Archive for September, 2010

Collaboration

My post about activism & Lady Gaga got me thinking of some other musician/organization collaborations, especially the following music video.

The Killers teamed up with UNICEF to raise awareness about human trafficking. The result is the video for Goodnight, Travel Well. I’ll let it speak for itself.

Raise Your Voice

I have always been appreciative of people who use their celebrity to raise awareness and increase activism. Celebrities have a much broader platform to spread their message and in some cases, it’s the first time that their fans have heard of certain issues or learned that they can do something to make a difference.

Musical artists are among those who use their voice in order to educate the public. Among those artists, Lady Gaga has been active since the start of her career in supporting the GLBT community. She has spoken in favor of gay marriage and recently she has taken to the stage on the issue of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).

I want to share a few videos with you:

Lady Gaga’s message to John McCain — click the link in the description for a playlist of activist videos

Lady Gaga encouraging people to call their local senators about DADT

If you want to help repeal DADT, call the switchboard at the Capitol to speak to your senator: 202-224-3121. You can call at any time to leave a message.

As per Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the organization Lady Gaga is collaborating with, here are the talking points to highlight:

–Tell your senators to vote with Sen. Reid and Sen. Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster, defeat amendments to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments.

–Senators should follow the lead of Sen. Carl Levin who will be managing the defense bill.

–It is critical that the vote on “final passage” takes place before senators leave for the election recess.

These talking points are from the SLDN website. Click the link for more information about Lady Gaga’s involvement & more on the organization.

I hope that you will add your voice to those trying to bring an end to DADT. I know that I will be. Every voice matters!

Change

What I’m about to admit is something I’m very ashamed of: I’ve been deleting unread emails. I’m talking about the emails I get from organizations, the ones I signed up to receive. The ones which I’ve been getting and reading for years. I’ve been deleting them.

It started off as, I’ll get to it eventually. Then my inbox would be full of unopened, unread emails & eventually turned into … maybe I should delete these and start over fresh.

Rinse and repeat.

So then I started to delete them, keeping a few if the subject line intrigued me. But the subject line never intrigued me enough, so those wound up getting deleted. That led to just flat out deleting them as they came in.

There was always something else to do, something else to read, or it was too tiring to try to read after the day I’ve had.

There is always something else to do, something else to read, and there’s always something that requires less brain activity.

But there is a reason that I subscribed to these mailing lists.

There’s always something horrible going on in the world and someone has to read about it, someone has to do something about it, and I care about what is happening. I want to be a part of the solution, not the problem.

I’ve been neglecting things so much lately. (You may have noticed this already if you started reading my blog when I started it … when was that?)

Change.

Tonight, I opened the emails I got from organizations today. Granted, one was a cleverly disguised fundraising email, but that doesn’t matter. It’s the start of a change. In order to become more active again, I need to know what is going on so that I can decide what I’m interested in doing. I’m issuing a call to action for myself, this time recognizing that I might need to take baby steps to get back into the thick of things.

Sometimes you need to take a step back in order to see the path. I’m ready to continue the journey, even though I don’t know how long it will take to reach the destination or what other obstacles might be in my way.

Are you ready for change?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi