Ending World Hunger, One Grilled Cheese at a Time

Ending World Hunger, One Grilled Cheese at a Time.

FeelGood is a volunteer youth movement of change makers committed to ending global hunger in our lifetime. Around the country, people are raising money for the end of hunger by running FeelGood Grilled Cheese Deli’s on college campuses. Every penny raised is invested in hunger-ending organizations with a proven track record of success.

Start a chapter: http://www.feelgood.org/start/

Kristin Walter and Talis Apud-Hendricks are passionate about ending world hunger in our lifetimes. After meeting in college in 2004, they co-founded FeelGood as a student organization with the belief that even something as small as a grilled cheese can make a difference. Kristin has been FeelGood’s Executive Director since graduating in 2005 with a Finance Degree. Under her leadership, FeelGood has grown from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement with over 29 chapters and 17 more currently seeded. FeelGood partners with over 1200 student volunteers, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.4 million for the end of hunger. Talis manages the innovation for FeelGood’s education and technology programs. With an M.S. in Innovation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, she has pioneered an online platform for meaningfully connecting FeelGood’s many student communities and developing their educational and entrepreneurial goals. Before coming to FeelGood, Talis was a professional athlete, qualifying for the Mexican Olympic team in 2008. She has over seven years experience as a consultant in inter cultural management.

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I Don’t Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy

Why empathy is import at home and work and how to be better at it.
Published on March 7, 2013 by David F. Swink in Threat Management

What is Empathy?

According to emotional intelligence author, Daniel Goleman, empathy is defined as (1) understanding the emotional makeup of people and (2) treating people according to their emotional reactions. Goleman and other emotional intelligence and workplace competency researchers have consistently identified empathy as a core component of emotional intelligence and a powerful predictor of success in many professions. Empathy helps us to develop deep levels of rapport and trust.

Having poor empathy skills can lead to serious consequences. It can lead to conflict born of misunderstanding. Without it we can feel lonely within a relationship. Lack of empathy can cause companies to make catastrophic blunders that alienate their customers or employees and it can even incite violence.

The Importance of Empathy

Recent research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital has shown solid evidence that physician empathy plays an important role in forging strong patient-physician relationships and boosting patient satisfaction as well as patients having better treatment adherence and suffering from fewer major medical errors.

Empathy is also important in the workplace. A study conducted by the Center for Creatively Leadership investigated 6,731 leaders from 38 countries. Their results reveal that empathy is positively related to job performance. The study concluded that managers who show more empathy toward direct reports are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses.

Our Brains on Empathy

Neuroscientists have recently discovered that humans are wired to experience empathy through multiple systems of mirror neurons in our brains.

Empathy (software)

These mirror neurons reflect back actions that we observe in others causing us to mimic that action in our own brains. When we observe someone in pain or when we are with someone happy, we experience that to a certain extent. These mirror neurons are the primary physiological basis of empathy. They create a neural Wi-Fi that connects us to the feelings of people around us.

Many people seem to be naturally empathetic. Others are not. The good news is that research shows that empathy can be learned. There are however a few potential roadblocks to empathy that must be overcome.

Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy


Roadblock 1 – Not Paying Attention

Mirror neurons kick in strongest when we observe a person’s emotions. We see facial expressions, eye expressions, body position, and gestures. We may lack motivation to pay attention to a person or we may be too distracted by our own thoughts or by other things around us while we are multi-tasking.

The Solution:

Motivate yourself to be more empathetic by knowing how important empathy is to success at home and work. Put your PDA and computer away and minimize distractions. Learn about and practice active listening.

Fine tune your nonverbal observation skills. Learn about micro-expressions target=”_blank” (small quick facial expressions) and eye reading. Daniel Goleman in his book, Social Intelligence, states that “the more sharply attentive we are, the more keenly we will sense another person’s inner state.”

Watch TV with the volume down and practice your nonverbal interpretation by reading what each character is feeling and talking about. This is best done with subtle dramas, not action movies.


Roadblock 2 – Feeling the emotion of the other person but not knowing how or when to communicate empathetically.

The Solution:

Increase your awareness about your own non-verbal expressions (eyes and micro-expressions). Notice what you are doing nonverbally when you are interacting with others. Ask people that you trust, to give you honest feedback about your non-verbal communication in various situations especially ones that are more emotional.

