Thursday, June 21, 2018

FUNDRAISER FOR BORDER ANGELS

This week's organization is:


Border Angels is an all volunteer, non-profit organisation that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to the US-Mexican border.  

Border Angels’ mission is to reduce the number of fatalities occurring along the Californian border through the placement of life saving water stations in the desert.

Many years of devastating economic and immigration policies have created a situation where thousands of people from Mexico and Latin America risk their lives each year crossing into the United States in the hope of finding a better life. Since 1994, an estimated 10,000 people have lost their lives during the journey due to extreme weather, lack of food and water, and the overall perilous nature of the trip.

Border Angels also works to serve San Diego County’s immigrant population through various migrant outreach programs, such as Day Laborer outreach and a free legal assistance program.



In addition to my donation, here's a song called 'We Welcome You Today' by Fred Rogers.

Immigration is obviously a very complex issue. What is not complex is caring for each other as human beings. It is our responsbility as human beings to look out for one another, regardless of who we are or where we come from. We must show empathy for those in need and help them however we can. 

So I play this song with the hope that one day we will live in a world without borders, without flags, without xenophobia of those we don't know or understand. Until that day comes, however, I hope you'll join me in supporting organizations like Border Angels as they continue to help immigrants and refugees. Thank you so much to everyone at Border Angels for helping to welcome those in need! 



WE WELCOME YOU TODAY
WE HOPE YOU LIKE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL STAY
WE WELCOME YOU TODAY

WE WELCOME YOU
WE WELCOME YOU
WE WELCOME YOU TODAY
AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL STAY
WE WELCOME YOU TODAY


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

FUNDRAISER FOR THE CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOODS


Hey folks.
This week's organization is:


The Center for Neighborhoods builds healthy, sustainable, safe neighborhoods through informed and committed neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky. It achieves that goal through community engagement, education, planning, and data assessment for many different neighborhoods throughout the city.

 Since its founding in 1972, the Center for Neighborhoods has cultivated grassroots leadership, partnered with neighborhoods in community planning efforts, facilitated civic dialogue, and actively participated in neighborhood-based development & improvement projects.



In addition to my donationhere's a song called 'The Sunny Side of the Street' that some of you may know. It's a song that reminds me that, as easy as it is sometimes to fall into despair, there is always hope. 
We must reach out to each other, and not only through these computers we use every day, 
but in person face-to-face. 

We may travel across town or across the world and think we don't have much in common with the people we encounter. But we do! This is all one neighborhood, wherever we are. We must find new ways to bring ourselves closer together in order to understand and empathize with one another to create a better 
world for everyone. 

The Center for Neighborhoods seeks to do just that through the work they do everyday. I hope you join me in supporting them!

THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

GRAB YOUR COAT AND GRAB YOUR HAT
LEAVE YOUR WORRIES ON THE DOORSTEP
JUST DIRECT YOUR FEET
TO THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

CAN'T YOU HEAR THAT PITTER PAT
WHEN THAT HAPPY TUNE IS YOUR STEP?
LIFE CAN BE SO SWEET
ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

I USED TO WALK IN THE SHADE
WITH MY BLUES ON PARADE
BUT NOW I'M NOT AFRAID
MY ROVER'S CROSSED OVER

IF I NEVER HAD A CENT
I'D BE RICH AS ROCKEFELLER
WITH GOLD DUST AT MY FEET
ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

FUNDRAISER FOR THE LOUISVILLE SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL


Hey folks.
This week's organization is:


The Louisville Sustainability Council brings together individuals, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions, and businesses to collaborate with the community to facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals.

Among the Louisville Sustainability Council's goals are to help improve the city's air quality, reduce total energy and water consumption, divert 50% of solid waste from the landfill, decrease transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy from renewable sources, and protect the city's waterways by exceeding national quality standards.


In addition to my donationhere's a song called 'Tiny Blue Dot'. It's from a TV show called Ready Jet Go that my kids like to watch sometimes. This song reminds me to do my part in protecting and sustaining our environment, whether I'm in Louisville 
or anywhere in the world. 

