Bil Browning

A little bit here, a little bit there

Filed By Bil Browning | September 28, 2007 10:20 AM | comments

Filed in: Weekly Reader
Tags: AIDS Walk, fundraising, Halloween, HIV/AIDS, Indianapolis, LGBT civil rights, marriage, Mars, PETA, Seven Straight Nights, Snickers

Today is a big work day for me, so I'm putting up this round up to give you some things to check out while I'm away. I'm sure the other contributors will keep you up to date on any big breaking news about ENDA.

  • It's not too late to sponsor me for the Indianapolis AIDS Walk. Last year our team came in 3rd place for total money raised - and we want to do better this year! Help us surpass our goal! Click here to donate or here to join our team if you're in the Indy area.
  • Queerty is doing a fundraiser for Visual AIDS, a non-profit that uses art to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. They're auctioning an original sketch by artist Robert Richards on E-bay. Check out the pencil drawing and go bid!
  • Have you heard about Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights? On October 7-13, 2007, straight people across the nation will "come out" as supporters of equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans. From Santa Rosa, California, to Montgomery, Alabama, to Augusta, Maine, overnight vigils will light up American cities, providing unprecedented visibility to heterosexual men and women with the conviction to stand up for their gay and lesbian friends and neighbors. Even Indianapolis is participating.
  • Before stocking up on candy this Halloween, you should know that chocolate-maker Mars Inc. - creator of M&M's, Snickers, and other candies - funds deadly animal tests! Mars has funded cruel experiments in which mice were fed a candy ingredient and forced to swim in a pool of paint. In another gruesome experiment supported by Mars, rats were fed cocoa and then sedated with carbon dioxide so that blood could be collected through a needle that punctured their hearts! Mars' top competitor, Hershey's, has pledged that it will not fund or conduct experiments on animals. Please urge Mars to follow Hershey's lead and immediately end all support for animal tests!

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