Notice with whom you have difficulty being empathetic. Examine why.

Learn more about voice tone. Listen to people who are known as empathetic leaders, teachers, friends, politicians, or even TV interviewers. Listen to how they use their voices to express empathy.

Try saying the sentence, “I’m sorry that happened to you,” several different ways with various voice tones. See if you can tell which sounds most empathetic or ask someone else to give you feedback.

Recognize that there are some situations where it may be counterproductive to respond empathetically, such as when a person is sending signals that they don’t want to interact with you or they don’t want to share with you how they are feeling.


Roadblock 3 – Not feeling the same emotion of the other person but knowing intellectually that you need to communicate empathetically. This is known as cognitive empathy.

The Solution:

Know that you can disagree with someone and still understand what they may be feeling and why. This is especially important when someone is having a strong emotion and is asking you to do something that you can’t do.

Sometimes just listening without judgment is enough to convey cognitive empathy. Communicate to the person in an authentic way that you understand what they are experiencing.

Can you fake being empathetic?

Sometimes it may be necessary to act empathetically to achieve a desired outcome even when you feel antagonistic to a person. Eg. hostage negotiators are trained to act empathetically toward the hostage taker in order to establish the rapport necessary to influence him to give up and not hurt anyone. In fact, the negotiator most likely despises a person that would hold a woman and baby as hostages. What is interesting is that after a couple of hours many negotiators actually start to feel some empathy toward the hostage taker as a result of “acting” empathetic. Most of us will never find ourselves in that position, but you may need to fake empathy to influence someone to an important end. Hopefully, you won’t experience that frequently, because there is often a price to pay for being consistently inauthentic.

Empathy is one of the building blocks of social intelligence. Stress, self-absorption, and lack of time can gang up on empathy to kill it. Knowing what your empathy roadblocks are and exploring ways to overcome them can help you develop a tool that is vital to your success at home and work.

Do you believe people can increase their ability to be empathetic?

Have you increased your empathy skills or helped others to do it? How?

What impact do you believe empathy plays in the workplace?

Do you think some people are too empathetic?

The 5 Barriers to Empathy in Marriage (And How to Overcome Them)

Empathy is the foundation of any authentic connection. It’s the bedrock of togetherness, it’s the fuel of compassion, and it’s the mortar of grace. We must hone our ability to feel it and to give it. But empathy can be elusive. Even psychologists, who are skilled in empathy, can struggle with it when they walk out of the office and into their homes…

Dusk is closing in when the shrink arrives home from work and walks in the back door. Some nights, all is well. His wife is smiling, the kids are happy. But on other nights, all is not well.

Some nights, his wife is tired and worn-thin after a long day at work and the onslaught of the children’s cries for food and attention. Some nights, his oldest son is anxious and fretting about the upcoming standardized tests, which his teachers have been hyping more than the Superbowl. Some nights, his middle son is sad and distraught about the various injustices suffered by any middle child. Some nights, his youngest daughter is bouncing and bubbling with joy and eager for a Daddy mirror, for someone to reflect all that effervescence.

Some nights, everyone wants a little empathy and the therapist is feeling stubborn.

Some nights, he gets home, and he knows what he should do. He should remember that sometimes the people we love act in such a way toward us that we begin to feel exactly what they are feeling. He should get quiet and notice that just beneath his stubbornness are his own feelings of fatigue and frustration and anxiety and injustice…and maybe even joy. He should notice this and offer himself up, reach out, find the common ground.

He should. But he doesn’t.

Because even for psychologists, empathizing with the people we love is so hard to do. And I think it’s particularly hard to empathize with our spouses. After all, we don’t expect much empathy from our children. But we expect an awful lot from our partners.

The Five Reasons We Don’t Give Empathy

I think there are at least five fatal barriers to establishing empathy in our intimate relationships:

1. I don’t want to go first. In any relationship, both members need empathy. But at any given moment, empathy is unidirectional—it can only flow in one direction at a time. Which means someone has to go first. Someone has to be willing to meet the needs of the other, before their own needs are met.

2. I don’t agree with you. Empathy requires us to place ourselves in another person’s shoes, to allow our hearts to beat to the rhythm of theirs. We often fundamentally disagree with their perspective, and so we are tempted to debate them intellectually, rather than join them emotionally.

