CSAR
Consolidation for Social Awareness and Responsibility
Advocate for the Homeless
"We are awareWe do care." 


Current Goal
CSAR is committed to lobby the IOC to apply  social criteria in their site selection of  Olympic competitions.  We note that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) applies strict economic and political criteria before choosing host cities for their Olympic games.
 Making selection of host cities subject to social criteria will give the socially disadvantaged a high profile boost by motivating expectant host countries/cities to address the social epidemic/issues in a way that encourages "bottom up" support/momentum for these same social issues from the business community (some of our influential, "genesis" decision makers).... all over the world!   It would also encourage the IOC to ring truer to their published notions regarding the Spirit, the purpose, and the benefits of the games - consistent with current Olympic marketing materials.
We are confident that the effects will generalize to the benefit of socially disadvantaged persons everywhere.  In the United States, 1 out of every 5 children lives in poverty.   Statistics are at least as disturbing for every part of the world. ( ref. Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Washington, D.C., 28/03/2000). Some countries such as China have long been noted for their horrific (deliberate?) human rights inequities.
Please, if you do nothing else, please take 7 minutes for the letter writing lobby below.



Mail these letters
to support the children
 
Executive Summary
Boycott Beijing Olympics 2008 
for their horrific human rights efforts.
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A Hundred years from now... 
it will not matter 
what my bank account was, 
the sort of house I lived in, 
or the kind of car I drove; 
but, the world may be different 
IF (because) I was important 
in the life of a CHILD 
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Why?
In the spring of '96, one CSAR sponsor went to a meeting of Toronto's Alternative Housing Subcommittee (AHS) and experienced communications among the organizations intent on helping the Homeless.  There was dedication, passion, commitment, skill, sincerity, and hope.  There was also profound frustration and concern. These are the front line people who have the task of coping with extraordinary social crises (epidemic!).  25% of the children are living below the poverty line. 

Over 5000 children live on Toronto streets or in shelters - no permanent address, no schooling, no social assistance.  The numbers are rising.  That sponsor came away with a gnawing sense that things will be easier to change when these front-line patriots gain the support of back-room decision makers controlling the resources they need to do their jobs.  To be truly effective, they could use the support of what CSAR calls the "genesis" decision makers. We looked around for what we could do to help and CSAR was born - at a particularly opportune moment in Toronto's history as we prepare our bid to host the (2008 originally) now 2012 Olympics.

Update: Between 1997 and 1999, the number of  homeless in Toronto alone rose from 26,000 to 29,000, (Globe & Mail, 03/28/2000).  The numbers are similar for every community in the world .... worse for 3rd world countries!!!


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