Wednesday, April 16

Blogging For Rights: BlogCatalog.com


“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson

About a year ago, Antony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com, had an idea. He noted the media attention other social networks received were often based on raising investment capital.

He decided to do something else. He wanted to raise social capital instead.

“We had yet to see an online social community come together to raise funds for a good cause,” said Berkman. “So we saw it as an opportunity to empower and recognize bloggers who collectively focus their blogs for good.”

While Berkman says he wasn’t sure the first campaign would succeed — one that raised funds that directly benefited more than 1,000 students across the United States — he is happy to find Bloggers Unite has come full circle. One year and four campaigns later, BlogCatalog members hopes to inspire again.

This time, on May 15, bloggers are being asked to tackle a topic selected by members — Bloggers Unite For Human Rights. Although no one knew it a few months ago, the timing for a human rights social awareness campaign couldn’t be better. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For most of us, human rights — life, liberty, justice, and freedom of expression — seem so commonplace that they are taken for granted. Yet, all over the world and sometimes just out of sight in our own backyards, human rights are tread with utter disregard. This is a great opportunity to speak out for those who cannot.

In Durfar, Sudan, women and children are raped and brutally attacked by government forces and militia. In South America, human trafficking continues to be increasing concern. In Zimbabwe, journalists are being arrested. And all over the world, censorship, from the Internet to everything, is becoming the rule and not the exception.

What can you do about it? Bloggers Unite For Human Rights.

Dedicate a post on any issue related to Human Rights this May 15 and encourage others to do the same. You can find several badges to display on your blog or submit new badges to Bloggers Unite.

Copywrite, Ink. will be recognizing several top bloggers who join the campaign and list their posts on the Bloggers Unite Discussion Group on May 15. Please give it some thought and consider how ten, one hundred, ten thousand, or tens of thousands can make a difference.

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5 comments:

Rich on 4/17/08, 8:31 AM said...

More words:

In a non-related, but related article, shareholders are lashing out at Coca-Cola on its sponsorship of the Olympic torch relay. Two shareholders demanded that the company tell the International Olympic Committee to change the route the torch is traveling, so that it will not pass through Tibet. — AdAge

Ark of Hope For Children on 4/17/08, 10:21 AM said...

Thank you Rich and CopyWriteInk. This campaign will once again be an awesome way to express our ability to come together as a global Internet community and blog for a cause. I have been away from blogging due to extreme struggles but I guess I am back at the right time.

Come on everyone, jump on board, join BlogCatalog.com and "Blog For Human Rights"
Blair Corbett
Ark of Hope For Children
www.arkforkids.org
www.myspace.com/arkofhope

Jericho Returns on 4/21/08, 7:09 AM said...

Thanks, Rich. I'll be joining in along with Margie and Edna.

Rich on 4/21/08, 1:19 PM said...

@Blair Thank you so very much Blair. I look forward to reading yours.

@Jane Margie and Edna are among my favorite haunts as I hope you know. :)

Amnesty International is also partnering with Bloggers Unite to help encourage a successful campaign. It seems this project is moving ahead very fast as another social media success story.

Social Networking Sites on 2/9/09, 5:55 PM said...

blogcatalog.com is a great Social Networking website, I use blogcatalog and uoha.com for my Business Social Networking contacts.
I hope it work's for me!

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