3. What if I get it wrong? When we try to place ourselves squarely inside of someone else’s emotional landscape, it can be a little scary. It’s unfamiliar territory. They are inviting us in, but what if we get it all wrong? Empathy can be terrifying if we have any perfectionism within us.

4. I don’t want to feel that. On the other hand, you might know exactly what your partner is feeling. It may bring up thoughts and feelings in you that you would prefer to avoid. If we don’t want to feel our own sadness, we won’t want to feel sadness on behalf of the person we love.

5. It’s not my job to fix you. We confuse empathy with “fixing.” We think we have to do something to take the emotion away, and we don’t want to be put on that hot-seat. Or some of us will have the opposite reaction: I’m going to fix you. But this undermines our ability to provide empathy, as well. Because empathy is not fixing. Empathy is joining.

Climbing the Barriers

If we want to give empathy in our relationships, we will have to sacrifice some values we hold dear:

We will have to be willing to lose, because it will feel like losing. It will feel like our partner’s needs are being met before our own. But there is no other way.

We will have to put aside all of our intellectual debates. Empathy is not a matter of deciding who is right and wrong. It is simply a matter of finding an emotional common ground.

We have to be willing to get it wrong, because we will get it wrong. Empathy is messy. There are no three-easy-steps to accurately understanding the person we love. We have to be okay when our partner tells us we’re not getting it. And then we have to try again.

We need to embrace our discomfort, because empathy will take us into some uncomfortable place within ourselves. If we are unwilling to go there, we need to quit talking to our spouse and start talking to a therapist of our own.

And we have to quit trying to fix things. There will be a time for that later. For now, empathy is about connecting within an experience, not making the experience go away.

Empathy is for Everyone

Some nights, I know that stubborn-grumpy therapist, because he is me. I wish I could tell you he always finds his way to empathy, but I can’t. Some nights he does. Some nights he doesn’t. And you won’t always find your way to empathy, either. But that’s okay. That’s not the point. The point is that we begin to try.

Because empathy isn’t just for therapists, it’s for all of us.

Questions: What makes it difficult for you to empathize? Share your experience in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

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Love thyself

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You can not give, what you don’t have.
As a Life Manager; Are you doing a good job?

Do you walk around with the feeling that you are not good enough. A constant fear that you might not have what it takes.
Then let’s make one thing clear. You are absolutely good enough, and you deserve love and affection like everyone else. Never for one second ever doubt that.

That said, you need to believe this your self. If you don’t believe it your self, you will never get rid of the fear that goes with it. And remember this; You are your own best friend and you own life manager. And looking at your self in these roles; Do you take good care of yourself? Do you give yourself a pat on the back when you do something good for yourself or others? Do you love yourself and work every day to make your life better? Or do you work for everyone else, trying to avoid them being disappointed in you, because you don’t jump every time they ask you to?

It is time to take care of you. Do what you enjoy. Love yourself for that unique human being that you are.

I’m not saying that you should be selfish and step on others along the way. Of course you need to respect others as you respect yourself, but if you are in a habit of pleasing others, because you are not worth pleasing yourself, then it is time to take care of you too. You are just as important to this world as anyone else, and if not for yourself, then at least take care of you for your loved ones. After some time, you will see that you are worth it, and begin taking care of you… for you.

You will find, that the more you love and respect your self, the more you love and respect your life, the less fear of failing or being rejected you will have to endure.

But how can we love ourselves?
Well this is where Louise Hay comes into the picture.
Louise L. Hay is the author behind the best selling book “You Can Heal Your Life“. She is also known as one of the founders of the HayHouse.

Through Louise Hay’s positive philosophy, millions have learned how to create more of what they want in their lives, including more wellness in their bodies, minds, and spirits.

One of the techniques she is using, is what she calls Positive Affirmations.

Positive Affirmations are like little reminders to the inner-self. The Positive Affirmations harness the power of positive thinking to keep the inner self on track! Not only is it important to regularly think these affirmations, it is a great idea to leave them lying around, where you will occasionally notice them. These affirmations are very powerfully reinforced by looking at yourself in the mirror as you speak them

The following is taken from “You Can Heal Your Life“. Louise has written it in such a way that it has appropriate affirmations to cover all aspects of your life. It is good to use to get started with affirmations and especially at night to just read through before going to bed. Make the affirmations work even better by looking in the mirror and say these things to yourself

Louise Hay affirmations:

“Deep at the centre of my being there is an infinite well of love. I now allow this love to flow to the surface.
It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being, and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied.”

“I am open and receptive to all the good and abundance in the Universe.”

“The more love I use and give, the more I have to give, the supply is endless.”

“The use of love makes me feel good; it is an expression of my inner joy.”

“I lovingly do everything I can to assist my body in maintaining perfect health.”

“I love myself, therefore I take loving care of my body.
I lovingly feed it nourishing food and beverages.
I lovingly groom it and dress it, and my body lovingly responds to me with vibrant health and energy.”

“I love myself, therefore I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in.
I fill the rooms with the vibration of love so that all who enter, myself included, will feel this love and be nourished by it.”

“I love myself, therefore I work at a job that I truly enjoy doing, one that uses all my talents and abilities, working with and for people that I love and love me, and earning a good income.”

“I love myself, therefore, I behave in a loving way to all people for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied.”

“I only attract loving people in my world for they are a mirror of what I am.”

“I love myself, therefore I forgive and totally release the past and all past experiences and I am free.”

“I love myself, therefore I love totally in the now, experiencing each moment as good, and knowing that my future is bright, and joyous and secure, for I am
a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now and forever more.”

“Today is a delightful day. Money comes to me in expected and unexpected ways.”

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Affirmations and Positive Thinking
Affirmations are small but key positive messages to the self. They are used as reminders, helping to keep positive messages at the forefront of our consciousness. Not only is it important to regularly think these affirmations, it is a great idea to leave them lying around the place, where you will occasionally notice them. The affirmations are very powerfully reinforced by looking at yourself in the mirror as you speak them
Affirmations are a very powerful tool in supporting positive thinking and are very effective in changing life patterns and perspectives.
The benefit of positive thinking is medically well established. Affirmations allow you to consciously harness the power of positive thinking and direct it to specific areas of your life that need attention or where you want to bring about change. The great news is that affirmations really work and can transform your life!
Affirmations and positive thinking are very powerful tools that can bring about healing and change. But BEWARE, negative thoughts are just as powerful and can be very self-destructive. Whilst we have no real control over the world and certain aspects of our lives, we do have control over the way we interpret and react to it.

“The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences”

You experience your interpretation as an internal dialogue. Thoughts, judgements and feelings are ceaselessly swirling through your mind. Thoughts like: I like this; I don’t like that; I am afraid of this; I am unsure about him/her.
This internal dialogue is not random, it is generated from a deep level by your beliefs and assumptions which have been formed and accumulated from the time you were born. It is worth remembering, that a lot of these assumptions and beliefs were formulated as a child and have never been re-examined and therefore may be highly inappropriate to you as an adult, or just simply wrong. When someone’s interpretation changes, a change subsequently takes place in their reality. Thus we can make big changes in our lives by changing our thinking.
“When your interpretation changes, so does your reality”

Making Changes in our Thinking
Awareness – Firstly, it helps to become aware of your thoughts and meditation can help us in the process of getting back in touch with ourselves. Just stopping and taking a second to think about why we are reacting to something or someone can also help us to get back in touch with what is really going on inside. Alternatively, we can just accept that our thoughts, whilst probably helping us in the past, may not be serving us now and just choose to “re-programme” ourselves with positive thoughts that heal and nourish us. The process of doing the new affirmations will start to release the old negative messages whether or not we are aware what they are.

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Stop Wolf-Killing in Utah »

Target: Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Utah State Legislators

Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

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The state of Utah has it out for wolves. Back in session for less than a week, Republican state Sen. Allen Christensen already introduced and ushered through committee a bill that would require state officials remove or destroy all wolves who cross into areas of Utah unprotected by the Endangered Species Act.

Christensen’s argument: “This bill simply says any wolf within Utah will be captured and killed. We don’t want any of them here.”

Utah’s draconian proposal has already been pared back, not for the wolves, but to avoid conflict with the federal Endangered Species Act. But we need to make sure the proposal dies — so wolves don’t.

Tell Governor Gary Herbert to protect Utah’s fledgling wolf population and stop this dangerous bill.

I signed this on mar 20, 2010 – Please do the same.

My god. Have a heart. Any person from Utah outside Utah boarders, will be captured and killed. We don’t want any of them here.

