Less then a week ago, I blogged about a family in South Africa that I knew personally who were raising support to bring an Autism Therapist to their hometown. I’m happy to report today that they’ve raised above and beyond what they needed! Thanks to everyone who donated and contributed to the efforts.
The success of that small effort got me thinking about the power we can have when we collectively rally around something. Reminded me of the famous Margaret Mead quote:
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has."
It does seem these days we are all inundated with email and online petitions to sign about every single cause under the sun. You could probably spend your whole day inside blogging about and signing petitions, and at the end of the day, I’m not sure what the result would be, or if you’d be happy with it. From the little I know about political engagement, a thousand signatures on an online petition doesn’t mean much, a few hundred basically form emails means a tiny bit more, but a small amount of personal hand-written and mailed letters, or intentional phone conversations can have a significant impact.
In the same way, a handful of committed folks taking specific actions could have an impact in many areas far beyond political.
I’d love to form a small group of bloggers and readers who committed to taking 5-10 minutes a week, or maybe a month to start, to take action on a specific action that we choose. The focus would be primarily on non-financial actions, ideally things that could be globally focused, but local specific actions as well.
I just think a committed group would have more motivation to take action on task then individually being inundated with facebook and email requests. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me.
This is just an idea and a brainstorm. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know if your interested and what you think this could look like, or if you’ve had similar success in other areas.
Page 1: I will donate today and help this child.
Page 2: I will donate later.
This is about the Genocide in Darfur. There is a national call in happening right now.
Here is a link to info.
And here is the basic text:
As you read this alert, hundreds of activists are in Washington DC in front of the White House calling on President Bush to take immediate action to stop genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Please join us in this national call-in day and pick up the phone to place a call to President Bush.
Call (202) 456-1414
“I am calling because I am very concerned about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. To stop this genocide, there must be an urgent international humanitarian intervention in Darfur with a mandate to protect people, not just observe the violence. The United States has a unique capacity and clear obligation to take immediate action as the only nation that has recognized genocide in Darfur. I would like to ask President Bush to take every step necessary through the international community to ensure a multinational intervention to protect the people of Darfur.”
One year since the Bush Administration declared that genocide was occuring in Darfur, little has been done to stop the violence and protect the people. Up to 400,000 people have lost their lives in Darfur since the government-sponsored genocide began in 2003. More than 2.5 million people have been displaced, their livelihoods and villages destroyed by government forces and their proxy militias. These forces have raped many thousands of women and girls. The humanitarian crisis that forms part of the genocide continues, as a government-engineered famine unfolds. Unless there is an urgent multinational intervention, hundreds of thousands more may die this year. Considering the powerful role that U.S. leadership can play in ending the crisis in Darfur, American citizens have a unique power to protect.
You have the power to protect. Your voice can move this nation. Will you join us?
The Staff @ Africa Action
Would you make a single phone call if it could stop the genocide in Darfur?
Would you be willing to make that same phone call – every day – until the killing stopped?
Take the ETHIC’s Darfur Pledge. Visit www.DarfurPledge.org.