Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America spread #GoSilent across the web for Memorial Day

Amy Sample Ward

Just before noon, I decided to go online and see what those in my networks were sharing from their own celebrations or reflections, and immediately found the #GoSilent campaign from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

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Wikileaks War Data Reveal Underreporting of Iraqi Civilian Casualties

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A Guest Beneblog by Anita Gohdes, Jeff Klingner, Megan Price and Patrick Ball The recent release of almost 400,000 secret US military files on the war in Iraq through Wikileaks has attracted wide media coverage. These documents, officially known as the significant acts database (SIGACTS), add new insights to the ongoing debate on how many casualties have occurred in Iraq since the beginning of the war.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Connection Grid: Students Calling Iraq

Network-Centric Advocacy

Main | In the Darkness Create a Light: Political Fog will only be by Natural Winds » January 10, 2006 Connection Grid: Students Calling Iraq Link: The New Yorker: The Talk of the Town. Should English speaking people in Iraq start calling folks here and pressing a case that media and others wont. Should English speaking people in Iraq start calling folks here and pressing a case that media and others wont.

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Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance

EveryAction

Over the 30 years of our organization, we’ve sent over 25 million dollars in direct aid consisting of food, medical supplies, books, and toys to Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon. Two years after MECA started sanctions were imposed on Iraq, which were ultimately were responsible for the deaths of half a million children under the age of 5. The organization sent medical aid specifically cancer medication to Iraq until 2005 when the U.S

gokubi.com

gokubi.com

In short, we had millions of pages of Arabic text from Iraq, and we decided that we should publish it before we really knew what it was. Turns out Bush was psyched to publish the documents in hopes that someone might find something in there that proved there was some reason for going into Iraq in the first place. Ambassador to IRaq Zalmay Khalilzad (via telephone). Bush told Hadley to expedite the release of the Iraq documents.

IAVA Wants You to Text VETS to 69866

Mobile Commons

Are you a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? IAVA (the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) has created a social network dedicated exclusively to helping veterans connect and easing the transition back into civilian life. Text VETS to 69866 for more information, or watch this video to learn more about IAVA. Use Cases

Daily DoGooder: Reconciliation Through Healing

See What's Out There

This animation presents a visual timeline of Iraq that asks a lot of the viewer both in patience and in imagining the destruction which the [.]. Change the world, one video at a time. Reconciliation Through Healing | 4:58 Preemptive Love Coalition The histories of foreign countries are frequently lost, glossed over, or un-engaged by media. Daily DoGooder

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How to Maximize Success Stories Across Your Nonprofit’s Digital Channels

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Included is an image of Dustin on tour in Iraq, wearing an ambiguous expression and surrounded by a dusty landscape. This is a smart choice because while gripping, the photo from his tour in Iraq on their blog has a more complicated tone. By Allison Weber , founder of Allison Weber Consulting , a fundraising and communications business dedicated to helping mission-driven organizations tell better stories. Stories are windows into new worlds.

Lame spam of the day: You are highly needed

Robert Weiner

ARMY USARPAC MedicalTeam, which was deployed to Iraq at the beginning of the war in Iraq. The reason for this is that I deposited two consignment boxes with a security company in Iraq. Most of these 419 scam emails aren't worth glancing at, but the language in this one was too good to pass up. Including links to real news stories is a nice touch.

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The Future Today: Empowering youth via social media

Amy Sample Ward

Habbo’s InfoBus re: curbing violence against gay teens; developing understanding via the Matthew Shepard Foundation visiting ‘in-world’ or the War Child Int’l foundation partnership to focus in-world on kids impacted by violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda etc.

Why Nonprofits are Better than Brands at Social Media

John Haydon

Their mom died from diabetes, or their brother committed suicide after coming back from Iraq. Nonprofits seem to “get” social media way more than brands. Or at least they have a baked-in advantage. Brands spend billions trying to get people to feel passionate about them. And still very few, like Starbucks, Apple and Google, actually succeed. Nonprofits have passion in their bones.

