Monday, August 15, 2016

Bread Over Bombs Feeding People In Crisis

Their music is a message in action.  Bread Over Bombs is an activist rock band that uses 100% of profits from music CD, LP and downloads sales to feed people in crisis around the world.  Through their work with the LA Regional Food Bank Bread Over Bombs has already provided more than 10,000 meals. 

With the release of their new self-titled  album available on  and iTunes purchases and support, which translate directly to meals to feed people in crisis, are spreading internationally. CD’s are even available at Tower Records in Japan.  And Glasgow SE Foodbank in the United Kingdom is giving away the album with every donation.  You can check out their album review on AMN- the Australian Music Network.  The music is a blend of timely and relevant messages with great music.

The initiative started with Founder Brad Mitchell long ago. He began volunteering at the age of 7 alongside his grandmother in an Arizona charity-funded Navajo school and a San Francisco rescue mission.  In the years following the global financial crisis, primarily a songwriter and lead vocalist, Brad kept hearing the news say that the economy was getting better and better but he couldn’t see it. He was literally seeing people he knew still out of work and living in their cars. He started out handing out bags of oranges and apples along with bottled water and even giving pet food to those who needed it. But he wanted to do more. Being a musician he thought the best way to help would be to use those skills and create a non-profit musical entity with the goal of helping feed people in need.

You can like Bread Over Bombs  on Facebook, follow on Twitter and share their YouTube music video for the single “Revolution Now,”

You can also buy the music to share with friends and spread the word.

TWITTER @breadoverbombs

PRESS, and  NONPROFITS  feeding those in crisis, contact

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bell After School and Summer Education Program Battles Summer Learning Loss

Building Educated Leaders for Life, or BELL, operates in 11 cities. The average American student loses one month of math and reading skills per summer, according to a 2011 study by the RAND Corporation and for low-income the study finds skills are set back two months.

BELL’s summer programs serve 10,000 children in kindergarten through eighth grade. And, by contrast, students participating in BELL’s summer program gain the equivalent of 1.7 months in reading skills and 1.4 months in math.

Participating students can get up to 8 hours assistance, 5 days a week for up to six weeks. Students also participate in music, art and science activities and receive breakfast and lunch.

The program was born in the 1990’s out of a discovery by black and Latino Harvard law students volunteering to mentor teenagers at public schools. They learned their students could read at only a second-grade level. As a result several volunteers led by Earl Martin Phalen and Andrew L. Carter, created BELL in 1992.  The program has a waiting list of 3,000 students.

They are opening a new location in Dayton, Ohio and expanding as quickly as they can. They also plan a pre-kindergarten program. According to Tiffany Cooper Gueye, leader of BELL, in Boston, “They come back as graduates of high school and as college students and serve as tutors for the next generation of BELL scholars.”

For program evaluation reports, to volunteer, donate or sponsor a scholarship visit

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Not All American Indians Benefit From Casinos

That unfortunately is a myth.  The Native American Heritage Association was started in 1993 by David G. Myers after witnessing the extreme poverty and desperate circumstances of Native Americans families living on Sioux reservations in South Dakota and Wyoming.

It is a 501 c 3 nonprofit providing self-help services, clothing and food donations, transportation services for the sick and elderly and even propane for heat and cooking.

Please, through your social media networks, encourage your fans, followers, connections and "retweetters" to visit their site,, where you and your network can view a slide show of a typical day of deliveries, driving hundreds of miles, by truck drivers Vern and Dick. Or for info email
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Southern Rural Women Committed To Help Themselves And Others

The Southern Rural Black Woman’s Initiative (SRBWI), founded in 2000, works in 77 counties across the Black Belt regions of Alabama and Southwest Georgia, and the Delta in Mississippi.
SRBWI is focused on meeting the needs of unemployed and underemployed Black women using advocacy, self empowerment, capacity building, technical assistance and public education activities so that low income women become advocates for themselves and others. 
The organization’s mission is to support and facilitate the capacity of women to take responsibility for their own personal and economic lives. SRBWI, through outreach programs, engages women in advocacy and policy initiatives to redirect local, state, and federal resources to help ensure women’s full access to economic and social justice.  SRBWI also helps build links between women’s groups focused on this common goal. 

