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Today is Blog Action Day 2008. The topic is POVERTY. It saddens me in a world of such abundance that there is a need for a day of this sort, but the need has likely never been greater in my lifetime.

As I’ve written before, hunger is real part of life nearly a billion people worldwide. The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income. In 2007, in the United States alone, 37.3 million people were in poverty, up from 36.5 million in 2006. According to Share Our Strength, one in six American children is at risk for hunger. The problem isn’t going away and there is no magical cure for it.

The point of Blog Action Day is to change the conversation. So join me in checking out and commenting on the many bloggers around the world that are using their voice to advocate for this change. Many are donating funds for comments left, so do your part, it’s as easy as that.

You can find out more by visiting Blog Action Day‘s site. Join the ranks of people who are doing something to end this plague.

What can you do right now?

If you’re a blogger, don’t delay. Join in today’s efforts and post yourself!

Write your local, state and national representatives and demand that they make this a priority in their political agenda.

Donate your time, energy and funds to organizations that are working hands-on to solve the crisis – both locally and worldwide.

Check out the many resources listed at Blog Action Day for more ideas to get out there and get involved.

Leave a comment here. For every comment received my family will donate $2 (one for me and one for you!) to Share Our Strength to do real good in communities around the United States. I don’t care what you comment, just comment and help me change the conversation.

Thank you in advance for supporting me!

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Why get so riled by the events of the world, you ask? Because…

"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate." Charlotte Gray
October 2008