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Ecuadoran Government Shuts Down Fundacion Pachamama

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On Wednesday, December 4, the Ecuadoran government shut down the Fundación Pachamama, where my brother Oliver works, in retaliation for its advocacy of indigenous human rights and the rights of nature. In particular, the government is frustrated by Pachamama’s opposition to expanded oil drilling in the Amazon, which has caused the failure of the government’s latest round of auctions for Amazon oil leases.

Fundacion Pachamama president Belen Paez released this statement today:

“We regret to inform you that today, Wednesday December 4, 2013, officials from the Police Administration of Pinchincha came to the offices of Fundación Pachamama in the city of Quito and proceeded to close the offices and left us a resolution from the Ministry of Environment stating that our organization is dissolved.

“This closure is an arbitrary act that seeks to suppress our legitimate right to dissent from the decision of the National Government to concede areas of Amazonian indigenous nations to oil companies, without respecting their constitutional rights and to free, prior and informed consultation, according to the standards of the International Law of Human Rights.”
Read the full statement

My brother and his colleagues are okay for now. But the situation is tense. The best sources of information are the Pachamama Alliance (US-based sister org to the embattled Ecuadoran group) and AmazonWatch. I’ll be posting updates to Twitter and Facebook. If there’s something worth a longer post, I’ll put it here.

Meanwhile, please spread the word.

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December 5, 2013 at 3:45 am

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Twitter Transcript from ‘The Socially Conscious Geek’ at SXSW

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The buzz on Twitter about ‘The Socially Conscious Geek‘, the Core Conversation Lauren Bacon and I facilitated last weekend at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (aka SXSWi). Here is a straight cut/paste of the tweetstream on each of the hashtags for our session — the official hashtag #sociallyconsciousgeek, which we shortened to the more manageable #scgeek.

Tweets on #sociallyconsciougeek:

  1. Pensive_steve_censor_normal stevehopkins @SarahMoran we should totally chat 🙂 would be great. #sociallyconsciousgeek sesh? Awesome! 2 days ago from TweetDeck

  2. Profile_small_normal SarahMoran @stevehopkins dude, I just worked out what you’re actually working on atm. We should talk! #sociallyconsciousgeek sesh at #sxsw was good 🙂 2 days ago from Tweetie

  3. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon @btruax re #sociallyconsciousgeek – we shortened the hashtag to #scgeek. 4 days ago from web

  4. Twitterprofilephoto_normal pcrampton @hertling Thanks! 🙂 #sxswi #sociallyconsciousgeek #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  5. Will-webportrait-2008-640_normal hertling Notes from socially concious geek session at #sxswi #sociallyconsciousgeek #scgeek http://bit.ly/9ccDjp 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  6. Brianu_ning_normal unflatpdx #sociallyconsciousgeek #slogsxsw bring your socially conscious issues over to the speed blogging event at Maggie Mae’s on 6th. 4:-6pm today 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  7. New_avatar_normal btruax No one is tweeting from the #sociallyconsciousgeek panel? 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  8. Screen_shot_2010-01-26_at_7 annemai Geeks who want do good outnumber nonprofits here at #scgeek aka #sociallyconsciousgeek 5 days ago from Tweetie

  9. Twitterprofilephoto_normal laurencastellon Interesting format: “modified fishbowl” for #sociallyconsciousgeek #scgeek #sxswi 5 days ago from Tweetie

  10. Calliemiller_normal calliemiller #sociallyconsciousgeek now = #scgeek hi all! 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  11. Meandjordan_normal stewarttownsend #sociallyconsciousgeek rm 7 level 3…. Panel discussion but unusual setting #sxsw . Interesting to see the discussion 5 days ago from twibble

  12. New_avatar_normal btruax Time to digest content & research stuff from notes of #designfirst15min & #notrust. Break till #sociallyconsciousgeek @ 3:30. #housxsw 5 days ago from TweetDeck

Tweets on #scgeek:

  1. Bbf_normal brookebf RT @jfinlayson: BTW Good Capitalist Party 4 slactivists #SocEnt Mon7-9 #scgeek http://bit.ly/ddCD2B @socialedge @changemakers @SoCapitalist 3 days ago from Twee

