Do you know what Hamsa is?
Hamsa is a middleeast human rights promotion organization, that is a collaborative initiative between two organizations that bridge America and the Middle East: The American Islamic Congress represents American Muslims - and all Americans of conscience - who stand for individual rights across the Muslim world. The Tharwa Project, a minority and civil rights group based in Syria, embodies indigenous efforts to advance a regional movement. Hamsa is also where some of our good friends at the "Or does it explode?" blog work, so you know it employs smart people. Hamsa has an essay contest, where the top prize is $2000 and whose Judging panel is stock full of celebrity reformers: From Saad El Deen Ibrahim, and Gloria Steinhem, to Bloggers Mahmood Al Yousef and Ammaraji. If you are american or middle-easterner, can write well and wouldn't mind getting 2000$ in your pocket, than I sincirely urge you to check them out.