TRASHED,” the award-winning new documentary starring Jeremy Irons and directed by Candida Brady, will be having its theatrical release on Friday December 14th at the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th St., New York, NY.
Showtimes will be 1:00, 5:20, and 7:20 daily.  As a special treat, Mr. Irons will be attending the opening screenings on December 14th; next Friday
This powerful and visually stunning environmental documentary explores the global solid waste crisis and looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste.
 In September, ALIGN, GAIA, NRDC, NYC-EJA, NYLPI and NYPIRG hosted a private screening of this film and we have received many inquiries about when it would be publicly released.  At last it is finally happening!
We  are asking all of you to help spread the word about the release so that it gets as wide a viewing as possible.  If this week is a success then the film stands a better chance of being rolled out across the country, and we all know change happens one person and one plastic bag at a time.  
Share this post. Share the website. Buy tickets and take a friend, take a whole group of friends. Start a conversation about the topic of the movie.
Whatever you do, do something to spread the word!
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Playground of the Native Son Event

Playground of the Native Son Event


Fundraising Event

Saturday November 10, 2012

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Osage Tribal Museum

819 Grandview

Pawhuska, OK


CHASKE SPENCER, star of Twilight series fame is coming to Pawhuska, OK, to help raise awareness for the Docu-Drama “Playground of the Native Son”. The public is invited, chance to meet Chaske along with the film’s producer Celia Xavier and Director Michael Nash.

The event is a fundraiser for the film “Playground of the Native Son”, admission is $20.00 per person (children 6 to 12 $10, under 6 free). Casting call for football players, actors and extras will be going on at the same time. Hundreds of extras will be needed, Native & Non-native. Each donor at this event will be entered in a chance to win 2 tickets to “Breaking Dawn: Part 2”. Drawing at the end of the event. Hor D’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

The Hominy Indians Feature Film and Documentary is an approved Arts Matching Grant of the Osage Nation Foundation. Donations will be made through the Osage Nation Foundation and used toward the filming of the documentary of the Hominy Indians. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit , United Global Shift, focusing on the environment, employment, entrepreneurship, health and education for indigenous people. Spencer is the co-founder for this foundation.

Unable to attend the event?

Please contact the Osage Nation Foundation at  817-421-5620 for credit cards donations. For mail in donations: Please make payable to “Osage Nation Foundation” c/o Donation for the HIF Documentary, P.O. Box 92777, Southlake, TX 76092

The Osage Nation Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to promote the continued development of the Osage Reservation and the communities influenced by the Osage Nation. You contribution is tax deductible.

For more information about the film go to their facebook page

And to RSVP for the event see their Facebook event page


About Chaske Spencer


Actor and activist Chaske Spencer was born of the Lakota Sioux tribe, and raised on Indian Reservations in Montana and Idaho. His first feature film SKINS, the lead in DREAMKEEPER, and Steven Spielberg’s INTO THE WEST. Over the past few years, he has been keeping busy playing “Sam Uley” the alpha male leader of the werewolves, in the popular TWILIGHT SAGA film series NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, and BREAKING DAWN parts 1 and 2.

With experience both on stage and on screen, in front and behind the camera, Chaske’s credibility as a quality member of the entertainment industry stands strong. He is passionate about making a difference with all people in the area of reducing poverty and creating sustainable solutions for the issues that communities face. In fact, he is engaged in several projects to that end through the non-profit UNITED GLOBAL SHIFT and his personal project SHIFT THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

Clearly, Chaske has been using his celebrity for good. In addition to developing his non profit endeavors, he spends his free time, traveling to various universities and reservations inspiring young people to BE THE SHIFT they want to see in their communities as well as say no to alcohol and drugs, based on his own life experience. In May 2011, he joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Indian Country” campaign in which he supported youth creating a healthier lifestyle through fitness and nutrition within Native American families and communities.

For more information on Chaske you can check him out on

Twitter & Facebook


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Twilight Actor To Receive Honor at Youth Charity Event

Twilight Actor To Receive Honor at Youth Charity Event
NYC – 5/1/201 – Chaske Spencer, who plays the role of Sam Uley in the “Twilight Saga” Films is to be honored for supporting his work creating a positive shift in the lives of many.

