CNN’s Larry King Hosts Special 2-Hour Larry King Live Telethon Monday, June 21st from 8 to 10pm Eastern
By Carol Buckland
Larry King Live Sr. Editorial Producer
Before they’re ready to listen to how they can help, a lot of people want to know why they should help.
Generosity in response to natural disasters is one thing. Calls to aid the victims of earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis are almost always answered by an outpouring of monetary donations and other kinds of assistance. But when catastrophes are man-made – when there are individuals, corporations, or governments to blame for creating a problem or making it worse – most people expect those responsible to step up and fix the damage they’ve done.
President Obama says the government is holding BP and all other responsible parties “accountable” for what’s become the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. He also says he’s “absolutely confident” BP will be able to meet its obligations to the Gulf Coast and to the American people.
BP CEO Tony Hayward says his company will “not rest until we make this right.” He also maintains “no resources will be spared.”
The trouble is: Even if these pledges of “accountability” and “making things right” are completely fulfilled, it’s going to take time. And time is something the Gulf Coast is very, very short on right now. Help is needed immediately – if not sooner. And it’s going to keep on being needed for a lot of years.
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By Eric Kuhn
CNN Audience Interaction Producer
(yes, this is a real title)
Tune in and log on this Monday, June 21, for a special LARRY KING LIVE telethon focusing on what you can do to help the Gulf Coast. "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help," which airs on CNN between 8 – 10 PM ET, is going to be a great two-screen experience, so pull out your laptop!
During the telethon, Larry will check in with Ryan Seacrest, who will be hosting a special “Social Suite” with celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Pete Wentz, Deepak Chopra, Chelsea Handler, Jenny McCarthy, Tyson Ritter and Edward James Olmos.
Before and during the broadcast, we are encouraging people to participate on their favorite social media platform to help spread the word, have conversations and share ideas about how you can help.
Here is how you can participate:
Facebook: We are asking that you change your Facebook profile photo in support of the Gulf. Please save the photo in this blog post and use it as your new profile photo on Facebook. Also, update your status message about how you are helping with the environmental disaster.
The Disaster Relief on Facebook Page, which was launched hours after January's devastating earthquake in Haiti, serves as a collaborative resource for individuals, non-profits, governments and industry to raise awareness for those in need around the globe. Celebrities, such as Ivanka Trump, will be posting questions on that page throughout the telecast and are excited to hear your thoughts. Some of the comments left on that page will be read on air.
Also check for updates about the show on Larry’s Facebook Page and CNN Impact Your World.
Twitter: During the broadcast, we are encouraging people to tweet to the celebrities by using the hashtag #CNNHelpGulf (Hashtags, in the twitter universe, provide an easy way to keep track of conversations by searching specific phrases or keywords). Share your feelings and thoughts about the disaster in the Gulf.
Gowalla: Now through Monday go out with Gowalla, the location-based mobile and web service, and check-in at any Spot in the "Parks and Nature" category and receive an official "Larry King Live: How You Can Help" pin for your Gowalla Passport, as well as information on how to help.
By staying connected, we can all make a difference. We hope, with your help, and by spreading the word, we'll build support for how you can help in the Gulf.
Sunday's show was a special hour on Human Trafficking. If you would like more information, please go to The Polaris Project.
Polaris Project's vision is for a world without slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.
Polaris Project is one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States and Japan, with programs operating at international, national and local levels through our offices in Washington, DC; Newark, NJ; and Tokyo, Japan. Polaris Project is one of the few organizations working on all forms of trafficking and serving both citizen and foreign national victims of human trafficking.
To Report a Tip or Learn More About Human Trafficking call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, Operated by Polaris Project:
For more information about the organizations working to stop human trafficking, and how you can help, visit Impact Your World.
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In this LKL Web Exclusive, actress and UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu sheds light on the disturbing practice of human trafficking. Its wide is reach, and the numbers are staggering. We are also discussing the topic on the show tonight, and Lucy is among our guests.
The horrifying rape and murder of five-year old Shaniya Davis in North Carolina shattered her community and left a nation struggling to comprehend the unspeakable depravity of such acts.
