HI! MY NAME IS Adam O. I am a writer living in Minneapolis, MN. I am an average person, driven by a goal to always keep improving so that I LEAVE the world a LITTLE better than when i found iT.

Day 42: I do a favor and give a little

Today I did two small acts of good. One was doing a favor for a coworker who was feeling overwhelmed. The second was donating to a refugee organization I just heard about called Refugees International, which is a global, independent advocacy organization that doesn’t accept aid from any gov’t body. They’re beholden to no one, and because of that they’ve successfully challenged governments, policy makers, and administrations to improve the lives of displaced people around the world. You should check out their success stories! 

Unfortunately, they need a lot more success stories (and donations) because more than 65 million are without homes, having been forced from them by wars, conflict, and persecution—more than at any other time since records began.

They also really focus on helping women and girls, because displaced women and girls face exceptional danger in times of conflict. They live with the constant threat of gender-based violence, such as rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and more.

I also want to share this wonderful profile in the NY Times about what it means to be an American today. The segment is called Hyphen-Nation, and features stories of inclusion and exclusion in America. These are stories of people born in America—Americans—judged by other Americans by the way they look. We need to all remember that while are differences matter and should be valued, taken all-together we are not African-American, we are not Indian-American, we are American-Americans, and we all deserve equal respect.

I highly recommend that if you only watch one of these 1 minute stories, watch Mallika’s. She says,

I was 11. No one else, not one other person in the entire store said a word. They just watched. And they didn’t say a word. And we just left. I will always remember that.

We choose to do these things because they are hard

We have always been here, together