🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2019 Part – 2 📚

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama

Here are a few books that I’ve thinking about lately and read recently that I wanted to share with you. I hope you’ll consider adding them to your own reading list:

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates: When you lift up women, you lift up everybody—families, communities, entire countries. That’s not just the right approach; it’s backed up by research and countless real-world examples. In her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she’s met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention—from child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace. I’ve called Melinda an impatient optimist and that’s what she delivers here — the urgency to tackle these problems and the unwavering belief that solving them is indeed possible.

W. S. Merwin’s The Shadow of Sirius: One of the great poets of our time, W. S. Merwin, passed away recently. A brilliant writer and conservationist, Merwin spent the final period of his life on a former pineapple plantation in Hawaii, working to restore the surrounding rainforest. During a visit to the White House in 2010, while he was serving as U.S. poet laureate, we connected over the place we both called home and our shared responsibility to protect the planet. This collection offers a good sampling of his work. I’ve drawn inspiration from Merwin’s writing because it teaches us about ourselves, our world, and how we as humans connect to nature. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time on poetry but Merwin’s death reminded me of how a good poem can inspire and instruct. So if you’re in the mood, give one of them a try.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: This is a captivating book I read at the suggestion of a young staffer on my team — a historical novel about the Korean immigrant experience in wartime Japan. Min Jin Lee draws you in from the first line, “History has failed us, but no matter.” The book is named after a popular game in Japan that’s a bit like a pinball machine — a game of chance where the player can set the speed or direction, but once it’s in play a maze of obstacles determines the outcome. Staying true to the nature of the game, Min Jin Lee’s novel takes us through four generations and each character’s search for identity and success. It’s a powerful story about resilience and compassion.

Article posted May 6, 2019 by Barack Obama

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2019 📚

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“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Reading List 

I’ve always loved weekends because they provide me with a little extra time to make my way through the books and articles I’d been meaning to dig into. Here are a handful articles I’ve read over the past few weeks that stuck with me.

Now, I don’t always agree with every single thing that’s in them and, in fact, occasionally they contain things that are critical of my record as president. But one of the thing I strive toward is finding smart, thoughtful writing from people who have a different political perspective than I do. These stories further my understanding about some key public policy challenges — like the economy, technology, and criminal justice. They provoke me to think about problems in a new way. And they remind me about the urgency of certain issues that deserve more attention than they often receive.

So for anybody looking to be part of a solution, I hope these articles will give you some fresh perspectives — and I’ll keep them coming in the weeks ahead.

  1. “How the Upper Middle Class Is Really Doing” in the New York Times by David
  2. “White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots” in the Atlantic by Adam Serwer.
  3. “Keep It Simple and Take Credit” in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas by Jack Meserve.
  4. “Alabama’s Gruesome Prisons: Report Finds Rape and Murder at All Hours” in the New York Times by Katie Benner and Shaila Dewan.
  5. “‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website” in WIRED by Arielle 

Article posted April 27, 2019 by Barack Obama

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2018

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyways. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Barack Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List 

I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss “The Americans” – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer:

Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, by Alex Wagner
I once wrote a book on my own search for identity, so I was curious to see what Alex, daughter of a Burmese mother and Iowan Irish-Catholic father – and a friend of mine – discovered during her own. What she came up with is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are – the search for harmony between our own individual identities and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.

women15 cworkingThe New Geography of Jobs, by Enrico Moretti
It’s six years old now, but still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them – and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.

Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick Deneen
In a time of growing inequality, accelerating change, and increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order we’ve known for the past few centuries, I found this book thought-provoking. I don’t agree with most of the author’s conclusions, but the book offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.

“The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy,” by Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic
Another thought-provoking analysis, this one about how economic inequality in America isn’t just growing, but self-reinforcing – and what that means for education, health, happiness, even the strength of our democracy.

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu
A few years ago, I eulogized the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was slain by a white supremacist in his church in Charleston, South Carolina. And I’ll never forget something Clem said while he was alive: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history. We haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” That’s something Mitch takes to heart in this book, while grappling with some of the most painful parts of our history and how they still live in the present. It’s an ultimately optimistic take from someone who believes the South will rise again not by reasserting the past, but by transcending it.

“Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life,” by Jennifer Kavanagh and Michael D. Rich, RAND Corporation
The title is self-explanatory, but the findings are very interesting. A look at how a selective sorting of facts and evidence isn’t just dishonest, but self-defeating to a society that has always worked best when reasoned debate and practical problem-solving thrive.

Article posted June 16, 2018 by Barack Obama

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🇨🇦 St. John’s Pride “Together”

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We are excited to announce today that Pride week 2018 will be July 16th-July 22nd, 2018. It is also today that we are announcing that the theme of this year’s Pride is “Together.”

08-17-2015-prideThe 2018 board of St. John’s Pride Inc. is working hard to bring you a pride that is bigger and better than ever. Hitting the ground running, we hope that we can keep this commitment to you.

Pride is a time to celebrate, memorialize, and rejuvenate as a community to continue the fight on our journey to equality for all LGBTQ2SI+ people here in Newfoundland and Labrador, across Canada, and throughout our global world.

This year it is time for the LGBTQ2SI+ community in St. John’s – and of course, this invitation extends to all those Newfoundlanders and Labradorians across the province, and wherever they might find themselves, as well as all of their merry friends – to simply come together.

Together, this year, as a community, we have achieved great successes:

Moral success in the form of an apology from the Government of Canada for the historical failings of successive Canadian governments and systemic persecution of LGBTQ2SI+ Canadians, as well as the largest settlement awarded for state wrongs towards the LGBT community in the world;

Legislative success with legislation being passed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to allow individuals to change their designation on a birth certificate to Homophobia-Now-That's-a-Choice-Rainbow-Pride-Barfemale, male or non-binary;

And electoral success when Virginia, former journalist Danica Roem, a Democrat, knocked off 13-term Republican state Del. Bob Marshall, Virginia’s self-proclaimed “chief homophobe,” and sponsor of the first notorious bathroom bill; Danica becoming the first openly transgender person elected and seated to a state legislature in the United States.

All of these things were achieved when communities came together, through the hard work of individuals who brought us these historic victories for LGBTQ2SI+ people everywhere. These are shining beacons of success, proof of what can happen when an engaged and supportive community comes together.

B Girl ValentinesThere are disagreements in our community, and differences in how we think that we should continue down our path to equality.

And while those differences are important to acknowledge, and discuss, and while pride is and always will be inherently political, our hand is extended in our work; in the organizing of St. John’s Pride week 2018, in coming together during this week, and, always, in supporting each other as a community, in our togetherness.

Whatever togetherness might mean to you, know that there is always room at our table, in our circle, and in our community for your Pride. Together we are stronger; together, as the LGBTQ2SI+ community, we are not simply better, but we are at our best.

We struggle together. We rise together. We are proud together.

Simply, Together.

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🇨🇦 The Simple Plan Foundation

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“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION – ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

Simple Plan est un groupe de rock punk pop de Montréal , le Canada qui a été fondée en 1999 comprenant: – Simple Plan is a pop punk rock band from Montreal, Canada that was founded in 1999 consisting of:

  • Prleierre Chas Bouvier, Vocals & Acoustic Guitar (born May 9 1979 in Montreal)
  • David Phillippe Desrosiers, Bass & Background Vocals (born August 29 1980 in Sept-Îles, Canada)
  • Charles André “Chuck” Comeau, Drums (born September 17 1979 in Montreal)
  • Sébestien Lefebvre, Rhythm Guitar and Background Vocals (born June 5 1981 in Montreal)
  • Jean-François “Jeff” Stinco, Lead guitar (born August 22 1978 in Montreal)

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La mission de la fondation -The mission of the foundation { English Follows }

C’est à Montréal, en décembre 2005, lors de leur premier spectacle au Centre Bell, que les membres du groupe Simple Plan ont annoncé la création de la Fondation Simple Plan.
La Fondation Simple Plan s’est donné pour objectifs de venir en aide aux jeunes en difficulté, en intervenant dans les trois domaines suivants :

