Ever thought about squatting? Seen a big old neglected building that would be perfect for a youth centre? Check out this site to get some info to do with the best way to go about it.
I read about a new Australian Drama called Satisfaction in the West Australian Newspaper. Here is another article about it. It follows the lives of 6 high-class prostitutes in the city of Melbourne. One of the actresses commented “On one day I had to do 6 sex scenes with 6 different men. I really felt like a prostitute”. Lord, there are so many women & children caught in the grip of the sex industry. Show us what to do. Show us how to react. Show us how to respond. Show us how to love.
On Coffee again..
I’ve been looking into some more coffee-related things. This time I’ve found two places to recommend.
Urbanista in Northbridge
Great coffee, excelent service, fantastic atmosphere, short walk from Salvo Headquarters, central to Northbridge, easy walk from the city.
Source Foods in Highgate
I haven’t been there yet, but it’s next on my list of places to try.. This is what their website says..
Sourcefoods is a food business committed to providing sustainable foods of excellent quality and value. We define sustainable foods as those products whose chain of supply contributes positively both to our ecological and human communities – environmentally, socially and economically. We think of quality as a description of foods which taste great and are beneficial to your body and mind. Welcome to new paradigm business.
Newly recieved email updates;
The Foundation for Young Australians has just accounced that their Youth Run Organisation’s Sustainability Grants are open for application until February 11 2008. There is $270,000 up for grabs. Check out their website for more details.
When I was doing some research into Community Based organisations etc. for my Community Development unit this semester I came across this groovy website – Pigs Will Fly. They have a newsletter that you can subscribe to that fills you in on what’s been happening at the site. They have a community / sustainability focus. A great read.
The Forge WA network have recently added some Audio to their website from their most recent WA conference – Nuts and Bolts. If you weren’t able to make it to the conference, or even if you were, check it out.
A while back I was doing a random google search for “The Salvation Army” (am I the only one that does that from time to time?) Look at what I found…
In Brazil, the Salvation Army has launched an interesting outdoor campaign to raise awareness, donations of clothes, and money. What we liked most about it was that for the campaign they are using real cardboard, plastic trash bags and old sneeker boxes that were found on the actual streets of Brasil, which then references back to the living conditions of the people they help.
And… this wasn’t the Salvos but.. A Christmas Wreath Like None Other
The photos above are of a Christmas wreath made out of signs collected from local homeless people in Seattle. It was put up on the street in a heavy trafficked shopping district early in the morning of the 23rd of Dec by Erock and remained up until it was taken down by city workers on the morning of Dec 27th. To create the wreath, Erock went around and collected them from homeless people in the area. In return he gave each of them a few dollars and some more cardboard and pens to make another sign.
Thought about your Christmas shopping yet? How about checking out these great alternatives.
– JustGIFTS (keep a look out in your OnFire, at your Corps and at justsalvos.com)
– Oxfam Unwrapped
– New Internationalist Shop
– Hero Shop (Be a Hero Australia)
– TEAR Australia
I was just caught smiling widely when I spotted the DC’s walking hand in hand to get some coffee 😀 lovely to see!