Desmond Tutu

by Sam Hofer on April 24, 2015

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By Sam Hofer

On October 7th 1931, no one knew that one of the greatest world leaders was born in the country of South Africa. Growing up in apartheid, Desmond Tutu had a problem with the arbitrary oppression of people groups just because they were different from the group that was in charge. He began to stand up for what he believed in and soon became the first ever black archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. He rose in the ranks and, even more shockingly became Bishop of the Anglican Church of South Africa.

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He used his fame to bring light onto the darker subjects of human nature that were not talked about up until then. He, along with Nelson Mandela, effectively eradicated apartheid in South Africa. This was a monumental achievement because this plague of this belief had a tight gripped choke hold on the oppressed of the nation for many years.

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Along with these achievements, Tutu is on the Board of Advisors for the Batonga Foundation and a member of the prestigious organizations, The Elders. Tutu is also a a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and frequently uses his worldwide fame to voice the concerns of people who were otherwise swept under the rug. He is a hero to the oppressed and can change the minds of the people with even the most deeply rooted hatred towards people who are different than them.

Along with donations of time, Desmond Tutu also has many monetary donations. He has donated countless dollars to nearly 25 charities, supporting 20 causes. He is a change-maker for good, with him at the wheel, all will be right in the world. He knows it will take time, and he’s committed his whole life to making that change. He is a Good Sign of our better world.

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The Gentle Barn

by Sam Hofer on April 23, 2015

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In 1999, a new kind of farm was created: A farm for good: A farm for change. A farm that would not only save the lives of abused four-legged creatures but also teach young two-legged creatures to be more kind to one another despite the differences on the outside. For Ellie Laks, the mission was simple; create a safe space for animals to live and play and to simultaneously create a destination for kids to learn about respecting each other.

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The first Gentle Barn was raised in 1999 by Ellie Laks in Tarzana, CA. As the small farm grew, his need for staff also grew. In 2002, Jay Weiner joined the Gentle Barn team and soon Laks and Weiner entered into an unbreakable bond of friendship that was fueled by similar upbringings and ideologies. The two soon moved out to a small one acre farm in the San Fernando Valley, CA. The following year the two moved the Gentle Barn to a huge six acre lot in Santa Clarita, CA, where they are currently located.

The Gentle Barn just celebrated it’s 15 years in 2014 and have been doing amazing things in the early months of 2015. Throughout the entire exsistence, the Gentle Barn has been a safe haven for over 170 abused and neglected animals and they have offered these creatures a safe place to live, play, eat and sleep. They have also provided them with medical care when needed.

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Not only is the Gentle Barn a place for animals, it’s also a place for children to learn more about living in harmony with one another through the healing power of animals. Laks has brought groups out from schools in the inner-city, group homes, mental care facilities and foster homes and have taken them to the Farm where they too are offered safe haven from the stresses of their normal lives., even if it’s just for a day. There they learn about how differences should be celebrated and not condemned.

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The growing success of the Gentle Barn over the years has brought on the support of Ellen DeGeneres to aid for funding. You can visit their website here and sponsor a future group of children or an animal that currently lives there. We all just want to be happy and safe and with a few dollars, you can ensure that for children and animals alike.

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Matt Damon invests in change

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  By Dana Smith Perception is a powerful thing. Our perceptions have the power to start wars, or end famine. They have the power to fuel the accomplishment of new feats, or depress us into a pit of despair. They have the ability to push back the door of possibility, or stagnate human progress. They […]

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Change

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By Sam Hofer Change. The end of mundane. The birth of something new; something fresh. A scary thought. Why are we so reluctant to change? Change is inevitable, right? Nothing is meant to stay the same and yet we act like this is not the case. We act like we can stop the growth of […]

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Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf”

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By Kevin Alan Lamb And the GOOD keeps on coming. This is the second single, and first video released from Mumford & Sons’ new album, “Wilder Mind”. Their third album will reveal a new sound, breaking away from the familiar feel of “Sigh No More” and “Babel”. Marcus Mumford had taken a long look at […]

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By Dana Smith “time is the longest distance between two places” – Tennessee Williams When a majority of people think of currency, physical assets manifest in their mind’s eye. They think of federal reserve notes, gold, oil, and maybe even a few think of the more abstract digital currency, Bitcoin. While these things do have […]

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Good Sign Man on Hidden Heroes Talk Radio

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