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Your source for all things cause. The Causecast brings together stories about organizations, celebrities, leaders and people just like us who are changing the world. We'll give you the inside scoop on what's happening with the environment, human rights, poverty and a lot of other causes and issues...and give you the tools to do something about it.

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Your source for all things cause. The Causecast brings together stories about organizations, celebrities, leaders and people just like us who are changing the world. We'll give you the inside scoop on what's happening with the environment, human rights, poverty and a lot of other causes and issues...and give you the tools to do something about it.

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    Serj Tankian INTERVIEW Imperfect Harmonies, System of a Down, and Armenia Genocide

    Serj Tankian INTERVIEW Imperfect Harmonies, System of a Down, and Armenia Genocide

    http://causecast.org/music http://axisofjustice.net Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) on the Armenian Genocide, creating the Axis of Justice, and how music can be a powerful tool to let causes be known. FULL TRANSCRIPT: Serj Tankian: "Yes, It's Genocide" is the first song that I've ever written in Armenian, and it's on my new record "Imperfect Harmonies." We started working with the Armenian National Committee of America and the Armenian Youth Federation in trying to use the song as a way of getting attention to the awareness, having to do with the Armenian Genocide. During World War I, the Ottoman Empire, which is the pre-cursor to the government of Turkey today, committed massacre and genocide of 1.5 million Armenians. They also killed Greeks, Assyrians, Jews. It started with the philosophers, the senators, and- kind of the thinkers- being arrested in Istanbul and hung in public format, taken into the army for "work camps," but they weren't work camps, they were just all killed. And then the women and children were put out of their homes within 24-hour notice, pogrom in the desert, through the Deir ez-Zor desert, toward Syria, which was also part of the Ottoman Empire at the time. The hypocrisy of the denial of the Armenian Genocide led me to think, 'if this truth- how can this truth be denied in a known democratic country like ours, and why?' And that realization led me to go, 'how many other truths are there out there?' And that opened my eyes to all sorts of injustices. Axis of Justice, we started Axis of Justice around 2000, Tom Morrello and myself. It was a way of bringing together activists and fans of music and musicians into dealing with the nonprofit world, into dealing with causes and activism. We realized- we started with Ozzfest in 2002, we realized there were all these booths selling merchandise and tattoos and all these things, but there was no one selling knowledge, you know what I mean? So we became an umbrella organization at first for Amnesty and Greenpeace and a number of other NGO's, later on grew into our own organization. There's always something new going on because we don't have one cause, our cause is injustice, you know. Or justice, I should say. Brandon Deroche: What do you attribute your overall awareness to? What path in life I guess you can say, what keeps you there? Serj Tankian: Curiosity. I never thought about that before, so thanks for asking that. But the activism part came from the hypocrisy of the denial of genocide that I learned about that opened my eyes to other things. And sensitivity and compassion opened up from that knowledge of so many injustices, and then the curiosity keeps me kind of on the edge of trying to find out what else is out there. It's an incredibly exciting time where, you know because of the internet and technology, we have so much information at our fingertips, yet what are we doing with that information? We're not asking the 'why?' We know the details, and we take them for granted, because they're available, they're so amply available, but we're not asking why. And that why is very important, why something has come to its fruition. And that's not on Google, believe it or not. Because that requires understanding of the whole issue, not a wikipedia page, you know? Brandon Deroche: We've been working on a campaign, for a continuation of Haiti relief efforts, specifically driven by music, and the goal for that is to kind of take the network that has come together and be able to apply it to Darfur, or homelessness, or any other cause that it's about, and really just people who want to be doing something to create a better world in a sense. Serj Tankian: In the case of Haiti, I think obviously not far from our shores, I think it's very important to carry through with those obligations. Not just raise the money, but make sure that we have organizations that are taking the

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    Brandon Boyd INCUBUS interview: Download to Donate for Haiti (Full Interview)

    Brandon Boyd INCUBUS interview: Download to Donate for Haiti (Full Interview)

    http://downloadtodonate.org Brandon Boyd (Incubus) walks through the canals in Venice, CA with Causecast's Brandon Deroche to discuss Download to Donate for Haiti, the shifting consciousness, and how the music industry can harness fans to get involved in social change. Music Provided By: - Deff Syndicate - The Glitch Mob - Incubus Download to Donate for Haiti is a music subscription that supports the rebuilding effort following the January 2010 earthquake. All music is made available for free download as a thank you to donors. A $10 minimum donation is required. To donate now: *Text the word 'RELIEF' to 41010 or Visit http://DownloadtoDonate.org to donate via credit card. *A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the Download to Donate for Haiti campaign by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at http://hmgf.org/t. Messaging & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code [41010]; Reply HELP to [41010] for help.

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    Virgin America Stands Up To Cancer In Dallas-Fort Worth

    Virgin America Stands Up To Cancer In Dallas-Fort Worth

    http://causecast.org http://standup2cancer.org Virgin America is Standing Up To Cancer on their inaugural flight to their new terminal in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Cowboy and cowgirl flight attendants, bulls on the tarmac, and Sir Richard Branson dressed in chaps is how the day was celebrated on December 1, 2010. In addition to celebrating the grand opening, Stand Up To Cancer representatives and fundraisers were on the flight. Passengers can donate to Stand Up To Cancer simply through the seatback entertainment system. Stand Up DFW for this flight raised over $24,000 through 1,700 donations. For more information about Virgin America's Community Support, go to http://virginamerica.com/about/community-support.html For more information about Stand Up To Cancer, go to http://standup2cancer.org/

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    The Glitch Mob Freestyling, Teaching Kids At A Place Called Home

    The Glitch Mob Freestyling, Teaching Kids At A Place Called Home

    http://causecast.org http://theglitchmob.com http://apch.org The Glitch Mob visits A Place Called Home in South Central Los Angeles to teach kids about their success, music inspiration, and to listen to some of the songs the kids have recorded and produced themselves. For more about A Place Called Home, go to http://apch.org For more about The Glitch Mob, go to http://theglitchmob.com or http://youtube.com/glitchmob For more about Causecast, go to http://causecast.org

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    India.Arie on Stevie Wonder, Harriet Tubman, and the Higher Purpose of Music

    India.Arie on Stevie Wonder, Harriet Tubman, and the Higher Purpose of Music

    India.Arie Discusses Stevie Wonder, Harriet Tubman, And The Higher Purpose Of Music India.Arie talks about the higher purpose of music and the intentions she sets out to her listeners. She discusses finding inspiration from Harriet Tubman and Stevie Wonder, finding comfort in voice and music, and sharing conscious ideas through music. For more interviews with artists and musicians, go to http://causecast.org/music

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    The Rescues on Gay Rights, Conscious Spending, Falling Whistles, and Habitualizing Action

    The Rescues on Gay Rights, Conscious Spending, Falling Whistles, and Habitualizing Action

    The Rescues talk about the music industry, equalizing the playing field for all artists, spending money consciously, normalizing homosexuality, Falling Whistles, and habitualizing making a difference. For more interviews with artists and musicians, go to http://causecast.org/music

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