Doing What You Can

These stories, videos, etc., will hopefully encourage those who are fighting for a cause, either by themselves or in groups.

Stories / Newspaper Articles/ Songs  The Hummingbird and the Elephant – When Hummingbird hears that the sky is going to fall, she lies down and puts her feet in the air saying, “I’m ready to do my part and  hold up my piece of the sky.” (From "Holding Up the Sky" in Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About by Margaret Read MacDonald (North Haven, Connecticut: Linnet Books, 1992.) A retelling of “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eisley where a young girl teaches her mother that while they can’t save all the star fish washed up on the beach by a storm, they can save some. “For the rest of their lives, the daughter and the mother remembered the starfish. Whenever they were faced with new impossible task, they found as many people as they could to help, they all worked hard together, and they did what they could.”

Videos / Images

This is a nonprofit who believes small acts can have a big impact.

Everyone can make real, positive change. Watch how David Vobora helps wounded warriors.

An 80-year-old Catholic Priest called Father Angel has opened a Restaurant in Madrid that takes money from the rich to feed the poor -- Welcome to Robin Hood Restaurant.  Cartoonist Sandra Boynton’s image titled “Offer whatever light you can.”

  The book Swimmy by Leo Lionni. One little fish, Swimmy, teaches the other little fish to swim in formation. Thus they look like a huge fish. This “huge fish” scares away their predators.

The Haitian folk tale “I'm Tipingee, She's Tipingee, We're Tipingee, Too” about a group of girls acting together to save one of them.

Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington 1/21/17 and the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, is opposed to the hate and divisiveness that is present in America today. She responds to some of the statements and actions made by those white supremacists. She also lists many things people can do to oppose the hate. “We all have a role to play.”

Photos of New Yorkers cleaning swastikas off a subway train because one man spoke up: “Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol." He found some tissues and got to work. Then many others also got to work. 2-4-17 A man stands outside a mosque for a day with the sign “YOU BELONG. STAY STRONG. BE BLESSED. WE ARE ONE AMERICA.”

 Here's a powerful and hopeful address by Valarie Kaur, storytelling for social change, at the National Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign Watch Night Service 12/31/2016. "What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if our America is not dead,, but a country that is waiting to be born?"

16 year old Lewis Hines in the UK had his first of 13 brain operations when it was discovered he had a brain tumor when he was 1 ½ years old. He continues to have brain seizures most days. However, he has coping mechanisms to meet his challenges. He found a project called Friend Finder to help children who miss a lot of school come together to make friends. He made this video to show it’s okay to be different. “My illness may define the length of my life, but it won’t define how I live it.”

At Boca Raton High School, no one eats lunch alone anymore. Senior Denis Estimon, who immigrated from Haiti 12 years ago,  and his friends started a group called “We Dine Together.” The campus has been transformed. “We reach the un-reached,” says teacher adviser Jordan Hernandez.

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