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new community [23 Sep 2005|09:12am]

The purpose is this community is to exchange ideas of how best to create mindfully political art and entertainment.
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New not-for-profit Speaker's Bureau for community and grassroots leaders like yourself [20 Sep 2005|07:39pm]

[ mood | energetic ]

From news feed: New not-for-profit Speaker's Bureau for community and grassroots leaders like yourself
[excerpt] ...new not-for-profit Speaker's Bureau for community, grassroots leaders and feminist activists.  By listing yourself in our Speaker's Bureau, people who want to contact you to be a keynote ppeaker or a workshop speaker can get in touch with you directly (at no fee or charge to you).  Or (if you want to reduce the amount of emails you receive) volunteers for the Institute of Pamela can screen people before they contact you.
Here is link to our website to give you an idea of what our website will look like (it is still under construction).  To contact us please use the 'contact' links on our website.  We are working to create a speaker's bureau of the people, by the people and for everyday people working who are working to create a better world.  We do not list politicians or speakers who hold administrative employee positions in multinationational corporations or government agencies. 
Please get in contact with us if you're interested.  Keep working for a better world!
Love for the people,
A World Beyond Capitalism team

Institute of Pamela Speakers Bureau International

We encourage all people worldwide to contact us.  Here are a few of the topics we cover:

Activism -Alliances, Events, Conferences, Networking -Capitalism and Revolution -Cohousing, Ecovillages and Intentional Communities -Computer, Digital And Internet Activism -Environmental Justice -Feminism, Fair Trade -Human Rights -Global Economy And Globalization -Health Care for All -Identity: Class, Culture, Gender, Race & More -Social Change Through the Arts -Independent Media: Blogs, Film, Podcast, Zines And More -Socially Responsible Investing -Stop War in Iraq -Tent City And Tent State University Movements -Trainings -Youth Activism And More.


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How to get help with dental care? [14 Sep 2005|05:22pm]

Hello everyone - I'm trying to find help for a friend of mine who's a domestic violence survivor who lives in Marin County, CA.

Here's a letter we wrote and sent to churches together - one place helped somewhat, but not a lot of places have extra money to give out, with the hurricane and all.

We were just wondering, given our situation, if there were any other places or ways to get help for her that you might recommend.

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Thanks very much - you all have my support and prayers.
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, SEPTEMBER 2, 2005 - In the wake of Hurricane
Katrina and the subsequent flooding, there are now are hundreds or
thousands of people with special needs and their families with no
homes, no jobs, and in need of urgent assistance. TheArcLink has
created a central online clearinghouse so that family members, case
managers, service coordinators or advocates can list people or
families who need support.

In addition, people from anywhere in the country can use the site at
www.thearclink.org to offer housing and supports, employment, and
other assistance.

"There are many people who can offer their personal services to
assist in the transition of people into new locations and services,
or to contribute other volunteer time, either in person or via
telephone," said TheArcLink's President Elbert Johns. "In some cases
reimbursement may be available, and in those cases payment delays may
or may not occur. We'd like to offer the site as a means to post
announcements of a number of different types of support."

Anyone who knows of hurricane victims in Alabama, Louisiana, or
Mississippi with special needs and/or families who need immediate
services and supports can list them on the site. The site will be
particularly useful for case managers, service coordinators, state
officials and other advocates, but the site is open for use by anyone.

Site visitors can submit the names of those in need of temporary or
permanent jobs and can relocate or people in need of assistance can
list themselves.

Employers with job opportunities can list them on the site,
particularly jobs with disability services organizations or other
human services agencies. The site is open to any employer in any
field that has jobs to offer displaced hurricane victims. In addition
to employment postings, the site can be used to offer short-term or
long-term housing to those fleeing from areas affected by Hurricane
Katrina. Specific to people with disabilities, group home vacancies
and related day services opportunities can be listed. Reimbursement
by Medicaid or state funds may or may not be immediately available.

Those wishing to make a financial donation to people with
intellectual disabilities affected by Hurricane Katrina can visit The
Arc of the United States' web site at www.thearc.org and click on the
red Donate Now button. The Arc will channel 100 percent of all funds
donated to its chapters in the affected areas. There will be no
overhead costs deducted and funds will be used to meet the most
immediate needs of food, clothing, medicine, and shelter.

To visit the Katrina Special Needs Assistance Page, go to
www.thearclink.org and click on "Katrina Special Needs Relief." This
page is a free public service of TheArcLink Incorporated and The Arc
of Louisiana.

TheArcLink Incorporated is the first web site to provide customized,
specific information on the various sources of assistance available
to individuals with disabilities and their families on a state-by-
state basis as well as information on almost 30,000 providers.