Appui aux différents groupes et organismes travaillant auprès des jeunes aux prises avec des problèmes propres à l’adolescence : dépendance aux drogues, dépression, suicide, intimidation, pauvreté, difficultés scolaires, etc. 
Soutien à divers organismes médicaux et sociaux qui se consacrent au bien-être des enfants et des jeunes malades ou handicapés, ou encore, victimes des conséquences de la guerre 
Promotion de la formation musicale et de la pratique de la musique comme moyen d’aider les jeunes à trouver une passion et un but dans la vie, en leur offrant une alternative stimulante aux gangs de rue et à la criminalité, ainsi qu’au décrochage scolaire.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here! Get #TeamSP NOW t www.simpleplan.com Get the official single “Singing In The Rain” here: http://www.Smarturl.it/SITRsingle

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Les membres de Simple Plan sont d’autant plus sensibles aux problèmes des jeunes qu’ils sont en contact permanent avec leurs fans : «Nous avons créé la Fondation Simple Plan parce que nous voulions donner quelque chose en retour à notre communauté, quelque chose qui fasse la  différence, qui permette de changer les choses. Nous avons lu des milliers de lettres et de courriels de nos fans, provenant des pays les plus divers; nous les avons aussi rencontrés lors de nos spectacles. Nous savons donc très bien à quel point le passage à la vie adulte peut parfois être difficile pour ces jeunes. Cela nous brise le cœur de voir qu’autant d’entre eux doivent lutter pour leur survie, alors qu’ils se sentent déprimés, perdus ou malades. Nous voulons que notre fondation les aide à trouver leur voie, en leur rappelant qu’il y a toujours de la lumière au bout du tunnel, que les choses peuvent s’arranger. Nous croyons sincèrement que tous les enfants, partout dans le monde entier, ont droit à une enfance heureuse.», ont déclaré les membres du groupe.

Un engagement plus structuré

Pour les membres de Simple Plan, le lancement de leur propre fondation s’inscrit dans une volonté d’implication sociale mieux structurée. C’est finalement l’aboutissement d’une suite d’engagements au fil des ans : ils ont participé au mouvement d’aide en faveur des victimes du tsunami en Asie du Sud-Est, ainsi qu’à l’événement planétaire Live 8; ils se sont associés à MADD (Mothers against drinking and driving) et RADD (The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety), ainsi qu’à Éduc’alcool; ils ont souvent accepté de répondre favorablement aux demandes de divers organismes caritatifs et ont, entre autres exemples, collaboré à maintes reprises avec les fondations Rêves d’enfants et Make-a-Wish. Avec la collaboration de Sennheiser, ils ont permis à des enfants malentendants, à travers le Canada et dans certains pays d’Europe, de vivre l’expérience d’un concert : grâce à un implant cochléaire, ceux-ci ont pu entendre le son d’un spectacle de Simple Plan pour la première fois.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here! Get #TeamSP NOW at www.simpleplan.com The official music video for “Boom” from our upcoming #SPalbum5 featuring some of our friends! Filmed on Warped Tour, at the Alt Press APMAs, and in Montreal, QC at New City Gas!

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Après même la création de leur fondation et parallèlement à leurs nombreuses tournées internationales, ils ont su rester ouverts aux demandes ponctuelles qui leur étaient faites ou aux catastrophes fortuites qui ont frappé diverses régions du monde. Ils ont donc continué de s’impliquer dans diverses causes au fil des ans, de manière plus ou moins informelle, en rendant visite à des enfants ou des jeunes dans les hôpitaux ou dans des écoles spécialisées, par exemple pour handicapés, ou en faisant don d’objets promotiommels à diverses fondations, telles la Fondation Jean-Béliveau et la Fondation Kovalev et amis pour les enfants, ainsi qu’à l’occasion de tournois de golf comme celui de Bruny Surin

Dans la foulée de son engagement pour Leucan, Simple Plan a donné un grand concert en plein air au pied de la station Ski Bromont, le 14 mars 2009, dans le cadre du Défi Ski 12h Leucan, dont c’était le 30e anniversaire. Le band a aussi participé à la partie de hockey amicale Pro-am Simon Gagné, organisée par Leucan Québec. En juillet 2009, les membres de Simple Plan ont relevé le défi de participer à la «Journée Ambassadeurs» de la 14eédition du Tour CIBC au profit du Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau.

