- Thomas Jefferson said that a successful democracy depends on an
informed electorate. The rhetoric of political campaigns is increasingly negative and
misleading, if not flat out false, and it is difficult to find the truth on most popular media outlets,
which seem more concerned with propagating and perpetuating political pap.
Regardless of your political leanings, please consider visiting this
non-partisan site, and the one below, frequently, to weed out the truths from
the lies, and to better understand where the candidates stand on the issues that
really matter to our great country.
"More fun, Less stuff"! A non-profit organization based
in Takoma Park, Maryland, the primary focus of New American Dream is promoting
sustainable consumption. Their mission is to “help Americans consume
responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote
social justice.” The organization works with individuals, institutions,
communities, and businesses to conserve natural resources, counter the
commercialization of the culture, and change the way goods are produced and
consumed. New American Dream encourages people to “live consciously, buy
wisely, and make a difference”.
Reader is a bimonthly digest of independent ideas and alternative
culture. Not right, not left, but forward thinking. We're most interested in
creating a conversation about everything from the environment to the economy,
politics to pop culture, and emerging cultural trends. Utne gathers
articles from 1,500 magazines, newsletters, journals, weeklies, zines, and other
lively dispatches from the cultural front; the sorts of cutting-edge
publications you won't find at the average bookstore or newsstand. Our editors
glean this material for compelling, delightfully written stories, interviews,
and cultural criticism, then edit and reprint the most essential.
Located in Asheville, NC, the WriteMind Institute offers holistic retreats for
corporate executives and employees designed to broaden and deepen traditional
approaches to corporate philosophies.
Centers for Holistic Studies and the
Exploration of Human Potential:
www.esalen.org. Esalen Institute is a center in Big Sur, California for humanistic alternative education and a nonprofit organization devoted to
multidisciplinary studies ordinarily neglected or unfavored by traditional
academia. Esalen offers more than 500 public workshops a year in addition to
invitational conferences, residential work-study programs, research initiatives,
and internships. Part think-tank for the emerging world culture, part college
and lab for transformative practices, and part restorative retreat, Esalen is
dedicated to exploring work in the humanities and sciences that furthers the
full realization of what Aldous Huxley called the “human
Omega Institute - www.eomega.org. Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is one of the nation’s
most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit
organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that
inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195
acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 20,000 people to
its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York and at
exceptional locations around the world. Personal transformation is the
foundation for transformation in the world around us. Individual wellness,
personal growth, and a healthy body, mind, and spirit help us make the world a
better place to live and raise our families. To this end, Omega helps lead the
way in creating a sustainable world.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located in Kenab, Utah is home to about 1,500 dogs, cats, horses,
rabbits, birds and other animals. Best Friends works with you -- and with
humane groups all across the country -- to bring about a time when there are No
More Homeless Pets. In our home state, Best Friends manages a model No
More Homeless Pets campaign with shelters and humane groups statewide to ensure
that every healthy dog or cat that's ever born can be guaranteed a loving home.
And Best Friends reaches across the nation, helping humane groups, individual
people, and entire communities to set up spay/neuter, shelter, foster, and
adoption programs in their own neighborhoods, cities, and states.
This is Luna, my beautiful dog from Best Friends!
Alcoholics Anonymous- www.sepenn.org.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania InterGroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous
welcomes you to its Official Website. SEPIA covers the Southeastern Pennsylvania
area, including Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester,
Delaware, and Montgomery. Our primary purpose is to carry the message of
recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers. We can help! Please call
Mirmont Treatment Center-www.mainlinehealth.org.
Located in Media, PA Mirmont Treatment Center has helped many people and their
families who suffer from addiction, begin the journey of recovery from
alcoholism and drug dependency. Mirmont offers a full continuum of inpatient and
outpatient programs and services for adults over the age of 18.
Every person who comes through our door has the opportunity to enter a
process that will help him or her make the necessary changes to live a sober and
Located in Wernersville, Pa (near Reading), Caron provides an enlightened, caring
treatment community in which all those affected by alcoholism or other drug
addiction may begin a new life.
Environmental Protection and Awareness:
Natural Lands Trust - www.natlands.org.
A regional land trust proactively conserving land in the greater
www.wctrust.org. The mission of the Willistown
Conservation Trust is to preserve the open land, rural character, scenic,
historic and ecologically significant resources of the Willistown area and
nearby communities, with particular emphasis on the Crum, Ridley and Darby Creek
mission is accomplished primarily by working with area landowners to acquaint
them with the conservation options available to them in planning for the future
protection and stewardship of their lands, and assisting them in the
implementation of those plans.