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Through a website, positive networks, karma in the plus column, and not a small amount of effort, Kevin Miyazaki‘s Collect.Give has steadily been making the world a better place. It’s ridiculous that I’ve not sung the praises of Collect.Give‘s work here on PP before.
In just a few years, Collect.Give has raised tens of thousands of dollars through print sales for worthy charities hand-picked by the photographers themselves.
The latest offering is Love You by Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman. It is from their project Geolocation that, according to Larson, “tracks geotag coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world.”
I’m still undecided about the merits of Geolocation. I saw it at Blue Sky Gallery recently. The images are well made and the concept is stronger than most, but I’m still not sure. Then again, I recently, I big-upped the work of Dan Gluibizzi because he has managed to find a constructive use of – and end point to – Tumblr, so I should be big-upping Larson and Shindelman’s Geolocation because they have managed to step back, find a constructive use of – and an end point to – Twitter.
The SPLC is an incredibly effective and committed advocacy group of lawyers, researchers and paralegals based in Atlanta, Georgia. The SPLC “fights hate and bigotry and seeks justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.” Often this means providing legal assistance and representation to poor prisoners denied basic human rights during their incarceration, trial hearings and appeals.
I met with several staffers at the SPLC last year and was deeply impressed by SPLC’s work and deeply, deeply effected when I learnt about the inequalities of Southern states’ criminal justice systems. The SPLC mounts lawsuits within the states of Georgia and Alabama (two of the poorest states in the union) against inadequate medical care, prosecutorial misconduct and institutional abuse. Never before have I seen so clearly the link between the prison system and the social inequalities that feed it.
SPLC gives the voiceless the possibility of a voice, despite the obstacles.