They also have an economic and community development agenda for women which includes workforce development for women in the region.

And, through their NEW VISIONS project the organization is engaging young women in the work of SRBWI by teaching marketable skills in media technology and production.    Training with local filmmaking-mentors in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi New Visions Apprentices receive instruction on industry standard software, artistic forms of storytelling and technology.

Go to, or email --- and use your social media "klout" and social networks to spread the word, donate or share expertise.
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Friday, May 13, 2016

STEAM Coders Teaching Disadvantage Students Tech Fundamentals

Only founded in 2014 STEAM Coders has already served nearly 400 greater Los Angeles area students. The Pasadena, CA-based nonprofit  is teaching disadvantaged and underrepresented middle and high school students of color the fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering,  Art and Math (STEAM).

While ethnic and racial groups that have historically comprised a minority of the U.S. population are growing in size and influence, they remain underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationally. 4% of minority students are awarded degrees in physical science while 12% of other students receive degrees in this area. In 2011 National Science Foundation Reports Low Minority Representation on STEM Faculties. And according to the New York Times, in 2013, both women and people of color earned fewer higher education STEM degrees than ever.

STEAM Coders is on point to, through hands on activities, field trips and classroom instruction, help students develop the requisite skills to excel in the STEAM fields, spurring their appreciation the fields and fueling a desire to engage in activities that will spur imagination and innovation, in a quest to find solutions.

With burgeoning demand in the STEAM fields STEAM Coders is on a fast track to grow to assure underrepresented populations are not left behind. So far classes have been held in Pasadena, Claremont/Pomona, Inglewood and Los Angeles.Yhey are looking to expand with the help of grants, individual donations and strategic partnerships.  To learn more, get involved, teach courses and make a donation visit

Monday, February 8, 2016

Growing Peace Through A Ugandan Coffee Bean

If you haven’t heard the inspiring story already you must find a way to see the documentary “Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean,” directed by  Curt Fissel. The film tells a story we can all learn from.

 In 2003 J.J. Keki , a Ugandan coffee farmer had a dream. To make his dream a reality he walked door to door and asked his Jewish, Christian and Muslim neighbors to put their differences aside for the benefit of all. They were all third and fourth generation coffee farmers struggling to make a living with  low local coffee prices.

The farmers did put difference aside and formed the Peace Kawomera Cooperative.  With help from Laura Wetzler from the US-based organization Kulanu, and  Paul Katzeff, CEO of Thanksgiving Coffee Company in Fort Bragg, CA,  these Jewish, Christian and Muslim farmers formed a coffee cooperative that is not only sharing delicious coffee around the world but also showing by example that  differences can be put aside, and with dialog and partnerships in their place, a delicious peace can grow as well.

The coop has grown from a few hundred farmers to around 1200 and has expanded to cocoa and vanilla. To support the coop you can learn more about purchasing coffee products at www.thanksgiving or by visiting

Monday, February 1, 2016

Gen Y Turn Tables Talking To Parents About Cancer

Roughly 7 years ago while her mother was recovering from cancer Yael Cohen over heard the phrase "fuck cancer," said in passing.  It resonated with her... that and the fact that her generation... Gen Y has been left out of the cancer conversation because they are not the target demographic most susceptible to the disease. But Yael thought "We've taught our parents about technology. We've talked to our parents about watching their cholesterol. Why aren't we talking to them about saving themselves from this disease?

While the organization started out raising money and awareness by selling t-shirts with that explicit phrase-- and a PG version,  F___Cancer, the organization has grown to much more than t-shirt sales. The mission and message of Fuck Cancer is to promote early detection, prevention and awareness by engaging Gen Y'ers to engage their parents in "the cancer conversation." The organization's event-based truly approach to reaching and engaging Gen'Yers in spreading the word about prevention, detection and support for cancer patience is truly social - a movement in itself. It includes  fundraising and awareness gatherings with DJ's and  support retreats. The organization has expanded beyond its Canadian origins to include events in Los Angeles and Miami in 2015 and an event in Seattle coming soon.

To rally your social following to action, download flyers and media kits and to learn more go to