Cape Town’s Pop-up Store for the Homeless Goes Global – Good News Network

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In a very trendy neighborhood of Cape Town, among chic boutiques and restaurants, two advertising creatives saw from their balcony the homeless residents, too.

They dreamed up the idea of a “Street Store” that makes it easy for the wealthiest residents to donate, and more importantly, a place to give to the poorest with dignity.

Street Store poster boards with hangers are hung from fencing over which donors can lay their clothes. Boxes are placed in a neat row for shoes and accessories. Watch the video below to see it in action.

To date the concept has grown to see street stores being duplicated in the city streets of Brussels, Vancouver, San Diego, Sao Polo and a number of other cities worldwide since then. More than 263 cities from around the world have signed up to host a Street Store — posters have been translated through social media into nine languages.

(WATCH the video below or READ the story in the South African) – Story tip from Mike Kaufmann

 SOURCE: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/cape-towns-pop-store-homeless-goes-global/

 

Does Anything Feel Different to You? 5 Signs Things Are Changing

Does Anything Feel Different to You? 5 Signs Things Are Changing.

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20th June 2014

By Trev McDonald

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

How are you going? How are you feeling? Does anything feel different? Have you started noticing anything new lately that you didn’t notice before?

Everywhere I look, people are reporting similar sensations of an energetic “shift”. Improved intuition, positive thought patterns and manifestation, to name a few, are all coming more naturally. Every day we learn something new and our consciousness is expanding accordingly.

And it feels liberating in so many ways!

Here are 5 signs that things are changing. Do they sound familiar?

5 Signs Things are Changing

Don’t I Know You?

Firstly, more and more people I meet seem familiar to me. It’s like we have met before – but it’s impossible. Or is it? Perhaps I have met them outside this reality and my greater awareness allows me to take note of it. Or maybe, through the same spiritual awareness I can see that we are all connected and that brings about the feelings of “knowing” someone. Or perhaps it’s something else. I’m not sure but I do know the feeling is undeniable.

Attitude of Gratitude

Secondly, through positive thought and gratitude, I am experiencing an increase in positive experiences entering my journey. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for something.Sometimes it’s minor, sometimes more. In any case, every time I notice something positive I feel immediately grateful.

Showing gratitude is a simple matter of acknowledging the “something positive” and consciously being thankful for its inclusion in your life. This promotes even more positive experience in itself.

Gravity Shift

I have noticed that individuals I’ve only just met seem to gravitate toward me. It could be the “light” in my eyes or my positive disposition. I’m not sure. But again, it is unmistakable. I do feel a distinct lack of worrying about what others think about me, and a greater amount of confidence when dealing with new people – which could be assisting in the likability stakes.

Conversely, I have noticed in myself a distinct lack of focus on others. Previously, I have been guilty of unknowingly glaring at people – trying to “work them out”. Recently, I am told that my glare has disappeared. Sensing that we are all energetically connected, I don’t feel the need to “work people out” anymore. It is just not important.

Energy Conscious

I have noticed an increase in my awareness of the energy surrounding me. I used to think that the term ‘energy’ related solely to how much physical stamina I had. I now know differently.

To be aware of energy is to encourage it – to actively engage with it – to allow it to manifest in your world. Meditation I believe is the key to acknowledging these energies and really feeling their presence. What you do with it from there is up to you!

Abundance Mindset

We are conditioned by our society from a very early age to believe that, in order to live, we need money. And to gain money, we have to work. We endebt ourselves for a lifetime for the basic necessity of a ‘home’. To do anything else, we are told, is to be unsuccessful.

But now it seems that gaining the abundance we want in our life is as simple as allowing the energy of abundance into our life. With my newly found energy awareness, I am allowing abundance to flow more freely.

How are you feeling? Does anything feel different to you? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below?

Peace and love,

Trev

About the author:

Trev is a writer and founder of www.destinationaware.com. He believes humanity is currently in the midst of a global awakening, a jolt from the matrix of illusion, and after 20-something years of living “dormant” is now awakening, exploring, observing and sharing his reality in his writing. Acknowledging the Divine Consciousness within us all, Trev hopes to further his own awakening and that of other like-minded souls through his work.