  2. Sheer_awesome_normal detailmatters @foglio glad ur here #crowdx #scgeek #sxswi let’s keep the convo going! 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  3. 4260450871_e376b8e1e6_normal Foglio http://TheUpTake.org uses audience comments on a liveblog to log/filter vid streams of leg hearings & political events #scgeek #sxsw 4 days ago from Tweetie

  4. Sheer_awesome_normal detailmatters #crowdx + #scgeek = the perfect blend for the soln we discussed yesterday. 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  5. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon Just published my notes from yesterday’s #scgeek session – would love comments from other participants! http://bit.ly/9dXXDP 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  6. Sheer_awesome_normal detailmatters @andydixn great meeting u #scgeek! I’ll be there for ur session. Want to learn about combating generational prisioner trends 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  7. Sheer_awesome_normal detailmatters RT @brandon_merritt: Any chance of an #scgeek meetup? Would love to continue the conversations in a beer related environment! 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  8. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon @CathyBrowne Thanks so much for coming to our #scgeek session yesterday – great to see you & say hi! 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  9. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon @btruax re #sociallyconsciousgeek – we shortened the hashtag to #scgeek. 4 days ago from web

  10. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon Resources for #scgeek: About B Corporations http://www.bcorporation.net/about (h/t @jfinlayson) 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  11. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon RT hertling: Notes from socially concious geek session at #sxswi #scgeek http://bit.ly/9ccDjp 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  12. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon More #scgeek resources: Anti 9 to 5 Guide http://bit.ly/9ouOf0 & 4 Hour Work Week http://bit.ly/SW8O5 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  13. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon More #scgeek resources: Wikipedia: “Social Enterprise” http://bit.ly/LveZb Acumen Fund @acumen http://bit.ly/L3PFJ 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  14. Lb-squarecrop_normal laurenbacon Ran out of time yesterday to post resources mentioned at #scgeek panel, so here goes: Wikipedia: “Triple Bottom Line” http://bit.ly/2FEGX 4 days ago from TweetDeck

  15. Grips_up_close_normal dkrumlauf RT @brandon_merritt Any chance of an #scgeek meetup? Would love to continue the conversations in a beer related environment! (I’m in) 4 days ago from TwitBird iPhone

  16. Alexbeauchamp_normal alexthegirl Really loved the Socially Concious Geek panel #scgeek. Will post my notes/thoughts soon. So proud of @laurenbacon! 5 days ago from Twitterrific

  17. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen @brandon_merritt come to the happy hour @theKbuzz is hosting http://bit.ly/b7B79Y #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  18. Buddy_normal brandon_merritt Any chance of an #scgeek meetup? Would love to continue the conversations in a beer related environment! 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  19. Calliemiller_normal calliemiller You know a discussion panel was good when convos are still happening in the hall 30 min after it ended! #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  20. Me_normal bunkywu Nice to hear that @acumenfund was getting shoutouts at #scgeek panel! Thanks and wish I were there. 5 days ago from Tweetie

  21. Buddy_normal brandon_merritt By far the best panel I’ve been to at #sxswi is the socially concious geek! #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  22. Turkey_pix_normal mattewing Great #scgeek session. Fun to hear about new progressive biz models Nice moderating folks 5 days ago from Tweetie

  23. Subway_normal Dave_Stein #scgeek was great conversation with motivated people. 5 days ago from Mobile Web

  24. Twitterprofilephoto_normal pcrampton @hertling Thanks! 🙂 #sxswi #sociallyconsciousgeek #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  25. Will-webportrait-2008-640_normal hertling Notes from socially concious geek session at #sxswi #sociallyconsciousgeek #scgeek http://bit.ly/9ccDjp 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  26. Picme_normal maximka Best term I’ve learned today: “slow money” #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  27. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen Triple Bottom Line: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_bottom_line <– way cool #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  28. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson @brookebf #scgeek thanks where R U sitting? 5 days ago from web

  29. Robert1er_normal robert1er I’m in a room full of socially conscious geeks who dream of working in non-profits. Good to see folks looking to make a difference. #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  30. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson B corps also preserve your mission in case you sell #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  31. Robert1er_normal robert1er I’m looking for an Apple IT pro to help a non-profit hone their hardware infrastructure. #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  32. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson Plug for 4-Hour Workweek http://bit.ly/bAZjZ7 4 Day Work Week gives you time to start something on side, still get your day job done #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  33. Purple_flower_normal kiramarch Yes! And np’s need to raise $ to succeed RT: @davekerpen Don’t be afraid to make money. You need to money to make social change. #scgeek 5 days ago from OpenBeak

