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

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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. What do we want to accomplish now that we are in Iraq, and what is possible to accomplish?

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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. Join us in DC in the months ahead to pressure Congress to defund the war in Iraq!

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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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Is A Downer News Cycle A Factor in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Success?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

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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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.

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.

Changing the World: TechSoup's Newest Global Partner

Tech Soup Blog

Serving as a geographical and cultural bridge between Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is a country that shares borders with both Syria and Iraq (not to mention another six * countries). Are you sitting down?! We've got some exciting news.

"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." Why would I want to talk about Iraq on a visit to an art museum?

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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.

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.

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: 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.

Nathan Magnuson On Leadership, Coaching, And His New eBook

Eric Jacobsen Blog

I was a part of the 418th Civil Affairs Battalion in Belton and deployed to Iraq in 2008. Nathan Magnuson If you haven''t discovered Nathan Magnuson ''s Everyday Leadership blog , check it out today.

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In Case You Missed It


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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Mergers and Acquisitions


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.

[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.

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.

Mother's Day for Peace

Have Fun - Do Good

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq. You can see which Congresswomen voted for and against the Iraq War here. Mother's Day was originally started by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 as a protest against the Civil War.

Are you celebrating Giving Tuesday? These NTEN Members are!


Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3rd and we''ve found 124 NTEN Members that are participating!

Case Study: Building Community Online (with Appropriate Technologies)


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".

Fundraising Dips In First Quarter Of 2009


Furthermore, this is the first time in 8 years that we have a Democrat in the White House who is very supportive of major issues such as health care reform, ending the war in Iraq, etc so fundraising asks are not as “fight the right&# focused as they were during the Bush administration.

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