What happened to little Shaniya — who was allegedly sold for sex by her own mother to settle a drug debt — should serve as a powerful wake-up call to all Americans to do everything in our power to stamp out human trafficking, both at home and abroad.
This by no means is an easy task. Trafficking in people is one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative international crimes, generating approximately $9.5 billion in profit every year. Sexual exploitation accounts for the vast majority — more than 79 percent — of the pervasive trade in human beings. It is unfortunately difficult to get reliable numbers because of the hidden nature of these crimes and the reticence of victims to come forward.
Most appalling is the buying and selling of children, who should not even know of these atrocities much less experience them. Yet, as many as 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide each year, and in some countries children account for the majority of trafficking victims. Little girls and little boys are sold as slaves — forced to work, forced into marriage, forced to beg, forced to fight in wars, and forced into prostitution. This violent underworld robs children of their childhood, deprives them of an education, exposes them to abhorrent abuse, increases the risk of HIV infection, and can lead to early death or a life of extreme poverty, cruelty, and alienation.
The reality is detestable, nauseating — but we cannot allow ourselves to turn away. In order to put an end to this worldwide injustice, we must become as organized, as sophisticated, and as relentless as the criminal syndicates who perpetrate it.
I recently co-produced and narrated a documentary film entitled Red Light, about children sold into the sex trade in Cambodia. This Southeast Asian country is an international hub for human trafficking, and, astonishingly, the traffickers are not just organized criminals: They are also parents, relatives, friends, intimate partners, and neighbors.
Filmed over the course of four years, Red Light follows the stories of young Cambodian girls who were trapped in a sickening world of terror and abuse, and who are heroically struggling to reclaim their lives. The film also highlights two remarkable advocates, Somaly Mam, a grassroots activist, and Mu Sochua, a local politician, who have dedicated themselves to helping these girls recover and to bringing the perpetrators to justice. Both women have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and they serve as a constant source of inspiration for me.
It is heartening to know that there are many other individuals and organizations, including UNICEF, who have made combating child trafficking a top priority. But we need more people to join us in the fight — we need a growing chorus of voices to let governments around the world know that trafficking must not be tolerated.
As a UNICEF Ambassador, I believe the most effective strategy for protecting children is a holistic one. We cannot address the violations of human trafficking in isolation. In countries around the world, everyone needs to work together to make sure that laws guarding against trafficking are enforced — and that children, parents, teachers, and others are armed with the knowledge and skills they need to prevent and report abuse.
In many countries, UNICEF has helped initiate community surveillance systems that monitor and prevent attempts to exploit children. UNICEF also helps train police officers to be more aware of the issue, works with governments to strengthen laws that protect children, and provides resources for programs that help victims.
Child trafficking won’t be stopped unless we also attack its root causes, which include poverty and a lack of access to education. UNICEF and other excellent organizations are working on those fronts as well, but they cannot do it alone.
As we enter the holiday season and reflect on the needs of others, let us vow to shine a light of hope in the dark corners of the world. Let us do it for Shaniya Davis, for the girls who have been sold into brothels in Cambodia, for all those other children whose terrible suffering goes on unchallenged and unnoticed. Children are our most precious resource. If we can’t protect them, what is worth protecting?
To learn more and to donate, please visit: http://www.unicefusa.org.
For more information about the organizations working to stop human trafficking, and how you can help, visit Impact Your World.
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It's happening every day, all over the world…including the United States!
Women and children are being kidnapped, bought and sold into bondage!
Ashley Judd, Lucy Liu and Lisa Ling and survivors of human trafficking discuss the shocking business of modern day slavery.
The students of the High School for Recording Arts were moved by the tragedy in Haiti and wanted to help. They decided to apply their skills to raise awareness and to show their support for the people of Haiti.
The High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), aka Hip Hop High, is an alternative high school in St. Paul, MN. HSRA provides youth the opportunity to achieve a high school diploma through the exploration and operation of the music business and other creative endeavors.
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To do that, consumers should:
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We’re live from Haiti tonight, where officials fear more than 100,000 people could have been killed in yesterday’s earthquake.
We will have the latest reports from Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta who have been on the ground and witness to the destruction.
We’re also talking to many people who are desperately looking for loved ones in Haiti.