  34. Robert1er_normal robert1er @dkrumlauf Thanks! #scgeek #sxswnp 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  35. Bbf_normal brookebf @jfinlayson love to meet you – enjoyed your tweets today #scgeek 5 days ago from Twee

  36. Robert1er_normal robert1er @kiramarch You made some great points. Glad to hear other folks are wildly happy doing good work. #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  37. Sheer_awesome_normal detailmatters Happy to have found #scgeek at #sxswi hoping for good conversations afterward. 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  38. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson Some #scgeek want to start their own biz so they can do good, make profit. consider being a b corporation http://www.bcorporation.net/about 5 days ago from web

  39. Grips_up_close_normal dkrumlauf RT @maximka Great quote from Robert Coombs at #scgeek: “We sleep very well at night, not necessarily on a very expensive bed.” #sxswnp 5 days ago from TwitBird iPhone

  40. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen Don’t be afraid to make money. You need to money to make good social change happen. #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  41. Robert1er_normal robert1er @maximka Thanks! @jennbc and I are incredibly lucky to be able to work doing things we believe in. #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  42. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen Hey fellow geeks ur inpiring! All invited to continue convo @ my Happy Hour @ 6pm http://bit.ly/b7B79Y #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  43. Purple_flower_normal kiramarch @Sarterus yes, it’s a great recruiting pitch for me — I’ve hired several PMs who sleep better now 🙂 #scgeek 5 days ago from OpenBeak

  44. Twitterprofilephoto_normal laurencastellon RT @Sarterus: a lot of people here have issues sleeping at night. it’s great people are aware of the impact: they need options to work elsewhere #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  45. Twitter_mp3_10-09_normal SwapMamas Attending Socially Conscious Geek Panel. Inspired. #sxsw #scgeek 5 days ago from mobile web

  46. Profile_small_normal SarahMoran Socially conscious geek session resembles AA session: “my name’s Dave and I’m a socially concious geek” #scgeek #sxsw #socent 5 days ago from Tweetie

  47. Picme_normal maximka Great quote from Robert Coombs at #scgeek: “We sleep very well at night, not necessarily on a very expensive bed.” 5 days ago from web

  48. Brianrowenten_normal Sarterus a lot of people here have issues sleeping at night. it’s great people are aware of the impact: they need options to work elsewhere #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  49. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen RT @dkrumlauf Info on Samoan Circles http://www.kstoolkit.org/Samoan+Circle | Great leaderless process #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  50. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen It’s not all or nothing. @theKbuzz we offer non-profits & govt agencies 50% off so we can make a living & help world #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  51. Cb_normal slipaustin Listening to socially conscience geeks makes me super lucky and excited to soon be working at an advocacy marketing company! #scgeek 5 days ago from Twitterrific

  52. Grips_up_close_normal dkrumlauf @davekerpen The KBuzz “socially conscious geek” – here to make $ hive 50% discount to npos #scgeek. 5 days ago from TwitBird iPhone

  53. Purple_flower_normal kiramarch This was me! And I am using my powers wisely now 🙂 RT: @laurencastellon “I went to grad school to work for good, not evil.” #scgeek #sxswi 5 days ago from OpenBeak

  54. Brianrowenten_normal Sarterus I do not see how patenting social media ideas helps anyone. A culture of sharing and open access can make a much bigger difference #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  55. Grips_up_close_normal dkrumlauf Info on Samoan Circles http://www.kstoolkit.org/Samoan+Circle #scgeek Great leaderless process #sxswnp 5 days ago from TwitBird iPhone

  56. Michael_castellon_normal mcastellon RT @laurencastellon: “I went to grad school to work for good, not evil.” #scgeek #sxswi 5 days ago from Tweetie

  57. Brianrowenten_normal Sarterus Corporate ideas: Percent for charity, paying employers to volunteer at NPO’s #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  58. Grips_up_close_normal dkrumlauf NetSquared & NTEN get a good plug at #scgeek #sxsw 5 days ago from TwitBird iPhone

