Bringing Some Yellow to the Day of Green
Nancy has her bags packed and is ready to jet off to Ireland, just in time for St. Patty’s Day. ¼-Irish from her mother’s “Sullivan”-side of the family, Nancy and Exec Producers James L. Brooks and Al Jean are heading to Dublin for a short press tour. The trip will include the premiere screening of a Dublin-themed Simpsons episode at the Lighthouse Cinema on March 16th and a look at their annual parade from O’Connell Street in downtown Dublin.
When asked about bringing a little yellow to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, Nancy commented, “This is my 3rd trip to Dublin. They are totally dedicated fans and I love a parade! I can’t wait!”
Changing a Country at War
In November 2008, artists Jimmy Collins and Sleven Rucci-Airo went to the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo to hand-deliver copies of the non-religious common-sense moral guide The Way to Happiness.
Confronting a hostile environment full of heavily-armed soldiers, they managed to pull together a group of volunteers who helped them penetrate the front lines of the conflict and get the book into the hands of thousands of soldiers on both sides. The team succeeded in gaining the support of key officials from both armies, including General Laurent Nkunda, commander of the rebel CNDP Army. This unprecedented and rare meeting was documented to include his inspired agreement to the precepts in the book.
News of The Way to Happiness distribution in the Congo went around the world, appearing in international publications, such as The New York Times. Now, less than two months after Jimmy and Sleven finished their campaign in the Congo, soldiers from the two armies have begun integrating and the four-year conflict appears to be nearing an end.
After the success of their first mission into the Congo, Jimmy and Sleven have begun planning an even greater effort to bring peace and hope to one of the most dangerous and chaotic places on the face of the planet and Nancy will likely be a part of it. In March of 2009, they will return to the Congo to begin a rarely attempted expedition up the Congo River. Over the course of two months, they will travel the “Heart of Darkness” route from the capital city of Kinshasa to the prominent interior city, Kisangani. Forming a band and volunteer team, which will include Ms. Cartwright for at least a portion of the trip, the group will perform music and distribute The Way to Happiness booklets at every stop along the way.
They have hired a river boat and crew and are currently fundraising to print over 200,000 copies of The Way to Happiness. This distribution will bring the book and its valuable message to a part of the world which desperately needs it. After decades of warfare and suffering, the Congolese people are asking for peace and a workable solution to their problems. If you would like more information, please email TWTHCongo@gmail.com
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