4 Peace was founded in October of 2006. Our various projects are innovative, well-organized and staffed with energized membership, but find themselves hampered by a lack of funding. The members of 4 Peace are aware of "Do Something” ’s reputation as a socially responsible and equitable community member, and believe our organizations are dedicated to the same goals. 4 Peace aspires to begin our work as soon as we possibly can, but we need help to do so. We therefore ask for the honor of your consideration for a Plum Grant. 4 Peace is an up-and-coming non-profit organization committed to opposing to all forms of prejudice, inequality, hatred, and ignorance. The members of 4 Peace believe that every individual should have equal protection before the law, and equal opportunity. As we work for justice and progress through activism, philanthropy, and education, we seek to empower citizens of the world to bring about a future that holds an improved quality of life for all. We are assembled to give voice to those who do not have one. We do this through our unwavering commitment to increasing education, strengthening economic development, promoting ecological and social harmony, and putting an end to extreme poverty and human rights abuses. Specifically, 4 Peace specializes in development-related issues at home and abroad. We are currently operating several charity projects. The extension of micro-credit has played a pivotal role in poverty alleviation and gender empowerment, particularly in South and Southeast Asia. Based on connections in India, 4 Peace is in the process of allying with an NGO named Ahimsa that specializes in offering micro-credit to women in India. Buying malaria nets for villages and slums in Africa has provided new hope for combating the disease, which threatens the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people. 4 Peace has begun to research the necessary inputs for providing such nets to African clinics and villages. A potential partnership with the Southern Sudan Healthcare Organization will provide an avenue for dispersal of nets. The AIDS virus is currently ravaging many parts of the African continent. 4 Peace is also beginning to raise money for antiretroviral medicines. The group will focus its efforts on entry inhibitors. Prices for such drugs can cost up to $29 a day, so it is important for 4 Peace to contact other NGO’s regarding the distribution of antiviral medications. Such groups include the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, AVERT, and Zanzibar NGO. It is important to research generic medicines outside of the U.S. that are significantly less than the standard $10,000 a year. Generic brand antiretroviral drugs are the key to more universal access in developing nations. 4 Peace will choose a target nation and begin raising money for this fund based on further research on medication and logistical costs. 4 Peace also engages in lobbying. There are currently bills in the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate that will require that state sponsors divest from companies known to contribute to the genocide in Sudan. Sudan divestment bill H.B. 4854, which we support and which has passed the House of Representatives, has been tie-barred in the Senate with a bill to divest from State sponsors of terrorism. This new primary bill, S.B. 846 has passed the Senate and refers to 4854 as the operative bill concerning Sudan. Bill 846 is currently in the House Committee on Government Operations and a hearing shall be held shortly. To pass altogether, all components of the tiebar must pass. Bill 4854 sits in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security. Further contact with the offices of Senators Clarke, Bishop, and Brown, and Representatives Smith and Wojno are necessary and shall continue. The goal is to pass this bill before summer recess, as afterward the government will be busy with the budget and with elections. The focus of 4 Peace’s Better Borders Campaign is to use lobbying techniques to pass legislature that will improve the process of immigration as well as border relations with the United States and is neighbors. There are two directions in which this campaign can be led. The first option is to organize a lobbying campaign in which the aim is to convince a Michigan Congressman and Congresswoman to introduce and sponsor, legislation, which would stop the construction of the U.S./Mexico wall. The second option is to support elected officials, such as Mayors and City Councils, along the Southern border who have been very critical and outspoken against the construction of the wall and to lobby and urge others to take similar action. 4 Peace’s environmental division is currently working on a lobbying project to pass Polar Bear Protection Acts in both the United States House and Senate. Both versions of the Polar Bear Protection Act of 2007 are meant to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to strengthen polar bear conservation efforts, and for other purposes. Letters are being sent to each member on the respective subcommittees, urging them to move the Act through the floor and general debates. The members of 4 Peace strive to live our motto in every day life, by using our hard work, talent and resources to turn APATHY into EMPATHY and AWARENESS into ACTIVISM.