Filmgoers worldwide are inspired by the energy and passion that cinema evokes. The Call2Action Program provides a concrete, public platform for those who are moved by the power of film to get moving! The team at BIFF recognizes that film can educate us and raise our awareness around the most pressing local and global issues of our time. We have witnessed the ability of particularly evocative films to tug at the heartstrings. These films compel us to take immediate action and right the wrongs in our world.
The Call2Action Program creates deeper exchanges between the filmmaker, the audience, and an organization partnering with BIFF. These partners market and publicize the film to their networks and provide 5 action items that the community can take to make a difference. After the screenings at Boulder Theater, audience members can convene in our large TalkBack tent at 14th St & Pearl St for extended post-film discussions. Here, the public is able to further engage with the visiting filmmakers and organizations to learn concrete ways to translate energy into action on important issues. For films at Boulder High and First Presbyterian Church, the TalkBacks are held within those venues.
Be friendly. Blindness can be isolating; take a moment to say hi, but always ask before petting a guide dog. (guidedogs.com/etiquette ).
Raise a future canine hero. Join our volunteer puppy raisers who usher our puppies down the path to becoming guide dogs (guidedogs.com/puppy).
Refer a friend. If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired and could benefit from our services, please let them know all of our services are provided for free and invite them to learn more (guidedogs.com/programs).
Donate. Guide Dogs for the Blind provides receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of our donors (guidedogs.com/donate).
Follow us on social media. You’ll find more info about our life-changing mission, enjoy some great stories about our clients, and meet some adorable pups (Facebook.com/guidedogsfortheblind).
Educate. Start with educating yourself on the number of refugees resettled to the USA versus total number of refugees displaced world-wide. Learn about the contributions that refugees bring to our country and share that knowledge with everyone you know. Refugees contribute way more to our society than they take from it!
Advocate. Write to your elected officials and demand that the number of refugees resettled to the USA should be much higher than it is.
Become a friend. Refugees are very resilient individuals. They had overcome a lot by the time they arrive here. It is then, in the safe place that the healing process begins. Be there for them! Welcome them to your city, welcome them to your home. Show them they are not alone! Teach them way of life in their new community!
Donate. Refugee resettlement agencies are incredibly underfunded. Please consider donating. Your funds will go towards refugee families first meal, first comfortable bed in a while, towards their rent. Donate household items…after all most refugees only come with a suit case to start their new life.
Hire a refugee. Most refugees are just waiting for an opportunity to get back to their ‘normal’ lives. Often that starts with the ability to provide for themselves and their families. Give them that opportunity! You will not regret it!
Spread The Word – Tell others about this movie, and what you learned. In this current climate of fear over immigration and refugees, you can help open the minds of those who are still in fear of other cultures and help dispel misconceptions about vulnerable populations.
Learn – Check out our website https://musicalambassadorsofpeace.org/ and learn about the work we are doing and our mission to train and fund musical ambassadors who travel the world to build cross-cultural bridges, honor and preserve indigenous musical traditions and help heal those traumatized by war.
Donate – help us keep our Ambassadors working! We currently have programs benefiting Iraqi, Syrian, Afghani refugee women including the Yazidi women recently freed from 2 years of sex slavery under ISIS. https://musicalambassadorsofpeace.org/donations/
Encourage – If you know someone who may be interested in becoming a musical ambassador, encourage them to contact us, explore our website and learn more about becoming a musical ambassador.
Visit our website and learn about our work in Haiti to educate kids, support community health, create jobs, and empower girls. www.coloradohaitiproject.org
Drop by our office at the Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd., to learn more about volunteering with us. We are recruiting volunteers to help plan our two fundraisers, Evening for Haiti in April and our fall Farm Dinner. There are other volunteer opportunities as well! www.coloradohaitiproject.org/volunteer
Sponsor a child at St. Paul’s school. St. Paul’s School has provided education to over 5,000 children since it was founded with CHP support in 1989. St. Paul’s proudly operates a student gardens and agriculture program, a girls’ and women’s empowerment program, courses on entrepreneurship, and an early childhood education center. www.coloradohaitiproject.org/donate-now
The 2015 Call2Action films are
– THE HAND THAT FEEDS (Towards Justice),
– HIP HOP-ERATION (Society for Creative Aging),
– JEFF LOWE’S METANOIA (Jeff Lowe Mountain Foundation)
– OF MEN AND WAR (No Barriers)
– A PLACE TO STAND (Art from Ashes)
– IMBER’S LEFT HAND (The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter)
– SLINGSHOT (Second Mile Water)
– RACING EXTINCTION (Oceanic Preservation Society)
Use Your Voice! Think it can’t happen here? Think again! Two bills currently in the Colorado Legislature, as well as an initiative on the Nov. 2014 ballot, would ban abortion in the State of Colorado. Get involved! Protect women’s access to reproductive services in Colorado! Two things you can do right now: (1) Contact your state representatives and tell them to oppose H.B. 1133, which would ban abortion in the state of Colorado and make it a class 3 felony. Find your state legislators here. (2) Mark your calendar to VOTE on Nov. 4! Vote NO on the Personhood Amendment, which would grant full legal rights of personhood to fertilized eggs. Coloradans already rejected this amendment in 2008 and 2010, but it is back again. Let the Personhood backers know that “NO means NO!”
Sign Up for the Women’s Health “Advocacy & Action” Report. Stay informed on policies affecting reproductive rights and health through our weekly e-newsletter, Advocacy & Action. Sign up on our website or via email, email@example.com.
