Tag Community Building

Vote Today to Help Food Not Bombs Earn a Grant to Continue Feeding Hundreds of Hungry Families

Food Not Bombs, Long Island, is an entirely volunteer-based organization that has brought free plant-based meals, groceries,and clothing to those in need for over 14 years. In the last five years the group has seen an exponential growth in the number of volunteers, amount of donations, sponsors, as well as in the community participation at the food shares —all without any operating budget. Following a mantra of “solidarity, not charity” Food Not Bombs community food shares feed hundreds of families vegan meals & groceries each week in 5 cities across suburban Long Island.

Vivint is giving away $1.25 Million to charities. Help us win!

Food Not Bombs DIY ethos and decentralized structure is what has allowed it to flourish and spread its feedings virally to countries all around the world. Maintaining the ideals, autonomy & purely volunteer framework of Food Not Bombs is what will assure it’s continued success and continued growth within the community. It is for these reasons that Food Not Bombs volunteers have started a partner non-profit with the purpose of increasing access to recovered food, increasing distribution of food to communities in need, and for the purpose of coaching existing soup kitchens & pantries to more efficiently serve the community even while operating on a shoestring budget.

Vivint is giving away $1.25 Million to charities. Help us win!

This new partner non-profit, properly named ‘Community Solidarity‘ can use your help. They have been nominated to the Vivint Gives Back Project, a socially-driven non profit incubator, and if they receive enough endorsements from people like you they can earn one of a handful of grants for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Vivint is giving away $1.25 Million to charities. Help us win!

Food Not Bombs is asking all of their supporters to endorse the Community Solidarity project by visiting http://vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/647 and casting your vote for them. You can continue to help them by sharing the endorsement link with your friends on social networks. You can return back to the Vivint link to vote once a day until the drawing in August.

Vivint is giving away $1.25 Million to charities. Help us win!

It is a sobering fact to learn that poverty and a lack of access to food and water kills more people every day then violent conflicts do. A fact that we so often ignore is that the blight of scarcity, poverty, and hunger are things we can do something about it. Food Not Bombs & Community Solidarity are showing us that DIY hunger relief and community empowerment are more then just bright-eyed ideals, they are an ever-growing concrete reality.

Cipher’s Maurice Mitchell Heads Out On A Community Building Tour

Some folks in the music scene can get nostalgic from time to time and reminisce of the, “good old days” when rock was political and it, “meant something.” Cipher is one of those bands that brings back nostalgia far more vivid than the memories of the apple pies grandma used to make. For some it’s nostalgia for a place inside themselves where their hearts burned for what seemed for a minute to be tangible revolutionary social change in our lifetimes. It’s more than Cipher’s aggression, it’s more than their political content, and it’s more than the the way they braid musical genres at times creating their own. Cipher is music in action. Cipher would travel halfway across the country to play a show to one kid with in hopes that when she left the show that night she would take control over her destiny, pledging to fight for a better tomorrow. This is what sets Cipher apart, that, and the fact that they are always willing to try something new.

In the vein of trying something new Cipher’s frontman, Maurice (Moe) Mitchell decided to hit the road on a different kind of tour, a lecture & listening tour. At each stop Moe will be playing exclusive tracks off Cipher’s newest release, The Joyous Collapse, due to come out in May, 2010. He also will be speaking about the politics behind the songs, the “call for a new direction” in our music scene, and working to facilitate dialog aimed at community building at each stop. Check out Moe’s video above & contact listeningtour2009@gmail.com if you would like to bring Moe or the Cipher to your city.

Friday, October 30th, 2009 – Toronto

Sunday, November 1, 2009 – Houston, TX more info at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157803829754&ref=mf

Friday, November 6th, 2009 – Internationalist Books, Carborro, NC more info at http://www.internationalistbooks.org/

Monday, November 9th, 2009 – Albany, NY – SUNY Albany for more info contact Tim Larose at larosetim@yahoo.com

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 – Reclaiming the Right to Rock Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN for more info contact Dr. Mausby at maultsby@indiana.edu

For questions about the tour email: listeningtour2009@gmail.com