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"You ask: Why are people still in camps? You might as well ask: Why are Haitians poor? It is not rebuilding in Haiti. It is building...."
-- Nigel Fisher, chief of the UN humanitarian mission in Haiti (Washington Post 11/25/10)
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The Web version of PND offers abstracts of philanthropy news items each day. The following are the top stories from the past week and their date of posting.
1) Haiti Rebuilding Efforts Struggle to Gain Traction (11/30/10) 2) Charities See Slight Increase in Giving, But Challenges Remain, Survey Finds (11/29/10) 3) Nearly Six in Ten Plan to Give to Charity This Holiday Season, Survey Finds (11/30/10) 4) Funding to Fight HIV/AIDS Up in Europe, Down in U.S., Reports Find (11/29/10) 5) National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action Merge (11/27/10) 6) Goldman Sachs Announces $20 Million to Support Small Businesses in New Orleans (11/24/10) 7) Council on Foundations Ends Effort to Revise Anti-Terrorism Financing Guidelines (11/24/10) 8) Allen Family Foundation Announces Inaugural Distinguished Investigator Awards (11/29/10) 9) Community Foundation Update (11/27/10) 10) People in the News (11/28/10): Appointments and Promotions
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11) Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Pledge $20 Million to Leading Transplant Institute (11/30/10) 12) University of Oklahoma Receives $12 Million Gift From Alumnus (11/26/10) 13) Princeton Receives $11 Million for Carbon Mitigation Initiative (11/24/10) 14) Danville Regional Foundation Gives $5.4 Million to Boost School Readiness (11/24/10) 15) Capital Area Food Bank Receives $5 Million for New Facility (11/25/10) 16) MetLife Foundation Announces $3.8 Million in Education Grants (11/25/10) 17) Rasmuson Foundation Announces $2.5 Million in Recent Grants (11/26/10) 18) Texas Presbyterian Hospital Receives $2 Million for Dallas Rape Victims (11/27/10) 19) UPS Foundation Awards $1.9 Million to Environmental Groups (11/28/10) 20) Walmart Foundation Awards $1.9 Million to Jobs for the Future (11/27/10) 21) Soros Economic Development Fund, IFC Announce $1.25 Million Equity Investment (11/29/10) 22) Ford Family Foundation Awards $1 Million Challenge Grant to Flood-Ravaged Community (11/28/10) 23) Opportunity International, Caterpillar Foundation Launch $1 Million Challenge to Boost Savings-Based Microfinance Programs (11/25/10) 24) Verizon Foundation Awards $100,000 in Grants to Address Cholera Outbreak in Haiti (11/28/10)
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As of this afternoon, there is absolutely no excuse to delay the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Now it's time to act.
The Department of Defense has released its landmark study, 9 months in the making. It came to the same conclusion as numerous experts' reports and 25 other countries.
They all agree on one simple, inescapable truth: Lesbians and gays should serve openly in the U.S. military.
My fellow troops have spoken. Generals have spoken. Think tanks have spoken. The American people have spoken.
From this point forward, any delay is nothing more than discrimination and partisan politics. It needs to end. The Senate is holding critical hearings this week and won't be in session long – so we must act now.
I was the first American wounded in Iraq. I lost my leg. I almost lost my life. When I returned home, I came out – and spoke out against a policy that forced me to hide who I was.
I've talked to elected officials on both sides of the debate. They all need to hear from us today. The ones with the courage to fight for equal rights still need to hear that voters want them to make it a priority. And the ones who have supported discrimination can still be convinced by the facts highlighted in this new report. I've seen it happen.
The evidence is on our side. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has always been wrong. But now, it's not just me or you saying it – it's the Pentagon’s own study.
We're on the brink of ending injustice – but we all must stand together, right now.
Let's make this happen – for my brothers and sisters in arms who put themselves on the line to defend us, and for the good of this nation we all love.
Eric Alva Retired Marine Staff Sergeant
P.S. If you have a minute, we need you to make two quick calls. Call (202) 224-3121 right now, ask to be connected to your senators' offices, and tell them to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" before they leave for the holidays. Be sure to make two calls, one for each senator in your state. Then report your calls. Thank you!