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Martus Growth

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This tremendous growth is due in large part to the continued use of Martus by our partners working in Guatemala with the National Police Archive, and projects gathering data about Burma, Iraq and the Philippines. Benetech has been seeing incredible growth in our Martus projects over the last year! We now have over 60,000 bulletins which have been backed up to secure Martus servers by over 1000 users across the world. This represents 400% growth over last year.

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To Dubai on an Emirates Airbus 380

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I was surprised a little later to realize that we were flying over Iraq. My current business trip started by heading for Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I had been invited to attend the Global Agenda Council meeting organized by the World Economic Forum. It was easier to say yes than usual: I'd never been to Dubai or the region, and the government of Dubai and Emirates airline offered to fly me there business class!

Why the movement needs mystics

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

In 2003, when the Iraq war started, I joined a group of folks who promised to fast for one day a week until the war ended. I've been thinking a lot lately about where I fit into the Occupy movement - what kind of role I should play. Unlike some of my housemates, who have gotten arrested, and have been presences at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza, I've been pretty much on the sidelines. I helped start Occupy Technology (which is sort of moribund at the moment.)

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Why the movement needs mystics

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

In 2003, when the Iraq war started, I joined a group of folks who promised to fast for one day a week until the war ended. I've been thinking a lot lately about where I fit into the Occupy movement - what kind of role I should play. Unlike some of my housemates, who have gotten arrested, and have been presences at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza, I've been pretty much on the sidelines. I helped start Occupy Technology (which is sort of moribund at the moment.)

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A Veteran's Day "Thank You" from Convio

Connection Cafe

That’s the day Iraq invaded Kuwait, an event that would start a domino effect that has lasted more than 20 years. Author: Kent Gilliam. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the only thing on the news on August 2, 1990. I was just 19 at the time and not really sure what I wanted to do with my life. I wasn’t college material (back then) but knew I wanted adventure so two days later on August 4th I enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman.

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Great reads from around the web on May 19th

Amy Sample Ward

Over the past few weeks, we received over 250 applications from bloggers around the world – from California to Kenya, and from Mexico to Iraq. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of May 19th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

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Must Hear Speech from Barack Obama and the Power of Podcasting

Have Fun - Do Good

Most weeks his podcast is a direct chat with his listeners, but this week he posted a recent speech, "Moving Forward in Iraq" that he gave at the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. Moving Forward in Iraq Tuesday, November 22, 2005 Senator Barack Obama Chicago Council on Foreign Relations Chicago, IL Good afternoon. What do we want to accomplish now that we are in Iraq, and what is possible to accomplish? Every American wants to see a peaceful and stable Iraq.

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Great reads from around the web on December 15th

Amy Sample Ward

After massive leaks of documents on the Iraq and Afghan wars and diplomatic cables from around the world, Wikileaks has demonstrated that it is a formidable threat to American legitimacy and power. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of December 15th).

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Behind the Scenes: America Supporting Americas

Connection Cafe

I’m thinking about my grandfathers, both of whom were proud of their military service, my friends who have returned from their fourth and fifth tours, and the recent NPR piece I heard about a couple who deployed to Iraq together but didn’t return that way. Author: Emily Goodstein. As you gear up to BBQ hop today, spend some time thinking about the brave folks who lost their lives protecting our country. Yes, I am feeling patriotic at the moment.

The Davos Blur

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

My mentee, Musa, talked about his efforts to help communities in Iraq, including getting blind schools what they needed in terms of equipment (something I’m planning on helping him with), and ended with a rap. The Davos scene is nonstop: it starts with breakfast meetings at 8 am and ends typically after midnight. You rush from session to session, often jumping a shuttle from one hotel to another or back to the Congress Center.

Three Fabulous Conversations

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Mousa and I talked about his dream of helping centers for blind people in Iraq get the tech equipment they need. The WEF is all about having a critical mass of incredible people. This enables great conversations: the serendipity effect is huge. I just wanted to highlight three conversations I had today, each of which shows why this is such a great opportunity for Benetech to attend.

