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A few things needed by PAX Nation
Help spread the word! It would be great if you added this image to your website (with a link to PAX Nation), someplace where it would be seen but not distract from the main focus of the site. It would look great on social networking pages too!
The primary resource for PAX Nation is … and always WILL be … active participants. Without caring, INVOLVED people, this is is nothing more than a set of ideals mixed with some progressive ideas. Words and ideas have the power to MOTIVATE, but if not acted upon, they never become more than POTENTIAL. The types of skills needed will grow and evolve as the Nation does. Below is a list of some skill sets we currently could use:
All citizens can right blog posts. We need folk to share about their organizations, their communities, their expertise … anything they feel is worth sharing.
Communications are one of the most important tools for cooperation. There are several opportunities for discussion, with the possibility for many more. Moderators will keep things moving and civil.
For the community to develop to its full potential, we need IT professionals who can maximize the web functionality.
We need business savvy people to help get the backing and resources necessary for the nation to grow.
Social Networking Gurus
Social Networking is essential for an online community. With so many out there, we need people dedicated simply to spreading the word and interacting with the many networks.
This project will keep growing, most likely eventually becoming a network of sites. Management will require a conscientious team.
I would like to help!
Thank you for your offer to aid in the development of PAX Nation. We will contact you shortly to explore how we can work together help make a healthy Global Community.
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Unexpected, but very welcome, progress!
WELCOME NEW CITIZENS!!
Apparently signing The Charter for Compassion was the snowflake I needed to start an avalanche. In the last four days, there have literally been as many visits to PAX Nation as in the ENTIRE YEAR until this point. Enough people have registered (and hopefully will continue to) to truly call this a community. I started this project in December of 2012, right after the Sandy Hook shooting. That event kind of tipped the scales with my general dissatisfaction of the course humanity was taking. The idea got a lot of thumbs up at first … with little other support beyond that. Despite the apparent lack of support, and due to my general stubbornness, I have kept at it, with a few extended interruptions (such as an attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail). In recent months, I decided to commit to it fully, and reworked the entire project. Apparently I have learned much of what I needed to learn, and found much of what I needed to find, because I seem to be on the right course finally!
WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE?
SO WHAT'S NEXT?
How far can we go?
Equality Heals Africa
Davis just recently joined the PAX Nation community. He is an activist in an organization in Uganda called Equality Heals Africa. This organization is devoted to creating a world where no one is marginalized, where blind hatred and discrimination based on such things as appearance, sexual orientation, or lifestyle no longer exists. This is a big issue in Uganda (and many other African nations), where the hatred often leads to violence and abuse. Through education, activism, and direct support for those in harms way, they hope to shift Uganda to a more accepting and tolerant society. I suggested that he write a blog post to let us know about EHA, but he is busy preparing for Pride Uganda, an event supporting the LGBTQ community in the region, which is rather difficult since such activities are actually illegal in Uganda. He asked that I post for him, which I am glad to do. I will share the mission statement of Equality Heals Africa to share their dream in their own words:
What We Do
We envision a Country and Continent where all people are equally empowered and living free from discrimination, invisibility, violence and isolation.
To empower, equip and liberate all those at the margins of the society through education, capacity building, vocational skills in order to resist dependence-syndrome while defending their rights in this volatile situation where the community conspires to make them misfits or second-class citizens.
As indicated above, part of EHA’s target group are persons doubly marginalized in that the few who manage to escape often find that conditions in their countries of transit are not much better than those they fled. They are often targeted for violence by local authorities or civilians. The scant survival resources normally available to other refugees are often closed off to them. Therefore, the Organization affirms the need to ensure that any official body handling the beneficiaries who choose to is able to understand the myriad issues and manage these cases sensitively and appropriately.
It has become evident that most refugees, sheltering in UNHCR camps, despite the difficult conditions, think that at least they can find solace in the fact that they have escaped the persecution that sent them there in the first place, but sometimes they discover that the reality is quity different. In some cases they find themselves living in deplorable conditions; sick, beaten down, fed unsustainable food, and their bleak existence exacerbated not only by a slow resettlement process (it seems that the process can take from 2 to 3 years), but by enduring persecution at the hands of the general camp population.
EHA in full sight of this humiliating situation, networks line groups, agencies and NGOs working with refugees in Uganda and Kenya to share examples of good practice through our portal in the hope it will help others to improve approaches and lead to safety for the many beneficiaries/ refugees currently fighting for their survival.
The Multifaceted Goal Of EHA:
- To ensure full realization of fair treatment and overall acceptance of all humans beings
- To provide and cultivate support, resources and advocacy to the victims of discrimination, hate and isolation.
- We are committed to every person’s right to live in violence free home and have a specific focus towards addressing the cultural hiccups in determining gender equality and equity.
- To restore and recover the lost hope of all victims of discrimination who are currently invisible in Uganda and Africa in general.
- To recognize and avert the absence of accessible emergency services for the victims of rape and defilement
- To educate, motivate, and mobilize youth to improve their own lives and communities so as to become subject-experts of their own problems, challenges and solutions to overcome them.
- To provide preventative and educational programs to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and other STDs among the key populations……hence improving their health status.
- To challenge and end all forms of discrimination, bullying and isolation.
- To create, maintain and sustain an equal society.
We would like to thank you for your precious time shared with us when you chose to visit our site and indeed success will always stay in our hands once we are committed to detect and completely decimate or destroy all forms of discrimination. Such a commitment, is the only entry point to a sustainable and equitable society that we all long for, fellow citizens of this universe.
We Want A Place Where All People Are Empowered, Live Free From Discrimination, Violence & Isolation
UBUNTU – I am because we are
I jumped into this idea almost as a whim, and for me the world has already changed.
For a few years, I helped my mother care for my father, who had Alzheimer’s. Anyone who has had to deal with this unfortunate disease, or any long-term ailment for that matter, knows that it is a commitment, and can often be quite difficult if one also has other duties … such as a full-time job. A couple of years before dad was diagnosed, I ended up back in my parents house, finding myself lost in a world I was quickly losing all respect for. I was still trying to figure out what was next when dad started needing care, and for the next few years I had this convenient (and somewhat legitimate) excuse to continue to hide from the growing darkness. But it recent years, as humanity seemed determined to play the lemur, my lost feeling began growing strongly again. Especially since nothing I could do would really effect dad’s decline. I was feeling hopeless about my ability to do much of anything, and also a bit locked into a cage partly of my own design. As dad’s pending mortality grew more apparent, I was forced to face my own future as well.
Then my crazy idea honored me by choosing me as its vessel. It took me a few days to come up with some sort of method of attack. Literally minutes after I started this blog and posted the first post, my dad passed. As might be imagined, that kind of put my attempt at planting a new seed on hold for a while. I am bringing this up though because to me it was almost like a blessing from my dad. As if he decided it was his time to move on, and he knew on some level that I now had a path to follow, a path that could have wide-reaching effects, but at least would fill MY sense of purpose again. His passing freed himself from more suffering, my mother to move on with her life, and me to tilt at windmills.
Now that we have given dad a proper memorial and a good send off, I can once again start on my new project. It is my way of healing.
And hopefully a little bit of the world.
And once agin I seem to be slightly in tune with the universe. A Facebook friend of mine shared the following picture: