I don't know about the rest of you, but I am seriously excited about the new album, Chroma. They've been playing shows around the Southeast and there have been some initial discussions about the album release show.
Of course to have an album release show, you have to release the album.
This is where the fun stuff comes in...
This is a picture of a recent mastering session at Patchwerk in Atlanta:
Matt was sitting in the same chair that T.I. and Beyonce recently sat in (at different times) during their sessions. Chroma is going to sound amazing, trust me.
Finally, the guys started shooting the music video for Shelter Me last Wednesday in Atlanta. I'll see if we can post some previews soon.
Are you excited yet? I am.
There's been a fair amount of news from across the world recently relating to a wide variety of justice issues. Here is a small sample for you all.
First off, some news from the Horn of Africa
Why is the famine in Somalia so bad? A variety of reasons...
One way to help in Africa...
Others include ELCA World Hunger and the International Red Cross. Bread for the World is another.
For an excellent primer on Africa that provides excellent examples of what citizens of the various nations are doing to try and help their neighbours, check out this article
Reuters gives a more in depth look at the reasons behind the rioting in Britain
Ive not the read the Orwell book that inspired this story, but I am putting it on my 'to read' list. You probably will want to as well after you read this from the BBC
The Starboarders site has some information on why we are supporting access to clean water (and by purchasing Chroma, you can help too!), but here is another look at the impacts of lack of access to clean water.
I haven't seen much else about this, but the UN's World Food Program reports that one-third of Afghans are facing a food shortage.
Food insecurity is, unfortunately, rampant in the US. For kids who grow up in that environment, it can have lifelong health implications.
Here is quick, and incomplete, look at some recent news events that are relevant to our mission...
9.1% unemployment? It's actually closer to 16%...
And as the unemployment rate rise, so does the number of people receiving food stamps; currently 1 in 7 Americans do...
- Here's an example for St. Paul, MN
If you aren't aware of what is currently happening in Africa, start paying attention.
- A little background...
- Even the emergency food supplies are almost gone...
How do we stop hunger worldwide? Try a bit of prevention. (This applies to a wide variety of things, and while not as exciting, is significantly cheaper than response)
Could more small farms help too? Some people think so...
What is the impact of increasing food prices? Question asked, question answered.
You may have heard about the recent Heritage Foundation report on the poor. Here's a bit of balance
Racial disparity in our foster care system? Unfortunately it's a national problem. Here is a report on the situation in Rhode Island
Unfortunately this barely scratches the surface... Food security and hunger are just symptoms of much larger systemic issues that need to change. We need to rethink the priorities of government and to rethink our own priorities. Let's keep working together to be the change that we want to see in this world
J Trapp (our resident expert on all things global and social awareness) writes...