#Giving Tuesday was created seven years ago by a team from the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City that has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back since 1874. #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations in order to celebrate and e … [Read more...] about How to Be Part of Giving Tuesday
In 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that November 20th be observed worldwide as Universal Children's Day. November 20th was chosen because it was on November 20th that the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). Universal Children's Day is a day of fraternity and u … [Read more...] about Universal Children’s Day
Screen-Free Week is an international celebration hosted by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). It takes place April 30 through May 6, 2018. Schools, libraries, families, and communities around the world will organize events designed to help children turn off screens in order to connect with family, friends, nature, and their own creativity. According to CCFC's … [Read more...] about Screen-Free Week
Highly realistic toy guns, computer and video games of mass destruction, and soldier action figures are some of the most popular items in toy stores today. Do these war and weapon toys promote violence and aggression in children? There is no longer any debate within the scientific community about the effects on children of media violence. Exposure to violent video games and … [Read more...] about What To Do About Toy Guns
Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day in 1999, a campaign to establish an annual day of ceasefire and non-violence. In 2001, the United Nations unanimously adopted September 21st as an international day of peace. Gilley is an actor and filmmaker who uses film, including The Day After Peace, as a key tool to raise awareness and campaign for Peace Day. He encourages others to becom … [Read more...] about Make Peace on Peace Day
I saw an ad last night for Black Friday shopping that starts on Thursday—at 8:00 PM on Thanksgiving night. According to a recent poll, 62% of Americans think stores should stay closed on Thanksgiving so workers can have the day off. In fact, only 16% of those polled intend to shop on Black Friday. If you're like me, and wondering how to escape the consumerism of Black Friday an … [Read more...] about What is Ethical Shopping?
Sunday night the television program I was watching was interrupted by the breaking news report of a day-long demonstration in Albuquerque in which protestors stopped traffic on the highway and climbed on top of the police station. They were protesting two killings by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) in one week. A smaller demonstration earlier in the week protested … [Read more...] about Albuquerque Breaking Bad
In 2012, Fast Food Restaurants spent $4.6 billion in total on all advertising, an 8% increase over 2009. This amount is 12.4 times what was spent on all advertising for milk, bottled water, vegetables, and fruit combined. NEW STUDY In 2010, researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity issued Fast Food FACTS. This report examined the nutritional q … [Read more...] about What are Fast Food Facts?
There's good news in the breastfeeding advocacy world. The distribution of formula samples is on the decline and limiting promotional materials from formula companies is fast becoming a best practice in US hospitals. According to a new report by Public Citizen, “Top Hospitals’ Formula for Success: No Marketing of Infant Formula”—co-released by the Ban the Bags campaign—the va … [Read more...] about Formula Samples Decline
I am already concerned about genetically modified foods, but now we have the possibility of genetically modified humans to worry about. My friend and parent advocate, Enola Aird, called recently to tell me about an upcoming FDA advisory meeting to consider a procedure that would create a three parent child. Many have been helped to have a baby by in vitro fertilization, … [Read more...] about Genetically Modified Babies