THINK: (Global) Reality Check

Take this income calculator that compares your yearly income to the rest of the world.

http://www.globalrichlist.com/

This is a good (global) reality check. Guilt is not, however, the intended outcome. An increased understanding of our wealth, prosperity, power, privilege, and the like should push us to empathetic, creative, and empowering action. Sitting in guilt for what we have is, finally, it’s own kind of privilege, and it is not life-giving or inspired.

 

Advocacy Alerts

Network
Support Immigration Reform with a Pathway to Citizenship!
Immigration reform will only happen if US citizens ask for it. Please take a moment to send a message to your senators to tell them that you support immigration reform, and that you look forward to seeing legislation pass in the 113th Congress. Also, take a look at what the Jesuits have to say on this issue.
 
Sierra Club
Protect the Grand Canyon!
Ranging from desert grasslands to lush, coniferous forests, the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed embraces one of America’s most spectacular landscapes-the Grand Canyon. This region encompasses a wild, rugged array of towering cliffs, deeply incised tributary canyons, and numerous springs that flow into Grand Canyon National Park’s Colorado River. In addition, the area hosts lands of great significance to the region’s indigenous people. Unfortunately, ill-conceived uranium mining, logging of ancient trees, and damaging livestock grazing threaten the Grand Canyon Watershed. Ask President Obama to protect this natural, cultural and archeological treasure by naming it as a national monument. A national monument designation will help preserve sacred indigenous sites and traditional values, give wildlife much needed room to roam, and prevent harmful uranium mining, logging and other destructive practices from destroying this beautiful part of America.
Economic Justice
Network
Protect the Needs of Vulnerable People
House members are demanding spending cuts-equivalent to those mandated in the Sequester-by March 2nd. Supporters of the Pentagon-Industrial complex are lobbying hard so that no cuts are made to the Pentagon. Additionally, many House members are proposing a balanced budget in 10 years – 10 years sooner than demanded in the 2013 House-passed budget, which will require even deeper cuts in social needs programs. Email your Representative, and tell her/him to prioritize and protect the needs of the people in our nation who suffer the most: people who are unemployed, have health needs, have children, and others who are vulnerable in general.
Upcoming Events
Empowerment Network Community Meeting
On Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 at North High School – Viking Center – 4410 N. 36th Street, the community meeting called “Unite & Transform!” will start at 8:45 a.m. First, there will be networking, breakfast, and table displays. At 9:30 a.m. there will be an Empowerment Network Update, and at 10 a.m. there will be presentations and announcements. Please attend if you are interested and able!
Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) Events
1. OTOC training “How to Organize a Successful Action”: Monday Feb. 11 at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church
2. OTOC training “How to develop an Action Agenda”: Monday March 11 at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church