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Stop the Abuse of Afghan Women »

Target: President Karzai

Sponsored by: Care2.com

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When Gulsoom was 15, she was forced to marry a 40-year-old man. Her husband was a drug addict who regularly beat her. Feeling trapped in her abusive marriage, Gulsoom attempted suicide by setting herself on fire.

More and more Afghan women are resorting to suicide to escape abuse within forced marriages. Last year, a law was passed in Afghanistan that legalized marital rape. Laws like this keep Afghanistan’s hospitals overrun with women who attempt suicide by self-immolation. These women do not have the support of their governments to report their abusers and leave their abusive husbands–they see death as the only way out of their miserable circumstances.

Women should not be seen as second-class citizens. Until the government enforces protection for women and outlaws domestic violence, the women of Afghanistan will continue to seek refuge through suicide. Tell the President of Afghanistan that women need more laws to protect them from violence and abuse.

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Stop McCain’s Anti-Supplement Bill »

Target: U.S. Senate

Sponsored by: Alliance for Natural Health USA

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Senator McCain introduced a new bill that threatens access to dietary and health supplements many Americans depend on.

It would repeal key protections in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and give the FDA sweeping new powers.

Senator McCain’s bill, called the “Dietary Supplement Safety Act”, would likely mean drastically fewer supplements available and higher prices.

The public outcry has gotten Senator McCain’s attention, but time is running out. A final big push could change McCain’s mind and put on the brakes in Congress.

Please take a moment and send the U.S. Senators a message urging them NOT to co-sponsor or support Senator McCain’s bill. With your help there’s a good chance we can halt this harmful anti-supplement legislation.

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Help Save Japan’s Dolphins »

Target: President Obama, Vice President Biden and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki

Sponsored by: TakePart.com/TheCove and SaveJapanDolphins.org

In The Cove, a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.

The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. Cameras are not allowed inside and the media does not cover the story. It’s critical that we get the word out in Japan. Once the Japanese people know we believe they will demand change.

Send a letter to President Obama, Vice President Biden and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki urging them to address this issue. Everyone who signs the letter will be able to have their name displayed in a widget that will be posted on top social networks, web sites and blogs in Japan. The widget will link to actions people there can take to make a difference.

Stop Expanded Logging in the Tongass National Forest »

Target: U.S. Congress

Sponsored by: The Wilderness Society

Legislation currently working its way through Congress could give a single corporation, Sealaska, the green light to log some of the best, oldest and most biologically-rich areas left in Tongass National Forest in Alaska.

The Tongass is one of the last remaining, largely intact temperate rainforests in the world — home to all five species of salmon, black and brown bears, wolves, whales and rare birds. With more than half of the largest trees clearcut, protecting what is left is of paramount importance.

Sealaska Corporation, which has a history of clearcutting its lands, is seeking ownership of some of the most ecologically and biologically diverse parts of the Tongass National Forest. In fact, the lands targeted by Sealaska have more than ten times the habitat value of other Tongass forest land!

A House hearing is scheduled for March 17th and a Senate Committee could soon decide the fate of the Tongass National Forest. Send a letter to Congress and urge them to protect the Tongass from expanded logging and commercial development.

Help Stop Child Marriage »

Target: Members of Congress

Sponsored by: Plan USA

Right now there are an estimated 60 million child brides worldwide—some as young as 7 years old.

It is hard to believe, but it’s happening all around the world: Young girls are forced to marry much older men, and often these girls are pressured to bear children as soon as possible.

Right now, Congress is considering a new bill that would give the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) more power to work with countries around the world to fight child marriage.

We can’t leave a single vote to chance. We need as many people as possible to write their legislators to make sure this bill passes. Will you send your letter today and urge your elected official to protect girls from child marriage?

These girls face unimaginable risks to their health. Their dreams and independence are snuffed out before they even reach puberty.

Something MUST be done to stop this horrible practice. Please tell Congress to pass this critical bill.

Stop Mercury Contamination in Streams! »

Target: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

Sponsored by: Care2.com

A recent study done by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) showed that 100 percent of the 291 freshwater fish tested contained mercury contamination. Of these, 66 percent had levels higher than the “level of concern” set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

This strikingly high number sets a new standard for how concerned Americans should be about mercury in fish. Mercury can have devastating effects on young children, but in high levels can also affect older adults.

