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    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
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    Cause Heads

    After eating a big plate of fresh fried oysters for lunch today I walked to Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh were there was a political/non-profit/cause fair going on. There was an intersesting assembly of very different groups manning recruitment and information booths like the ACLU; the Libertarian Party; the Socialist Workers Party; Pittsburgh Socialist (Why there are two socialist groups, I don't know); PETA; Second Harvest; Right to Life; and others who looked like they were just made up right there on the spot.

    Anyway, after getting suckered into taking some pamphlets from the HOT girl at the ACLU booth (great marketing tool), I started to think about what, if any, groups did my civic minded fellow Cyburbanites support.

    So start listing. What causes do you feel strongly about? Or are all of you completly self-involved and apathetic.
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    I've stated on here before about medical marijuana. It is simply the best treatment for some ailments. POT
    “As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall”
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    The American Lung Association. 3 of 4 members of my immediate family have asthma. I've donated our last two "beater" cars to them.
    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
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    I tried to organize a meeting of anarchists once, but things got out of control. Nobody wanted to nominate a chair, and we couldn't agree on bylaws. It just went downhill from there.

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    Not necessarily an exhaustive list:

    The American Cancer Society - my mom has battled/is battling cancer.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation

    The Trust for Public Land

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    I was a founding member of "Save Fenway Park" when I lived up in Boston. They're pretty much exactly what the name says.

    I lost contact when I moved out, but I think they may have actually been succesful...

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    I'm an active participant in Habitat for Humanity, even though I am non-religious.

    The Humane Society and the APA are great organizations also.

    "Help control the pet population, have your pets spayed our neutered." -Bob Barker

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    Diabetes research. It seems like everyone in my family gets it. I've seen first-hand what that can do to your health. I've gotten more fired up about it due to child obesity and increases in children with type 2 diabetes. What I love about the issue is that planners can make a difference. Some recent research has shown a link between sprawl (not going outdoors to exercise) and obesity, and long-standing research links obesity with diabetes.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    I'm very involved with the Appalachian Mountain Club up in Boston. I lead hikes and help out with conservation work. I also like to do charity road races for health cases, like leukemia, MS and the American Lung Association (my mom has a really rare lung disease).

    I'm running a 10K race next weekend for a summer camp for troubled youths- an Outward Bound sort of thing. I did an Outward Bound trip in college and love to support that organization as well.

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    American Diabetes Association for myself
    American Cancer Society - for my father who was only 51
    in lieu of flowers memorial donation in the name of that person/cause
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    The Nature Conservancy (nature.org),
    Doctors Without Borders,
    Surfrider Foundation,
    NPR,
    and I'd like to get more into CNU but I am suspicious-- it walks, talks, and acts like a cult! Can you imagine Andres Duany as David Koresh?

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    me

    Being chronically short of funds my donations are limited. I belong to the VVA and the American Legion. I also donate blood platelettes to the Red Cross. It is my way of helping cancer patients.
    WALSTIB

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    Every planner should be a member of Scenic America.

    I'm not a fan of PETA, but I do belong to the ASPCA.

    When I was living in Denver, I was very active in FIDOS, a group advocating the establishment of off-leash areas in some city parks.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Re: me

    Originally posted by Tom R
    I belong to the VVA and the American Legion.
    What is the WA? Just curious....
    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
    - - Guy Clark, "The Cape"

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    I support our local Friends of the Library.

    I sent a check to Dan.

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    Re: Re: me

    Originally posted by SGB
    What is the WA? Just curious....
    That's V V A. Vietnam Veterans of America.
    WALSTIB

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    Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    I sent a check to Dan.
    If there's a charity case out there worth supporting it's us.

    Giff: I didn't think about the medical marijuana issue very much until a friend of mine had to undergo radiation and chemo treatments for cancer and smoking pot was the only way he was able to hold down food and get his strength back up. So now I say, "Legalize it!"

    There are a few groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers, Boy Scouts of America, Forest Watch, Friends of Lake Keowee and others that I used to be pretty involved with but I've become somewhat of a disengaged citizen since moving to PA. I really should try to get involved again.
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    I am a big fan of and love to give to Heifer International. They give livestock to families in developing countries, and teach them animal husbandry and sustainable farming techniques.

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    Originally posted by El Feo
    I am a big fan of and love to give to Heifer International. They give livestock to families in developing countries, and teach them animal husbandry and sustainable farming techniques.
    Friends of ours gave to Heifer International in our names one year instead of giving a Christmas gift. It is a great organization.
    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
    - - Guy Clark, "The Cape"

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    Originally posted by El Feo
    I am a big fan of and love to give to Heifer International. They give livestock to families in developing countries, and teach them animal husbandry and sustainable farming techniques.
    Mod or El Feo: the link above doesn't work (it says "heifer/org" instead of "heifer.org"). I fixed it in my browser and have checked it out; it looks like a very worthy organization. Here's a working link:

    http://www.heifer.org/

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    My son was born 3 1/2 months prematurely, and I used to donate regularly to the American Lung Association and give blood regularly. I'm now thinking of donating regularly to the March of Dimes, who more directly deals with premature babies.

    BTW, my son is a perfectly healthy six-year old.

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    The usual--Sierra Club, APA, NPR, PBS, Humane Society, plus a couple of rescue dogs running around in the backyard. Plus our state has a program that allows you to choose different cause-or-ego-related license plates, so all of our cars wear environmental plates.
    Oh, yeah, and all of those petition web sites. DENlines, WWF (the pandas, not the wrestlers), etc.

    EDIT
    forgot one more--Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, although I think I'm late on my dues....
    Wish I could do more, but I'm a civic employee.
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    Originally posted by DecaturHawk
    Mod or El Feo: the link above doesn't work (it says "heifer/org" instead of "heifer.org"). I fixed it in my browser and have checked it out; it looks like a very worthy organization. Here's a working link:

    http://www.heifer.org/
    Links fixed.
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    Most of my causes tend to be environmental. They include The Nature Conservancy, the National Parks and Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We've covered the work-related ones before, so I won't repeat.

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    Originally posted by biscuit


    Giff: I didn't think about the medical marijuana issue very much until a friend of mine had to undergo radiation and chemo treatments for cancer and smoking pot was the only way he was able to hold down food and get his strength back up. So now I say, "Legalize it!"

    Here my friends site. He got me interested in the issue.
    “As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall”
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