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Charities Help Fight Tide of Human Rights Violations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:52
Scholar Says They Empower a World of Bystanders

Despite the international outrage they provoke, genocides have flourished since World War II, when the term was first coined.

“Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Sudan offer contemporary examples of a practice that is one of the most aberrant examples of human behavior,” says Renata Reinhart, author of In the Course of My Life (www.rexvita.com), a fact-based novel that recounts the little-known Soviet genocide of 2 million Eastern Germans in 1945.

“Many of these ethnic cleansings, including the slaughter in East Germany, don’t come to the public’s attention because they’re kept secret or denied,” she says. “In the case of East Germany, both England and the United States were complicit, so it’s not a story they’re eager to tell.

“But if history is written by the victors, then we have an obligation to get it right -- the best predictor of future genocide is denial of a past genocide.”

One phenomenon that helps perpetuate the practice is psychic numbing – a person’s inability to feel compassion for large numbers of people, Reinhart says.

“In a recent experiment, psychologists asked Americans to contribute money to a starving African orphan, and about half were willing. But when two orphans were presented, far fewer Americans were willing to contribute,” she says.

Neuroscientific research has found evidence of psychic numbing, says Reinhart, who thinks it may be the response of an overwhelmed brain.

“We can easily conceive of helping one person, but any more than that and real help can seem implausible,” she says.

However, she adds, when people are aware of trustworthy organizations making a positive impact, they’re more likely to offer their own help. She recommends these:

• Genocide Watch: Dr. Gregory Stanton, president of the charity organization aimed at preventing genocide, recently published a two-pronged approach to turn the tide of mass murder, which is occurring in several hot spots throughout the world today. One prong includes compassion and awareness from the global community, and the other is an institution or institutions to track and prevent genocide, or at least hold leaders responsible.

• Women for Women International: “The cure for poverty has a name: The empowerment of women,” said by the late world-renowned journalist and public intellect Christopher Hitchens. This charity is a humanitarian organization that provides emotional and financial support to women survivors of war. Job training and business development are just a few of the programs that assist impoverished populations, a preemptive measure against vulnerability, war and mass murder.

• CARE: This is another international group focused on women because, as its mission statement reads, “equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.” The organization’s efforts includes the prevention of spreading disease, improved basic education, increased access to clean water and sanitation, and increased economic opportunity.

• Africare: The oldest and largest African-American led organization in the interest of aiding the continent; the group’s initiatives include agriculture, micro enterprise, health, environment and women’s empowerment.

• International Peace Institute: IPI is an independent, not-for-profit think tank with qualified staff representing 20 different nationalities, located near the United Nations in New York City.

“There are plenty of impactful charities that can be easily reviewed online,” Reinhart says. “The events of genocide tend to begin from a chain of prior states, especially poverty and ignorance. My message is an educational effort, and I hope I contribute to the solution.”

About Renata Reinhart

Renata Reinhart is the pen name of the author, a scholar of World War II history who spent years researching the Red Army’s march across Eastern Europe in 1945. While the book is fictionalized as a memoir, the historical elements are accurate and based on numerous documented sources.

 
Riverside Theatre to Hold Wine Tasting Fundraiser Saturday, July 14 at Vesta PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:26

Iowa City, Iowa – Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre invites area residents to a wine tasting party Saturday, July 14 from 6-9 p.m. at Vesta, 849 Quarry Road, Suite 100, in Coralville. Vesta is located on the round­about of the Coralville Mar­riott, near 1st. Ave. and Inter­state 80.

The event will feature samplings of a variety of wines from Vesta’s wine menu. Vesta will also be serving appetizers, to complement the wine selections.

Tasting tickets are $40 and include wine tasting and two full pours. Non-tasting ticket are $25 and include non-alcoholic beverages.

$20 of every ticket is tax-deductible and includes food.  To order tickets call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Riverside Theatre.

For more information visit www.riversidetheatre.org.

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FRATERNITY MEN CYCLING ACROSS COUNTRY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES RIDE INTO DAVENPORT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Willar   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:24

DAVENPORT, IA – The 25th Journey of Hope team will arrive in Davenport on Thursday, July 12. The team will arrive around 1:00 p.m., please contact Ricky Rascon to confirm time and location. The team will have lunch at Happy Joe’s at 2:00 p.m. That evening at 6:00 p.m., the team will have dinner and a Friendship Visit with the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation.

What: The Journey of Hope, organized by Push America, is a cycling trek that raises funds and awareness on behalf of people with disabilities in hopes to enhance the quality of their lives. Every cyclist commits to raising at least $5,500 on behalf of people with disabilities before the trip begins. Combine their individual efforts with corporate sponsorships and the Journey of Hope 2012 teams have raised more than $650,000 for people with disabilities.

 

When: Thursday, July 12th 1:00 p.m. (arrival) and 6 p.m. (dinner & Friendship Visit)

 

Where: Lunch:

Happy Joe’s                         

201 W 50th Street

Arrival & Dinner/Friendship:

Please contact Ricky Rascon

 

Who: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members from across the country.

 
Bath Towel Donations Needed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Monday, 09 July 2012 12:20
Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army Family Service Center, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, is in desperate need of new or gently used bath towels and wash clothes.

People often come to The Salvation Army with just the clothes on their backs and the towels are given to new residents and their children (60% of the shelter’s residents are children) as they enter the program.

But recently, The Salvation Army’s Food Service Director noticed that some of the individuals having their evening meal at the community Meal Site were bathing in the bathroom stalls with cups of water.

A shower ministry was started by The Salvation Army to provide a clean, safe place for men and women to shower.

“Once this need for accessible showers was discovered, 20 people have used this service each week. It is another small way we can give people in the community some dignity when they are living on the streets,” stated The Salvation Army’s QC Coordinator, Major Gary Felton.

The towels and monetary donations can be dropped off any time at The Salvation Army, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport. If making a monetary donation, indicate the funds are for the “Shower Ministry.”

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PARK VISTA RETIREMENT LIVING WILL HOLD A FUNDRAISER FOR KING’S HARVEST. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne McVey   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 07:35
Park Vista Retirement Living will have a Blue Hawaiian Luau fundraiser for King’s Harvest Ministries on Wednesday, July 11th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. This fundraiser will be held at 1451 20th Ave. East Moline, IL. The money raised will go to King’s Harvest to help pay for the fire sprinkler system required by the City of
Davenport.

The City of Davenport is requiring a $57,000 new fire sprinkler system for King’s Harvest Ministries. King’s Harvest will need to raise the money for the new system or shut their doors. This includes their Shelter for Homeless Mothers with Children. King’s Harvest serves the poor and homeless in the Quad Cities and is located at 824 W. 3rd Street in downtown Davenport.

The Park Vista Retirement Living fundraiser will have Elvis Himselvis as the live entertainment, Blue Hawaiian Cocktails, a Silent Auction, Baked Goods Sale, and Chef Aaron’s Grilled Lunch Sale.

If you would like details on this fundraiser or to schedule an interview with Valerie Mejorado-Reedy, Community Relations Director at Park Vista please call 309-752-9711.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Anne McVey, Fundraising Coordinator for King’s Harvest Ministries, please call 563-508-4170.

If you would like to make a donation to the King’s Harvest Fire Sprinkler fund please visit www.kingsharvest.net and use paypal or mail checks to King’s Harvest Ministries at 5837 Wisconsin Ave., Davenport, IA 52806.

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