That’s distinctly different from Senator McCain and Senator Clinton, who both rely on money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs.

There’s nothing elitist about a movement of more than a million people standing up for a different kind of politics.

If you’re fed up with these kinds of tired attacks, you can do something about it right now. We’re setting a goal of 1.5 million people giving to this campaign by May 6th.

You can bring a new donor into this campaign by promising to match their donation. You choose the amount you’re willing to match, and our system will pair you with a supporter who is giving for the first time.

When you do, you’ll be able to see for yourself exactly what kind of people are joining this movement. When that supporter makes their donation, you’ll receive a note with their name and town, and (if they choose to write one) a note about who they are and why they decided to give today.

Thank you for all that you’ve done so far — you are the strength behind this movement. And right now, you can double the impact of your next donation if you make a matching gift. Will you help fight back now?

https://donate.barackobama.com/promise

Barack Obama’s own life and story are reflected in the character of this grassroots campaign. He was raised by a single mother with help from his grandparents. He has a family he loves, not long ago finished paying off his student loans, and he’s doing what he can to help change this country.

That’s what he’s done for his entire career. After graduating, he became a community organizer, working with people in Chicago who — like many people across the country right now — felt left behind by their leaders.

When you make a matching donation, you’ll be paired with someone with that same sense that it’s time for a government that is responsible to the people for a change.

Someone is waiting to hear your story, and to share theirs with you. If you can support the campaign at this crucial moment, you’ll be able to share your story about why you’re committed to this campaign.

And because this is a matching donation, your gift of $25 will be doubled by another supporter. You’ll have twice the impact and help reach our unprecedented 1.5 million-person goal. Make a matching donation now and be a part of history:

https://donate.barackobama.com/promise

The attacks from the Clinton campaign — on Barack Obama himself, and on supporters like you — can be expected to increase as her chances of winning dwindle further.

A few weeks ago, one of her top aides tried to diminish our success by referring to the places we’ve won as “boutique” states and to our supporters as the “latte-sipping crowd.”

That means 30 states and territories — twice as many as Senator Clinton has won — qualify as “boutique.” And the nearly 15 million people who have voted for us (again, more than Senator Clinton) must drink a lot of latte.

It’s clear that Senator Clinton will continue to say or do anything as her campaign gets more and more negative.

But 1.5 million donors will be an astonishing and undeniable signal that it isn’t the elites fueling this movement — it’s the American people.

That starts with you.

Thank you,

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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This is a snippet from an email from Barack’s campaign manager.


Barack is a spinner too like any politician, but I think it is reasonable to say that the Clinton campaign has been a whirling dervish (how the h@#$ do you spell that?)

When we won Iowa, the Clinton campaign said it’s not the number of states you win, it’s “a contest for delegates.”

When we won a significant lead in delegates, they said it’s really about which states you win.

When we won South Carolina, they discounted the votes of African-Americans.

When we won predominantly white, rural states like Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska, they said those didn’t count because they won’t be competitive in the general election.

When we won in Washington State, Wisconsin, and Missouri — general election battlegrounds where polls show Barack is a stronger candidate against John McCain — the Clinton campaign attacked those voters as “latte-sipping” elitists.

And now that we’ve won more than twice as many states, the Clinton spin is that only certain states really count.

But the facts are clear.

For all their attempts to discount, distract, and distort, we have won more delegates, more states, and more votes.

Meanwhile, more than half of the votes that Senator Clinton has won so far have come from just five states. And in four of these five states, polls show that Barack would be a stronger general election candidate against McCain than Clinton.

We’re ready to take on John McCain. But we also need to build operations in places like Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, and Oregon that will hold their primaries in April and May.”

I also like what Stephen Colbert said last night…here it is, in my words.

Clinton has emphasized winning big states, like Ohio and Texas. The democratic primary winner in Texas has won all of the last 8 general elections…except for 7 of them.

I say enough spin Clinton…Barack has pulled ahead, and you aren’t going to catch up unless you can spin your way into a super delegate coup.

Oct
01
Posted by brianrants at 3:19 pm

The people of Myanmar/Burma have suffered long enough under  a military regime. If you have a couple minutes to sign a petition, check out the link below.

Brian

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Dear friends,

 The worst is happening - over the last few days,
Burma 's generals have unleashed terror on the peaceful monks and
 protesters shooting and beating many to death, and taking others away 
 to torture chambers where at this moment they must be enduring the
  unbearable.
We can stop this horror. Burma's powerful 
  sponsor China can halt the killing, if it believes that its
 international reputation and the  2008 Olympics
in Beijing depend on
 it. To convince the Chinese government, Avaaz is launching a major global  
 and Asian ad campaign on Tuesday that will deliver our message and the
   number of signers. Our petition has exploded to over 200,000 signers
 in just 72 hours, but we
need 1 million voices to be the global roar
 that will get China's attention. If every one of us forwards 
 this email to just 20 friends, we'll reach our target in the next 72
   hours. Please sign the petition at the link below -if you
 haven't already- and forward this email to everyone you care 
 about:
   http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/q.php?cl=21180845">  http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/q.php
The petition will also be delivered to the UN 
 Secretary-General, and we will broadcast the news of our effort over radio to Burma's
 people, telling them not to lose hope, that the world is with
  them. The Burmese people are showing incredible courage in the
 face of horror. The fate of many brave and good people is in our hands, 
 we must help them – and we have hours, not days, to do
  it. Please sign the petition and forward this email to at least 20
  friends right now.
 With hope and determination,
Ricken, Paul, Pascal, Graziela, Galit, Ben, Milena and the
  whole Avaaz Team 
PS – if you would like to join in the massive wave of 
 demonstrations happening around the world at Burmese and Chinese embassies,
  scroll down our petition page for details of times and events.

 


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