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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

To Fish or Not To Fish?

That isn’t a philosophic posture it is a way of life for those folks in the Gulf of Mexico that have had their livelihood dramatically impacted. Doesn’t matter if you like or hate fish, doesn’t matter if you grew up eating fish every Friday, it doesn’t matter if you fish for fun, what matters is that there are a bunch of small businesses who have been knocked on their heels through no fault of their own.

On Aug. 25, the Citizen Effect has slated a national day of action to help raise funds for educational programs designed to help fishing families impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Citizen Effect, together with several support partners and volunteers, is organizing several online and local event fundraising efforts across the U.S.

What You Can Do To Help.

1. Attend Or Host Local Events Around the United States.
With the help of local chapters of the Social Media Club, members are volunteering to organize New Orleans-themed events with live jazz, blues, or Zydeco music along with speakers who will talk about the environmental consequences in the Gulf. Event hosts are asked to suggest a $10 donation as a cover charge, which will be donated to directly benefit fishing families.

2. Donate Direct To Citizen Effect CitizenGulf.
Citizen Effect has created a donation page, with a goal to raise at least $10,000 by Aug. 25. These funds, which will also be donated to Catholic Charities of New Orleans to help fund educational programs and provide hope for the future, will directly touch more than 10,000 lives.

3. Vote For Gulf Coast Solutions On Pepsi Refresh.
Currently, the Pepsi Refresh Project is committing an additional $1.3 million toward ideas that specifically benefit the Gulf Coast. These ideas will be open for voting on Aug. 2. Votes will be tallied through Aug. 31. Please vote for the Gulf Coast Benefit.

4. Write A Post Or Tweet About The Event.
Another way to help generate awareness for this event or the dozens of local events taking place across the country is to write a post, share a tweet, and tell your friends. Together, we can help fishing families that have lost businesses that have been around for generations find new opportunities through education, good will, and support.

Together, the written word and commitment can help these people salvage their life.

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