THENEWPRINT: Be Part Of The National Day Of Service 1.19.13
Be Part of the National Day of Service:
President Obama believes that service should be a lifelong commitment—whether it’s at the school, community, city, state, or national level. That’s why the first family serves on a regular basis, and it’s why they’re continuing the tradition they started four years ago with a National Day of Service on January 19th, 2013. To honor the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the first family is asking Americans to find an event and serve with others in their community. — Click HERE to get involved in your town/city. ~ Blessings.
Going back 5+ years, I remember catching this documentary and making a post about it on one of my first sites. I definitely thought more people needed to see it then & well, I still hold that opinion today…
The “Scarface 4 Life” Documentary shows the (violent) realities of being behind bars in places like Riker’s Island - inmate slashing, police corruptness, and day-to-day life on the Island, during the late 80′s and early 90′s.
If these images aren’t disturbing enough - consider this: America’s prison population has more than quadrupled since 1980. The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, including the far more populous nation of China.
Add to it the financial motivations & the corruption involved? #SlashForCash
Think Differently: Hasan Salaam - It Takes A Village
The concept behind Hasan Salaam’s EP “Music Is My Weapon” is the belief that music can be used as a powerful tool in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality. With the release of the project, Hasan is aiming to prove that music can change people’s lives, literally. All profits from the sale of the EP will be used to fund a school, clean water well, and medical clinic in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. In November 2010, Hasan became the first U.S hip hop artist to ever perform in Bissau. On the same trip he worked with the young artists, taught creative writing to the youth, and headlined a concert to promote freedom of speech. The “Music Is My Weapon” project is the next step, in an effort to provide change to a country that remains one of the poorest and least politically stable in the world.
Clean drinking water, a proper education, and adequate healthcare are basic human needs that many countries continue to struggle with. Guinea-Bissau is a small, and often forgotten, West African nation that exemplifies this dire situation. Only 56% of its population has access to clean drinking water. The youth remain part of a cycle that leaves 47% of them without the opportunity to attend primary school. The 1.5 million citizens share access to the country’s approximately 45 doctors, leaving them with an average life expectancy of 48 years.
The remote village of Djati suffers even greater extremes due to its 160 mile distance from the capital city of Bissau. Djati has no source of water, school for its children, or medical facility. Young women and children walk 2-3 miles per day getting water, which is often contaminated, to bring back to the village. The youth utilize a makeshift school made of sticks and hay that they must rebuild every year after it’s destroyed by the rainy season. Djati has no medical clinic, so the sick must be transported 35 miles away to the village of Quebo before they can be treated.
Djati is the land that time forgot. This project can change that…
100% of the profits from the “Music Is My Weapon” project goes to the “It Takes a Village” Project. For additional information, please check out HasanSalaamMusic.com and visit iTunes to purchase a copy of the EP. If you have any questions, please email me at: DJ.Sav.One@Gmail.Com