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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Fwd: People need you (Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service)

Below is a message from, one of the few I've seen that shows they can actually do something nice and helpful once in a while.

If you want to help out around MLK Jr. day but absolutely hate the idea of taking any suggestions from MoveOn, I also have a seperate suggestion.  Check out Service for Peace or Service Nation and see what they're doing in your area.

For those that don't live in the U.S.A., here's a clip from Wikipedia :

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the ReverendMartin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It is one of three United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.[1]

This year it's being held on Monday, January 19th.  The official government website is which include a very handy how to serve section.

This year promises to be the most active MLK Jr. Day of Service in the history of the holiday, and I hope with Barack H. Obama as our president, it will only become more and more active.

I truly would love to see the United States become Service Nation.

From Bergen, Hordaland, Norge,

Christopher D. Osborn

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Noah T. Winer, Political Action <>
Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 4:32 PM
Subject: People need you
To: "Christopher D. Osborn"

Barack and Michelle Obama are calling on us all to spend Monday volunteering in our communities. In these hard times, we're all in it together. On Monday, can you join a service project near Vineyard Haven?

Click Here
Dear MoveOn member,

Barack and Michelle Obama have a request for us: Spend this coming Monday—Martin Luther King Day—volunteering to serve the urgent needs in our communities.

In this economic crisis, food banks are struggling to keep up. Homeowners need help weatherizing to keep out the cold. Schools are crumbling.

Some folks have been hit harder by the recession than others, but we're all in it together. We've all got to roll up our sleeves and help each other out. And volunteering is always a great experience—in just a few hours, you can help make a huge difference in the lives of others.

Can you answer Obama's call to service this Monday? Click here to find out how you can help near Vineyard Haven:[0]=02568&id=15390-10294791-5sLlSDx&t=3

On Tuesday, Barack will officially start the massive job of restoring our country. As president, he plans to expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps and to create new service organizations1, including:

  • a Classroom Corps to help underserved schools;
  • a Health Corps to serve in the nation's clinics and hospitals;
  • a Clean Energy Corps to achieve the goal of energy independence; and
  • a Veterans Corps to support the Americans who serve in harm's way.

But on Monday, Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia will still be ordinary citizens, volunteering to help their new neighbors in Washington, D.C. Can you join them by volunteering near Vineyard Haven? Click here to sign up on Obama's website:[0]=02568&id=15390-10294791-5sLlSDx&t=4

Many of us have the day off for Dr. King's birthday, so it's a perfect time to volunteer. And with millions of Americans energized about Obama's inauguration, it will be a great day to spend with neighbors!

Hope you can make it. And thanks for all you do.

–Noah, Karin, Matt, Ilyse and the rest of the team

P.S. If you're in D.C. on Monday, join others from around the country to assemble care packages for troops in Iraq at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (inside a heated tent):

1. "America Serves,"

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