Even if you don't donate money to the LSC, I urge you to seek out sustainable efforts in your community and learn how you can help protect the enviroment where you live. Please think about your daily actions and consider what you can do to live more mindfully 
of the world around you. 

We're all guests of nature and should respect our host accordingly. If we don't, our host might kick us out 
of this party someday. And I, for one, 
would like to keep this party going... 

TINY BLUE DOT
SO LONELY IN THE DARK
FROM WAY OUT HERE YOU'D NEVER KNOW
HOW BEAUTIFUL AND VARIED AND GRAND IT IS
HOW MANY CREATURES CALL IT HOME

SHINY BLUE DOT
LOST IN THE UNIVERSE
SO EASY JUST TO PASS IT BY
BUT OH YOU EARTHIES KNOW HOW SWEET IT IS
HOW PRECIOUS RIGHT BENEATH YOUR FEET IT IS
THERE'S NOWHERE ELSE 
THAT YOU COULD LIVE BUT THIS
THE ONLY HOME YOU'VE KNOWN

WHEN YOU'RE FLOATING OVER EARTH
AND YOU SEE IT FROM ABOVE
IT TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY
THIS PLANET THAT WE LOVE
ONLY LOOKING DOWN LIKE THIS
CAN WE SEE OUR TASK SO CLEAR
THAT WE SHOULD BE THE GUARDIANS 
OF ALL THAT WE HOLD DEAR

SWEET BLUE SPACESHIP GLEAMING IN THE SUN
THE ONLY HOME YOU'VE EVER KNOWN
TINY BLUE DOT
WHAT A GORGEOUS LITTLE SPOT
OUR PLANET
OUR SPACESHIP
OUR HOME

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

FUNDRAISER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

Hey folks.
This week's organization is:

Established in 1896, Neighborhood House was the first settlement house in Kentucky. Over 121 years later, it serves as a community center for children and families living in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, as well as other surrounding low-income neighborhoods. Poverty among the families (45%) and children (55%) that come to Neighborhood House exceeds both the national average and the rates in the poorest counties in Kentucky.

In addition to my financial contribution, here's a song called 'I Feel Alright' by Steve Earle. It's a song that makes me feel better every time I play it and serves as an uplifting reminder to stay positive. Even though it can be easy sometimes to feel somber amidst the adversity we face each day, I'm thankful for what makes us better, kinder, happier human beings. So whatever you're doing today, I hope you feel alright too.     
    

Monday, May 14, 2018

FUNDRAISER FOR ECHO

Hey folks.
This week's organization is:

(Exploited Children's Help Organization) 


ECHO is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to preventing and reducing the incidence and impact of child abuse by providing education, advocacy, and support services to the children and families of Metro Louisville and surrounding areas. Through their guiding values of education, awareness, and advocacy, ECHO creates a vital network of hope for children and families. 

In addition to my financial support of ECHO, here's a song by Mister Rogers. As the father of two young kids, I've spent a lot of time over the past couple years watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and learning songs from the show. These songs are some of the most important songs ever written, with fundamental messages of hope, kindness, and love. 

This song is called "Today is New". It serves as a reminder for me to look forward into the future with hope. Amidst all the unfortunate things that happen every day on this planet, we must remember to be kind to one another and raise our children to be kind as well. Every day is new with ways to make the world a better place!



TODAY IS NEW
IT'S NEW TO EVERYONE YOU MEET
IT'S NEW TO YOU
THE HOUSES ON THE STREET 
ARE WAKING UP NOW
THE DAY IS UP NOW

TODAY IS NEW
IT'S NEW WITH TIME AND SPACE
AND THINGS WE WANT TO DO
THE SPARROW DRIES ITS WINGS 
AND SINGS A NEW SONG
A JUST FOR YOU SONG

WE KNOW EACH MORNING
BRINGS A BRAND NEW DAY
ALTHOUGH WE SOMETIMES WISH FOR YESTERDAY

TODAY IS NEW
IT'S NEW TO EVERYONE WHO LIVES
IT'S NEW TO YOU
WHAT SAY WE TRY AND GREET IT IN A NEW WAY?
SAY HAPPY NEW DAY
TODAY IS NEW

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

FUNDRAISER FOR HOUSE OF RUTH

Hey folks. 

