From my last post, my book, Most Dangerous, became very interesting. Daniel Ellsberg made a plan to get The Pentagon Papers into the newspapers. To accomplish this he called a New York Times editor and told him to come to a hotel because he needed to see it. When the reporter arrived, they discussed the state of Vietnam and politics all night, and then Daniel showed him The Pentagon Papers. He read them and was shocked, Daniel had his reporter. Daniel went to stay in Boston because the FBI was searching for him. While he and Patricia were on vacation, the reporter broke into their apartment and stole the papers. He then copied them and replaced the papers. He went to New York to show the head editor and explained the potential consequences of publishing classified documents. The Editor said it was, "A gold mine" and they published. The United States Government did not like this and threatened legal action. The New York continued to print and the government got a court order for them to stop. The government then turned their attention to Daniel Ellsberg and started hunting him down. This led to the discovery of Nixon's Watergate scandal and this took the attention off Daniel. He was deemed a national hero for his actions and Nixon was impeached. So, what? This book is important because it shows what has happened so it will not happen again. The most valuable idea from this book is that it shows what happens when information is concealed from the people. "I could no longer cooperate in concealing this information from the American people. I took this action on may own initiative, and I am prepared for the consequences."-Daniel Ellsberg (Most Dangerous).
My book shows first person accounts of what people in Vietnam went through and the government action taken to win this conflict. It tells about a photographer who is taking pictures for anti-war purposes and articles. The same person was also on the Pentagon staff and saw the inside workings of the war and actions taken. Something like this can relate to the Syrian proxy war where America is a little more involved than we probably should be. My book also shows the corruption and the lies told to the people about the war and how nobody was willing to give up but the war was really a stalemate. This relates to Syria because no real progress is being made on either side but most sources will say America is winning. (usually the American ones) There is also a lot of suspicion around how Syria is being dealt with and it is the same thing with Vietnam.
We are going to be discussing Homelessness, which is the issue of not having a home or having a place to go after a really long day. This affects our community because not only do the people suffer whether it's because they are cold or they just generally don't have a place to stay, but it affects us because while we have a comfortable place to stay and we sleep great at night. they don't and you can only imagine the horrible things they’d have to go through in order to make it through the day. Habitat for Humanity makes many homes that help many people but when it comes to furniture, they offer little to none.
We are interested in this issue because we can make it better for everybody else in the community. Everyone should be interested in it because it is an issue of common decency and morality. We won't only help ourselves but we help them as well. If we all take a part and just help, you’ll realize that there is always much more to life then to complain about not having something everybody else has, a homeless person would want everything you have even if you didn't have everything. Having a warm place to sleep and having food to eat everyday is much more than just a privilege. So, therefore, we are trying to make 110 pieces of furniture and home accessories to help out the ones in need.
Homelessness is one of the biggest issues in the United States.The effects of homelessness on homeless people are large. They range from health issues to personal entrapment. It is believed that many homeless people fail in their lives to cope with their difficulties and this makes them alienate themselves from the rest of the world. This issue is affecting the community because, out in the street homeless people are asking for money, or just walking around to find shelter. This issue started in the early 1980s, approximately 3.5 million people become homeless a year, including children, men, women, and also families.(http://www.homeaid.org/homeaid-stories/69/top-causes-of)
They have to suffer and beg for money and for food. Some people can do a lot but legally they can't so with this kind of help we are giving maybe we can make a difference for them in their everyday life and show them not everybody is the way they think they are. People can become homeless by some cause like, job loss, personal crisis, or family break-up, etc. When people got nowhere to go they end up in the street. Some homeless people might have health problem like, cold injury, cardio-respiratory disease, tuberculosis, skin disease, mental illness, and some other disease that can be spread out to the other people, and that can affects the community, because people with good health, can get the disease by just passing there or just standing there for a long time. If people don't help with this issue they could become one too. They would have to deal with there health issues as well and if we did help we wouldn't have to worry anymore.
Because homelessness is obviously such a prevalent issue in our community, you’re probably wondering what is already being done to help it. In Raleigh,we are fortunate enough to have a large supply of organizations and nonprofits helping in a variety of ways. Some help with emergency and transitional housing, such as the Wrenn House, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Helen Wright’s Center, Urban Ministries, and the Salvation Army. Others help to provide food for these people in need, because if the people are homeless, they probably have a hard time finding and affording substantial food. Many shelters provide meals for their residents, but if you are not in the care of a shelter, as many people are not, then where do you go to eat? That is the issue that places like Brown Bag Ministry, the Salvation Army (for men not staying in their residence), Rows for the Hungry, Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, Interfaith Food Shuttle, and other various food banks, are helping with.
But that is not all that is being done. Due to the fact that homelessness is such a big issue, affecting nearly everyone in some way, there are still even more places who provide necessary services for living. These include employment counseling, mental health services, referrals, and shower facilities. Speaking of which, in response to the incident in 2013 where a church group was threatened to be arrested for distributing food to hungry people without a permit (although they had been doing so for the last six years), they have decided to open a new facility. The Oak City Outreach Center in Southeast Raleigh, is providing much needed services in a convenient place. This is also one of the first centers to have a partnership between the local Raleigh government, and private organizations. They provide meals on weekends (when most other places are closed), a sense of community, storage spaces, tutoring, and all of the other services I mentioned earlier, to try and end homelessness.
