Benevolence and the Act of Giving
Today is Giving Tuesday which began in 2012 partly by the UN and partly because of the consumerism that is rampant due to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
An image I have always loved is the one below. A man comes across a homeless girl and gives her his sandals with no thought of needing anything himself. If a picture is worth a thousand words - this one is a full novel. Every time I look at it, I am moved to give. I hope that you are as well.
The old adage goes that it is always better to give than to receive. For the most part, I hold this to be self-evident and important in the mannerisms that humans should treat each other. But what about those that say that we have to look out after ourselves, our own, our country, our our our...? Of course, being safe and being in a position to give is priority #1. It is said that people with less also give more than people with more. This is probably more anecdotal than anything else but provides a platform for debate.
(Via Kirkland Whole Life Clinic)
The question that is surely up for debate is whether capitalism is working in this present day. Those that are benefiting the most from it would surely say yes. But do you really need 5 houses while people struggle to hold on to what they have? Probably not. Is it right that wages have stagnated while our tax codes [brackets] haven't changed in 3 decades. Most certainly not. The present system, as you would hear Bernie Sanders say repeatedly, is rigged.
SO how do we change the system? What do we need to do to make sure we take care of ourselves but also those that are in need around the World? I believe that we begin by bringing issues up to our elected officials. We take the time to meet with them, discuss ideas and help build coalitions. I have met with Senators, Congressmen, Activists and there is no shortage of people power - being directed in a way that will move our democracies forward is on the agenda. And if don't find those who are willing to do the work, who have been bought by the large corporations or funded by the special interests, it is time to remove them.
(Via Common Dreams)
The bigger work also comes from changing things on the local level, especially in our State houses. In my home state of California, I believe that is where we will have the most impact, after all, we are currently the 6th largest economy in the World!
(Via Zero Hedge)
As today is Giving Tuesday, I will end this post with all the different places that I believe a few dollars will go a long way and have major impact. You can agree with them or not, but for me - I will do my best to donate to all of them because they all represent something I truly believe in. I hope you will participate as well. Thanks for taking the time to read and have a blessed day, week, month - LIFE!
World Wildlife Fund
They also concentrate there work on food, climate, fresh water, wildlife, forests and oceans.
Coupla Guys and Gals Give Back
A organization that I have been a part of for the past 3 years. They are amazing and concentrate on animals, people and the environment.
By giving to this page, you will continue to support the building of human knowledge in a profound way. Just $3 goes a long way.
Food & Water Watch
A generous donor will match your gift 2-1 up to $75K which triples the impact of your gift.
Human Rights Campaign
Your gift will help fight for the rights of all people. "Love is Love."
Jewish Voice for Peace
Advocating for a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. As a man of Palestinian descent, this one is very dear to me and I have been a member for many years now.
Motion Picture Television Fund
As a member of the entertainment industry, I have been a part of this organization for many years. I have also volunteered for this organization for many years, including buying groceries for Kathleen Nolan, 1st woman elected VP of SAG-AFTRA.
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Your donation will help further the cause of Palestinian rights. And these specific donations will go to planting more olive trees which families like mine have harvested for thousands of years!
The Giving Spirit
Another organization that I have volunteered for the past several years. We put together survival kits for LA's homeless. It is a wonderful organization.
These are some of the amazing organizations doing very important work out there. I hope you participate today in giving what you can - and should you have any organizations you want to highlight, please leave them in the comments! Thank you!