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Indianapolis, Indiana. From the corner of Washington Street and Meridian, looking north on Meridian at Monument Circle (yes, Lady Victory is up there). Photo taken in 1904.
Over 100 years ago and it looks oddly familiar.
I live in Indianapolis and I am volunteering to work at Bonnaroo this summer. This means I have to be there Tuesday the 7th. If you’re reading this and you’re also volunteering, I am looking to carpool with up to 4 other people. Send me a message if you need a ride or can offer me one. I am expecting and willing to split the gas cost and have one hell of a time!
The Indianapolis Police Department doesn’t have anything better to do than bother 2 skateboarders and a girl on a tuesday night downtown. We didn’t get into any trouble, but we obviously didn’t get to skate for very long. This rain needs to stop so I don’t have to resort to skating in parking garages in the middle of the night!
What is falling whistles?
The story begins with two Americans (founder Sean Carasso) who traveled into the Democratic Republic of the Congo on a short trip to provide footwear for children in need. By the end of their first week they had discovered an illegal prison holding escaped child soldiers. This is where they heard of the whistle blowers; boys too small to carry a gun were sent to the front lines with only a whistle.
Upon their return home Sean received a gift of a whistle and began to wear it just over his heart. Everywhere he went the whistle would spark conversation and provide an opportunity to speak up for these children. From this the Falling Whistles campaign was launched-make their weapon your voice and be a whistle blower for peace in Congo.
It has quickly become a growing campaign for peace in the Congo. Their main goal is to help children escape the war-region and rehabilitate these children with education, art, sports, music, human rights education, vocational skill training, medical treatment and nutritional services. By the selling of whistles they spread the word about the Congo and speak up for peace.
They are a non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible.
What is happening in the Congo?
The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the world’s largest and most deadly war. During the past 10 years, almost 6 million people have died, and about 2,000 people continue to lose their lives daily. Sexual violence is more rampant than anywhere else in the world, and thousands of children are involved in the war. Why?
There are a number of reasons, dating back over a century. However, most of the conflict is tied directly to the country’s vast natural resources. They are both blessing and a curse, making Congo a country of great potential and a victim of exploitation. The minerals found in Congo are used in consumer electronics, including laptops and cell phones. While many benefit from the mineral trade, it is the Congolese people who bare the consequences of a conflict that sustains profitable mining enterprise.
Combined with unstable governance, a history of bitterness between local groups, and international interest in Congo - this situation is one of the most complex on the planet. It is this complexity that has left the largest peacekeeping force in the world, MONUC, largely ineffective. We must find a new approach.
Why should you care?
It’s all about humanity. We are one world and all we can do is continue to improve our world. Bobby Kennedy once said, “At the heart of that western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man, the child of God, is the touchstone of value, and all society, all groups, and states, exist for that person’s benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any western society. Therefore, the essential humanity of man can be protected and preserved only where the government must answer - not just to the wealthy; not just to those of a particular religion, not just to those of a particular race; but to all of the people.”
We should all be committed to peaceful and non-violent change. In the words of the founder, Sean Carasso, “We must recognize the full human equality of all of our people-before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this, not because it is economically advantageous-although it is; not because the laws of God command it-although they do; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do.”
See more info at www.fallingwhistles.com or check them out on facebook.
This is what we’re going to do:
We want to throw a benefit event to tell everyone about Falling Whistles! Come out to eat and dance and there might even be an antique auction to help raise money!
We are currently working on finding sponsors of any sort to help out or donate.
We’re also waiting to hear from the Falling Whistles interns.
We’re trying to decide whether to have it in Danville at the Hendricks County Conference Center or a ball room downtown.
Any way that you could help would be appreciated. We’re looking for anyone with talents, writers, painters, artists to help spread the word.
We want to make this happen this summer!
THIS IS IMPORTANT GUYS! THANK YOU!
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