Plus, actor Ben Stiller - who has been to Haiti and was working on building a school there, and Haitian-American actress, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, will talk to Larry about the country, what it needs and how to help.
If you are interested in helping the people of Haiti, please go to CNN’s Impact Your World for a list of organizations mobilizing aid and relief to those who need it.
David Arquette: My Life Volunteering with Feeding America
I’ve always been a supporter of a variety of charities. Doing something to give back makes us real, and makes us feel good in a very powerful and incredible way. About a year ago I decided it was time to roll up my sleeves, dig in deep, and really get involved beyond events and the red carpet.
As the economy took a turn for the worse, it became clear to me that too many people in our country were going to be hurting, really hurting - tired, hungry, and scared. The number of people lacking food in this great country of ours should be zero. So, I got involved with Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org). It’s the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, feeding more than 25 million Americans a year, with more than two billion pounds of food distributed annually through their network of more than 200 food banks serving all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
This September was Hunger Action Month. As the chairman of Feeding America's Entertainment Council, I got to really experience the variety of ways that individual citizens and corporate America are coming together to help solve domestic hunger. At the beginning of the month I put on a chef’s coat and traded cheesecake for canned food donations on the sets of ABC’s Cougar Town and Scrubs to kick-off the Cheesecake Factory’s “Drive Out Hunger” campaign (check out Courteney this week on Cougar Town for an important message about volunteering tied to the www.iParticipate.org initiative).
The campaign went on to stop in a different city across the country each day of the month, collecting 321,992 cans for the network of Feeding America food banks. In mid-September, I went to New York to help launch Macy’s “Come Together” campaign which is on track to provide Feeding America with 10 million meals this fall. And to close Hunger Action Month, I helped produce the “Rock a Little, Feed a Lot” benefit concert with my friend Adam Shankman. It was a concert to not only raise funds, but awareness of the issue of domestic hunger. Once again so many people came together to lend their time and their voices–especially our friend Sheryl Crow who wrote a song for Feeding America, which she debuted that night and will soon be available for download, benefiting the charity.
Everything that I experienced during Hunger Action Month shows you that volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be fun and it ALWAYS makes you feel good, which is why I volunteer twice a week at a local food pantry in the community where I live. Touching people one-on-one is what it is truly all about.
When I hand groceries to a family and watch a child rip open the loaf of bread, it rips my heart, and I realize how much we still need to do with 1 in 6 American children being food insecure, not knowing where their next meal is coming from.
Whatever your cause, there is an opportunity for you to help. I can all but guarantee that you’re going to be glad that you did something; anything. The experience of giving back has brought me closer to God and closer to myself; my true self. Sometimes I take my daughter Coco with me. I want to share with her the importance of loving others and working for the change you seek. Having her there with me brings heightened awareness to how blessed my family is, and how we need to all do our part to help those who are down on their luck.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation's iParticipate initiative is meant to inspire Americans to serve our country through volunteering and community service. All you have to do is log onto the www.iParticipate.org website to find a volunteer opportunity in your neighborhood. You can clean up parks and beaches, assemble care packages for soldiers, read to kids in school, or help out at your local food bank. We are all in this together.
We're all part of the same family, the same community, the same world. Nothing helps nurture our world more than caring for one another, having compassion toward our neighbors and cultivating a society based on the importance of Love. I think quoting Sheryl's song sums it up best, “Love is all we need”.
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Tonight's "Impact Your World" segment will be special. Willie Nelson joins Larry to discuss the 2009 Farm Aid line-up announced recently. For the last quarter-century, Willie Nelson and other world famous performers have organized concerts each year to bring awareness to the plight of the American farmer. Farm Aid has raised nearly $35 million dollars in funding for farmers across the U.S.A.
Willie Nelson, through his dedication to music and America is our spotlight newsmaker in tonight's "Impact Your World" installment. For more on Farm Aid, click here.
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LARRY KING LIVE'S Emmy-winning Senior Executive Producer Wendy Walker knows what it takes to make a great story.
With anecdotes, provocative emails, scandals, show transcripts and insights into Walker's long working relationship with Larry King, her new book PRODUCER issues readers an invitation to listen in on the most intriguing conversations on the planet.
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