  59. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson c @socialentrprnr State of ForProfit #SocEnt http://bit.ly/9zlwkZ RT @brookebf #scgeek do you have to be nonprofit to be socially conscious? 5 days ago from web

  60. Brianrowenten_normal Sarterus recruiting young people: College cost reduction, power to launch initiatives #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  61. Profile_small_normal SarahMoran Plug for @netsquared‘s net Tuesday and www.nten.com in #sociallyconciousgeek #scgeek #socent #sxsw 5 days ago from Tweetie

  62. Bbf_normal brookebf #scgeek #sxswi, alot of talk on nonprofits, but do you have to be a non-p to be ‘socially conscious’? 5 days ago from Twee

  63. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson More job resources http://www.idealist.org and http://www.socialedge.org/features/job-listings #SCgeek 5 days ago from web

  64. Picme_normal maximka Great hiring resources from #scgeek: http://www.netsquared.org/ and http://www.nten.org/ 5 days ago from web

  65. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson Net 2 Local – great offline meetups of geeks for good #SCgeek http://www.netsquared.org/share/meetup 5 days ago from web

  66. Twitterprofilephoto_normal laurencastellon “I went to grad school to work for good, not evil.” #scgeek #sxswi 5 days ago from Tweetie

  67. Jaketha_normal Jaketha RT @CALCASA: It’s always surprising to know how many people didn’t realize they could use their talents for good in non-profits. #scgeek #sxsw 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  68. Cb_normal slipaustin Finally getting to sit and watch a panel and love hearing the passion of everyone here #scgeek 5 days ago from Twitterrific

  69. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson BTW The Good Capitalist Party 4 slactivists #SocEnt Mon7-9 #scgeek http://bit.ly/ddCD2B @acumenfund @socialedge @changemakers @SoCapitalist 5 days ago from web

  70. Agreenerlife_normal agreenerlifeorg At the #scgeek chat at SXSWi. Neat ideas here! 5 days ago from Twitterrific

  71. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen @SarahMoran you did great! 🙂 #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  72. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson Biz models 4 doing good @socialedge http://bit.ly/LFvyV do good/live well http://bit.ly/5cUhP RT @laurencastellon profit 4 purpose” #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  73. Profile_small_normal SarahMoran Just participated in a Samoan circle #scgeek #sociallyconciousgeek 5 days ago from Tweetie

  74. Profile_small_normal SarahMoran @davekerpen thought I should have a go #sociallyconciousgeek #scgeek 5 days ago from Tweetie

  75. Screen_shot_2010-01-26_at_7 annemai Geeks who want do good outnumber nonprofits here at #scgeek aka #sociallyconsciousgeek 5 days ago from Tweetie

  76. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen Very interesting format in this panel: Samoan CIrcle – people in center 4 seats can talk, others can jump in to replace #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  77. Brianrowenten_normal Sarterus Australia uses profit for purpose. #scgeek 5 days ago from web

  78. Twitterprofilephoto_normal laurencastellon “profit for purpose”. #scgeek 5 days ago from Tweetie

  79. Robert1er_normal robert1er I didn’t know you could make a good living in non-profits until I was doing it. #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  80. Calliemiller_normal calliemiller I’m emotional wreck in this panel. People talking about doing work they love & that makes a difference is bringing tears to my eyes. #scgeek 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  81. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson getting over fear of profit by having employees (felt greedy but with others – want to be able to hire and keep ppl) #SCgeek 5 days ago from web

  82. Twitterprofilephoto_normal laurencastellon Interesting format: “modified fishbowl” for #sociallyconsciousgeek #scgeek #sxswi 5 days ago from Tweetie

  83. Brianrowenten_normal Sarterus Social Profit instead of NPO for positive branding #SCGeek 5 days ago from web

  84. Davehead1paradise2_normal davekerpen @SarahMoran i like it – but we’ll see how well it works, eh? #scgeek #sociallyconciousgeek 5 days ago from TweetChat

  85. Jillpic_normal jfinlayson model? nonprofit v no profit: ‘Warm’ or ‘Competent’? Consumers Stereotype Nonprofit & For-profit http://bit.ly/9bPTDg #scgeek can u b both? 5 days ago from web

  86. Twitter-icon_normal coreindustries Listening to #scgeek. How to do good and still make money. http://sitby.us/0794/ 5 days ago from SitBy.Us