This week's organization is:
House of Ruth provides housing and support services for people with HIV/AIDS and their families who are homeless, at risk of losing their homes, or need financial help. They do this through a continuum of services such as emergency shelter, short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for clients, and basic needs assistance to provide food, clothes, rent, utilities, public transportation, and back-to-school support. Please share your love to support House of Ruth!

In addition to my monetary contribution, I humbly present you a song by Anohni. It's one of the most honest, thoughtful, and caring songs I've ever heard. Whenever I play this song, I'm left with a tremendous sense of gratitude for the love I've been shown by the people in my life, whether it's someone I've known for years or someone I've just met. We should be thankful for the love we receive each day and not take it for granted. We should give that love back to those we know and don't know. I'm beyond thankful to Anohni for writing this wonderful song and hope to honor it properly every time I sing it. Thank you Anohni!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

FUNDRAISER FOR KENTUCKIANS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH

Here’s an important song by Hazel Dickens. I’ve held a deep admiration for her since I discovered her music while interning at Smithsonian Folkways, so much so that I even wrote my senior thesis in college about her. I sing this song as a gesture of solidarity with people around the world who continue to fight for freedom and justice. This song has been a reminder for me to stay active, to keep doing what I can do to make the world a better place, and to never give up.


Whether or not you like this song, please consider donating to Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a statewide citizens' organization working for a new balance of power and a just society. They use direct action to challenge and change unfair political, economic, and social systems.

Among its many goals, KFTC aims to address the problems caused by coal mining, reform our state tax structure, restore voting rights, and help choose better leaders who represent ordinary people instead of powerful interests.Their membership is open to all people who are committed to equality, democracy, and non-violent change.



THEY'LL NEVER KEEP US DOWN

UNITED WE STAND
DIVIDED WE FALL
FOR EVERY DIME THEY GIVE US
A BATTLE MUST BE FOUGHT
SO WORKING PEOPLE USE YOUR POWER
THE KEY TO LIBERTY

DON'T SUPPORT THE RICH MAN'S STYLE OF LUXURY


AND THERE AIN'T NO WAY THEY CAN EVER KEEP US DOWN
OH NO AIN'T NO WAY THEY CAN EVER KEEP US DOWN

WE WON'T BE BOUGHT
WE WON'T BE SOLD

TO BE TREATED RIGHT, WELL THAT'S OUR GOAL

AND THERE AIN'T NO WAY THEY CAN EVER KEEP US DOWN

YEAH WE'VE BEEN SHOT
WE'VE BEEN JAILED
LORD ITS A SIN

WOMEN AND LITTLE CHILDREN STOOD RIGHT BY THE MEN

BUT WE'VE GOT A UNION CONTRACT
THAT KEEPS THE WORKER FREE

AND THEY'LL NEVER SHOOT THAT UNION OUT OF ME


NO THEY'LL NEVER SHOOT THAT UNION OUT OF ME OH NO
THEY'LL NEVER SHOOT THAT UNION OUT OF ME

WE’VE GOT A CONTRACT IN OUR HAND
SIGNED BY THE BLOOD OF HONEST 
MEN

AND THEY'LL NEVER SHOOT THAT UNION OUT OF ME



THE POWER WHEEL IS ROLLING, ROLLING RIGHT ALONG
AND
 THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS IT GOING, GOING STRONG

SO WORKING PEOPLE GET YOUR HELP FROM YOUR OWN KIND
YOUR WELFARE AINT ON THE RICH MAN'S MIND


NO YOUR WELFARE AINT ON THE RICH MAN'S MIND OH NO
YOUR WELFARE AINT ON THE RICH MAN'S MIND

THEY WANT THE POWER IN THEIR HANDS
JUST TO KEEP OUT OF THE WORKER AND

YOUR WELFARE AINT ON THE RICH MAN'S MIND



AND THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN 

OH NO THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN

THEY CAN CHEAT ROB STEAL KILL
BUT WE GONNA STOP THAT WHEEL

AND THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN
AND THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN
YEAH THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN