The Happy Hippie Foundation The Happy Hippie Foundation rallies young people to fight injustice. Impact Report: Seeds of Peace Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:27:28 -0700 <p>Happy Hippies was founded with the mission of empowering young people to change the world. That’s why we’re supporting programs with <a target="_blank" href="">Seeds of Peace</a> to equip the next generation to become leaders, peacemakers and community activists. These leadership development programs specifically focus on underrepresented or minority youth across various identities like race / ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, and religious beliefs.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Here are some key highlights of our work together this past year:</p><ul><li class="MsoNormal"><span>We launched a new camp program for 100 American youth leaders representing diverse backgrounds and training them to mediate conflict and to address current challenges such as LGBTQ rights and immigrant rights in their communities. Since camp, the youth leaders have self-organized meetings in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago to develop social action plans in response to policy changes that target immigrants, faith communities, LGBTQ individuals and other minority communities. </span></li><li class="MsoNormal"><span>We expanded programming in the Middle East, helping to bring together youth from conflict zones and train them to become community leaders. Happy Hippie funding provided Mediation and Negotiation Training for 43 Seeds in Jerusalem and a leadership program in Cyprus for 30 participants from Israel, Palestine, Egypt, India and Pakistan.</span></li></ul><p>We're excited to continue our work with Seeds of Peace and to see the ongoing impact in the lives and communities around the world! Follow <a target="_blank" href="">@HappyHippieFdn</a> on Instagram this week to check out some impact stories and stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!</p><a href=>Read More</a> Happy Hippie x Home of Hope Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:40:26 -0700 <p>As part of Happy Hippie's commitment to supporting vulnerable youth, we're partnering with <a target="_blank" href="">Raising Malawi</a> to provide children at Home of Hope with basic needs supplies including food and clothing. Currently the region is experiencing food shortages due to local famine, but Happy Hippie's support will provide food for nearly 700 orphans for the next few months, until the harvest season.</p><p> </p><p>Thanks to your donations, we are able to help improve the health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable youth around the world! Check out this special message from Home of Hope, and learn more about Raising Malawi and Home of Hope below.</p><p>As part of Happy Hippie's commitment to supporting vulnerable youth, we're partnering with <a target="_blank" href="">Raising Malawi</a> to provide children at Home of Hope with basic needs supplies including food and clothing. Currently the region is experiencing food shortages due to local famine, but Happy Hippie's support will provide food for nearly 700 orphans for the next few months, until the harvest season.</p><p>Thanks to your donations, we are able to help improve the health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable youth around the world! Check out this special message from Home of Hope, and learn more about Raising Malawi and Home of Hope below.</p><p>Raising Malawi was founded by Madonna in 2006 to assist the orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through health and education programs, and has supported Home of Hope since 2007. Home of Hope was founded by Agogo Chipeta in 1992. When Agogo was 14, his parents passed away and he moved in with his older sister. Although she was very young herself (16), she did everything she could to make sure he was loved and that he could complete school. Inspired by his experience, Agogo founded Home of Hope with a $6 donation and just 18 kids. Today, Home of Hope serves more...<a href=>Read More</a> Take Action: Help Syrian Refugee Children Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:18:25 -0700 <p><a target="_blank" href="">March 15 marks six years of conflict in Syria</a>. The armed conflict, which began as pro-democracy protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. Here are some key stats from <a target="_blank" href="">UNICEF</a> about how the violence is affecting millions of Syrians:</p><ul><li>8.4 million Syrian children, inside and outside the country, are in need of humanitarian aid</li><li>1.75 million Syrian children are no longer in school</li><li>2.5 million Syrian children are living as refugees or are in search of safety</li><li>4.9 million Syrians are refugees; half are children</li></ul><p>As part of Happy Hippie’s commitment to supporting vulnerable populations around the world, we are <a target="_blank" href="">funding programs with UNICEF</a> to help address the needs of children, youth and families affected by the conflict in Syria. UNICEF has been on the ground in Syria since the conflict began, helping respond to the crisis. Happy Hippie’s support will help provide medical equipment and school supplies for children and families in need of immediate aid.</p><p>To help Syrian children, please donate to UNICEF <a target="_blank" href="">here</a>.