A tribute to four people who blog against Recession.
We hear so much about what this Recession is doing to ordinary people; we see it in our own lives in our friends’ and neighbors’ lives that it’s easy to forget that there are ordinary people out there trying to do bind communities to fight this. I just wanted to pay tribute to some of these people because they are doing their best and they are making a difference.
I want to tell you about those who blog against Recession.
Help a Mother Out is a California group blog. They started their blog (or campaign) “to share information, network, and inspire action.” Specifically, they collect money (through the Amazon wish list) for several California non-profits and disseminate ideas on how people can help others in these times.
Bloggers Give Back lets you know of what companies, charities and other bloggers are doing to help their communities. They also encourage bloggers to give the free stuff companies send people to review to the people who really need it. Quite a good resource for anyone who wants to help but doesn’t have a lot of money.
Recession Nation is perhaps best described as a project. It is collecting essays, photos, and poems that describe how the Recession is affecting you. They will publish the submissions in a book and all the profits from that book will be donated to Feeding America, the United Way, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. If you have a story, photo or poem to share that might help out those less fortunate, send it to them. The submission deadline is June 15.
And finally, and perhaps most heart-breakingly, there is the Invisible People blog. This blog is run by a person who used to be homeless. And what frustrated this blogger most was that when he was homeless, he became invisible. And although he also produces professional videos about the homeless and the organizations that help them, he wanted to start this blog so that the “invisible people” have a chance to tell their story uncensored. Because, as he puts it, “always remember, the homeless people you’ll ignore today were much like you not so long ago.”
These aren’t the only bloggers fighting against poverty and this Recession; these are only the ones I have come across. And in the midst of all the horrible news we hear day in and day out, it’s good to know that there are people out there who not only care but who are doing something about it.