Plus récemment, le groupe a contribué aux efforts collectifs pour venir en aide aux sinistrés d’Haïti, victimes d’un tremblement de terre en janvier 2010; il a notamment participé aux téléthons Ensemble pour Haïti au Québec et Canada for Haiti et a fait un don au Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI). Également au profit d’Haïti, Pierre a pris part à l’enregistrement de la chanson «Wavin’ Flag» de l’artiste hip-hop K’naan, en compagnie de vedettes telles Drake, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne et Nelly Furtado. Simple Plan s’est aussi impliqué dans les campagnes du «bracelet» et du «porte-monnaie» organisées au profit de War Child Canada, en collaboration avec Les chaussures Spring, pour venir en aide aux enfants victimes de la guerre, notamment en Afrique.

Peu après le tremblement de terre et le tsunami qui ont dévasté le Japon le 11 mars 2011, la Fondation Simple Plan a décidé de faire, exceptionnellement, une donation de 10 000 $ à la Croix-Rouge, alors que le band a aussi créé un t-shirt #HelpJapan mis en vente pour venir en aide aux sinistrés.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here, featuring the single “Perfectly Perfect”! watch below, Get #TeamSP NOW at http://simpleplan.com

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

En mai 2012, Simple Plan a donné un spectacle devant plus de 40 000 fans au My Dinh Stadium de Hanoi, dans le cadre du concert «live» de MTV EXIT; cet événement avait pour but de sensibiliser les jeunes à l’exploitation et au trafic d’êtres humains, un crime qui affecte 2,5 millions de personnes à travers le monde! C’était la première fois que le band se produisait au Vietnam et les membres du groupe étaient particulièrement fiers de participer à cette vaste campagne nationale de lutte contre cette forme d’esclavage des temps modernes. Le spectacle, ainsi qu’un documentaire complémentaire auquel SP a contribué, ont également été diffusés sur MTV Vietnam et sur la chaîne nationale.

Plus récemment, et plus près de chez-eux, le déraillement ferroviaire qui a dévasté le cœur de la ville de Lac Mégantic ne pouvait laisser les membres du groupe indifférents. Ils ont donc décidé, par le biais de leur fondation, de faire un don à la ville pour venir en aide aux victimes de ce terrible accident.rester indifférents à cette catastrophe

Au-delà des dons en argent et en objets promotionnels, les membres de Simple Plan donnent leur appui à plusieurs causes et consacrent temps et énergie à les promouvoir. continuer…………… la lecture »»»»»»

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22 mars 2017 – À l’occasion du lancement du concours 2017, organisé par l’organisme GRIS avec l’appui financier de la Fondation Simple Plan, nous sommes heureux de vous présenter une courte vidéo, tournée avec le concours de trois membres du band. 

Ce clip publicitaire explique en quoi consiste cette activité et invite les jeunes des écoles à y participer en proposant un projet et, ainsi, à courir la chance de gagner une bourse pour être en mesure de le réaliser. 

Et toi, c’est quoi ton plan pour stopper l’homophobie?
Jetez-y un coup d’oeil : https://youtu.be/CKR8Aj6242w

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We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”!

The first studio album by Canadian pop punk band, Simple Plan was released on March 19, 2002 through both Atlantic and Lava. The album debuted at #35 on the Billboard 200 and at #8 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album was certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA.

 Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Below is the Song list for The album “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”, click on song title to watch the video

No. Title Length
1. I’d Do Anything” (featuring Mark Hoppus) 3:17
2. The Worst Day Ever 3:27
3. You Don’t Mean Anything” (featuring Joel Madden) 2:28
4. I’m Just a Kid 3:18
5. When I’m With You 2:37
6. Meet You There 4:14
7. Addicted 3:52
8. My Alien 3:08
9. God Must Hate Me 2:44
10. I Won’t Be There 3:09
11. One Day 3:15
12. Perfect 4:37
 

It was in Montréal, in December 2005, during their first show at the Bell Center, that members of the Simple Plan group announced the creation of the Simple Plan Foundation.The Simple Plan Foundation aims to help young people in difficulty by intervening in the following three areas:

Support for various groups and organizations working with young people facing adolescent problems: dependence drugs, depression, suicide, intimidation, poverty, academic difficulties, etc. 
Support to various medical and social organizations dedicated to the well-being of sick and disabled children and young people, or victims of the consequences of war 
 Promoting music education and music as a way to help young people find a passion and purpose in life, offering them a stimulating alternative to street gangs and crime, and school dropout Simple Plan members are all the more sensitive to the problems of young people because they are in constant contact with their fans : “We created the Simple Plan Foundation because we wanted to give something back to our community, something that makes a difference, which makes it possible to change things. 

We read thousands of letters and emails from our fans coming from the most diverse countries; we also met them during our shows. So we know very well how difficult the transition to adult life can be for these young people. It breaks our hearts to see that so many of them must struggle for survival, when they feel depressed, lost or sick. We want our foundation to help them find their way, reminding them that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, that things can be arranged. We sincerely believe that all children around the world are entitled to a happy childhood, “the group said.

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

A More Structured Commitment

For members of Simple Plan, the launch of their own foundation is part of a desire for more structured social involvement. It is ultimately the result of a series of commitments over the years: they participated in the aid movement for the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, as well as in the Live 8 event ; they joined forces with MADD (Mothers against Drinking and Driving) and RADD (The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety) , and Éduc’alcool; they have often agreed to respond favorably to requests from various charities and have, for example, collaborated on a number of occasions with the Children’s Wish Foundation andMake-a-Wish. Together with Sennheiser, they have allowed hearing-impaired children across Canada and in some European countries to experience a concert: with a cochlear implant, they could hear the sound of a Simple Plan show for the first time.

Even after the creation of their foundation, and in parallel with their many international tours, they were able to remain open to ad hoc requests or fortuitous disasters that hit various regions of the world. As a result, they have continued to be involved in a variety of causes over the years, in a more or less informal way, by visiting children or youth in hospitals or in special schools, for example for the disabled, or by donating promotional objects at various foundations such as the Jean-Béliveau Foundation and the Kovalev Foundation and friends for children, as well as at golf tournaments such as Bruny Surin’s 

In the wake of its commitment to LeucanSimple Plan gave a big outdoor concert at the foot of Ski Bromont, March 14, 2009, as part of the Ski Challenge Leucan 12, which was the 30 th anniversary. The band also participated in the friendly hockey game Pro-am Simon Gagné, organized by Leucan Québec. In July 2009, the members of Simple Plan took up the challenge to participate in the “Day Ambassadors” of the 14 th edition of the Tour CIBC to benefit the Cancer Center Charles-Bruneau. 

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

More recently, the group has contributed to the collective efforts to help the victims of an earthquake in Haiti, in January 2010; he participated in the Ensemble for HaititelethonsQuebec and Canada for Haiti and made a donation to the Center for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI). Also in support of Haiti, Pierre took part in the recording of the song “Wavin ‘Flag” by the hip-hop artist K’naan, with stars like Drake, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Nelly Furtado. Simple Plan was also involved in the campaigns of the “bracelet” and “purse” organized for the benefit of War Child Canada, in collaboration with Les Chaussures Spring, to help war-affected children, particularly in Africa .

Soon after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011, the Simple Plan Foundation decided to make an exceptional donation of $ 10,000 to the Red Cross, while the band #HelpJapan t-shirt put on sale to help the victims.

In May 2012, Simple Plan gave a performance to more than 40,000 fans at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, as part of MTV EXIT’s live concert; the event aimed to educate young people about the exploitation and trafficking of human beings, a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide! It was the first time that the band was performing in Vietnam and the members of the group were particularly proud to participate in this vast national campaign to combat this form of slavery in modern times. The show, as well as a complementary documentary to which SP contributed, were also broadcast on MTV Vietnam and on the national channel.

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

More recently, and closer to home, the railway derailment that devastated the heart of the town of Lac Mégantic could not leave the group indifferent. They decided, through their foundation, to make a donation to the city to help the victims of this terrible accident.rester indifferent to this catastrophe

Beyond the donations in money and promotional items, the members of Simple Plan give their support to several causes and dedicate time and energy to promote them…… continue reading »»»»»»

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22 March 2017 – On the occasion of the launch of the 2017 competition, organized by the GRIS organization with the financial support of the Simple Plan Foundation, we are pleased to present a short video, with the help of three band members. 

