Identifying ‘Vampires’ In Your Community

Identifying ‘Vampires’ In Your Community

Of the many questions I receive from fellow activists, community workers and others, one of the most popular is still: How do I handle my vampire problem? That’s right. Vampires. Contrary to popular opinion, vampires really do exist. They hide amongst us at work, at school, at our place of worship and even within our families only showing their teeth when it’s time to feed. And because many have faced them not knowing who they are or have chosen to deliberately ignore the issue out of the goodness of their hearts, these vampires have had the good fortune to partake in a feeding frenzy. Not anymore. Here is what we know about vampires: They enjoy what they do. They’ll bite and pursue you in the most annoying way possible. They will hiss just a...

Five Essential Tips For Every Activist

Five Essential Tips For Every Activist

No matter how noble your cause there will always be a group of people who will vehemently stand against you for no particular reason. Countless stories from history and the present day conclusively paint a picture of polar opposites when it comes to doing good. Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Buddha and others are everyday examples of noble people who faced severe opposition for advocating the ever elusive subject of peace. If people as popular as the above were confronted with groups who not only opposed, but took action to physically stop them from spreading their message, who are we to feel we won’t receive and shouldn’t receive any opposition? It is truly humbling to read about what they went through simply to spread...

The Soviets are invading! What do we do?

The Soviets are invading! What do we do?

In 1939, in the middle of World War II, the Soviet military entered the small eastern European nation of Latvia en route to Germany. These troops, just as other Soviet troops at the time, were low on supplies including ammunition and food, and the vice-Consul at the U.S. State Department in the Latvian embassy wired Washington D.C. requesting permission to fly the Stars and Stripes over the Red Cross food warehouse. If our flag was flying over the supply depot, more than likely, the troops wouldn’t enter the building to loot it for food and other goodies. The good folks in D.C. responded with “no precedent exists for such action”. <insert a few choice words here> No precedent for such action? The vice-consul climbed the flagpole on the Red Cross...

Always Weary and Constantly Elusive: Benefit of the Doubt

Always Weary and Constantly Elusive: Benefit of the Doubt

VYGUWWFC9TYS It’s no surprise the rest of the world blamed the United States for the failure of the Copenhagen summit in Sweden. I wasn’t expecting many concessions from our side, especially seeing as how an entire section of our country swears up and down that there is nothing wrong with the global environment (we all know who to thank for that). Actually, I was quite surprised when I learned President Obama overspent his time at the summit, crashed a meeting between a few nations and irritated the Chinese Prime Minister in order to hash out some sort of environmental agreement (Click here to read the article). President Obama’s appearance at the environmental summit is a great contrast from former President Bush, partly because the entire world isn’t...