The American Civil Liberties Union has attracted Hollywood’s biggest stars for a fundraiser.
“Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU” which will stream on Facebook Live on March 31 and be filmed live in New York.
“In these tumultuous times, we need our favorite actors, musicians, and comedians to do what they do best. Speak earnestly about politics? No!
Entertain you for a great cause?
Yes!” the Facebook event reads.
Celebrities including Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Ellie Kemper, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm and Mahershala Ali will all make appearances to raise money for the organization.
A government is the system by which a state or community is controlled
In the case of this broad associative definition, government normally consists of legislators, administrators, and arbitrators.
Government is the means by which state policy is enforced, as well as the mechanism for determining the policy of the state. Forms of government, or forms of state governance, refers to the set of political systems and institutions that make up the organization of a specific government.
Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.
Alex, Casey, and I wanted to get together to pay our respects to the iconic songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who passed away – and also to show our commitment to maintaining an inclusive and diverse country by raising money for the ACLU, an organization that fights for immigrants’ rights, free speech, criminal law reform and social justice.
Hope you enjoy the song – sending you all our love and best wishes!
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49 Top Stars Gather to Record Short Film to Honor Orlando Victims
By Michael O’Connell
(June 29, 2016)
Nobody knew what to do, but everybody wanted to do something. The June 12 mass shooting that claimed 49 lives at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, unfolded more than 2,000 miles away from Los Angeles — but the grief and frustration over an increasingly familiar narrative left many people in Hollywood searching a meaningful way to respond.
The recipient of many blind offers of service was Ryan Murphy.
The producer’s phone rang frequently in the days following the attack at Pulse, with one call coming from Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin. The two quickly crafted a plan to recruit 49 altruistic celebrities to memorialize each of the Orlando victims by reading a brief eulogy of their lives, editing the clips to construct a 18-minute film that started streaming live online starting June 29.
“We want to ensure that what we do is effective,” Griffin told The Hollywood Reporter on set of production.
“It’s on all of us to know each and every one of them by name and for their legacies to, in part, spur change on important issues.”
Special thanks to Ryan Murphy, Ned Martel and their colleagues at Ryan Murphy Television for making this project possible and all of our friends in the entertainment community for their support of this project including (in order of appearance) Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry Shum Jr., Denis O’Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner, Édgar Ramírez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington , George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofia Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley, Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and Joe Mantello.
49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy in Ryan Murphy-Produced Tribute
~~Published on Jun 29, 2016~~
For too long, a toxic combination of anti-LGBTQ hate and easy access to guns has put LGBTQ people at disproportionate risk of violence and murder.
On June 12, forty-nine innocent people — most of them Latinx — were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando simply because of who they were.
It’s on all of us to keep their memories alive, and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence.
Join the Human Rights Campaign and urge your legislator to support legislation that will ensure LGBTQ people are safe and equal in every community and find out how to support the survivors and families of the Orlando victims.
Reflecting sunlight off silvery white clouds, opal blue oceans, and forest-tinged continents, it’s hard to imagine from this image that humanity is making any kind of imprint.
But we are making more than an imprint; we are stamping our metal feet into the Earth and spewing carbon by the ton into the atmosphere. In turn, we are leaving the Earth in much worse shape than we found it.
Haze has settled over cities.
Once green, fertile areas have become desert. Metal encroachments creep into the soil. All the while, NASA has photographed the progress from space. Here are seven jarring images of human impacts on Earth, as seen from space.
Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Bigots Were Just Surprised with This Perfect Billboard
A nonprofit humanitarian group has the perfect response to the new Mississippi law that legalizes discrimination against the LGBT community.
The organization Planting Peace, which earned viral fame after purchasing a house adjacent to the Westboro Baptist Church and painting it with rainbow colors, may have outdone themselves entirely with a new billboard in Jackson, Mississippi.
The billboard shows Jesus face-palming, along with the text, “Guys, I said I hate figs and to love thy neighbor,” making reference to a less well-known section of the Bible in which Jesus curses a fig tree, making it barren.
The billboard is located on High Street in downtown Jackson, just blocks away from the Mississippi State Capitol.
“The intent of this billboard is to bring awareness to how the anti-LGBT movement continues to try to move us backwards in the fight for equal rights,” Planting Peace Founder Aaron Jackson told The Huffington Post.
Mississippi is making headlines today after Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523 into law, which allows private businesses to deny service to LGBT customers, and to anyone who has had sex out of wedlock.
“IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”
THIS IS VERY SERIOUS FOR ME …. SHOULD BE FOR MANY MORE
It was almost one month ago today, when the Supreme Court of the United states was deliberating on the constitutionality of several issues.
The momentum for marriage equality had been steadily building and the people where waiting, rallying outside their building .. wondering about the outcome.
I wasn’t there but I was surely keeping up with the news. Suddenly, there is was ….all over social media!
Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide
I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.
It was beyond happiness, it was beyond belief.
It had become the “law of the land“.
No more waiting.
Marriage equality was legal nationwide.
This is only the first step after many efforts. I’m fully aware that there’s a lot still pending to be done and achieved. Yet, this moment in time, will forever be in my heart, mind and soul. This moment is ours.
Freedom to Marry is an organization which campaigns for the right of same-sex couples to marry in the United States. Freedom to Marry was founded in New York City in 2003 by Evan Wolfson, whom many consider to be the father of the modern marriage movement.
According to its “Roadmap to Victory”, Freedom to Marry is working “to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage” by winning same-sex marriage for more states, growing the national majority support for same-sex marriage, and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act a law it sees as discriminatory.
World Peace Day is celebrated on November 17, 2014
This is a “state” that should be permanent. Every one talks about “peace”. We all wish that there was peace in our world. We wish that smaller units like family units and communities be peaceful. This would translate exponentially to countries and the world.
PEACE should have one day … PEACE should “be” every day.
Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. Millions of people in all countries do. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your friends, family, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense. Peace Day is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political.
Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Peace would mean to humankind.
Peace is an occurrence of harmony characterized by lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.
Join and spread the Spirit of Peace, because Peace can only prosper as a collective condition of human heart and mind, for the sake of all Children! …. and the Dream of World Peace will become Reality!