This video clip explains what this activity is all about and invites the young people of the schools to participate by proposing a project and, thus, to have the chance to win a scholarship to be able to realize it. 

And you, what’s your plan to stop homophobia?

Take a look at the video here: https://youtu.be/CKR8Aj6242w

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Full Circle

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“It was so precious for me to see people really change their mindset about the problems they face. That’s what I want for my people.” ~ Sarah Rogers, Elder and Cultural Support Worker, Inuvik

Part of being human is getting hurt. Sometimes we hurt others; sometimes others hurt us. We even hurt ourselves. Holding onto this hurt and allowing it to dictate the course of our lives can have negative long-term consequences. Forgiveness can change the shape of our journeys. It can release anger, fear, judgement and resentment, and open the door to peace and a positive future.

FULL CIRCLE offers customized forgiveness programs for hurt people and communities. We excel in creating safe, experiential opportunities for people of all ages to explore what forgiveness means—and doesn’t mean—in their lives.  We also consult with non-profits, employers, community groups and schools interested in restorative solutions to repairing harm and peace building.

Who We Are

foundersWe, Katy Hutchison and Shannon Moroney, have walked the difficult and complex paths to forgiveness in our own lives. Now we work together to help our clients do the same.

We are Canadian women affected by violent crime, best-selling authors, sought-after public speakers, and advocates of restorative justice. We are volunteers with Leave Out Violence (LOVE), members of the international Forgiveness Project and we share our stories around the world. We first partnered in 2009 to create the F-Word, an experiential workshop designed to give participants an opportunity to explore what Forgiveness means and its transformative potential for healing. Since then, we have brought our life-changing programs to diverse settings in communities around the world.  

SHANNON MORONEY  was a teacher and counsellor when her husband kidnapped and boy orange3sexually assaulted two women in 2005. After personally discovering the lack of help available for families of criminals, and the vast ripple-effect of violent crime, she became a restorative justice advocate who speaks internationally on the topic.

In 2011, Shannon published her memoir Through the Glass, which became an instant national bestseller and was nominated for several awards, including the Governor General’s Award. In 2015, she co-produced “In Harm’s Way” for CBC Radio’s The Current. She lives in Toronto where she is remarried and the mother of twins.

KATY HUTCHISON was widowed and left with four year old twins following the murder of her husband in 1997. In meeting with the young man responsible, she learned that the only way through the trauma was by forgiveness and education.

Her memoir, Walking After Midnight (2006), was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and inspired Lifetime Network’s movie “Bond of Silence” (2010). Katy received the Me to We Social Action Award (2005) and was nominated for the Courage to Come Back award (2003). In 2013 she delivered a TEDx talk on rethinking education. Katy lives in Victoria. She speaks internationally on social responsibility & restorative justice issues.

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International Day of Happiness

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Ahead of International Day, UN and Smurfs team up to promote happiness and sustainable development

18 March 2017 – Every person – no matter how big, small or blue – can make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy, the United Nations today told young people at a special ceremony for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that included the Smurfs and a handover of the key to Smurfdom.

81998_Happy4Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village joined 1,500 students from the international Model UN conference to celebrate the upcoming International Day of Happiness, which focuses on personal well-being, and the SDGs, which include decent work for all, education and health services.

In a special blue carpet presentation, the United States stars of the movie – Demi Lovato, who voices “Smurfette”, Joe Manganiello who is “Hefty” and Mandy Patinkin or “Papa Smurf” – honoured three young Pitufina_students promoting the SDGs in their communities with a symbolic key to the Smurfs Village in recognition of their work.

“On behalf of all Smurfdom, thank you for your work in awakening everything, in your community, through you social media, all over the world, in the ways that you have chosen to encourage people everywhere to make this world a better place for those who are so vulnerable in every way imaginable,” Mr. Patinkin told Karen Jerath, Sarina Divan and Noor Samee.

Small Smurfs Big Goals

Ms. Jerath, who is 20 years old, invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and ensure the protection of marine life. She was joined by Ms. Divan, 17, who Brainy_Smurfexpanded a UN Foundation girl empowerment initiative at her high school and beyond, and Mr. Samee, also 17, a UNICEF blogger and advocate on social justice issues.

Given a giant key with the SDG multi-coloured logo by UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, the students were told “the world needs you to continue.”

