Sunday Five

This weeks links are all about ACTION: protests, scholarships, campaigns… all sorts of things that you can do to make a positive difference!

1) This may be old news but have we all heard about the Rebellyon?

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Basically, what happened is that singer Amanda Palmer’s  label wanted to cut several shots from her newest video because they claimed her, “belly was too fat to appear in a music video.” Amanda didn’t back down and the video was released as it was, along with a message to her fans that explained her labels ridiculous stance. Fans, of course, were upset with the record company for trying to cut the clips from the video and, as a result, launched the Rebellyon website where they post pictures of their OWN bellies. It started out as a protest against Roadrunner Records, but as the website explains…

What was once only a protest has grown in to a movement to promote healthy body image. The Rebellyon is devoted to getting people comfortable with their bodies.

Here’s the video, by the way!

2) I got a comment a few days ago on a post I wrote awhile back about dealing with sadness. The comment linked me to the JED Foundation and asked me to share it with all of you – something that I will happily do! The JED Foundation is an awesome organization who’s goals are to…

* Decrease the stigma surrounding emotional disorders and increase help-seeking in the college student population.
* Increase understanding of the warning signs of suicide and the symptoms of emotional disorders among college students.
* Build awareness of the prevalence of suicide and emotional disorders among college students.
* Strengthen campus mental health services, policies, and programs.

Go check out their website where they offer ways to get involved, informational resources, and even a scholarship competition that honors, “a student who is reducing stigma around mental illness, raising awareness of mental health problems on campus, or encouraging help-seeking among his or her peers.” (The deadline is February 13th – maybe you should apply!)

3) Change.org is a great website – they highlight information on causes from gay rights, to women’s rights, to ending homelessness and poverty, to stopping genocide… basically, anything you could want to help out. Each cause has a section on their website with news, information, and actions that you can join up with – check it out today!

4) United for Peace and Justice provides a bunch of inspiring news and ways that you can get involved to help promote peace. In the organization’s own words:

UFPJ believes that no single type of action will alone stop war and injustice. We instead promote a diversity of non-violent tactics — from congressional lobbying to civil resistance — and encourage you or your organization to participate in whatever ways you prefer.

5) Finally, Take Back the Night is a fantastic organization that, “has inspired both women and men to confront a myriad of social ills, including rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children, and violence against women.” According to the website:

Common components of Take Back the Night rallies include candlelight vigils, empowerment marches, and survivor testimonials. The goals and specific features of a TBTN rally are just as varied as its vast array of supporters. […] The unifying theme […] is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.

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I took part in a Take Back the Night rally at my college this year and it was one of the most moving and empowering events I have ever been involved with! Check out the website to find out how to bring Take Back the Night to you community.

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That’s all for this week, but let me know about other protests, organizations, and events in the comments!

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