Results for August, 2010

because we found it: Ben Harper wants you to register to vote

In a matter a months we’re going to be in the middle of midterm elections.  Are you registered to vote? Because artist Ben Harper and band Thievery Corporation are — see what they say here: Headcount, a group that gets musicians involved in spreading the importance of registering to vote, wants you to register and [...]

August 31, 2010 by crissy spivey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-the change: Take the pledge TODAY against Glenn Beck because he is NOT MLK

What is going on? We received an email from our friends at Brave New Films and are shocked to say the least: Today, on August 28th. forty-seven years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial. His message gave voice to the voiceless and his vision [...]

August 27, 2010 by crissy spivey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Floods in Pakistan affect millions – please help if you can

Original post at Causecast by ERICA LIEPMANN, Causecast Associate Editor According to the United Nations, an estimated 20 million people have been affected by the recent floods in Pakistan. Heavy monsoons caused rivers to overflow in approximately one fifth of the country, killing 1,400 people and leaving millions homeless and at-risk for disease. Despite the [...]

August 26, 2010 by crissy spivey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

guide to: Educate yourself about religion, then make opinions about the Mosque

The acts of terror on the World Trade Center that occurred nine years ago, made it clear that it is necessary to have cross-cultural dialogue. The continued elevated controversy over the so called “ground-zero mosque” is evidence that almost a decade since the 9/11 attacks we haven’t communicated, therefore, we haven’t grown. Unfortunately, many Americans [...]

August 25, 2010 by Yasemin | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

b-side chats: Indian filmmaker, Onir, tells us that a modern, urban India needs to be recognized in the mainstream

Breakthrough had the pleasure of chatting with award-winning filmmaker Onir. He is most notable for directing and co-producing his first film, “My Brother Nikhil.” It was the first mainstream Hindi film specifically addressing homosexuality in the context of human rights and HIV/AIDS. Breakthrough is a proud Co-Producer of a new series of films called “I AM” by Onir [...]

August 23, 2010 by Jitin | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

guide to: A horrible term in the headlines – “anchor baby”

From our Restore Fairness blog. The 14th amendment, established in 1868 as a major gain from the Civil War, united a nation that was once half-slave and half-free. Today, some Republicans wish to revisit the debate of 1868 and revoke its notion of birthright citizenship in order to help prevent undocumented immigration. Instead of focusing [...]

August 20, 2010 by Priya | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

under 21 club: 13-year-old author, Bilaal Rajan, started changing the world at 4

Bilaal Rajan is an incredible young adult from Canada, who has been making changes around the world since the age of 4. He tackles one issue at a time, raising money through various fundraising opportunities. He started in 2001 at the very young age of 4, he sold clementines in his neighborhood where he raised [...]

August 19, 2010 by Yasemin | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

because we found it: Hiding Divya reveals emotional instability behind the “disgrace”

“A daughter who vowed never to return home is forced to confront her past and to discover that some family secrects shouldn’t remain hidden.” Breakthrough is pleased to spotlight Hiding Divya, a film in which writer/director Rehana Mirza tackles the taboo of mental illness in the South Asian American community. People throughout the world struggle with the [...]

August 18, 2010 by Priya | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

because we found it: WATCH – Education in America: How do we fix the system?

Original Post at Causecast by ERICA LIEPMANN, Causecast Associate Editor In a recent video, the folks at GOOD have given Americans an overview of the alarming state of our country’s education system. Just 40 years ago, America boasted the highest high school graduation rate in the world. Now, the country has fallen behind — with [...]

August 11, 2010 by crissy spivey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-activists: The judge that outlaws Prop H8 rules

We praise Judge Vaugn Walker’s ruling which overturned Prop 8 Wednesday because gay and lesbians have the constitutional right to get married. The laws are finally catching up with a popular culture that’s been celebrating for years what prop8 proponents would consider a “bad romance.” Lady Gaga tweeted, “At the moments notice of PROP 8 [...]

August 6, 2010 by Priya | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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