Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation: Important: Roadmap to 2030

It’s here: Our once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a sustainable world without poverty and with opportunity for everyone.

On September 25, world leaders will come together at the United Nations to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, a concrete action plan for people and the planet. It’s our shared global to-do list for ending extreme poverty, fighting injustice and inequality, and fixing climate change — all by 2030.

If the goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. We have to make sure every person from all sectors and all countries is prepared to add his or her voice so leaders know we want global action for a better world.

The Global Goals are coming. Learn more by watching and sharing this short video:

Click here to watch a video introducing the Global Goals.

If we seize this moment, we can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change — but we need everyone to play a role.

Watch and share this video to help spread the word about the Sustainable Development Goals now.

Thank you for joining the movement — let’s make the goals a success!

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Kathy Calvin
President & CEO

P.S. Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore specific goals and how they can make a difference for billions of people around the world. Is there a goal you want to make sure we cover? Tell us here.

Recollections of Home: Thoughts on the Flooding of Altamira and the Belo Monte Dam

Recollections of Home:
Thoughts on the Flooding of Altamira and the Belo Monte Dam

Antonia Melo is standing on her front porch. Behind her sits a room full of memories and photos. Her grandchildren wrap their arms around her legs. She speaks with strength, energy and indignation. At first, I couldn’t really feel the sadness in her tone when I spoke with her, but now I can.

Today, five years later, I still remember my dear friend, inspiring leader and powerful activist who lives her own revolution in this way.


Prison sentencing in the United States

Petitioning United States Congress

Support the Smarter Sentencing Act

Petition by Marisa Mansfield
Davenport, Iowa

demanding the right to be … a repost

The World is watching …

While the fight for Democracy breaks out all over the World, we see the marches the violence against protesters who have finally had enough. We see what most are calling the Arab World in possible transition. A movement against dictators and clerics who have ruled with iron fists and have engaged in outdated ancient practices.

Remember … there is always strength in numbers

It is so hard to understand, believe, accept, or fathom that we are in the 21st Century yet there are people on the Continent of Africa dying at the hands of their own in the Arab World for wanting to be heard, for wanting to be participants in their own futures and this is not new. There are mothers with children, older men and women and students are coming out in droves protesting to let tell these dictators it is time for a change. In a desperate move to control the truth of what they are doing to their own people, dictators have tried to cut off all connections to the outside world. They insist and expect the world to believe that the U.S. is at fault, meddling in the process of change, which should happen slowly. When the protesters did not leave, most if not all these tyrants offered up some concessions to the people like crumbs while trying to divert responsibility until their patience ran out with tantrums and threats, crackdown, use extreme force, and death to those who refuse to obey. Tyrants obviously, act without remorse because the people no longer choose to be their little children, slaves and or pawns in the effort stay in power. It is my hope that the Militia or Mercenaries rise up against these despots. As I watched in horror, I ask myself if these people have even allowed themselves a chance to stop and consider what personal, freedom would mean for them and their families. I also wonder if they feel they deserve to be happy let alone want an opportunity a change from the old ancient ways to a life with the freedom to speak, better wages, human rights, actually be a participant in the process of life. Then, like so many others have compared the uprisings in the U.S. over bargaining rights that have been a part of the Middle Class for over forty years and the forty-one year revolution for freedom in Libya.

We all know that the demand to be heard these days is great and how amazing it is to see people on two different continents with similar reactions by those who control, who truly are working for an agenda that is one of great self-interest. This seemingly symbiotic thing going on, though we are worlds apart the Arabs must fear not evil to get the change they need and want … it means that any fear of authority is not an option, the possibility of death while here in America we rely on lawmakers to do the right thing

The journey toward freedom is sometimes paved with danger