Yes, We CAN-DO: CAN-DO Calls On the Nation to Address Human Rights Violations in the US*

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With promises of hope and change pervading the nation's consciousness, one US region has known nothing of the sort. The Crow Creek Indian Reservation of South Dakota, is one of the nation's oldest communities - and its poorest. Arctic winter months have been intensified by the electric company shutting off the communities power, despite the rest of South Dakota having Seasonal Termination Protection Regulations.** The Crow Creek Reservation has suffered innumerable grievances and has recently joined with CAN-DO Organization to shed light on these issues.

We are calling for a collaborative effort by ethical individuals, organizations, schools and political leaders to assure that this damage is reversed

CAN-DO is proud to announce the launch of the Crow Creek Revitalization Effort to unite Americans across the country to address these critical issues at home. Having coordinated large-scale humanitarian aid and emergency relief projects globally, from the South Asian tsunami to Hurricane Katrina, from the American floods in Iowa to the African floods in Rwanda, CAN-DO is an award-winning organization dedicated to working on the local level to provide lasting solutions, with full accountability, efficiency, and results.

The organization declared the crisis at the Crow Creek Reservation as its most critical program which includes comprehensive programs to support the development of alternative energies, entrepreneurial development programs, a community store, greenhouse initiatives, children's center and educational development programs, and a veteran's memorial. CAN-DO's most immediate concern is getting the electric companies to cease all winter power disconnects.

"I've been to disaster areas around the world including Sri Lanka after the tsunami, hurricane Katrina, and after the Iowa floods, but, I have never witnessed such blatant disregard for human life as I have here in my own country on the Crow Creek reservation. If the American people knew how bad the abuse really is, they would be outraged," stated Eric Klein, Founder and CEO of CAN-DO. "Especially now, with our administration paving the way, we need to focus our energies and resources here in our own country and start taking care of our own."

Appalled by the abuse and neglect, one US Marine and Crow Creek Reservation community member took action to publicize the exploitation. Using a hand-held video recorder, he documented local power companies physically cutting electricity lines and removing meters in the peak of winter.
Watch video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tmfue_pjwho

With their proven approach to providing lasting solutions with full accountability, efficiency and results, CAN-DO addresses the operation at the Crow Creek Reservation on a local level to raise the nation's awareness of the urgent human right abuses taking place in the South Dakota region. As it is crucial that the immediate survival needs of the community are met, CAN-DO will simultaneously introduce relevant, long-term solutions for sustainability, economic growth and cultural preservation through the comprehensive relief plan.

On January 8th, 2008, President Barack Obama stated, "I will never forget that the only reason I am standing here today is that somebody somewhere stood up for me when it was risky."

Recognizing the ongoing plight endured by America's indigenous citizens, CAN-DO has shifted efforts, previously devoted to emergency and disaster relief worldwide, to focus explicitly on social grievances and catastrophes that prevail in the heart of the United States. Klein sees this as an opportunity to promote the new administration's philosophy of social change and responsibility by using this initiative as a starting point to create a national movement.

"We are calling for a collaborative effort by ethical individuals, organizations, schools and political leaders to assure that this damage is reversed," said Klein. "Together, we can contribute to real change."

View the complete Crow Creek plan at http://www.can-do.org. Join in the 'Call to Action.'
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wIVgpMK5-Jo&feature=channel

About CAN-DO:
Founded by Eric Klein, CAN-DO has set a new standard for humanitarianism and is changing the face of philanthropy. It quickly has become an organization people can trust and depend upon to "get it done" fast and effectively. It is a 501c3, relief organization dedicated to working on the local level to provide lasting solutions, with full accountability, efficiency, and results.

Video footage, photographs and the web site offer documentation of the organization's efforts at every phase. CAN-DO supporters take pride in watching their generosity directly affect the lives of those in need through the organization's VirtualVolunteer.TV.

CAN-DO's successful missions to bring immediate and direct relief to areas in need have captured the attention of renowned philanthropists including Oprah Winfrey and former president Bill Clinton. The organization was recently awarded the Global Compassion Award at the United Nations for its global impact, unparalleled transparency and accountability. For further information, please visit http://www.can-do.org or email Eric Klein at ek @ can-do.org.

*The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25 states that "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and his family."

**U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (http://www.liheapch.acf.hhs.gov/Disconnect/SeasonalDisconnect.htm)

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