These are stories of resistance, renewal and triumph as ordinary people do the extraordinary things demanded by the times we live in.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Eugene Oregon: Occupy Medical in Eugene Offers Free Care To The Unhoused, by Sue Sierralupe
“Occupy Medical offers free health care to all in the Park Blocks of downtown Eugene every Sunday. This is community supported care. Donors bring in boxes of granola bars, bags of socks or hand-made sewing kits. Our volunteers offer the kind of service that is needed with sometimes inadequate supplies. We have doctors, nurses, herbalists, nutritionists, mental health specialists and medical transcriptionists sharing their skills on their day off every week. We train students from as far away as Portland in the principles of patient-driven care.
We have a special niche. Free health care has no walls that keep back the poor. This means that our volunteers see patients who do not show up in clinics or hospitals that require pay. The population that we serve is diverse. Some are housed. Some are unhoused. Some have insurance. Some do not. ” From Eugene Weekly.
Friday, October 30, 2015
From mothering a child to mourning one, three women share stories of steadfastness and resistance.
“A painting hangs above a table, on which there is often freshly baked cake. It shows a young man on the ground with a stab wound on his chest. It is Wadid’s son. He was murdered by a settler…His killer remains free and his family lives just a few houses away…
…Despite losing her son and the mounting efforts to displace her, including offers of cash from the Israeli state, Wadid insists she is staying put. “They can’t kick me out,” she says…
…Sitting in her house, staring at the painting, Wadid reflects: ‘It is very difficult to live in this place, but we do not move from here. I stay here because it is our land. It’s Palestinian land.'” From Al Jazeera.
New York City: A New Squad of Superheroes in NYC!
“We fight for those who are told their tears don’t matter. Where the police hurts more than serves, and eating establishments are built just to shorten the lives of the community. We fight for the strong who have been stripped of their powers. We fight for the invisible.” From Finding Paola.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Denver: Grace Lee Boggs Memorial
Detroit philosopher-activist Grace Lee Boggs passed on October 5, 2015 at 100 years old. Allied Media Projects, in partnership with Cass Corridor Films, live streamed the memorial service for this legendary activist.
That’s the main finding of a report released this week by pro-clean energy group Oil Change International. According to the report, public opposition has been successful in stopping or delaying tar sands pipeline construction in North America. The existing pipelines carrying oil from Alberta’s tar sands region are 89 percent full, meaning that expansion of tar sands development depends heavily on new pipelines to get that oil to market. Oil Change International’s models found that without new pipelines or expansions on existing routes, tar sands producers will run out of pipeline capacity by 2017.
“This new report is conclusive proof that organizing works,” May Boeve of 350.org said in a statement. “In the four years since we began marching, sitting-in, and risking arrest to keep tar sands in the ground, no new pipelines have been built. It’s victory for our climate, our future, and for all the communities who are the front lines of this fight.” From Popular Resistance
Sunday, November 1, 2015
“When you live somewhere with slow and unreliable Internet access, it usually seems like there’s nothing to do but complain. And that’s exactly what residents of Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands in Washington state, were doing in late 2013. Faced with CenturyLink service that was slow and outage-prone, residents gathered at a community potluck and lamented their current connectivity.
‘Everyone was asking, ‘what can we do?’ resident Chris Brems recalls. “Then [Chris] Sutton stands up and says, ‘Well, we can do it ourselves…’
…”There’s actually a thriving global network of community wireless initiatives—many of whom stay in regular touch and swap information on recent software advances, promising hardware, and innovative business models,” Sascha Meinrath, X-Lab founder and Penn State telecommunications professor, told Ars. There are such projects in Austria, Spain, and Greece, and another that serves tribal reservations outside San Diego, he noted.” From Ars Technica. Reasonably inexpensive equipment for building one’s own community internet service can be found at Village Telco.
Monday, November 2, 2015
“On Nov. 9, we’re staging the largest-ever civil disobedience for racial, climate, and immigrant justice. Here’s why:
We are running out of patience. After years of political inaction and failure, young people are taking these crises into their own hands. The Occupy movement, Black Lives Matter, the climate justice movement, the immigrant rights movement, Moral Mondays led by people of faith, and fast food workers on strike have captured the attention of the American people, but not of Congress. Now our movements are starting to come together to begin to speak with one voice.
On November 9, one year ahead of the presidential election, hundreds of young people will take part in the largest-ever civil disobedience for racial, climate, and immigrant justice. The choice is clear: politicians are failing to take our country to where it needs to go, so a movement of young people will lead us there. While politicians and the media continue to talk about left versus right, the Millennial Movements are talking about a different direction: forward.” From Salon. The website for the November 9 action is Our Generation, Our Choice.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Here’s a working blueprint for building a DIY sustainable homestead. From dairy cows and goats to crop rotation, the basics are here. This was actually posted several weeks ago on Survival Grit but we liked it a lot and so we wanted to link you to this information. Enjoy!
And In Closing, Just For The Fun Of It!