Eliacin Rosario-Cruz

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Month: June 2008 (page 2 of 5)

using facebook to fight global poverty « beauty and depravity

This comes from my friend Eugene Cho

using facebook to fight global poverty
After mocking social networking sites for awhile, I finally joined Facebook one year ago. And while there are still some things that I strongly dislike about Facebook [e.g. constant invitations to Applications], I am a big fan. It works. I’ve reconnected with friends from high school and college. And Facebook is helping me to stay connected to the growing community at Quest.

But asides from just connecting with past and current friends, I’ve been dreaming how to leverage the power of technology and the internet to further social causes. This is one of the primary hopes with the new organization we are working on. How do we utilize and converge technology and human relationships to fight global poverty?

With that in mind, I started this GROUP on Facebook. Because we haven’t yet publicly revealed the name of the organization, we thought of the catchiest name: “For each person that joins, we will donate $1 to fight Global Poverty.”

We need your help. My wife and I [and our three children] want to sincerely invite you to join us in helping Fight Global Poverty. We will donate $1 to the cause of global poverty for EACH person that JOINS this group – with hopes of this group growing to at least 100,000 people.

We might not be able to save the world but we can certainly make a difference in a family, a town, a village… Even a few dollars can make a difference.

Why are we doing this? Our motivation is not to appear altruistic or righteous. We don’t want any pats on the back. We are simply convicted to ACT. We can’t afford to not do anything. We have decided to make some life decisions to give $100,000 to fight global poverty through a new Humanitarian Organization and simply ask that you consider learning together how we can CARE and ACT. Together, we believe we can make a difference.

Our hope is that AT LEAST 100,000 people will join by the end of August because our conviction is to donate $100,000 in hopes of encouraging others to consider giving. Thus far, 21,119 people have joined since the group started one month ago. Our goal is to launch the organization in September and we hope to leverage this group to help build momentum.

Would you help us? It’ll take you no more than 5 minutes but if you can help us with these simple five ideas, it’ll be a great help to our organization.

1 ► If you haven’t done so, please join the group – CLICK “Join this Group”
2 ► CLICK on “Invite People to Join.”
3 ► SELECT all of the friends that you want to join. Think strategically about friends who might invite other friends. Think of friends who are strategically located around the world.
4 ► CLICK on “Send invitation”
5 ► SHARE on your “Posted Items.” This may be the most effective way of spreading the group. After you’ve joined, would you simply share the group amongst your “Posted Items.”

Apply this to Emergent, Emerging, Missional, New Monastic or any expression of contemporary Christianity

I don’t want to hear about your movement or buzz, if it does not move people to love and to live alternatively. Show me your love and compassion, not your books and blogs.

 “I don’t want to hear your philosophy if it doesn’t grow corn.”  – Anishnaabee saying

 “Si tu revolución no sabe bailar, no me invites a tu revolución.” – Words spoken by a young woman to el Subcomandante Marcos in the mountain hills of Chiapas.

Calling 911 for Gabrielito

Gabrielito is my 18 month old son. He was born on Christmas Day 2006. He was born with a respiratory problem and had to be resucitated at the moment of birth and was taken by ambulance to the NICU at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. An unforgetful moment.

Last night we had another tense parent episode. He have been having a fever between 101-104 for almost all day. At 5:30 PM Gabrielito went into febrile convulsions. The episode was horrendous for us as inexperience parent. We called 911 and he was taken to the ER. There we learned that febrile convulsions occur in young children when there is a rapid increase in their body temperature. It affects up to 1 in 20 children between the ages of one and four but can affect children between six months and about five years old. But no matter how common it might be, it is really concerning and terrifying to see your child go through the seizures.

He is doing a bit better now, but he still feverish so we need to keep our eyes on him.

The Ordinary Radicals : The Trailer

I’m looking forward the release of this project. Some good friends of mine will be part of this inspiring and important film


 

The Ordinary Radicals

Street Artist Swoon discusses installation

I first encounter one of Swoon’s street art pieces in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003. Since then I’ve been a big fan.

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