Chaske Spencer, star of The Twilight Saga film series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn pt. 1 & 2 is to be honored on June 22nd, 2012 at the 6th Annual Shortstack™ Charity Fashion Show. He is receiving the Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award, presented annually to an individual in honor of their contribution to the lives of others. Their selfless service often goes unrecognized, and the Unsung Hero Award is intended to bring light to the work that they do. This award was founded in the memory of Barbara Harmon, an incredible woman who never received nor wanted the credit for the countless hours of community service and for the difference she made in the lives that crossed her own. From working with babies born addicted to drugs, to supporting adolescent youth in her community, to assisting at the World Trade Center disaster, Barbara Harmon embodied the spirit of true heroism.

The 6th Annual Shortstack Charity Fashion Show will be held on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at the Midtown Loft and Terrace on 5th Avenue in New York City, which overlooks the Empire State Building. Shortstack™ is a teen driven fashion and modeling program whose goal is to allow young girls who do not fit the “normal” model standards to be a part of charitable fashion events. “I am truly excited that Chaske is joining us at this year’s show,” states Olivia Mignone, founder of Shortstack. “We are trying to shift the fashion industry to become more inclusive of all body types, sending a more empowering message of acceptance to society, which is in complete alignment with how he empowers the lives of others.” For years, girls have been rejected from the modeling industry because they are too short. Shortstack was created by teens under the guidance of the non-profit agency Windows of Opportunity, Inc. to give these “short” girls a chance at achieving their dreams as models and empower them to love themselves for who they are.

Spencer, who is of Lakota (Sioux) Nation, Nez Perce, Cherokee, and Creek heritage decent, really appreciates the honor to receive this award at this chic event and feels deeply humbled. “I am so honored to be part of such a great event for a worthy cause,” stated Spencer.

Spencer is a co-founder of the Be the Shift Campaign and spokesperson for United Global Shift (UGS), an organization of which both Spencer and Hal Eisenberg, Executive Director of Windows of Opportunity (WOO) are affiliated. “When I met Chaske at a UGS event and learned of the work he was doing I knew immediately that he was a perfect candidate for this award,” said Eisenberg. “His vision is aligned with WOO on many levels and I see Chaske, myself, and UGS working together on a global level in the near future.” UGS is an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and creating sustainable communities. United Global Shift’s mission is to cause a shift in what is possible for humanity, focusing on the environment, employment, entrepreneurship, health and education by
using media outlets to promote entertainment projects in film, television, fashion, sports, advertising, and internet. By promoting these projects the goal is to cause a shift in the way people think and live their lives.

Tickets to the 6th Annual Charity Fashion Show are on sale via Shortstack’s website”, with all proceeds going to fund the innovative empowerment programs at Windows of Opportunity, Inc. If you cannot attend the event you can purchase an advertisement or a booster for the program with a personal message to Chaske or the Shortstack models. Information on this and other sponsorship opportunities are also available on the website. For media inquiries on Chaske Spencer please contact Mona Loring at MLC PR (323) 462-8080.

For inquiries on Be The Shift or United Global Shift, please contact Josselyne Herman-Saccio at and visit
For inquiries on Shortstack or Windows of Opportunity, please contact Hal Eisenberg at and visit

PRESS AND MEDIA MUST OBTAIN A PRESS PASS PRIOR TO THE SHORTSTACK FASHION SHOW. Please contact Hal Eisenberg @ 718-916-6037 or to register your name. PRESS AND MEDIA ARE TO ARRIVE AT 6:00pm PROMPTLY to receive their press passes and proceed directly to the rooftop for Red Carpet photos and networking cocktail hour.

Your coverage is what will put Shortstack’s important message out there … that

About Chaske Spencer
Chaske Spencer plays werewolf leader “Sam Uley” in the popular Summit Entertainment The Twilight Saga film series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn 1&2. Prior to The Twilight Saga, Chaske was in the films: Skins, Dreamkeeper and Steven Spielberg’s Into The West. Chaske is the lead role of “Virgil First Raise” in the feature film of the book Winter in the Blood (by James Welch) which is currently in post production. Partnered with his manager Josselyne Herman and veteran producer Ted Kurdyla, his production company Urban Dream is in development on a feature-length documentary and feature film called The Block. Chaske recently signed on with the NBC drama pilot called “The Frontier” from writer/executive producer Shaun Cassidy. The story revolves around a group who follows their dreams and heads West from Missouri across the unchartered country in the 1840s.

About Windows of Opportunity
Windows of Opportunity’s intention is to provide platforms for global youth empowerment and leadership that leads to sustainable change. The mission of WOO is to provide innovative and impacting programs that cause a shift in the way we educate and empower youth; a shift from disempowerment to possibility; a shift from differences to acceptance; and a shift from indecision to opportunity.

About The Annual Shortstack Fashion Show
Shortstack’s 6th Annual Fashion Show is taking place on June 22nd, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Midtown Loft & Terrace on 5th Avenue in New York City. Guest list includes actor and star of The Twilight Saga Chaske Spencer, host Joe Rock of WBAB radio, co-host Mark Mendoza from Twisted Sister, the crew of Rescue Ink, Model Claire Unabia, and many more surprises. It is no doubt that founder and program director Olivia Mignone’s message is getting out there as she has rallied supporters and sponsors of her program and shows from the likes of Hot Topic, David’s Bridal, Banana Republic, Delia*s, Jasmine Sola, VH1, Verizon, Long Island’s Rock Station WBAB, popchips, Sonu Beverages, New Leaf Ice Tea, Millennium Toyota, Stone Mountain Handbags, and IDT Corporation, to name just a few. Shortstack has created many opportunities for models such as meeting America Next Top Model’s contestants Kim Stolz, Bianca Golden and Claire Unabia. Past recipients of The Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award include Marty Lyons, a former pro football player with the NY Jets who created his foundation to help terminally ill children receive their greatest wish, Kyle Merker, founder of the Ali Forney Center, and WBAB disc jockey, Mr. Joe Rock, who is the champion and promoter of several causes through his non-profit The Other Door.

All proceeds from this event go to Windows of Opportunity and their many innovative youth empowerment programs including H.E.L.P (HIV/AIDS Empowerment Leadership Program), T.A.D.A. (Teens against Drug Abuse) and the INNER YOU Program for Eating Disorders. At $55 a ticket ($60 at the door) and open to the public, a beautiful rooftop view of the Empire State Building, celebrities, a breathtaking fashion show, musical guests, and the idea that you are benefiting so many impactful youth programs makes it sound like the perfect Friday night out!

About United Global Shift

United Global Shift’s mission is to cause a shift in what is possible for humanity, focusing on the environment, employment, entrepreneurship, health and education. A shift from survival and scarcity to possibility, partnership and peace. UGS designs and delivers conscious full spectrum learning in action programs for individuals, non-profits and corporations. They create and support projects that foster dignity and equity for all in the entertainment, advertising, internet, music, film, television, fashion and sports industries. These projects create a shift in people’s thinking and actions.

For more info on this event or to schedule an interview please contact:
Hal Eisenberg, L.M.S.W. • +1 718-916-6037 • •

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UGS projects create a strategic partnership

For immediate release:

New York-Based, International Violinist Queen Rose

Completes the Central Park filming

of her groundbreaking



 Aimed at fostering an intercultural dialogue about peace among all peoples, the video’s key partner is Hal Eisenberg of New York City youth nonprofit, Windows of Opportunity.

NYC – 2/9/2012 – Pop, soul and world music producer, singer/songwriter and violinist Queen Rose braced herself and her crew against sub-freezing temps to complete the mid-January 2012 filming of her BUILDING BRIDGES music video in Central Park.

 A groundbreaking project undertaken with strategic partner Hal Eisenberg, executive director of Windows of Opportunity, Inc., a non-profit that trains youth leaders, Building Bridges fittingly  “wrapped up shooting on Martin Luther King Day and is being released just in time for Black History Month. This is all about having a constructive conversation about race and history and how we can all share the work of creating a better world,” says Austria-born, New York-based Queen Rose, the video’s creator, producer and director.