Get Your Health Care at Boulder Valley Women’s Health! Women’s Health is your locally-based, socially conscious, reproductive healthcare experts. Quality care for the insured and the uninsured. See our services here.
Enroll in Health Insurance – We Can Help! Confused by the options and requirements under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)? We have an enrollment specialist on site who can answer your questions and help you enroll in Medicaid. Come see us! Already have insurance? Encourage friends, family and your adult children to enroll! Start here!
Donate to Women’s Health. Donors are advocates for our mission, enabling us to serve thousands of adults and teens each year. When you give your money or time to us, you will be directly helping someone in our local community. Click here to give your tax deductible gift.
Read the Label! To avoid possible health problems from pesticide residues and GMO ingredients, try to buy only certified organic products. Read the label of all processed food products and avoid products with ingredients that you don’t recognize.
Know your plastics! Harmful plastic contaminants are ubiquitous. Avoid drinking from, wearing, storing food in, or microwaving food in plastics that are not labelled “BPA Free.” Avoid PVC items, especially if you can detect the characteristic odor of that plastic. Avoid plastic furniture or clothing containing fire retardants.
Speak up!: Harmful contaminants in household items are ultimately a creature of politics. Some the groups mentioned above monitor federal and state agencies that are supposed to regulate products containing toxic contents and send out timely alerts. Urge your elected representatives to make sure that health and safety regulatory agencies are not captives of the industries they regulate and have sufficient funding to do their work
Avoid toxic exposure to children! Parents or prospective parents must be especially careful to avoid toxic or hormone-mimicking exposures to their children. Check out the Sierra Club’s website on toxics.
Take a trip to ReSource Boulder! Come and see the ReSource yard (6400 Arapahoe) and talk to our staff about ways to conserve natural resources in your home and community, including water conservation through our Garden-in-a-Box program and our Slow the Flow Water Audits.
Donate materials! Take action to simplify your life by looking through your home, storage unit, barn, garage, attic, crawlspace, and workshop and donate your unwanted building materials to ReSource Boulder.
Volunteer!Donate your time and energy here at ReSource Boulder and learn about conserving natural resources through our innovative landfill diversion programs.
Build! Create something from reclaimed materials using the Tool Library at ReSource Boulder and get advice from the staff.
Host a Benefit Screening! Connect with supporters and increase community involvement by hosting a screening of our Make A Hero films “The Current” and “The Movement” that both highlight individuals with disabilities who have overcome limitations to experience the freedom of adaptive sports.
Share your story! You can submit your story to our blog! Celebrate your accomplishment or that of someone who means the world to you. By sharing your experience with adaptive sports, you empower others.
Be part of the discussion…today! Attend the BIFF Global Town Hall at 1PM today, February 14th, in eTown hall to participate in a discussion with filmgoers, experts, God Loves Uganda filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, and virtual participants from around the world!
Join the movement! The God Loves Uganda engagement campaign will broaden the movement opposing the U.S. exportation of hate and intolerance. Learn more, get involved, and donate via the film’s website.
Host a screening! Spread awareness to your network, and especially to faith communities and faith leaders who might benefit from seeing the film. Add your voice and others’ to oppose violence and intolerance.
Promote an iPod Donation Drive! An iPod donation drive is a great way to collect gently used digital devices for people who need them most, support your local community or a sister community in need, and raise awareness for Music & Memory. Check out this manual for all the info you need to initiate your iPod drive!
Initiate a Music & Memory Service Project!Here’s a guide to show you how! This is a wonderful activity for a grade school, high school or college community service project; church, synagogue or mosque community outreach; or service club program.
Raise Community Awareness! If you love community organizing and are comfortable working with the media, you can help us spread awareness of Music & Memory and how our program could benefit nursing home residents in your area. Here are a few ideas: 1) Help us to identify corporate sponsors in your community who could team with area elder care professionals to bring our Music & Memory certification program to their facilities. 2) Arrange for a screening of our documentary, Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory. 3) Coordinate a benefit concert to raise funds and collect iPods for Music & Memory.
Become a Music & Memory Ambassador! Is there a nursing home in your community that hasn’t heard of our personalized music program? We need your help to introduce Music & Memory. We’ll be glad to assist you and answer any of your questions along the way. Download guidelines from our Volunteer page to get started.
Protect our State! Connect with Protect Our Colorado to get involved in the state-wide effort to stop fracking in Colorado.
Express your Concern! Testify at the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission on February 19th. Ask for better protections – such as required air quality monitoring – for people and communities who live next to well pads. Click here for talking points to learn more.
Support Solar Energy and Renewable Energy Jobs! Oppose the Public Utility Commission (PUC) plan that would cut incentives for roof-top solar. Learn more and take action through the Clean Energy Action website.
Use Your Voice! Oppose fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that will increase natural gas exports and continue to expand U.S. fracking operations. Let Representative Jared Polis know you are opposed to TPP at his Boulder office: (303) 484-9596 or send an email. While you’re at it, let President Obama also know your thoughts!
Learn! Educate yourself about the International Criminal Court, the first permanent international court in history created to investigate and prosecute individual perpetrators, no matter how powerful, for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Tell teachers you know to teach about it.
Watch! View Nuremberg Remembered a 13-minute video featuring the reflections of Ben Ferencz and others who participated in the Nuremberg Trials, which took place from 1945-1949.
Understand! Read The Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power. Hear directly from American decision-makers and dissenters, as well as from victims of genocide to better understand just what was known and what might have been done while millions perished in modern-day genocides.