FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

By: Monday September 8, 2014 4:59 pm

Congress is never going to reign itself in until there is a much more broad public understanding of the problem, and a much stronger desire to see change. And that will mean, at the very least, voting enough of the bums out that it scares the rest of them into action. People are still largely unwilling to do that, but as they learn more we can only hope they will be moved to take action.

So if you have friends, relatives, acquaintances, co-workers or simply no-nothing blowhards at the water cooler who need an education on the subject of money in politics, point them in the direction of Pay2Play. They will come away more informed, but perhaps more importantly, with the conviction that they can make a difference.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bob Harris, The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 1:59 pm

We all want to make the world a better place, right? But it’s too complicated, takes too much time, or we don’t know what we, as lone human beings, can do. The International Bank of Bob will change your mind and show you how making a $25 microcredit loan through Kiva, you – collectively with other individuals just like you – will have a major impact on the recipient of that loan.

FDL Movie Night: “Bonsai People, The Vision of Muhammad Yunus”

By: Monday October 1, 2012 5:00 pm

Muhammad Yunus is visionary economist and Noble Peace Prize winner who believes in the essential goodness of humanity. Stepping down from the ivory tower of academia, Yunus visited the poorest villages of Bangladesh in 1976 and made a personal loan of $27 to 42 women in the village so they could build and sell bamboo furniture. The loan was paid back with interest, and the women took out a larger loan. Thus microfinance was born. In the past 30 years, microcredit has spread to every continent and has benefited over 100 million people. Yunus’ Grameen Bank (literally “village bank”) has loaned money to 1 out of 1,000 people on earth, at 98% repayment rate.

In Bonsai People, The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, Holly Mosher follows the founding of a Grameen Bank branch and several of the women aided by loans.

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