“After three years, 25,000 photographers, 56 countries, 700 events, and giving away nearly 170,000 portraits to those who are less fortunate, the amazing success of Help-Portrait has never been more evident than it is today.”

Now Help Portrait is ready to take it to the next level – but they need your help to do it.

Whether you give or participate or both, you can make a difference.

Find out more about help portrait and how you can help here.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

In the largest online protest in history, more than 7000 websites including Google,  Wikipedia,  and WordPress are protesting PIPA / SOPA today.

1   Find out more and sign the SOPA strike petition here.

2   Visit FightForThe Future.org to email your representative in congress.

3   Make your voice heard by signing the Google online petition

“PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.”

This is inspiring!

Find out more about Playing For Change here.

Listen to videos here.

The Inspiration

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

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Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear, and expertise to give back to those in need.

You can be a part of it!

Find out more about Help-Portrait here.

It’s visionary. It’s conscientious. It changed the world for the better. It’s one of the best speeches ever written, changing speech patterns and literature. If you haven’t heard or seen it, do it now. If you have, you might want to do it again.

Red Cross Helps Haiti.

You can too. Donate here. I did.

Today photographers all over the world are volunteering to make portraits for those in need. You can be a part of it. It’s going on right now!

Check out Hope-Portrait here.

Quincy Jones spawned the idea of asking President Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts.

Now there’s an online petition.

Over 200,000 people have signed it so far.

Check it out here.


David Wright, my fabulous assistant for the last two years, principle architect of the ambitious Pause to Begin project, is leaving soon to work with socially conscious organizations in Africa. He’s raising funds for his trip with a print offer. You can help two good causes with one action. Here’s how.

“In January 2009 I leave Maine for Alebtong, Uganda, where I will spend two months volunteering and photographing for A River Blue, a non-profit arts empowerment project for the children of internally-displaced persons in Northern Uganda.

I will be using my large format camera to photograph the people and landscape for a traveling exhibition and book that will be used to raise funds for A River Blue. Details will be announced in the spring/summer of 2009.

To raise funds for the trip, I am offering a selection of my limited edition prints at substantially reduced prices.”

Please visit davidwrightphoto.com to support his trip, A River Blue, and Africa.

Vote!

November 4, 2008 | Leave a Comment

It’s election day in the USA.
Make your voice heard!
Vote!

If you have a firm opinion vote your conscience. If you’re undecided vote your gut reaction. If you don’t like the candidates, vote for the independents or write in a vote of no confidence. If you’re don’t feel voting will make a difference, I assure you it does. Men and women have died for the freedoms we enjoy. Men and women are still dying while trying to get the freedoms we enjoy. A healthy democracy (government for the people by the people) requires participation. Many people are hoping for record turnouts this year.
Be a part of history. Vote!

PS    Even if you haven’t registered, in many places it’s not to late; some places allow registration at the time and place of voting if you present a valid form of ID and a document stating residency (tax bill, rental agreement, paycheck, etc).

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