Here at the Story of Stuff Project, we celebrate the fact that our movies have inspired millions around the world—from Brazil and South Africa to the UK and India and everywhere in between. But while many members of the Story of Stuff community don’t live in the United States, we’ve chosen to focus our advocacy efforts here in our home country...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Reaching out to community brings awareness that initiates change. We can find ways at the local level to buy organic, and internationally, we can unite to raise voices for an even bigger change. Here are some connections to link to those around the world who want to not only sustain, but elevate life between planet, people, and power.
by Dr. Dena Register, PhD, MT-BC
While many people hear the word ‘advocacy’ and immediately associate it in some way with politics, it truly stretches beyond the scope of any election or political party and gets right to the heart of the things we care most deeply for. Advocacy is one’s ability to defend or plead the case for a particular cause or position. Advocacy is the job of everyone everywhere...
Editor's Note from Bernice Chu: It is a known fact that young children enjoy music, but it also addresses many vital non-music skills during early stages of development. Dena Register advocates the benefits and use of music in all stages of early childhood.
by Matt Logan
This post relates to a very basic part of what we consider to be “advocacy”. It is yet another response to that question we always get: So what do you do? We have all rehearsed little elevator pitches and definitions. My approach to answering this question changed a bit over the course of last year, and I hope it will spark some ideas in others...
Editor's Note: There are many types of learning. There are the lessons we learn through rote, through listening, through visual examples, through lived experiences. There is a special type of learning that comes through shared and sharing stories. Stories have a special way of sticking in our minds, and making an impression on our hearts.
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
"What makes you think you have the right to know?" asks Danny DeVito in a witty, ironic public service announcement by the political action committee sponsored by consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch in support of Proposition 37. California's ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods. A diverse, all-star cast joins DeVito in the "Right to Know" PSA, including Bill Maher, Dave Matthews, Jillian Michaels, Emily Deschanel, John Cho, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, KaDee Strickland and Kristin Bauer van Straten. Learn more by going to www.foodandwaterwatch.org.
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.
Non-Profs & Orgs
from Women's Voices for the Earth
For the first time, the State of New York will begin requiring household cleaning companies to reveal the chemical ingredients in their products and any health risks they pose. The move was triggered by public health and environmental advocates, who urged New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce disclosure requirements dating back more than 30 years...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Choosing which product is organic or not in the market depends on what the label says. Without complete disclosure on the product, how can anyone choose intelligently? New York adds its name to the list, following others in the European market, on making it mandatory to reveal not only what is in the household cleaning product, but also to list its known health risks. The power of advocacy enables to the consumer to enforce a law that had already existed for over 30 years, a move to making organic easier to find and choose.
Interviewed by Sam Rafoss and Mandi Babkes
ATH Editors of Holistic Nutrition
Darrell Rogers is the Communications Director for the Alliance for Natural Health-USA. He has worked in public policy advocacy, public affairs, and nonprofit management for eight years. He has both Senatorial campaign and Capitol Hill experience, and has worked for some of the most recognized and accomplished nonprofit organizations in the world. Previous to his position with the Alliance for Natural Health-USA, Darrell was a political affairs specialist with one of the largest political consulting firms in Washington DC.
The Alliance for Natural Health-USA (ANH-USA) is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable health and freedom of choice in healthcare through good science and good law. We protect the right of natural-health practitioners to practice and the right of consumers to choose the healthcare options they prefer.
*Current Campaign: The American Dietetic Association (ADA) has sponsored legislation in over 40 states that lumps dietitians and nutritionists into one licensing bill and requires nutritionists to complete a dietitian program in order to practice nutritional therapy. Regardless if the nutritionist holds a Masters or a PhD in Nutrition, the nutritionist is still required to complete registration through ADA just to continue their practice. In some states, individuals are even prohibited from using the words ‘nutritionist’ and ‘nutritional care’—even if the individual is not claiming to be certified, licensed or registered—simply using the terms nutritionist or nutritional care is prohibited.
Join Darrell, Sam and Mandi as they discuss this very important campaign (*see just above) and how the ANH is fighting against it for all of us...
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by Rebecca McClary, MA, MT-BC,
ATH Editor of Music Therapy
When I accepted the position as editor of the music therapy page for All Things Healing, I saw it as a way to again advocate for the field by providing an outlet for music therapists to share their knowledge and skills. With that in mind, I encourage you to write an article. Tell us about what you do and how it is working. Together, by raising awareness of what music therapy is, we can make a difference not only in the field of music therapy but in the world by creating a more dynamic and inspired place to live...
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