“This video involves the work and commitment of 40 people—over two whole days in the biting cold—who are passionate about the BUILDING BRIDGES mission. This isn’t just a song; it’s the backdrop of a bigger plan to create a bit of heaven right here on earth. Building Bridges is all about getting people from every background talking and sharing and caring,” says Queen Rose, whose resume includes being featured violinist for Trey Songz’ spotlight on MTV Unplugged. She has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and in the movie “August Rush;” with her own band at The Blue Note, Knitting Factory and other celebrated venues; and on 18 studio album recordings. As a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Queen Rose has performed with the likes of John Legend, Santana, Gloria Estefan and Patti LaBelle.

 The Building Bridges video is a particularly heartfelt and personal project, Queen Rose says. It is part of a broader plan to spread Queen Rose’s vision through her Building Bridges organization, a fledgling non-profit whose sole focus is fostering an intercultural, peace-generating dialogue about our entwined human concerns and interests.

That endeavor has gotten the backing of, among others, Hal Eisenberg, the video’s associate producer. “The first time I heard Building Bridges I felt like I was hearing the ‘We Are the World’ of today,” says Eisenberg, executive director of Windows of Opportunity, a New York City nonprofit that is, among other initiatives, using music to train youth leaders, artisans and entrepreneurs.

Eisenberg plays the male lead in the video. His co-star is Kimberly Tanksley, who does double duty as production coordinator. They portray an interracial couple bowing—temporarily—to societal taboos against love across lines of race. When they split up in 1998, she becomes a single parent. But, they get back together in 2012, defying the odds and rising above the imposed pressures. Their reconciliation is a lesson in love, forgiveness and pushing the borders of race and romance.

Some footage was shot during the actual MLK Day service at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, where Queen Rose considers herself blessed to be in the Sacred Arts Ministry band. “I also wanted to convey how I build bridges in my own life.”

The video is the outgrowth of a partnership between Queen Rose and Eisenberg, who met at United Global Shift training, which designs and facilitates programs and workshops for people engaged in initiatives aimed at creating a better, more equitable world.

That aspiration is embodied in the song, Building Bridges, co-written and co-produced by Queen Rose, a classical- and jazz-trained violinist, and Mark Shine. It features rock reggae artist Shine’s vocals, layered over Queen Rose’s lush string arrangements. It fuses Queen Rose’s formidable European classical music background with America’s sizzling rock, soul and R&B sounds—culminating in a pop arrangement with an accessible, catchy, globally appealing lyrical hook.

That same artistry will yield the 2012 release of Queen Rose’s world/pop/soul album, a project that is tinged with hip-hop. Partial proceeds from the album will be donated to Windows of Opportunity’s Music Leadership program, Rock Ur Heart Out, which is currently building a music studio for at-risk and under-served youth in Queens Village, New York.

The video can be viewed on Queen Rose’s website and the YouTube channel Queen Rose.

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Creation Source


Everyone has a creation source; in fact, most people have more than one. Creation source is the space from which your burning to see positive change in the world was born, and a space from which you can source your power.

Creation source is the first access point we explore in the workshops. The exercise generally fills up an entire board with people’s creation sources – amazing, empowering words. Your creation source is the power behind your project(s), the power you tap into through your project. Feeling lost or hitting a wall with your project often means you are not accessing and using your creation source.

Watch the video below to see Creation Source discussed by Josselyne Herman-Saccio and  Dr. Monica Sharma

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Introduction to the United Global Shift

United Global Shift is an organization dedicated to creating a united global shift in what is possible for humanity, focusing on the environment, employment, entrepreneurship, health and education. A shift from survival and scarcity to possibility and peace. United Global Shift leadership workshop participants, who are working with UGS access points and design distinctions in their projects, are causing positive and sustainable shifts in these and in many other areas.

The above video introduction to United Global Shift features UGS creator and workshop leader Josselyne Herman-Saccio and UGS advisor and workshop leader Dr. Monica Sharma. Over the coming weeks, through the videos and this blog,  Josselyne and Monica will be sharing some of the key points of UGS with you, as well as some of the tools that are the key to a project’s success and sustainability.

Information about upcoming workshop locations and dates can be found on the United Global Shift website


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