Mercury pollution occurs almost entirely from air-born emissions, primarily burning coal. We need to stop this pollution at the source before we start to see improvements in contamination levels.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for regulating industrial mercury from factories and plants. Please tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that mercury levels should be strictly regulated. We can’t get much worse than 100 percent.

Save The Loggerhead Sea Turtle »

Target: The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sponsored by: Care2.com

As the struggle for survival continues, sea turtle populations dwindle more each day. The loggerhead sea turtle has experienced an aggressive decline in the past decade — with an 80 percent decrease in the North Pacific and a 40 percent decline in the Northwest Atlantic, their most popular nesting spot.

Right now, the loggerhead sea turtles are only one of six remaining turtle species left in the United States. Fortunately, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service understand the importance of saving our dwindling sea turtle populations, and recently proposed to change the status of the North Pacific and Northwest Atlantic loggerhead sea turtles from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Listing the loggerhead as endangered will be a major step in guaranteeing further protection. Speak up for sea turtles and sign the petition to list loggerheads as endangered.

Harper: Put Down Your Forkful of Seal Meat and End the Slaughter NOW! »

Target: Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Sponsored by: Care2.com

Last week, the Canadian Parliament was served up a fresh plate of…seal meat?

And you thought your cafeteria food was bad.

The MP’s ate seal meat to show solidarity and support for the Canadian commercial seal slaughter amid battles with the EU, who has banned imports of seal products. Although the seal hunt claims to be sustainable, humane, and a significant income for isolated communities, nothing could be further from the truth. Here are some facts about the seal slaughter:

* The Canadian commercial seal hunt is the largest marine-mammal slaughter in the world.

* 98% of harp seals killed are under 3 months old.

* The hunt is wasteful: Hunters are usually only interested in their pelts as there is no market for seal meat. They leave the ice littered with carcasses.

* In the area where 90% of seal hunters live, the revenues from seal hunting add up to less than one percent of gross domestic product.

The seal hunt is incredibly cruel, unsustainable, and does not provide significant financial benefits for Canada or the Canadian sealers. The slaughter needs to end now. Tell Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to stand up against the seal hunt and end this cruel, unnecessary practice.

Urge Congress to Increase Funding for Emergency Food Assistance »

Save The Loggerhead Sea Turtle »

Harper: Put Down Your Forkful of Seal Meat and End the Slaughter NOW! »

Hold Sodexo Responsible for Contributing to Poverty! »

Send Rush Limbaugh a Farewell Card! »

Time is Up Congress: Pass Health Care Reform This Month! »

Pledge to Keep Kids Safe »

Reform America’s Broken Immigration System »

Target: U.S. Congress
Sponsored by: Reform Immigration FOR America

The American immigration system is broken and hurting families, workers and the economy. What we need is a distinctly American solution, one that combines fairness, accountability, dignity and an ethic of getting things done.

It’s time to stand up to the extremists who want to expel 12,000,000 hard working immigrants and fight for a practical immigration solution rooted in the restoration of the rule of law, earned citizenship, united families and fair treatment for all workers.

President Obama supports immigration reform, but only Congress has the power to pass legislation. Tell Congress: “It’s time to fix the broken immigration system. Pass comprehensive immigration reform this year!”

Now is the time, this is the year — we need our leaders to lead. Act now to help fix America’s broken immigration system.

I signed this on mar 21, 2010 – Please do the same.

Urge Congress to Permanently Protect the Arctic Refuge! »

Don’t Let Congress Gut the Clean Air Act »

Congress: Protect Our Fisheries! »

Congress: Extend the Ban on Ivory Trade! »

Tell China: Free Tibetan Filmmaker »

Save Critical Habitat for the Florida Panther »

Don’t Let Congress Risk Your Health Care! »

Oppose the Murkowski Attack on the Clean Air Act »

Finish the New START Treaty »

Encourage Secretary Clinton to Continue Fighting for Women’s Rights »

Break the Stereotypes: Legalize Medical Cannabis »

End Childhood Hunger in America! »

Stop Age Discrimination »

Stop Shell’s Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling in the Arctic »

Target: President Barack Obama

Sponsored by: Center for Biological Diversity

Right now, the Obama administration is poised to allow major petrochemical company Shell Oil to drill for gas and oil off the Alaskan coast this summer. If this goes through, Shell Oil will pump 1,800 tons of pollution into the fragile Arctic ecosystem in just six months.