  87. Cb_cathybrowne CathyBrowne Am observing discussions at the #scgeek session, room 7 in the ACC 5 days ago from Twitterrific

  88. Calliemiller_normal calliemiller #sociallyconsciousgeek now = #scgeek hi all! 5 days ago from TweetDeck

  89. Brianrowenten_normal Sarterus Sarterus Attending Socially Conscious Geeks: making money while doing good : #scgeek 5 days ago from web

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March 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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My SXSW Session: The Socially-Conscious Geek: Makin’ Money While Doin’ Good

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Are you a socially-conscious geek? Have you ever taken a job you didn’t like because you needed the money? Do you feel like you have to choose between your ideals and your wallet? Or have you figured out a way to make a decent living while making a difference in the world? What are some of your stories of success…or failure? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? Come join the conversation this weekend at SXSW!

This weekend I’m headed to the SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive Festival, in Austin, TX for the first time. I’ve wanted to attend this geekfest for years, but could never find the time or justify the expense…until now. This year, I’m presenting, or at least co-facilitating a discussion session together with my friend Lauren Bacon, principal at Raised Eyebrow Web Studio in Vancocuver. Here are the details from the SXSW website:

Can you make a living as a geek without sacrificing your ideals? Definitely. These pros have carved out a niche working with mission-driven, ethical clients in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors – and want to show you how to bring your values to work while keeping a roof over your head.

When: Saturday, March 13 at 03:30 PM

Where: Austin Convention Center 7

Presenters
51612_thumb Lauren Bacon
Raised Eyebrow Web Studio Inc
51613_thumb Leif Utne
Zanby

If you’re going to SXSW, add us to your festival calendar, and come join the discussion Saturday afternoon.

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March 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm

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We Did It! OpenWiser Raised Over $10,000

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(I’ve been meaning to cross-post this here for a week. It originally appeared here. -LU)

E Pluribus Unum / The Many Become One

This little experiment in crowd-sourced fundraising worked! At 9:25AM US Pacific time, we beat our goal of raising $10,000 to help WiserEarth complete development of their API. All told, since April 22, just over five weeks ago, 102 donors contributed $10,319 to make this project a reality. This is a powerful, heartening example of the community coming together to benefit the whole of humanity.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen: to the hundreds who helped spread the word across the social web; to the 28 tech leaders who lent their names to the OpenWiser appeal; to the folks at CivicActions and ONE/Northwest whose matching grants helped build early momentum around this campaign; and most of all the 102 donors who in these tough economic times contributed generously to a project that will truly benefit us all.

The ChipIn donation tool for the OpenWiser campaign is now closed. But you can still support WiserEarth financially.

Much of the work on the WiserEarth API is already done. In fact, a beta version of the API is now available for WiserEarth Organization records. If you would like to get your hands dirty now, you can join the WiserEarth API Developers Group and help with the beta testing and documentation of the API.

Finally, if you are planning to use the WiserEarth API yourself, or just have a creative idea for how it could be applied, we’d love to hear about it. Are you thinking of building a mobile app, a browser plugin, a web widget or tool that lets users browse and display WiserEarth data in new ways? Or perhaps a mashup that mixes WiserEarth data with maps or tweets or some other datasets that support new social change initiatives? Share your ideas in the WiserEarth API Developers Group.

Again, thank you for all you do.

Leif Utne
VP Community Development
Zanby

Jon Warnow
Internet Director
350.org

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June 8, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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Fierce Light: From Spirit to Action – New film by Velcrow Ripper

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I can’t wait to see “Fierce Light: From Spirit to Action,” the new documentary by Velcrow Ripper. Check out this trailer:

This is a follow-up to his previous film, the hauntingly beautiful “Scared Sacred,” which chronicled the Canadian auteur’s 7-year journey, visiting sites of deep human tragedy — Bhopal, Hiroshima, Kabul, NYC after 9/11, the West Bank, and others — to find and document examples of extraordinary beauty and resilience.

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May 9, 2009 at 1:38 pm

AC/DC Rock N Roll Train – ASCII music video in Excel

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This is seriously incredible. Download the Excel spreadsheet with the full video at http://acdcrocks.com/excel

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November 7, 2008 at 1:20 am

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Israelis For Obama

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This is a powerful video. It nearly brought tears of hope to my eyes.

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September 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm

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