Category: Ripple Effects
A near show-stopping thunder-and-lightning storm couldn’t stop generous souls from giving during the New Riders’ Rex Jam at Gathering of the Vibes. Thanks to their kindness, eight first-time musicians now have instruments and are playing in the (school) band.
In January 2008, the Rex Foundation was pleased to provide a grant to Nextcourse to support its community-building initiative for services to incarcerated women. Rex had earlier supported Nextcourse’s sustainable food education work, including nutrition education classes taught in the San Francisco women’s jail.
<p><img class="alignleft" title="mountaintop removal" src="http://rexfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/shoutin-mountain-distance.jpg" alt="mountaintop removal" width="195" height="146" />Through many parts of Appalachia, the practice of coal mining by mountaintop removal has destroyed an estimated 470 mountains and buried or polluted 2,000 miles of rivers. Open pits gouge the landscape where once stood the summits of some of the oldest mountains on earth. Coal slurries pumped into aquifers have poisoned wells.</p>
In 2007 & 2008, the Rex Foundation provided grants to Christine Stevens of UpBeat Drum Circles to bring drumming as a peacemaking and community-building tool to war-torn areas of Iraq.
Rex executive director Sandy Sohcot recently received this report and pictures from Christine’s latest trip.
Last November, 2007, Rex Foundation funded music therapist Christine Stevens of UpBeat Drum Circles in a pioneering program to bring drum circles to northern Iraq for conflict-resolution, peace-making, youth empowerment, and rehabilitation (Drums for Peace).