“Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”

The Inspiration

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

One of my friends from high school was inspired to start Picture Peace! His thought was the same through photography.  Here is the link. Please check it out. Bill would like people to share photos of what peace means to them.

(H/T Bill Ganoe)

Sen. Al Franken Asks Sotomayor About Abortion & The Law

Sen. Al Franken asks Sotomayor, “Do you believe this right to privacy includes a right to have an abortion?”

The new kid on the block is doing good, but I never doubted it for a moment.  He asked a legitimate question, which we can see that the Republicans are having a very difficult time doing =)  I have come to the conclusion, they would rather beat a dead horse!

America’s Worst Unknown Environmental Disaster

Three days before Christmas, a barrier broke and toxic sludge spilled across 300 acres in Roane County, Tennessee.  Now much of this land is under six feet of sludge. This Tennessee coal plant created, for the United States, the largest environmental disaster.

A forty-acre pond containing toxic coal ash has collapsed, spilling out millions of gallons of coal ash. Environmentalists say the spill is more than thirty times larger than the Exxon Valdez, but the story has received little national attention.

2.6 million cubic yards of coal ash spilled out of the retention pond, burying homes and roads.  The sludge has flowed into the Emory River, a tributary of the Tennessee River, which provides drinking water to millions of people downstream in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

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CollateralNews: DoD Regards Lawful Protests As “Low-Level Terrorism”

Anti-terrorism training materials currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) teach its personnel that free expression in the form of public protests should be regarded as “low level terrorism.” ACLU attorneys are calling the approach “an egregious insult to constitutional values” and have sent a letter to the Department of Defense demanding that the offending materials be changed and that the DoD send corrective information to all DoD employees who received the erroneous training.

“DoD employees cannot fully protect our nation and its values unless they understand that a core American value is the constitutional right to criticize our government through protest activities,” said ACLU of Northern California attorney Ann Brick. “It is fundamentally wrong to equate activism with terrorism.”

Another great informative video by CollateralNews.