 

“Never be afraid to speak up and to make this world a wonderful, beautiful, hopeful, optimistic place full of freedom, joy, justice and dignity, good food, good water, good opportunities for people everywhere, forever,” said Mr. Patinkin.

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign was created to encourage people to visit SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com to find out how to contribute to achieving the SDGs, and to share information, ideas and images on social media.

Hefty-originalAs part of today’s festivities, the UN Postal Administration unveiled a special edition stamp sheet featuring the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign.

The stamps, which feature images of the Smurfs and the SDG logos, were presented by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Management, Stephen Cutts, and the Belgian Ambassador to the United Nations, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve.

The event, held at the UN General Assembly in New York, was organized by the UN, UNICEF and UN Foundation, ahead of the International Day of Happiness marked annually on 20 March.

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In 2015, the UN launched 17 SDGs that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our 1e1b3cdbf05d89c69d70d9be14799a10planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

Along with New York, celebrations were held around the world to mark the campaign and the SDGs.

On Monday, the film cast along with the UN, UNICEF and UN Foundation will be at the Empire State Building to turn the iconic tower blue in honour of the International Day of Happiness and the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign.

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The Pride Network

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About

The Pride Network strives to develop a more involved and informed LGBTQ community giphythrough leadership programs and practical solutions that build, educate and empower sustainable community networks.

The Pride Network envisions a society where strong community leaders create and sustain networks toward a more conscious and engaged LGBTQ culture. The Pride Network also looks to a time when a fundamental part of being an LGBTQ person is the opportunity to access a community that empowers and informs the individual about their collective past, present, and future.

Volunteer Leadership

christenChristian Fuscarino is an LGBTQ community leader, and founder of The Pride Network. He is the former Northeast Region Coordinator for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, where he worked with high school GSAs for six years. In 2007 Christian joined the Pride Connections Center of New Jersey as a program developer for urban gay youth. That same year he won the National Academy of Television Arts and SciencesStudent Emmy” award for his “End the Silence” public service announcement raising awareness of anti-LGBT bullying in schools. He is a graduate of Hofstra University where he was recognized as Hofstra Man of the Year for his student organizing work on campus. Christian has been recognized by President Barack Obama, members of Congress, and members of Senate for his dedication to the LGBTQ community. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Our History

2008: The Pride Network was founded at Hofstra University by Christian Fuscarino to create a safe, social, stronger, and more unified LGBTQ community on campus by providing educational programs and a network of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

2009: The Pride Network forms chapters in order to apply a similar concept used at the university in communities. Chapters now are working to connect people, organizations, and companies with the LGBTQ movement by using community workshops and programs that engage individuals to be leaders.

smilie-lead-with-pride2010: Smaller community organizations in New Jersey dissolve and join efforts with The Pride Network in order to help end bias and prejudice in schools by providing education and practical solutions to facilitate change. The Pride Network offers it’s first Gay-Straight Alliance Summit. The Hudson Pride Connections Center becomes a 501c3 fiscal sponsor of The Pride Network.

2011: The Pride Network is now offering programming in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A public service announcement with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Carmen Carrera is produced to help raise awareness about the importance of volunteering.

2012: The Pride Network becomes an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. The Community Agent Training Program and the SPEAK Summit Program are launched.

Financial information:  The Pride Network falls under a small tax-exempt category for the aids-awareness-aids-red-ribbon-smiley-emoticon-000509-facebookIRS. Small tax-exempt organizations are only required to file an annual electronic notice, Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations not Required To File Form 990 or 990-EZ. This filing requirement applies to tax periods beginning after December 31, 2006, and may apply to organizations that previously were not required to file returns. To inquire about the annual electronic postcard filing for The Pride Network, please email IRS@ThePrideNetwork.org

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Water.org

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About US

We believe water is the way

To break the cycle of poverty. To protect and save lives. To turn time spent into time saved. To make a bright future possible for all. We are here to break down the barriers between save-water-2d-mascotpeople and access to safe water and sanitation. We’ve already helped millions. Join us and together we can get safe water to millions more.

Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people worldwide lack access to safe water. 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet. When it takes everyday hours to find and collect water, it’s hard to find time for commerce and community. It’s hard to get through a full day at school. It’s hard to prosper without safe water.

b6fa5dcd7dee04efbb32465c6b0ad961We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost effective because we believe that water is the way to empowering a better life that we can all share in, worldwide.

We are an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed more than five million lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we have been pioneering market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis for 25 years, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.

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Our approach is proven and powerful

  • secert-service-man-2We think in terms of practical economic solutions. Charity alone is not a long-term solution. We seek sustainable financial solutions that last and grow, so more and more people can equip themselves with access to the water and sanitation solutions they need.
  • We believe in the power and autonomy of the people we serve. They are people with financial power, rights, and the capabilities to define their own futures. They know the specific needs of their communities and what will work; we have resources that can help make it happen.
  • We have the experience and the passion to go the distance. We’ve been dedicated to this issue for over 25 years, building solutions, making progress, and looking at the problem from every angle to find new and better ways to put water expertise to work.

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Smart solutions to change more lives

WaterCredit — A proven, powerful approach

WaterCredit brings small, affordable, easily repayable loans to those who need access to affordable financing and expert resources to make household water and sanitation solutions a reality.

WaterEquity — Accelerating scale and impact

WaterEquity empowers social impact investors to increase the availability and affordability of capital for water and sanitation microloans, putting more money into scaling up a system that is changing lives.

Water.org was formerly known as WaterPartners International until 2009 with the merger between that organization and H20Africa.

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The Jane Goodall Institude

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ABOUT JANE

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees.

14-1Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns angel-smiley-emoticon-1to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and planet we share.

EARLY DISCOVERIES

When Jane Goodall entered the forest of Gombe, the world knew very little about proof-jane-goodall-128400chimpanzees, and even less about their unique genetic kinship to humans. She took an unorthodox approach in her field research, immersing herself in their habitat and their lives to experience their complex society as a neighbor rather than a distant observer and coming to understand them not only as a species, but also as individuals with emotions and long-term bonds. Dr. Jane Goodall’s discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools is considered one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. Her field research at Gombe transformed our understanding of chimpanzees and redefined the relationship between humans and animals in ways that continue to emanate around the world.

PROGRAM ADVOCACY

jane-goodall-smilie2When Dr. Jane Goodall speaks, people listen. We use our voice as an organization to speak up on the issues that matter for the long-term well-being of humans, other animals and the planet we all share.

Dr. Goodall has long been an advocate for the dignity and well-being of all living things, and the Jane Goodall Institute shares her belief that speaking out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves is our responsibility as fellow inhabitants of this shared earth. Environmental advocacy, animal welfare and human rights are just a few of the issues we are passionate about both by being thought leaders and influencers, and by bringing all voices into discussion rooms on topics that matter.

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Policy That Protects and Leads to Progress 

JGI promotes this  ideology  when we seek to affect the laws and policies that impact the lives of people, animals and the environment. Whether it be combatting the use of chimpanzees in the media, working to end the use of great apes as biomedical test subjects, protecting the rights of indigenous peoples, or speaking out in favor of legislature and coalitions we believe will have a positive impact on our planet- JGI takes action to make the world a better place by influencing the powerful systems which run it. While we have succeeded in many areas – there is more work to do. Change starts with passion, and our passion is only growing.

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Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

albert-einstein-albert-einstein-genius-smiley-emoticon-000718-facebookThe program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. 

Using the Roots & Shoots 4-Step model, young people map their communities to identify local needs, prioritize their findings and implement a service campaign of their choice to make a difference for the issues they are most passionate about.

Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography in Letters : the Early Years

book-coverAFRICA IN MY BLOOD is an extraordinary self-portrait in letters of Jane Goodall’s early years, from childhood to the publication of IN THE SHADOW OF MAN, revealing this remarkable woman more vividly than anything published before, by her or about her. We see her at eleven founding the Alligator Society (“You have to be able to recognize 10 birds, 10 dogs, 10 trees and 5 butterflies OR moths”); at seventeen developing a crush on the local minister (“He has a beautiful long nose and he loves dogs”); at twenty punting at Oxford — and falling out of the boat (“And I stood in the water — up to my chest — and roared and roared with laughter”); at twenty-two working at a film company and saving for a trip to Africa.

Learn more about Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

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