Andrea Parhamovich

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Yesterday, in Iraq, Andrea Parhamovich and our security personnel were enshrined on that list. They were not the enemies of anyone in Iraq; they were there to help. Everyone on our office was saddened to learn today of the death of Andrea Parhamovich in Baghdad. Andrea was there working with the National Democratic Institute , training on election norms and other democratic practices. She was 28.

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POGO Pride

Connection Cafe

This fall, POGO partnered with the Government Accountability Project (GAP) to launch an online campaign in support of Gayl after he lost his security clearance for exposing the need for some lifesaving equipment needed in Iraq. Author: Emily Goodstein. What could be better than a fabulous organization getting recognized for the important work they do by the entire Convio community during our recent Convio Summit in Baltimore ? Not much else, that’s what.

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50 Nonprofits Every U.S. Politican Should Follow on Twitter

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans :: @ CIAV. The 50 nonprofits listed below are tackling some of the most important economic, social and political issues of our time. They are active in our communities, in our schools, and have valuable knowledge and experience that our nation’s elected officials could learn from and be inspired by, and yet very few U.S. politicians follow any nonprofits on Twitter. They mostly only follow other politicians and news media.

Women Rise Up Against War: Rae Abileah of CODEPINK

Have Fun - Do Good

According to UNIFEM's, "Gender Profile-Iraq-Women, War & Peace," : "[M]ore than 90 women become widows each day due to continuing violence countrywide. March 20th is the 4th anniversary of the Iraq War. CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities.

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"It Is What It Is," and the Challenges of Dialogue-Focused Exhibits

Museum 2.0

Earlier this year, the New Museum and Creative Time commissioned a traveling piece by artist Jeremy Deller called "It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq." The piece features two guests, an Iraqi translator and a US Army reservists, who hang out in a conversational space, flanked by maps of the US and Iraq and a powerful artifact--a car that was destroyed in a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad. Why would I want to talk about Iraq on a visit to an art museum?

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In Case You Missed It

NTEN

But simply having the list may drive more interesting traffic, like, oh, Barham Salih, Iraq's Deputy P.M. Sample tweet: " We must finish paper on Iraq economic vision- but assumptions made so far risky and not verified with available data!" Quite a few interesting things passed through my in-box and RSS reader last week.

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Yes Men> War Ends Proclamined from the NYTimes. Network Distribution

Network-Centric Advocacy

CITIES, PROCLAIMS END TO WAR * PDF: [link] * For video updates: [link] * Contact: mailto:writers@nytimes-se.com Early this morning, commuters nationwide were delighted to find out that while they were sleeping, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had come to an end. November 12, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SPECIAL TIMES EDITION BLANKETS U.S.

Refugee Response: TechSoup's New Online Technology Resource for NGOs Helping Refugees

Tech Soup Blog

That displacement has happened mostly as a result of the wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. TechSoup is proud celebrate World Refugee Day by announcing a new humanitarian project that that we're doing in Europe and the Middle East. It's called Refugee Response , and it's a project in cooperation with Microsoft to respond to the refugee crisis.

Training Afghani NGOs in Cambodia

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Over 8 weeks this last fall, I had the privilege of working with NGOs from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, in a series of trainings that took place in Phnom Penh, Beirut and Istanbul. Guest Beneblog by Vijaya Tripathi As a Program Associate for the Benetech Human Rights Program (HRP), I train and support human rights advocates who use Benetech’s free and open source Martus program to securely document human rights violations.

The Craig Newmark Beneblog Interview

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Also working with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to help get them the respect and services they deserve, working on reform of the VA. Just had a good conversation this morning with Craig Newmark of Craigslist and the Craigslist Foundation. There are two hot issue right now on Craig's social action radar, the new launch of the All For Good website and next weekend's Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp in Berkeley.

