Mercury One funds storm shelters in Oklahoma school, provides disaster relief after latest tornadoes

With tornadoes hammering Oklahoma for the second time in weeks this past Friday, Mercury One was once again on the ground within hours and providing relief to those who were affected. Mercury One and Glenn Beck donated $350,000 to “Shelter Oklahoma Schools”, a new group that builds storm shelters and safe houses within schools in Oklahoma.

“Anyone who has a child will tell you the safety and security of their children is tops on their daily priorities list. Knowing that our donation will go toward shelters that make kids safer during the school day is a heart-warming thing,” Glenn said.

“Seeing this group do so much good already so soon after the storm is proof positive of how people can quickly come together and provide for one another without having to wait on government to take care of them,” he added. “The Shelter Oklahoma Schools organization is proof of how great things can happen when people stand together to help one another.”

Mercury One presented the $350,000 check on Saturday.

Mercury One also donated $250,000 to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office to help them fund the purchase of a mobile command center to better prepare them for tornados and other disasters. Several of the deputies who had their homes destroyed also received funds from Mercury One.

So far, Mercury One has raised over $1.7 million for tornado relief efforts in the Midwest.

Much of the fundraising for the tornado relief was done via social media. Immediately after hearing about the devastating tornado that tore through Moore, Glenn took to Twitter to find volunteers with trucks to bring food, water and diapers to Oklahoma. Within hours volunteers answered Glenn's call for assistance by providing trucks and drivers. Operation Blessing, a charity that Mercury One has partnered with before, filled the relief tractor-trailers with the needed supplies.

In one day, Mercury One was able to raise over $500,000 for disaster relief through 6,000 donations. Currently, they have raised a total of $1,738,885 with over 19,000 donations. Their current goal is to raise $2 million.

Glenn also used his TV and radio shows to tell inspiring stories of neighbors helping neighbors in Oklahoma, and to raise funds and awareness for Mercury One’s disaster relief efforts.

"Glenn Beck is our biggest advocate and supporter. Not only did he freely give of his radio and TV time to ask his audience to donate but he came to Oklahoma, to the heart of the devastation, to broadcast his radio show. The donations to Mercury One exceeded our highest expectations because Glenn was there and able to describe what we saw and felt," said Mercury One President Joe Kerry.

Speaking on radio after returning from Oklahoma on May 22nd, Glenn took a moment to praise the people in his audience who had done so much to help others with their time and donations.

“I believe this radio audience and this growing network has the most incredible listeners, readers, and viewers in the country, possibly the world,” he said. “I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who really do believe that the world can be a better place.”

This isn’t the first time that Glenn has called on his audience to help others. When Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City, Mercury One was one of the first organizations to provide relief to hard hit areas like Coney Island.

In two days, Mercury One raised over $300,000 in relief for Hurricane Sandy. Eventually Glenn's audience raised just under $2,000,000 for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund.

Joe Kerry met with members of New York Christian Resource Center at a church in Coney Island not long after the Hurricane hit, and was surprised to find that no other organization had reached out to them to provide relief. The church had no power and their basement and parts of the first floor were flooded. Mercury One donated $100,000 so repairs could begin immediately on the church.

Mercury One also teamed up with Operation Blessing to immediately disperse $100,000 in supplies to 46 churches and synagogues in the area and continued to provide funds and volunteers to assist in the clean up.

Jim Esposito of the NYCRC praised Mercury One’s efforts, saying “You have no idea what you guys have brought to us today – the hope that’s descended here in Coney Island, Brooklyn and beyond. You were the first people to come to this community, to this church and to see what we need. And that’s God’s honest truth. They didn’t know where they were going to turn today. And I’m glad that you were there. Thank you so much, sir.”

Mercury One also partnered with HopeNYC for their Day Of Hope providing funds to purchase food, supplies, teddy bears and hot meals for a community on Long Island.

The NYPD and its officers were especially hard-hit and while many people in other professions were able to take time off to rebuild, the officers of the NYPD were working longer shifts to deal with the effects of the hurricane. Mercury One contributed $250,000 to the NYPD Hurricane Sandy Assistance fund so its members and officers could focus on the safety of the citizens of NYC and not about finding the money to rebuild.

Mercury One doesn’t just provide disaster relief. The group also helped raise over $600,000 dollars to honor Chris Kyle, an American hero who served overseas and helped recovering veterans with his time and through his foundation. A fellow veteran killed him in February of 2013. Donations raised by Mercury One went to the Chris Kyle Memorial and FITCO Cares, a foundation started by Kyle and the Littlefield family.

Mercury One also organized the Day of Service during Restoring Love in Dallas, TX last summer. During that day, thousands of volunteers were sent out across the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to work at a variety of service projects.

Mercury One has been an active presence at Glenn’s summer events over the past two years. These events help raise money to cover Mercury One’s administrative and operating costs so that 100% of donations raised during a tragedy can go to providing relief efforts to the people in need.

Mercury One was founded with the motto: “For government to do less we need to do more.” The organization serves as an example of the principles of personal responsibility and individual charity being put into action.

Visit MercuryOne.org for details on how you can donate.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.