An orphanage in Haiti gratefully receives a solar suitcase

An orphanage in Haiti gratefully receives a solar suitcase

‘Solar Suitcase Project’ Uses Solar Technology to Impact Local Students and the World

High school and college students came together on March 29 to participate in a program that gives them the chance to make a difference in the world while getting hands-on green technology experience. It’s called the Solar Suitcase Project, a project that allows students to assemble, with direction, “solar suitcases”—power-producing suitcases equipped with a solar panel, 12v battery, and a charge controller–which will then be sent to developing countries in great need of electricity. The benefits of the project are twofold. Students gain experience and knowledge about the intricacies of electric wiring and how solar-generated power converts to electricity. Struggling countries gain solar-generated energy that impacts their community by making possible something as simple as a light bulb to improve medical, school, and orphanage conditions and services. Providing energy alternatives to these countries is crucial in a world where the creation of energy through burning fossil fuels or coal is an expensive and non-renewable method. The only other after-hour lighting options they have are candles, oil lamps, and battery-operated devices—also a costly and non-renewable method. “They can’t afford to get it from us, they can’t afford to drill for it themselves,” said Simeon Gant, Executive Director of Green Tech, a non-profit that implements the project’s student workshops in partnership with the creators of the suitcases, We Care Solar. “If we’re providing them with solar panels, […]

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Senator Mark Leno Hosts Religious Freedom and Marriage Talk

By Ken Pierce Sacramento, CA – May 18, 2010 – Today Senator Mark Leno (D – San Francisco) hosted a discussion at the State Capitol of a bill he sponsored to hopefully help define a confusing aspect of the same-sex marriage fight that may be headed back to the polls in California in 2012. SB 906 was introduced January 27, 2010 and named the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Act. The summary of the bill states that it does reaffirm the freedom of the clergy to make faith-based decisions regarding which marriages they solemnize and further clarifies the distinction between civil marriage and religious marriage. It also clarifies that religious institutions would not lose their tax-exempt status in California if they refuse to solemnize a certain marriage that is contrary to their religious faith. Among the discussion group was Sen. Leno, New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda, and Equality California Executive Director, Geoff Kors. Bishop Robinson is the first openly gay priest to be ordained a bishop in a major Christian denomination. As a high-ranking member of the clergy, Bishop Robinson has advocated for equal protection under the law and for full civil marriage rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The Bishop mentioned that New Hampshire enacted a similar bill which helped pave the way for the […]

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Matsiko Childrens Choir

 The Matsiko Children’s choir will serenade the Center for Spiritual Awareness on Saturday. The choir is made up of 25 orphaned or at risk children ranging in age from seven to 14. These children have suffered the loss of one or both parents to war, HIV and related diseases, according to Georgia Prescott, senior minister at the Center for Spiritual Awareness. "I’m looking forward to seeing them and learning about their lives," Prescott said. Despite their loss the children sing of hope and joy, according to the International Children’s Network website. According to Prescott, the children are coming to Sacramento to perform original music and discuss their lives in Uganda and their experiences traveling around the world. This is not the choir’s first visit to Sacramento. They have previously performed at the Christ Unity Church and have said that they enjoy the atmosphere of the city. "They want to develop leadership in the country," Prescott said. All songs are written by music director and co-founder Sam Straxy, who also teaches the children traditional dance that is incorporated in their performances as well as lively drumming, taught by Ronnie Kabogozza, a well known drumming instructor in Uganda. "Everyone is very, very excited to come see them," Prescott said. "The show sold out in three weeks." The choir will perform at the Center for Spiritual Awareness, 1275 […]

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‘Solar Suitcase Project’ Uses Solar Technology to Impact Local Students and the World

High school and college students came together on March 29 to participate in a program that gives them the chance to make a difference in the world while getting hands-on green technology experience. It’s called the Solar Suitcase Project, a project that allows students to assemble, with direction, “solar suitcases”—power-producing suitcases equipped with a solar panel, 12v battery, and a charge controller–which will then be sent to developing countries in great need of electricity. The benefits of the project are twofold. Students gain experience and knowledge about the intricacies of electric wiring and how solar-generated power converts to electricity. Struggling countries gain solar-generated energy that impacts their community by making possible something as simple as a light bulb to improve medical, school, and orphanage conditions and services. Providing energy alternatives to these countries is crucial in a world where the creation of energy through burning fossil fuels or coal is an expensive and non-renewable method. The only other after-hour lighting options they have are candles, oil lamps, and battery-operated devices—also a costly and non-renewable method. “They can’t afford to get it from us, they can’t afford to drill for it themselves,” said Simeon Gant, Executive Director of Green Tech, a non-profit that implements the project’s student workshops in partnership with the creators of the suitcases, We Care Solar. “If we’re providing them with solar panels, […]

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Senator Mark Leno Hosts Religious Freedom and Marriage Talk

By Ken Pierce Sacramento, CA – May 18, 2010 – Today Senator Mark Leno (D – San Francisco) hosted a discussion at the State Capitol of a bill he sponsored to hopefully help define a confusing aspect of the same-sex marriage fight that may be headed back to the polls in California in 2012. SB 906 was introduced January 27, 2010 and named the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Act. The summary of the bill states that it does reaffirm the freedom of the clergy to make faith-based decisions regarding which marriages they solemnize and further clarifies the distinction between civil marriage and religious marriage. It also clarifies that religious institutions would not lose their tax-exempt status in California if they refuse to solemnize a certain marriage that is contrary to their religious faith. Among the discussion group was Sen. Leno, New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda, and Equality California Executive Director, Geoff Kors. Bishop Robinson is the first openly gay priest to be ordained a bishop in a major Christian denomination. As a high-ranking member of the clergy, Bishop Robinson has advocated for equal protection under the law and for full civil marriage rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The Bishop mentioned that New Hampshire enacted a similar bill which helped pave the way for the […]

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Matsiko Childrens Choir

 The Matsiko Children’s choir will serenade the Center for Spiritual Awareness on Saturday. The choir is made up of 25 orphaned or at risk children ranging in age from seven to 14. These children have suffered the loss of one or both parents to war, HIV and related diseases, according to Georgia Prescott, senior minister at the Center for Spiritual Awareness. "I’m looking forward to seeing them and learning about their lives," Prescott said. Despite their loss the children sing of hope and joy, according to the International Children’s Network website. According to Prescott, the children are coming to Sacramento to perform original music and discuss their lives in Uganda and their experiences traveling around the world. This is not the choir’s first visit to Sacramento. They have previously performed at the Christ Unity Church and have said that they enjoy the atmosphere of the city. "They want to develop leadership in the country," Prescott said. All songs are written by music director and co-founder Sam Straxy, who also teaches the children traditional dance that is incorporated in their performances as well as lively drumming, taught by Ronnie Kabogozza, a well known drumming instructor in Uganda. "Everyone is very, very excited to come see them," Prescott said. "The show sold out in three weeks." The choir will perform at the Center for Spiritual Awareness, 1275 […]

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