Sadly though, despite all the wonderful work being done by these organizations, there is still a need for help. Just because people have access to food and services, does not mean that they are off the streets, with a roof over their heads. Even if someone is in transitional or emergency housing, they cannot stay in these shelters forever, and they still need to find a permanent, safe place to live. Habitat for Humanity is attacking this problem at its roots by building quality, affordable houses. They build approximately fifty homes per year, all for people in need. One thing that I think is neat about this program is that the family or person who will be buying the house, gets to help build it. The houses come with essential utilities (dishwashers, refrigerators, washers and dryers, stoves, ice makers, heating, and air conditioning), but this does not necessarily mean the houses come furnished. The Greenchair Project realized this, and is now upcycling donated furniture, appliances, and other home goods, to sell affordably to the people in need.
As you can see, people are recognizing how big of an issue homelessness in Raleigh is, and they are doing what they can to help end it. Not everyone is going about this in the same way, but that is actually a very good thing, if everyone were helping in the same way we would have no variety and get nowhere. Therefore, we have shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, housing, services, community centers, and more. There is so much being done to help homelessness in Raleigh.
In order to help with the problems concerning homelessness, we have come up with the idea to build furniture and home accessories. The key part of a house is not only the walls and roof but the commodities inside it. Furniture gives a house a soul, the contents of a house make it home and some nice students made and donated furniture and accessories will give it that feel. Habitat For Humanity builds many homes but does not furnish them. We thought it would be a good idea, for as many families as we can, to make a house, home. Our goal is to make 110 pieces of furniture to take a monetary load off of those who can't afford it.
Our timetable will consist of the morning being a safety and construction lesson. In the mid part of the day we will be doing the construction. In the afternoon we will be shipping the furniture to its designated location. The first step would be to get the materials required to build the furniture. In order to do this we thought we would contact local and national chain hardware stores to get wood, nails, tools, and paint. The biggest problem, we can control, we have come up with a solution for. Legal responsibilities and obligations are always a huge concern when discussing events at school, a waiver, confirming permission for the event from the proper authority, and a safety course. This should give complete legal room for our purposes and activities.
Our next priority is transportation for the furniture to a donation site. For this we thought we could hold a fundraiser in order to raise money to rent trucks from companies like U-Haul. We will need volunteers to drive the trucks, these could be the same volunteers we thought we could recruit to be supervisors. We would need to coordinate this with administrative power to get an ok. In order to help with the fundraiser and the whole event in general we could make posters, flyers, and maybe one or two videos to get the message out.
The next thing we would do would be to contact habitat for humanity.(http://www.habitatwake.org ) We would ask if it is ok to donate what we are donating and if that quantity is ok. If the event goes well, we will have the furniture transported to a site they designate for that amount of furniture. Once it is transported we would consider the event a success and we suspect we will have over one hundred pieces of furniture donated.
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Oak City Outreach Center Marc
Action Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/116cG4kMfzJ1rddicI0z45piheVdVZX3dyyVfBR22GZ0/edit
I am the type of person who would describe myself, with people I don't know, as fairly shy and analytical. Around company I know well, I am easily described as rambunctious and talkative. I like to think of myself as funny and tend not to care what others think of me. I rationalize easily and think it helps in decision making.
North Carolina has always had odd weather, we are in the the perfect part of the world to have heat waves and cold snaps. We are also in the perfect place for rough winds. We should all care very much about these issues as they could happen to anyone of us. I am interested in this issue because I personally was a victim of storm damage and had my whole basement flooded when I was younger. This can create huge storms and that can have devastating effects. People's houses have been completely destroyed and those who can't afford a new house, and many can't, need a place to stay. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that builds house for disaster victims or those who can't afford a roof over their head. They go out and build homes and we, with a little learning on what to do, can participate and help the less fortunate in our area.
The Tet Offensive took place in 1968 where the Viet Cong struck South Vietnam in over 100 unexpected battles, the Viet Cong were repelled but one a major victory in the minds of the people. With the ability to attack anywhere at anytime with that kind of force drastically lowered the morale of the people of South Vietnam. This relates to the book I am reading, "Most Dangerous," because it is a first person account about an intelligence officer during the Vietnam War. This event actually occurred during the Vietnam War. This had 22,000 casualties and left South Vietnam crippled. The civilians of South Vietnam just wanted the conflict to be over, the North Vietnamese wanted to win at all costs, and the American government waned to do anything to stop the spread of communism but the people wanted to completely withdraw from the conflict. My book cover almost every event of Vietnam from a tactical standpoint and focuses on The Pentagon Papers, this is a bibliography on Daniel Ellsberg and his choices that led him to become the most dangerous man in America.
Cite: History.com Staff. "Tet Offensive." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.
Over recent months the North Korean Army has launched multiple ICBMs which all traveled over 1,000 kilometers. This would not be a large problem but the missiles have been outlawed and should not be constructed let alone launched. In order to stop this problem we could have a petition drawn up to get the attention of large governments to create a meeting to stop these illegal missile launches. If this is drawn to the attention of world government, North Korea will have to stop.