Connect with Trev at destinationaware.com or on Facebook.

“United in awareness, we are unstoppable.”

   

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#WAVEOFACTION WEEKLY CALL – InterOccupy

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Date(s) – 04/08/2014
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

http://interoccupy.net/events/waveofaction-weekly-call-2014-04-08/

 

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Wave of Action Re-Energizes New York Activism By John Zangas #waveofaction

Wave of Action Re-Energizes New York Activism

Photo by Jeff Rae

By John Zangas

In spite of raw and rainy weather, several hundred activists participated in Wave of Action events last weekend in New York. April 4 kicked off a three-month period of heightened activism, which Wave of Action’s website describes as “people throughout the world…protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems.” Here is a sampling from New York’s Wave:

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Harlem: The Robin Hood Tax campaign demonstrated outside Congressman Rangel’s office. “The Robin Hood Tax would raise hundreds of billions of dollars every year for people in our communities,” said Michael Tikili, an organizer with the Health Global Action Project. The Robin Hood Tax, also known as the Inclusive Prosperity Act (HR1579) sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison, proposes a fee on speculative financial trades on Wall Street. “With those resources we could commit to Dr. King’s dream with the real revenue we need for jobs, living wages, healthcare and equal access to education,” said Tikili.

Activist Barry Knight said, “The Robin Hood Tax should be enacted because without it markets are subject to robo-buying which destabilizes markets and cheats the public. All markets in Europe have a transaction fee, we should have it here.” Its purpose is to raise money for education, heathcare, and jobs creation.

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Zuccotti Park: Over 100 community organizers and activists from dozens of organizations such as Veterans For Peace, People’s Power Assembly, and OccuEvolve, met at Zuccotti Park, the scene of Occupy Wall Street encampment in 2011. In spite of a cold drizzle, they discussed issues and strategies for organizing, and rekindled old friendships. “We are focusing on objectives and to bring people together,” said Harrison Schultz, organizer with Fed Up, a project to educate people about how the Federal Reserve influences money creation. “This proves that the movement of the people is growing on these issues,” he said.

Photo by Jeff Rae

60 Wall Street: Nearly a hundred people met in the atrium of the Deutsche Bank building to discuss healthcare and economic reform. The organization Strike Debt, an off-shoot of Occupy Wall Street, distributed “The Debt Resistors Operations Manual,” a guide for getting out of debt.

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Veterans War Memorial: Members of Veterans For Peace and their supporters held a demonstration at the Veterans War Memorial on Water Street. About fifty NYPD officers were on hand to deal with a crowd of about one hundred people. Five people, including three veterans and two supporters, were arrested when they refused to leave at the park’s 10pm closing time. Before he was arrested, veteran Bill Perry said, “Veterans continue to be affected by PTSD from being deployed to combat while there is not enough funding to help them when they return.”

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Union Square: On Sunday a dozen immigration groups rallied at Union Square in support of the “Dream Act” and Immigration Reform. The Act, first introduced in the Senate in 2001 and amended since then, provides relief and education for undocumented minors.”The Dream Act offers a path to citizenship for undocumented citizen youth,” said Hong Mei Pang, an organizer for RAISE, a Asian-American Immigration advocacy group. “I believe it is desperately needed since we’re approaching two million undocumented youth,” she said.

Chris Hilo, an advocate with the Migrant Power Alliance said, “Immigrants are being detained by NYPD and then put in detention centers for petty crimes.” She expressed concern about parents being separated from children. “People are already separated from their families so we want to end deportations so that doesn’t happen here.” The Migrant Power Alliance also advocates for a living wage, worker and labor rights, and full citizenship for all immigrants, regardless of nationality.

More events associated with Wave of Action are planned through July 4. Anyone can start their own campaign or join another already in progress. The actions will be held in cities across the world and are intended to highlight working people’s economic struggle brought on by increasing wealth inequality, government surveillance, ecological concerns, and cuts in government services.

Report back on Wave of Action weekend in New York with autonomous activist Barry Knight and DC Media Group’s John Zangas: