Absotively, posolutely incredible…and inspiring beyond words!
Democracy Now! – “A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”
I’ve read “The Fifth Sacred Thing” three times over…I love everything about the book. The strong heroes and heroins; the eerie possibility that this is our future…and that at the end of it all, there is HOPE. I have my fingers crossed that this will be one of those rare occasions when the movie doesn’t fall 10,000 miles short of the book.
“The Fifth Sacred Thing is an upcoming feature film based on the best selling novel by Starhawk, and is set in 2048, where an ecotopian San Francisco defends itself from invaders using nonviolence and magic.”
♫…To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean,
to ride on the crest of a wild raging storm
To work in the service of life and living,
in search of the answers of questions unknown
To be part of the movement and part of the growing,
part of beginning to understand,
Aye Calypso the places you’ve been to,
the things that you’ve shown us,
the stories you tell
Aye Calypso, I sing to your spirit,
the men who have served you so long and so well… ♫
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007
“On our October 7, 2005 program, NOW Host David Brancaccio interviews Vonnegut about his life and the current state of American democracy. With his classic wit, the legendary author of CAT’S CRADLE and SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE delivers some choice words for our parties, our system, and our president.”
RT – “The Israeli government voted on Sunday to raze a Bedouin-Palestinian village of 500 citizens to clear space for a Jewish town, prompting yet more protests against Israel’s unabated policy of settlement construction.
The government ministers moved to evict residents from the Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran in accordance with the terms of the so-called “Prawer plan,” which calls for the resettlement of large numbers of Bedouin villages.
The Bedouins have been offered alternative sites to which to relocate, but they plan to hold protests against what they claim is “discriminatory treatment by the state,” as quoted by Haaretz, the Israeli daily.
Liberal Israeli publications have harshly denounced the treatment of the Bedouins, who are being displaced by the very military that some of them proudly served.
“These are Israeli citizens – citizens in a ‘democratic’ state, some of whom have even served the country militarily – who are now having their homes destroyed,” David Harris-Gershon wrote in his blog for the Tikkun Daily.
The Israeli government’s reasoning for demolishing Umm al-Hiran is that the villagers never received ‘official’ zoning rights to settle the land. However, critics say Israel refused to give a stamp of approval to the village, despite ordering villagers to settle the site in 1956.” Full Story
“Arab–Bedouin citizens of Israel have been living in Umm al-Hieran since 1956, when the Israeli civil administration moved them to this hill in the Naqab (Negev). Now, the state wants to move them out — and replace their village with the distinctively Jewish town “Hiran.” The Hiran “nucleus”, a group of 30 families that would form the core of this new Jewish settlement has already moved to a nearby camp in Yatir forest, where they await the demolition of Umm al-Hieran.
The film is a co-production of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality in the Negev (NCF), and part of a two-year EU-funded partnership to protect the rights of the Arab Bedouin in the Naqab.”
Interesting points & ideas; worth the listen.
An excerpt of Derrick J Freeman’s speech from the documentary ‘Unveiled and Lifted”
I’ve not yet watched the full movie but here it is for those who might be interested…
― Daniel Pinchbeck
TEDx – “Daniel Pinchbeck’s talk at the TEDxChelsea conference, held June 1, 2012 at the School of Visual Arts. The conference theme was “The true value of art is seldom what someone is willing to pay for it.”
“Daniel Pinchbeck is the executive director of Evolver Holdings, which includes evolverintensives.com, realitysandwich.com, evolvereditions.com, and evolver.net. He is the author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey Into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (Broadway Books, 2002), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2008). He is featured in the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. He writes a monthly column for Dazed & Confused.”
“Water is largely taken for granted by consumers but it’s becoming “blue gold” in the 21st century. Troubled Water examines the threats to public water systems and watersheds using the East Coast of Vancouver Island as a case study. Privatization, public private partnerships (P3′s or P4′s Public Pays for Private Profits), privately owned community watersheds, vulnerable aquifers, over-development, ground water contamination and international trade agreements all undermine the safety and security of public water systems, public ownership and the fundamental human right to access clean drinking water.
Profiling a variety of water sources that represent typical water systems across North America, Troubled Water uncovers the common threats to these systems. The film highlights some good examples of watershed stewardship and encourages viewers to work toward maintaining water as a public trust in their own communities.”
DVD copies of Troubled Water are available at http://www.manlymedia.com
I’m still hanging out in a funky mental place these days…not a bad place, just…a quiet place where my thoughts float around without the desire to be vocalized. Honestly? I’m tired of talking with my voice even though my mind is as busy as ever. Nothing in my head wants to be released with words apparently but still…
So much to say, so much to say…
Since my thoughts are resisting words as a form of expression – and since they are also demanding to not be ignored – I’ve had to dig around for other forms of communicating and releasing the constant mental chitter-chatter and pressure that’ll build if I fall into total silence of spirit. These are a few of the pieces I work on during the times when I just cannot focus enough to push coherent words out. Maybe images can fill in for my voice…at least for now.
The condition of the world and the mess we humans (and all other living beings!) are in is still very much on my mind. I may not be able to compose a several page roaring rant about it all at the moment but the desperation and fury of it all is very much alive and well in my being -
Mother, father please explain to me
Why a world so full of mystery
A place so bitter and still so sweet
So beautiful and yet so full of sad, sad…
Using clipped images/magazine ads is a new thing I’ve been playing with. I’ve used trash on 3-D creations before but I’m exploring how to add them onto “flat” creations as well…there are pieces of plastic, tires and other trash being worked into this piece. We’ll see how it works when it’s all done, I guess.
Lucky for me I create solely to create and never to market or sell so I have no worries beyond just making whatever it is I feel like. My daughter recently asked me if I ever wished I had studied to be a ‘real’ artist and I could only chuckle as I answered, “No”. Not having any formal instruction means I don’t know what it is I should or should not do…frees up a whole lot of playing-around space if you don’t have a clue what the Rules are, right?
This is the last of the new stuff I’ve been working on…for all of the fucked-up muck in the world, there is still an incredible amount of beauty to be found and celebrated…
I’m sure that my *Actual* voice will regain the urge to be heard again once…meh, once the dust settles over my life again, I s’pose. Until then, I am going to consider the silence an opportunity to explore new ideas and ways to communicate. After all, it really is like Dave says:
“There’s not a moment to lose in the game…Don’t let the troubles in your head steal too much time for you’ll soon be dead…”
“What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony.
However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. Frustrated by antiquated legislation, Reynolds lobbies for the right to create a sustainable living test site. While politicians hum and ha, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes. Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most. Shot over three years and in four countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century…”
I watched the full documentary earlier this week and highly recommend it. I was blown away by how inspiring Booker Wright’s short speech was…what an amazing man…and what a shameful ending to his life. ~Reb
“In 1965, NBC News director, Frank De Felitta, met an African-American waiter named Booker Wright and asked him to be filmed reciting the menu from the ‘whites only’ restaurant that Booker worked at in Greenwood, Mississippi. What Mr. De Felitta captured, surprised the nation when broadcast in 1966. Forty-five years later, Frank’s son, filmmaker Raymond De Felitta, and along with Ogilvy & Mather’s eyepatch productions producer David Zellerford, revisit an era of Civil Rights through the lens of cinematographer Joe Victorine, and discover with Booker’s granddaughter, the impact Booker Wright’s TV appearance had on himself and his family.”
This short version of the feature (distributed by Tribeca Film) encapsulates the film and some of what happened to a man who courageously and fearlessly spoke his heart and mind at that tumultuous time in American history.
Booker’s speech in full -
…And worth dying for…
This is a non-commercial attempt from
to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/).
Tha Truth is a conscious/political underground hip hop artist and “rap-tivist” (rapper/activist) known around the Philadelphia area for battling inequality, poverty, discrimination, and injustice. He has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, marches, conferences, and benefits…
“Since 2006 Tha Truth has released four underground political rap albums that attack the forces that maintain the status quo. In 2006 he released “Tha Civil Rights Movement,” which was followed in 2007 by “Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II.” 2008 saw the release of “Tha People’s Music” album, on which Tha Truth sums up U.S. history from 1492 to present (inspired by Howard Zinn). Tha Truth’s latest work, “Tha Mis-Education of the Masses,” was released on May 19th (Malcolm X’s birthday and 2 days before Harvey Milk’s birthday). This CD makes the same points as his previous projects, while adding sarcasm, humor, metaphors, and a more diverse array of beats.” Bio
I first met up with Jay waybackwhen on MySpace. He is a most gracious & inspiring man who went out of his way to help me transcribe his lyrics so they could be shared with prisoners…I’ve never forgotten his kindness – and I sure have never stopped enjoying his outstanding tunes. I hope everyone takes some time to check out the rest of his work here at Tha Truth. Check out more tracks from Mis-Education of The Masses - or better yet, order a copy of one of his CD’s!
“Dan Price was once a successful but stressed out family man in Kentucky but left it all behind twenty years ago to live underground in the Oregon woods. Now, he survives on just $5,000 per year. He’s the Hobbit hole man who walked away from the 9-to-5 life, dug himself a house under a horse pasture and he has never looked back.”
RT News – “In the middle of the desert landscapes of the West Bank, a small village has become an oasis of Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation. Its residents have planted flowers in hundreds of spent Israeli tear gas grenades, to honor those killed during their weekly protests against the separation barrier.”
- Khadi Abu Rahma, a Palestinian journalist and one of the garden’s creators
It is critical that people become informed about what is going on with our food supply if things are going to change. All of the petitions, protests or marches in the world are not going to stand much chance of bringing about change so long as millions of people continue to support the industrial system with their pocketbooks. Every scan of a bar code in a supermarket is a VOTE, people. If we continue to use our *Votes* to support processed, modified, soy-filled, corn-filled, JUNK…then that is EXACTLY what we will keep getting!
The strongest statement we can make, the best message we can send to corporations, is to back up our words with action…the action of consciously deciding to buy local, to make those organic fruits and veggies the most scanned items in the system. Stop voting for junk and start voting for your own health…and the health of all future generations.
My mother “lost” her “battle” with breast cancer years ago…in the grand month of “Breast Cancer Awareness”, formally known as October. In the years since then, I’ve been gifted Pink Ribbons in every form and incarnation from pens to key-chains to coffee mugs…I despise them, each & every one.
I have never, and will never, give a dime or show an ounce of support for this ridiculous “Cheering on” of a disease – of this “Pink Ribbon” club that serves only to make talking about loss of boobs more tolerable to society. What the video below says at the beginning is true…there is a push to pretty-up the disease and to show only shiny, happy survivor faces in public…and for some of us who know better, who have a more intimate relationship with breast cancer, that public relations image is downright nauseating. My mother was NOT happy and cheerful and perky during the years breast cancer ravaged her body. She was sick, pale, weakened, burned, scarred, maimed, bald and died looking like a Holocaust corpse.
And before I allow myself to veer off into a full out personal rant, I will let other voices pick up from here and explain what it is about the Pink Ribbon campaign that gets me so agitated that my vision blurs from pink to fiery-red…
Source – “Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve?”
Little known to many, for instance, is the fact that the original breast cancer ribbon was created by a woman named Charlotte Haley, now 68 years old, as an awareness tool to expose the fact that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) spent virtually none of its budget on cancer prevention. Today, that ribbon, which was originally a salmon color, has been hijacked by corporations and turned pink for the purpose of raising gobs of money in the name of “finding a cure.”
“Raising money has become the priority, regardless of the consequences,” said one woman interviewed for the film, concerning what all the breast cancer hullabaloo is really about. “If people actually knew what was happening, they would be really pissed off,” added another woman.“Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Léa Pool, and produced and executive produced by Ravida Din for the National Film Board of Canada, PINK RIBBONS, INC. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has been hijacked by a shiny, pink story of success.”
