Friday, October 17, 2008

"Bad Examples" Concert to benefit New Lenox Pantry 10/18


THIS SATURDAY NIGHT! October 18th, 2008

Ralph Covert's rockin' band for adults will play their final outdoor show of the season:

Mayor Tim Baldermann's
Commons Park
1 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL

This 21-and-over event starts at 4pm with the Examples performing soon after 7pm. There will be more live music earlier in the day. The park closes at 10pm. Beer, brats, and ribs available for purchase.

Admission is a food donation to the New Lenox Food Pantry. Collection of items will be onsite – no monetary donations will be accepted.

Attendees with the last name from A – M should bring a breakfast or lunch item
Attendees with the last name from N – Z should bring a lunch or dinner item

Suggested Breakfast Items:
Breakfast bars, boxed cereals such as Kellogg's Rice Krispies With Real Strawberries (TM ), Oatmeal

Suggested Lunch/Dinner Items:
Soups such as tomato, chicken noodle and vegetable (the Pantry has an excess of cream of chicken and cream of mushroom); canned tuna; mayonnaise; spaghetti and spaghetti sauce; Instant potato or rice dishes; canned chili, Saltine crackers, canned ravioli, peanut butter, jams and jellies.

For more details visit: or call Bonnie in Mayor Baldermann's office at 815-462-6425.

This is also part of the Daniel Pearl Music Days, part of an ongoing initiative for achieving world peace. For more information please visit:

Are you a Ralph's World fan who doesn' t know The Bad Examples? Go to to hear some of the music.

World Food Day- Oct 16

Oops! I'm a bit late in posting this, but the site should still be up!

World Food Day, October 16th, is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

ONE poverty petition to the candidates

From the ONE campaign...

In the past week, more than 30,000 ONE members have signed our petition to Barack Obama and John McCain asking them to keep their poverty-fighting commitments to the world’s most vulnerable people. Together, we’re proving that, even in tough times, we stand up for our principles. And so far, it’s working. Since our campaign began, the candidates have continued to stand by the promises they made earlier in the campaign.

Now we need to keep the pressure on, and to do that we’re going global and breaking records. This Friday, October 17th, through Sunday the 19th is the “Stand Up and Take Action” weekend against poverty, when we’ll join the Global Call To Action Against Poverty and the U.N. Millennium Campaign to set a new Guinness World Record of 67 million people standing up, literally, against poverty – 1% of everyone on earth.

Click the link to add your name to the petition below. Show John McCain, Barack Obama and the world that Americans are serious about keeping our commitments to meet the Millennium Development Goals and halve extreme poverty and global disease by 2015. When you do, we’ll also add your name to the millions around the globe who are standing up against global poverty this weekend.

Dear Senators Barack Obama and John McCain,

As you work to find a solution to the global financial crisis, please do not waver in your support for the world's poorest people. It is now more important than ever to stand up for effective, efficient solutions that save millions of lives, strengthen the global economy, and win the hearts and minds of people around the world. I’m keeping my commitment to fight global poverty, and I ask you to do the same.

Tonight, John McCain and Barack Obama will take the stage at Hofstra University to debate one last time. At each of the last two debates, they’ve been asked what should be done to solve the current financial crisis. That’s a difficult question, but backing away from poverty-fighting commitments is absolutely not the right answer. Cutting off investments in life-saving solutions to some of the most wrenching global issues of our time would devastate millions of people and do nothing to get us out of the current financial mess.

A faltering economy doesn’t change who we are or what we believe in. And, just as we expect our elected leaders to help our neighbors here at home during these tough times, we also expect them to extend a helping hand to our global neighbors in their struggle against poverty and preventable disease. It’s the American thing to do and it’s one investment we know will pay off in the form of a safer, more prosperous world for all of us.

You can stand up for effective, affordable commitments to end extreme poverty and global disease by clicking the link below to add your name to the petition:

Barack Obama and John McCain have already gone On The Record in response to the call from ONE members like you, and made historic commitments to end extreme poverty and global disease. In two weeks, we’ll deliver your petitions and give them one more chance to reaffirm where they stand on our issues. Between now and then, let’s Stand Up, set a world record, and make our voices heard as Americans, and as part of a global movement against global poverty.

Thank you for making a difference,

David Lane,

Monday, October 13, 2008

Huffington Post on Poverty ('bout time!)

Finally in all this political discourse comes a poverty article in a popular blog about poverty. Huffington Post is pretty far to the Pro-Obama left, so if anyone sees something similar published from the right, please post it in the comment section and I'll give it an entry.

Huff Post:
Obama's Innovative War on Poverty

Sam Stein correctly points out that poverty never came up in the first 2 presidential debates.

"Indeed, as economic observers fret that the ripple effects of the market meltdown could result in greater numbers of underemployed and unemployed, the focus of the campaign remains firmly on businesses and the middle class. During the first debate, when the financial crisis was first coming into focus, "poverty" went similarly unmentioned.

It is, in many ways, regrettable. Not simply because the number of those living in poverty - 37.3 million in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau - demands more attention. But because those who have studied poverty-eradication programs say that Barack Obama has a plan that could be historic in its reach and innovation."

It goes on to highlight some of Obama's anti-poverty programs. I will not enumerate them here, but I encourage everyone to look at that post as well as both candidates web sites to learn what they can about how the candidates plan to tackle domestic poverty. I'll leave global poverty out of this post just now, but a visit to can get you started on that issue as well.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Live Blogging at

Breadblog has been running a series of live blogs from the Idaho Hunger Summit. It's got a lot of nice state level stats in it and some great quotes from the blogger and the speakers. Here are a couple...

"Why do I love being around anti-hunger advocates? Because no where else in the world can the announcer say “eliminate the asset test for Food Stamps SNAP” and have the crowd go absolutely bonkers wild."

"I LOVE Nancy’s enthusiasm, and the crowd is getting into it. She has a contagious laugh and a very warm presence. She started out the session talking about what it means to be an advocate. Sometimes simple is better: Advocacy just means speaking up.
So true."

Click here for Idaho Summit blogs