Welcome to this general Newsletter, with many links to important articles and websites I hope you'll find of interest.
Maybe you will not agree with all the views expressed here, but hopefully you'll find enough food for thought to chew on.
3 Wheels, 2 Guys, 1 Country
This is an enormous personal challenge for us, but also a great opportunity to promote serious issues within our adopted home, Vietnam. Our names are Adam Hurley and Marty Sharples and we have lived and worked as Tour leaders in Vietnam for 5 and 3 years respectively. We have come to love this diverse and captivating county and its vibrant citizens.
Vietnam, like many developing nations faces many serious social issues. Many people still live in conditions of extreme poverty, and many children grow up without an opportunity to escape such circumstance.
One organization close to our hearts KOTO (Know One, Teach One) is making a difference. KOTO is a not-for-profit restaurant and vocational training program that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.
Like many grass roots organisations KOTO relies heavily on outside donors and sponsorship. It costs 33,120 USD ($44,190 AUD) to ensure 23 trainees can complete their training at KOTO. Our aim is to raise at least this amount during our ride. This will ensure 18 months vocational training for the entire class 8.
Anyone who has traveled to Vietnam would agree that it is one of the most photogenic and aesthetically interesting places on the planet. Combine this with the industrious population and you have a great film location. We both have experience in filmmaking, and will be employing experienced filmmakers from both Vietnam and Australia to help with the process.
We are seeking your support to help us reach our mission to sponsor the trainees of class 8 at KOTO. If you are interested in supporting this adventure and great cause please see attached for sponsor options and benefits.
We look forward to receiving your support and encouragement for our mission.
Yours SincerelyAdam Hurley & Marty SharplesEXTREME CHARITYwww.extremecharity.info
The myths of Hiroshima
The Hiroshima Cover-Up
New research on Hiroshima, Nagasaki
Independent World Television
It's been over a month since IWTnews launched our new web site -- and what a month it's been! Below you'll find a roundup of recent highlights from http://click.iwtnews.com/t?ctl=E5E99B:3E114FA -- including a recap of our greatest successes and surprises from our first four weeks online.
Birth of a Movement: IWT's first month online
AUSTRALIA GetUpFrom Jeremy & David & the GetUp team
This is a critical moment for Australia. Over the last nine years, John Howard's government has taken our country in a direction that many of us find profoundly distressing. But up until now, the damage has been limited: the opposition parties in the Senate have been able to check John Howard's worst excesses.
But all that will change.
John Howard's government is taking control of the Senate. For the first time in a generation, a government will have absolute power.
It's time for Australians to Get Up:
We already know that the government is planning changes that—- if implemented—will fundamentally change our country. This includes radical industrial relations laws that will strip workers' rights, changes in media ownership rules that will limit independent voices, and big cuts to services on university campuses through the introduction of voluntary student unionism.
At times like this, people need to take politics into their own hands. We need to show John Howard's government that it can't just do whatever it wants.
Together with our friends, we have created a website to help mobilise Australians who care about where this country is going. It's called GetUp.org.au.
Now, we need your help. As we write this, John Howard is finalising his legislative agenda. Now that the other parties can't block the government's legislation, only public opposition can moderate John Howard's agenda. We know that when enough people speak out, John Howard backs down, just as he did recently on children in detention. If John Howard and his Senators know that enough Australians are watching them, we can moderate his agenda even before it arrives in parliament.
At this critical moment, John Howard and the Coalition Senators need to know that—even though the other parties can't hold them to account—we will.
Send the Coalition Senators in your state this video message from ordinary Australians telling them that, from August 9, we will be holding the Coalition government to account:
The more messages the Senators receive, the better chance we have of moderating Howard's agenda even before it arrives in parliament.
Thanks for being part of this.
—Jeremy & David & the GetUp team
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