Most people have no idea where their donations to groups like Susan G. Komen for the Cure actually go, and whether or not any of it is being used for legitimate purposes. And at the same time, many of the products with pink breast cancer labels on them actually contribute to the disease, including KFC chicken (http://www.naturalnews.com/028631_Komen_for_the_cure_pinkwashing.html), Diet Coke (http://www.naturalnews.com/031415_Coca_Cola_diet_soda.html), and even alcoholic beverages (http://www.naturalnews.com/030018_pinkwashing_breast_cancer.html).
So how can organizations like Komen for the Cure and its numerous corporate sponsors claim to be interested in ending breast cancer when they continue to do nothing to oppose the use of cancer-causing chemicals and additives in consumer products?” Click Here To Learn More
“To many women with breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about the evils of pink.
From soup cans to Mustangs, many corporations saturate their products in pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month. These corporations incentives, many breast cancer advocates warn, however, may not be as good-hearted as they appear.
This advertising technique, called cause marketing, is a marketing strategy where charity is used to increase profits. Research from Cone Communications, a Boston consultancy, found that 79 percent of consumers would likely switch to a brand that supports a cause, all other things being equal.
“This is nuts,” breast-cancer patient, Jeanne Sather, 54, said. “Companies will take out an advertisement in a major magazine to tell you about their great donation, and the ad might cost more than the donation,” Sather said. “This is fairly typical.”
Sather said cause marketing exploits women who have breast cancer. Sather said she urges women to boycott any product that displays a pink ribbon on it. Her Seattle-based blog, The Assertive Patient, features her “Boycott October” campaign where she recommends that people stop buying pink ribbon products.
Many organizations are producing “pink products,” with promises to donate part of the item’s proceeds towards a breast cancer foundation. Angela Wall, the editor of Breast Cancer Action said consumers need to be aware that the portion of the product’s profit that the corporation donates is often very slim. Many corporations have a donation maximum that puts a cap on the money raised at a certain point. The money raised after this point goes to the corporation, rather than the charity.
While some companies are required to inform consumers of their maximum, many corporations found loopholes, enabling them to pocket the excess charity money.
New Balance reached its $1 million per year maximum over the past two years. The company is partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation, who insist its corporate partners inform consumers when they have reached their donation maximum. However, New Balance said in a statement that it does not inform their consumers after they have reached the cap.
Despite mislead customers, many companies claim cause marketing triggers awareness. Last month, the Pink Ribbon Produce campaign used in-store promotions to drive breast-cancer awareness through produce at participating stores. The participating stores were decorated with a pink ribbon indicator.
Not everyone, however, says generating awareness is enough support.” Full Post Here
I absolutely love this. Small acts that make a difference in the lives of others…if only for a moment.
via Films For Action – “The Food is Free Project is creating a repeatable model of growing food and community. It is our vision and wish to empower you with the knowledge and know-how to transform your block and neighborhood step-by-step. Using salvaged materials we are building front yard community gardens for all to share. Imagine walking down a block lined with fresh produce ready for the picking. Neighbors not only growing food together, but becoming friends and supporting one another.
The Food is Free Project is a community building and gardening movement that launched in January of 2012 and recently filed as a 501c-3 Non-Profit. We teach people how to connect with their neighbors and work together to line their street with front yard community gardens that can be harvested and enjoyed by everyone in the community. The gardens are built and offered for free using salvaged resources that would otherwise be headed to the landfill and volunteer labor. Generous donations from local businesses help us fill the beds with soil, compost, and seeds or plant starts. Using these materials, we build drought-tolerant, wicking bed gardens, that require little maintenance and only need to be watered every 2-4 weeks. This simple tool makes home gardening accessible to everyone, regardless of experience level or available time. A wide variety of vegetables along the block promote neighbors to interact and connect, strengthening our communities while empowering them to grow their own food and reconnect with the earth.
Plant a front yard community garden and label it “Food is Free.” Start to interact with your neighbors as you meet them in the garden and start a conversation about what you want your community to look like. By using food as a medium to connect us we can create communities that support one another, where we’re safer, happier and sharing our passions.” Click Here to read full article.
Learn more about the movement: Food Is Free Project
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