GenderPac's Leadership Summit!

Please join GenderPAC for Bridge the Gap: Gender Rights / Human Rights, the 2007 GenderYOUTH Leadership Summit, is an action-oriented, three-day educational gathering of youth and students working to get gender recognized as a fundamental human right.
Bridge the Gap will feature workshops and events such as the Gender Theory Institute, the 12th Annual National Gender Lobby Day, and a Gender Mini-Film Festival. Join academics and activists in discussions about gender stereotypes, gender and race, the emerging US human rights movements, and the love-hate relationship between feminism and queer theory. Register for the Summit today at!

May 17 – 19 in Washington, DC

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Climate Crisis Action Team

I recently saw "An Inconvenient Truth" and I was inspired to challenge myself to do all I can to reverse at least some of the effects of global warming. As part of that effort, I've started the LJ community Climate Crisis Action Team  or  planetcooldown

If you are interested in doing what you can do avert a global crisis from global warming, this is the community for you! This community will encourage hands-on action. This is a place to give advice and tips as well as ask for help.

This is a place to educate yourself and others; to brainstorm ideas, cook up campaigns, and encourage positive action. Posts that motivate and inspire are more than welcome.

Please consider joining this community.
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Hey, Im Bethany!
Ive been vegetarian for over 2 years! I take part in loads of charity things (especially animals). I dont support any animal-testing charities!
This looks like a cool place!
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Operation Home for the Holidays

Hi! I'm writing to let you know about a little anti-war performance I did
with my family over Thanksgiving weekend. I heard about this lady on the
radio doing it (
and we copied it.

We took toy soldiers and put a label on them that says "bring me home from
Iraq for the holidays" and we placed them all over stores -- in Best Buy and
the supermarket - and then customers or employees find them on top of
granola bars or iPods, etc.

The idea is to confront consumers for a brief moment -- to ask them to think
about Bush's approach (failure!) and what they're going to do about it. It
also offers an encouragement to other activists, citizens of conscience, and
military families, in that someone is doing something to bring soldiers

So, it's extremely easy (and relatively cheap) to do! Look for toy soldiers
at your local dollar, toy, or department store, glue them on to some paper,
and write/print "Bring Me Home from Iraq for the Holidays," then walk around
stores and leave them (in)conspicuously on shelves!

We're psyched, we wanna get it in blogs and news media and work a snowball
effect and have this protest-performance-action sweep the nation, and be the
next Cindy Sheehan anti-war strategy.

I've started a blog to keep track of where these are popping up. Please
send in pictures of actions you've done (or seen):

in peace & solidarity,
"Femme Egale"

Christmas Gifts for the Whole World! Yay!

I just discovered an awesome way to give meaningful gifts to my family and friends that directly benefits needy families in developing countries.  Yay!

Heifer International is an organization that works to empower communities in the areas of agroecology, animal management, disaster rehabilitation, gender equity, HIV/AIDS, microenterprise, and urban agriculture.

Their gift program allows you to provide an animal or tree to a needy family somewhere in the world.  For example, you can provide a flock of chicks for $20 (U.S.).  You can then email or print and send a card from the site to tell your recipient about the gift they have provided for a needy family.  There are also printable gift inserts explaining how Heifer works.

You can browse their gift catalogue directly HERE.

This is so awesome.  I can hear it now: "Merry Christmas, Dad.  Enjoy your honeybees for a family in Guinea!"                    

"Thanks, dear.  It's just what I've always wanted."

But seriously, it's such a fantaaaaaastic program.  Here are a couple of clips:

"In Zimbabwe, Mrs. Ndagurwa is a leader in her women's agricultural club. She grows impressive vegetables in soil scratched up and fertilized by her Heifer chickens; their eggs add protein to her family's diet and generate cash to help market her produce."

"Goat's milk is the only milk known to half the world's people, but 80 percent of mothers and children in rural areas do not have any type of milk or milk products. The gift of a dairy goat is a lasting, meaningful way to help a struggling family on the other side of the world.

Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. Your gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day — a ton of milk a year.

Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families use goat manure to fertilize gardens. And because goats often have two or three kids a year, Heifer partners can start small dairies that pay for food, health care and education."


Merry Season, all!


Really Disturbing, but you can TAKE ACTION without seeing images.

I was recently alerted to a sickening abuse of animal rights:

It seems that dogs and cats are being used as live bait for shark fishing  off the coast of La Reunion, an island governed by France.

I am surprised that there isn't a lot of action being taken yet, but I think news is just starting to get you can definitely make an impact.

Now, most people do not want to see images of this activity, so here is a link that goes directly to a petition with no photos.


Good news

Film star and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is campaigning against article in the New York Daily News can be read at bardot article.


"The international Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is offering a reward of 200 Euros to any police officer who successfully enforces the law prohibiting the use of dogs and cats as bait for the catching of sharks.

The Society is offering a reward of 1,000 Euros for the first conviction and 200 Euros for each conviction thereafter. 

The reward will be paid upon the successful conviction of any person found guilty of using dogs or cats as bait in shark fishing as defined by the laws of France that specifically outlaw this practice."*

*taken from S.S.C.S. website