</p><a href=>Read More</a> Take Action: #NoDAPL Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:42:16 -0800 <p>Happy Hippies are committed to taking care of each other and our planet. Many of you have supported the #NoDAPL movement in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline threatening water sources, ecosystems and sacred lands, and now we need to continue our support in order to protect the natural resources, wildlife and communities currently at risk.</p><p>In 2014, the $4 billion Dakota Access Pipeline project was proposed, designed to transport as many as 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily from North Dakota to Illinois. By early 2016, most permits were granted and construction began by Energy Transfer Partners. The pipeline travels underneath the Missouri River, the primary drinking water source and sacred burial grounds for the Standing Rock Sioux, a tribe of approximately 10,000 with a reservation in the central part of North and South Dakota. As a result, Native Americans have united at the center of opposition against the Dakota Access Pipeline as the risk of leaks and ruptures at oil and gas pipelines could damage the tribe’s water supply. Environmental activists have joined the opposition because the pipeline will contribute to man-made climate change by building up the country’s oil infrastructure.</p><p>While construction continued rapidly along most of the pipeline routes, it had been halted temporarily and locally several times by civil disobedience and legal action. Despite the temporary block on construction ordered by the Obama Administration in September 2016, the federal court intervened to allow the project to proceed.</p><p>President Trump issued an executive order that allowed for the Army to expedite the approval process for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite lawsuits filed by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River tribes to halt the final piece of the pipeline, the construction company anticipates that oil will begin flowing this week (March 13<sup>th</sup>) or next (March 20<sup>th</sup>). In the wake of the February 22<sup>nd</sup>...<a href=>Read More</a> Honoring Elizabeth Taylor's Legacy of Activism Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:37:01 -0800 <p>In honor of what would have been Elizabeth Taylor’s 85<sup>th</sup> birthday on February 27th, <a target="_blank" href="">The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation</a> released a short video today to celebrate her legacy. The video reflects on one of the most unforgettable figures of the big screen, diving into Elizabeth Taylor’s unique and multifaceted fame, and the path that led her to become one of the most powerful activists of all time.</p><p>We are so honored that our Founder, Miley narrated the video, celebrating Elizabeth Taylor's commitment to changing the world and using her platform to advocate for some of the most marginalized populations. Elizabeth Taylor's example inspires us to continue speaking out as a new generation of activists.</p><p>Thanks to the activism of Elizabeth Taylor and many others, there has been great progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but the fight isn't over. <a target="_blank" href="">Happy Hippie and Miley are passionate about ending HIV/AIDS</a>, and each one of us can do our part to reduce new infections, confront the stigma, and make sure that people who are living with HIV/AIDS have access to the care and treatment they need to live long, healthy lives. To get involved, watch the video below and support the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation <a target="_blank" href="">here</a>.</p><a href=>Read More</a> Dear Texas Leaders: A Letter from the Creative Community Against Anti-LGBT Legislation Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:24:25 -0800 <p><em>In response to the many anti-LGBTQ in discussion in the Texas Senate, artists, actors, athletes and activists, including Miley, came together to speak out for equality. Read their letter below and add your name at <a target="_blank" href=""></a></em></p><p>Dear Texas Leaders,</p><p>Please know that the creative community is watching Texas, with love for all of its people and for its contributions to music, art, and culture. We love Texas and its people so much. Among us, we have played shows in towns and cities across the state. For many of us, playing live in Texas for the first time has been a life-altering experience. We are amazed by the culture and community of Texas.</p><p>We are deeply troubled by the current legislation that would target the LGBTQ community in Texas.</p><p>Texas Senate Bill 6 (SB6) would criminalize the simple act of a transgender person using the restroom – a denial of basic human dignity. Other legislation being considered in Texas would force teachers to out LGBTQ students to their parents – a violation of the trust built between kids and educators. Still more bills in the works would strip Texas cities of their LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections or nullify marriage equality. Bills like these are poison, a barrier between Texas and its future.</p><p>Transgender and gender non-conforming young people are already subjected to bullying and harassment. Can you imagine the message these bills send to children – the message of “that child is different, that child is dangerous”? Transgender and gender non-conforming young people also already face higher rates of family rejection and homelessness, mental health issues and suicidality, and they already find it more difficult to find work and housing. How much more can you punish them for living honestly and openly? Keep in mind that these kids are some of the bravest and wisest young leaders that we have.</p><p>It is up to you whether...<a href=>Read More</a> Miley and Happy Hippie at Women's March LA! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:52:34 -0800 <p>This weekend, millions of people came together nationwide and around the world to participate in the <a target="_blank" href="">Women's March</a>, The march was a bold statement of solidarity and support for equality for ALL Americans, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. Miley led a group of Happy Hippies at the March and spoke on the main stage alongside Barbara Streisand, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Demi Lovato, Kerry Washington, Tracy Ellis Ross, and so many other powerful women. Miley <a target="_blank" href="">personally introduced Sarah Kate Ellis</a>, President of <a target="_blank" href="">GLAAD</a>, highlighting their revolutionary work for the LGBTQ community.</p><p>Check out Miley's speech and photos from the day here:</p><p><strong>How you can get involved: </strong></p><ul><li>​Support the Women's March <em><a target="_blank" href="">10 Actions for the First 100 Days Campaign</a>, </em>to continue taking action on the issues we care about even though the March is over. Every 10 days there will be a new issue and action for you to take!</li></ul><a href=>Read More</a> Happy Hippies at Rady Children's Hospital! Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:05:10 -0800 <p><a target="_blank" href="">Rady Children's Hospital</a>, which serves more than 200,000 children each year and provides care to 90% of children in the San Diego area, was full of extra joy and love yesterday during a surprise visit from Happy Hippies Miley and Liam. </p><p>Many families spent their holidays in the hospital alongside their children or have had limited visitors recently, but the smiles, laughter and stories from the patients are direct examples of their amazing resilience and strength! Thank you to Rady's incredible team of more than 900 physicians, 1,200 nurses and 500 volunteers who provide care, support and love everyday to patients and their families.</p><p>As we enter a new year, the Rady patients and staff inspire us to continue fighting for the most vulnerable youth! To support Rady's work, you can make a donation <a target="_blank" href="">here</a> and choose the area where you'd like your donation to go.</p><a href=>Read More</a> Happy Hippie Highlights: 2016 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:56:05 -0800 <p>Thanks to YOU and all of our supporters, 2016 was another incredible year for Happy Hippie. Here are some of the highlights from this past year:</p><ul><li>January: <a target="_blank" href=""><strong>Happy Hippie expands programs for transgender and gender expansive youth </strong></a>and their families through our partners at Gender Spectrum</li><li>February: Happy Hippies from around the world send <strong><a target="_blank" href="">Happy Hippie Grams</a></strong> to share messages of love, hope and acceptance with youth at the LA LGBT Center</li><li>March: In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, <a target="_blank" href=""><strong>Happy Hippie partners with Seeds of Peace</strong></a> to support peace-building programs with youth from conflict zones and diverse communities</li><li>April: <a target="_blank" href=""><strong>Happy Hippies speak out</strong></a> in protest of legislation discriminating LGBTQ Americans</li><li>May: Miley, artist Marilyn Minter, and designer Marc Jacobs release a special collaboration, <a target="_blank" href=""><strong>MileyxMarilyn by Marc Jacobs</strong></a>, to benefit Planned Parenthood </li><li>June: <strong><a target="_blank" href="">Happy Hippie teams up with the Zebra Coalition</a></strong> in Orlando to provide support services for LGBTQ youth affected by the Pulse shooting</li><li>July: <a target="_blank" href=""><strong>Happy Hippie launches new pet merch</strong></a>, modeled by Miley's beloved dogs, to help support Happy Hippie's animal companion programming</li><li>August: <a...<a href=>Read More</a> Happy Hippie Holidays 2016 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:38:04 -0800 <p>Happy Hippie Holidays at My Friend's Place brought holiday cheer to more that 200 homeless youth in Hollywood today! Thanks to the amazing contributions from our supporters <a target="_blank" href="">Bombas</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">The Body Shop</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">Whole Foods</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">#1000BlackGirlBooks</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">Happy Socks</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">Green Truck</a>, we were able to provide a healthy, nutritious meal and snacks for the weekend, along with gifts including Happy Hippie hoodies, bath products, socks, underwear, and books. Check out some of Happy Hippie Holidays in action here!</p><a href=>Read More</a>