The Arc of the United States is the nation's largest volunteer-based
organization devoted to issues concerning people with intellectual
disabilities and their families. The Arc has 130,000 members and
nearly 1,000 chapters nationwide.
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Address for letters/cards of support for the Katrina victims [06 Sep 2005|12:54pm]

For everyone who told me they were interested in sending cards and letters of encouragement to the Hurricane Katrina victims - I have finally been able to locate an address to send them.

This is a church and school in Lafayette, Louisiana that's spearheading a drive for supplies and cash - but also specifically said they would love it if people just sent cards and messages of support (even if that's all they sent), and that they would give them out to people who've been affected. This is a secular, nonpartisan relief effort - the church just volunteered its space to store items and some of its people to process them.

They can be reached at:

Our Lady of Fatima School
2315 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 235-2464

Our Lady of Fatima Church
2319 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 232-8945

This was posted online on a community effort to list websites that would provide help to those in Katrina's wake. http://www.showandsport.com/disaster_relief.htm
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Free - 5 mins - help Katrina victims [03 Sep 2005|02:01am]

I still send my prayers and best wishes to all affected by the hurricane. Here are some easy, free ways to help:

1. My friend jhood is putting together a benefit art show/sale for the victims of Katrina. He lives down there so he knows what's going on. If you'd like to, send him some of your writing/visual art at ihavechapstick@hotmail.com

2. Oxygen.com will donate $1 for every new person who signs up on their webpage (this takes 15 seconds and is spamfree as far as I know). Here's the link: http://speakup.oxygen.com/campaigns/neworleans/impact/4fce139cf4342e1d430c44ed7c406724/
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[02 Sep 2005|07:02pm]

Newslinks about Katrina and how it relates to People of Color, the impoverished and President Bush.

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[30 Aug 2005|02:27pm]

We should send prayers - wishes - thoughts of compassion out to all those affected by Hurricane Katrina here in the southeast U.S. - at least 50 dead and lots of people lost homes.

I wonder if there are any ways to offer practical help if you can't drive there and you don't have money to send either. I'd be happy to send cards to rescue workers and their families or something like that.
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[24 Aug 2005|02:29pm]

A meme I just posted in my journal for friends, that I thought might make good discussion here:

List five blessings/gifts from God/Spirit/the Universe that you're especially grateful for today:

1. My good health - being able bodied, breathing, having sight and hearing.

2. Having discovered a funny, clever, great new series of beach-reading books, the Ladies' Detective Agency sequels by Alexander McCall Smith.

3. All the fresh, ripe, organic tomatoes in my father's garden.

4. Not having to worry about money at the end of every month (I'm currently staying with family till I get back on my feet).

5. My mother's positive, confident attitude while facing breast cancer, in large part inspired by her faith.

Now think of a way you can take one of those blessings and share it with others (post if you want, or think on this for later). I'm letting my grandma and whoever else wants to borrow the Mc Call Smith books.

Tagging EVERYONE! Everyone on my friends page who sees this and feels like responding, especially those who've never been tagged or never responded to one of my meme's before. I'm the Poet of Light and the Happy Poet, remember :)
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CrayonPeople.com [17 Aug 2005|03:19am]


We created Crayon People to act as a place for People of Color to get easy access to news ranging from political articles to current pop culture. Check out the new articles from your own relevant group (Arab, Asian, Black, Latino Desi), but feel free to discuss articles in the People of Color area as well as other groups. Posting comments and discussing the articles is the point to this whole website.

We want people from diverse backgrounds to converse and debate in a constructive environment. So please help us spread the word. We are a non-profit site, so basically that means we have a $0 promotion budget, unlike these other corporation giants. But please let us know what you think. Sign on post some comments and help make this good thing happen:).
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[02 Aug 2005|04:47pm]

Mother to Son

Langston Hughes

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor-
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now-
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
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Tons of freebies and frugal living tips [02 Aug 2005|04:37pm]

Hello, please check out my new blog, Scrimp, where I post daily freebies and deals as well as different ways to save money.

You can go directly to it by by going to http://www.allymoll.com/scrimp.html or you can add it to your friends list but going to

"A place for tightwads and cheapskates to learn tips and tricks on how to scrimp and save money and how to easily supplement their income to become the rich old penny pinchers they've always dreamed of becoming!"
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Elderly man climbs for Mexico's poor [30 Jul 2005|12:34am]

Seventy-eight year old man seeks to climb three mountains - Mount Whitney, Mt. Kilamanjaro, and Mt. Fuji - as well as descend to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in only four weeks. Mr. Carl Haupt is raising money from various donors to help the poor in a certain lower-income area of Mexico, and goes with a team every so often to help with construction there and to deliver supplies - food, medicine, books, etc.

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Updated Profile [20 Jul 2005|11:02pm]

[ mood | tired ]

I updated the profile of pauper. Put up a couple rules for the community. I've run this community for many years without much spelt out in the way of rules. But times have changed and the community has grown, and it seems as a few that should be obvious need to be pointed out now. I may add more to the profile at a later date if that become necessary.

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Some suggestions [20 Jul 2005|05:15pm]

Hi - I'm Cristina, and I'm a member of the Poor_People community, and just introduced myself over there, but I have a list of advice and suggestions that I'll repost here:

I'm a former "erotic services" worker who's now devoted to helping
other people find other options so they don't have to take the dangerous,
painful, guilt-inducing route I did to survive and pay rent. Please let me know if there are any nonjudgemental LJ communities for recovering sex workers, by the way.

I had a roommate for the past six months who told me after moving in that she was
mentally and physically ill, and a victim of child abuse, and could not
work or pay rent. So I covered most of the rent myself - as much as I
possibly could legally, and then had to do whatever I could for the money.
I remember that it hurt that her parents (who should have been helping her
since she was just 18!) were homeowners in a wealthy neighborhood, and
were dumping the whole burden on me, and she wasn't making too many self-
help efforts either. I guess it comes down to the Mother Teresa quote:
People are illogical, foolish, and self centered. Love them anyway.

Here are some suggestions for making money:

1. Take in a roommate in the short term - perhaps even for a month or so.
People will pay at least a few hundred for a room, and will even take
couches, garages, etc. Just make sure to get actual money up front - i.e.
cash, money orders.

2. Do temporary work, such as cleaning homes and yard chores, for
neighbors and/or people on Craigslist's Gigs section.

3. Look online for medical clinics and participate in trials of things
like hand cream or headache medication. The Etc section has lots of
surveys and in-home studies you can take part in.

4. Find places in the community that offer free meals - churches,
community organizations - stop by a college town and anyone should be able
to tell you which places offer decent free refreshments (usually all those
cultural and religious and social activities some people think
are "boring." Students often plan their lives around these things. There's
also Food Not Bombs - serving in each major city a few times a week -
check online to find the location nearest you. Farmers' markets a lot of
times will also cut you deals if you show up near the end of the day when
the food's not going to last anyway. This will save you grocery money.
Also you might check out the hippie house or community gardens - they
usually give you free food if you help out in the yard. Art galleries
often have receptions, too - with free wine as well as food.

5. Send in any rebate coupons or checks you may have - a lot of people
forget about those.

6. Sell any of the old junk around your house that you've always wanted to
get rid of on Craigslist or Ebay or at a garage sale. People get good
prices for things sometimes, especially if they're "talked up" in the

7. Go around to your neighbors and ask if there's any onetime work you can
do for them - babysitting, washing cars, etc.

8. Call churches and see if they have any benevolent funds. You might need
to try many different places before you can find one that helps - but if
you are persevering enough, there should be a place to go.

Hope this helps -

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Book recommendations [08 Jul 2005|07:40pm]

I checked the following books from my library today and think they may be of help to others so see if your library has these books as well:

Cheap Talk with the Frugal Friends – 2001- Angie Zalewski and Deana Ricks

Cheap Tricks – 1993 - Andy Dappen

Cut Your Spending The Lazy Way- 1999 – Leslie Haggin

Lemon Magic – 1999 - Patty Moosebrugger

YANKEE Magazine’s Living Well on a Shoestring – 2000- from the Penny-Pincher editors of YANKEE magazine

Reader’s Digest -Penny Pincher’s Almanac – 2003 – Edited by Don Earnest

Solve it with Salt – 1998 - Patty Moosebrugger

I hope this is a help to you.
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Barns & Noble and they had a 30% off ALL dummies books. [03 Jul 2005|07:52pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

+10% if your a member (which i am) just thought id tell anybody who might have wanted a ___ for dummies book. they are on sale at Barns & Noble for reasonable price!

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Ibux [30 May 2005|05:30pm]

I came across a site called Ibux recently- it's one of those pay-per-search things. It's fairly new so I'm spreading the word because it's free to join and use and it looks like it might actually work (and you don't have to sign up for anything!). The theory behind it seems good and they've got a forum too, so you can see how everyone is doing. All you have to have to use it is a paypal account... You can just do like I did and make a throwaway one for it. I mean, it's not like it's going to make you a hell of a lot of money, but every little bit counts, right?

I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone who wants to sign up would do it under my referral link. thank you! :)

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Community Update [19 May 2005|10:15pm]

[ mood | happy ]

To help us in the war on spam, sckot is now a moderator of pauper.

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[16 May 2005|01:16pm]

[ mood | working and busy ]

How many people here work 2 or more jobs?

How do you balance your time at work with your home life (e.g. doing laundry, purchasing groceries, or cleaning?)?

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