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New Spirit of America Challenge
Or: The $ for Fiction Edition

foi_1.gifDedicated to these guys. You may recall the Spirit of America challenge that took place here and at other blogs back in April. SOA has started another blogger challenge to raise money for several different projects they have going on right now. I've chosen to go it alone this time rather than try to form a team. While it was fun to do the coalition thing last time, I want to keep the competition aspect out of the challenge in this go-round and just concentrate on raising some money. It's pretty easy and straightfoward: Here is the ASV donation page. Alll you have to do is click on that link and donate through ASV to be part of my fundraising efforts. You can go to the front page of SOA and see some of the projects they are working on now, including Viral Freedom, which supports development of Arabic blogging tools. This is an important cause to me. I talk and talk about spreading democracy in Iraq, about winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis and about the future of a peaceful Iraq. This is my chance to put my money (and your money) where my mouth is and do something to support all of those ideas and I am dedicating my challenge to Omar, Mohammed and Ali from Iraq the Model, who have become my eyes and ears in Iraq, my virtual friends who have taught me so much with their word throughout this war. Two dollars, ten dollars, one hundred dollars, it doesn't matter - every single cent is a step in the right direction. I was thinking of what I could offer you in terms of thanks for donating under the ASV name. The problem with the last SOA effort was that I got so bogged down in different incentives and prizes that I lost track of what I was doing. Basically, the only thing I have to offer people is my words. So, for everyone who donates - and it doesn't matter what the donation amount is - I will write a short-short story for (about the length of this one). Once a few donations come in, I will give you the guidelines as to what the topic of the stories will be, as I have an idea brewing. So, that's it. The challenge starts now, though I don't think I'm supposed to get into heavy fundraising until December 1st. But I see some other bloggers have already got the ball rolling so I'll get started as well. Again, this is the donation page to give a few bucks via ASV. And if you can't donate right now (i know this isn't a great time of year to ask for money) I'd be just as thrilled with a link to this post, so we can spread the word and hopefully get the dollars rolling in. And if you'd rather start your own team or take this on yourself, you can go here to get your challenge started. The more people that join, the more money raised. I'm not as interested in "winning" a contest for most money raised as I am in making the SOA projects come to life. I thank you in advance for your generosity as, I'm sure, do the people of Iraq.

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Done. And you have a link a'comin'.

That's Alabamian lingo in case you weren't aware. We always add an 'a' and then drop the 'g'.

count me in. i love short stories. and good causes.
Dave

I'm in.
I agree that no matter how one feels about the conduct of our military operation in Iraq, there's no reason not to offer what assistance we can to the Iraqi people.

I can't contribute right now, but will as soon as I can. I hope it goes well. A free and democratic Iraq may be a dream but its worth all we can do.