The Sandbox Writing Challenge #62 — Just supposin’ you had…

On Nov 1st, Calen proposed a question that I have answered many times and usually give the same answers, but my priorities are changing and I have a different answer this time. Here’s the question:


If you had $1,000,000, what would you do with it?

My answers to this question used to be self-centered. I’d pay off my student loans, buy a house in Maine, maybe give my dad a chunk of money, etc. But in the last year or so, there are four causes that have become priorities in my life. I donate to each of these on a small scale, but if I had all that money, they’d each get a $250k donation.

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

FWV – Futures Without Violence (Domestic Violence)

The Trevor Project – Saving LGBTQ Youth

Standing Rock fight against DAPL

Inspired! – 11/16/16 #NaBloPoMo #CheerPeppers #NoDAPL

For today’s Inspired! I stand in solidarity with the First Nations people at Standing Rock fighting for water and land against DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline). Here is a short documentary made about their struggle:

Here are ten ways you can help the First Nations people:

1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject please be professional.
2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL:…/stop-construction…
3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe…/
4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List:
5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund:
7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account:
8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk –
10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455
b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404

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