Case Study: Building Community Online (with Appropriate Technologies)

NTEN

With "The Rucksack", Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) have actually managed to build an online community that works. Community. We all want it. We know we need it. Making it happen? Even with a very high bar for membership – members must submit a copy of their military discharge paperwork – IAVA’s confirmed veteran membership increased fivefold with the launch of "The Rucksack".

50 Nonprofits To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. American Diabetes Association. Because 1 in 12 Americans have diabetes. Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Google+ || LinkedIn || Flickr. Americans for the Arts. Because without art our children’s minds will not grow to comprehend life beyond the obvious. Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || LinkedIn || Flickr. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Upwardly Global: Bridging the Opportunity Gap for Skilled Immigrants

Tech Soup Blog

Although that plant was considered a model employer for refugees at the time, Jane met employees who included a former engineer from Iraq and a surgeon from Bosnia. Over 1.8 college-educated immigrants in the U.S. are unemployed or considerably underemployed despite having worked as engineers, doctors, scientists, accountants, and nonprofit professionals in their home countries.

Change.org is Hiring Bloggers for Social Action Blog Network

Have Fun - Do Good

Hey all you do-good bloggers! Ben Rattray of Change.org wanted me to let you know that they are hiring bloggers. Positions are part-time, paid and start in June. To apply, go to [link]. I've pasted the blurb below: Hiring Bloggers for Change.org! Want to blog on an issue you are passionate about for an audience of hundreds of thousands of activists and nonprofit leaders? Want to create the premier online space for your issue and become a leading voice for social action?

SXSW Top Picks

Frogloop

We'll show you how Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a national non-profit, non-partisan group supporting our nation's newest generation of veterans has established a multi-year partnership with Miller High Life, the San Diego Padres, and celebrities that support their mission. Conference season is here. Coming up this week is SXSWi in Austin, Texas. SXSWi is always packed with tons of panels on just about every interactive topic under the sun.

Mergers and Acquisitions

SocialFish

There is a nonprofit specifically dedicated to sending red rubber clown noses to soldiers in Iraq. This post is by Jacob Smith, co-author of the The Nimble Nonprofit: An Unconventional Guide to Sustaining and Growing Your Nonprofit. The book is so awesome that I asked Jacob to post adapted excerpts from it here for you, every Friday for ten weeks. This is the final post in the series – THANK YOU so much to Jacob for the great excerpts.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » MoveOn To Video

See What's Out There

Here’s the one I got today about the upcoming debate on Iraq: Share and Enjoy: Leave a Reply Get Tips and Best Practices Sign up below to get our newsletters highlighting the latest in online marketing and communications for nonprofits.

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See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Illuminating Politics – Online

See What's Out There

Gore suggested that if the net was as powerful six years ago as it was today, that maybe we wouldn’t have had so many yes votes for the Iraq war because the press would have been pressured to tell the American people more directly that Iraq was not responsible for 9-11 (which 70% of Americans believed and 50% still believe.)

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50 Nonprofits To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. View Larger. In the spirit of gratitude and giving and in celebration of the American holiday of Thanksgiving , below is a list of 50 nonprofits that serve American society. Of course 50 is just a tiny percentage of the nonprofits that work and sacrafice to make our country a better place to live. If you would like to add a nonprofit, please do so with a “Because…” statement in a comment below. Happy Thanksgiving!

[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: Women for Women International

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Though many of the countries we work in are talked about in the news (DR Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan), some aren’t as well-known (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Nigeria) and we often need to explain why operating in these countries is important. Organization: Women for Women International. Organization Size: Approximately 70 DC/stateside employees; more than 100 field staff employees in eight countries in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East.

Nonprofit and Activist Women Bloggers in Chicago

Have Fun - Do Good

Journal of a Young Activist write about her travels and human rights work in Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Afghanistan, and her life as a Chicago Seminary Student. With just nine days until the BlogHer Conference in Chicago, where I'll be moderating the panel, "Getting It On(line) for a Cause: Raising Money," I thought I'd search around for nonprofit and activist women bloggers in the Chicago area.