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Archive for October, 2010

Blog Action Day

Posted by mikeonpurpose on October 15, 2010

Today is Blog Action Day, and the subject is water.

This gives me a chance to put in a plug for an organization that works on water sanitation issues in Nicaragua, called El Porvenir.  This organization organizes educational and work trips to Nicaragua where it is possible for individuals travel there and experience first hand the issues that El Porvenir deals with.

 

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On This Day, Who Do We Honor?

Posted by mikeonpurpose on October 12, 2010

It is Columbus Day.  Or, as it is known in Berkeley, it is Indigenous People’s Day.  Or, as it is known in South Dakota, it is Native American Day.

Jim Keady of Educating for Justice has posted an article explaining why we should not be honoring Christopher Columbus.  Quoting from Columbus’s journal and from Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”, he makes the point that Columbus’s “discovery” of American served as the platform from which he carried out acts of genocide against indigenous peoples.

And here is a video that argues passionately that we should reconsider Columbus Day:

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Video on the non-profit sector

Posted by mikeonpurpose on October 1, 2010

Here’s a little video that provides some information about the role that the non-profit sector plays in the United States:

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