The pristine Arctic ecosystem and its wildlife are already suffering the effects of past oil and gas development and this latest plan will only exacerbate the environmental destruction. Further, if Shell has an oil spill, there’s no telling how massive the damage to the environment will be.

The Arctic, including the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, is one the world’s last pristine ecosystems. It is home to endangered polar bears, walruses, seals and whales. It is no place for industrial oil rigs, pollution, noise and oil spills.

Please sign the petition to President Obama and tell him not to allow any off-shore oil and gas drilling in Alaska.

I signed this on mar 20, 2010 – Please do the same.

Obama: Keep Commercial Whaling Illegal »

Stop the Whale and Dolphin Slaughter in the Faroe Islands »

Protect Arctic Alaska from Drilling »

Stop the Money Train to Washington »

Investigate the Link Between Pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease »

7 Cents Can Save a Child’s Life »

End Alaska’s Awful Aerial Wolf Killing Programs — Support the PAW Act! »

Restore Coastal Louisiana »

Close Concentration Camps in North Korea »

Stop the construction of a dolphinarium in Oludeniz, Turkey »

Stop Corporate-Sponsored Wolf Slaughters ».

Target: Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse

Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

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What is a “predator derby?” It’s a contest, where people compete to see who can kill the most wolves and other animals over a two-day period. What is a predator derby, really? It’s a relic, from a time when we didn’t know how important wolves are to the health of the American west.

Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse — two major outdoor retailers — sponsored three wolf-killing derbies in Idaho, held by the misleadingly named Sportsmen for Wildlife. Even worse the fees paid by derby contestants were funneled to support anti-wolf lawyers and lobbyists whose job is to keep wolves off the endangered species list and in the crosshairs.

Grassroots opposition has already convinced Nikon to drop its sponsorship of the predator derbies. Now its time for Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse to hear from citizens concerned for wolves and the American west.

Demand that Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse stop sponsoring wolf-killing predator derbies.

I signed this on mar 20, 2010 – Please do the same.

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Stop the Calderon Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark »

Target: Denmark’s society, and its goverment!!!

Sponsored by: Carla Valdivia

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Every year, in Denmark, specifically the Faroe Islands, innocent and helpless Calderon Dolphins are slaughtered brutally by the danes. Why you may ask, simply because. A pointless and stupid right of passage to manhood.

What points is there in killing another living being just to prove you have “evolved”, you have transcended. There is simply no need.

This poor dolphins are stabbed a number of times, but as if that weren’t enough, they bleed to death, probably in excruciating pain while the whole town watches.

Needles to say, that killing a deffensless animal is no prove of anybody’s manhood.

So, I urge, as I am sure many more have, to stop this nonesense. And take action.

Never, ever, killing an other creature, another living being, with whom we share this world, has done any good, to anyone. So let’s stop it.

I signed this on mar 20, 2010 – Please do the same.

I never heard of this before, and it doesn’t sound very Danish. But I must say, that if this is true, I’m embarrassed to be Danish. Not to mention, embarrassed to be a part of the human race.

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Immigration Reform Must Keep Families Together »

Target: U.S. Congress
Sponsored by: Reform Immigration FOR America

The American immigration system is broken and tearing American families apart.

Every day, hard working immigrants are forced to choose between living in poverty and oppression with their families — or in America without them.

Our outdated family immigration channels, which keep close family members separated for decades, must be reformed to restore our commitment to promoting family unity. Those stuck in endless “backlogs” should have their admission expedited, and those admitted on work visas should be able to keep their families intact.

Act now. Sign our petition and tell our leaders that now is the time to fix America’s immigration system — and ensure that American families are kept together.

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Naming Newton North High School’s New

Animal Police In Denmark

Target: Start with 1,000 signatures and expand there from.

Sponsored by: Jan de Richelieu

One of my greatest ambitions is to get enough support to be able to start an Animal Police in Denmark like I have seen many states in the U.S.

Can I start with getting support for this petition, then maybe later I will start a collection to get this ambition off the ground.

I signed this on mar 20, 2010 – Please do the same.

I absolutely agree. Every country should have this. And It would be my great pleasure to join this animal police force if possible.

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